Hello and thanks for stopping by today! Having a few easy cardmaking techniques at your disposal can liven up a simple project. Today’s project explains how to feature an image in an unusual, yet striking way, using Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.
Heartfelt Blooms card
measurements for this project
Whisper White Thick card stock card base: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Whisper White card stock layer: 4″ x 5 1/4″
scraps of Watercolor paper and Whisper White card stock
Heartfelt Blooms stamp set
Heartfelt Blooms is a large, red rubber stamp, bursting with flower images. Just stamp it and it’s an instant wow. I have been experimenting with other ways to use this stamp, specifically by fussy cutting the flowers. I start by stamping the image as a whole and choosing what part to cut away. Selecting the ink color is part of the fun as well. I chose to stamp this image in blue, cut a portion away, then sponged the edge to make the fussy cut layer stand apart from the embossed layer below.
Photo Negative Technique
The look of photo negative coloring is unique. My preferred method is to use watercolor paper and ink pads.
First I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and added white embossing powder to heat set. Once cool, I used the ink from the lid of my stamp pad that I picked up with an Aqua Painter and added the color to the paper. It may take a few layers of color to get the intensity of color desired. The fluid will not penetrate the embossed image, so just wipe the paint away in that area with a dry paper towel. This panel creates the “photo negative” portion of the design. The areas that would normally hold color now hold white space and the opposite for the area typically uncolored.
To distinguish the photo negative area from what the image “should” look like, I stamped in the normal fashion with same blue color onto white paper and fussy cut just one area to pop up on the negative. It helps the eye to see what the image would look like and lends a type of road map to the brain.
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