Stamping Techniques to Keep Up Your Crafty Sleeves!

September is National Stamping Month, and if you know just one thing about Close To My Heart, it is that we absolutely love all things stamps!

We kicked off the month with a Slimline Celebration, made up of exclusive stamps and coordinating Thin Cuts designed especially for slimline cards. Make sure to join us on September 24 for a free virtual event where we will be putting together the cards from our Slimline Celebration workshop on our Facebook page. Find all the details, here. This is an event you will not want to miss!

As we continue our stamping celebration, we compiled 10 techniques to add to your stamping arsenal and have at the ready for your next crafting session!

1.a. FIRST-GENERATION
This first one is technically not a technique, but we will put it on the list to have for comparison with the next one. You get a first-generation image when you ink your stamp and stamp it on your project. (In the video below, it is referred to as “solid stamping.”)

1.b. SECOND GENERATION
A second-generation stamped image is achieved by inking your stamp, stamping it on a scratch piece of paper, and then, without re-inking, stamping your image on your project. The result is a lighter version of a “first-generation” image, because you are using the “second-generation” of ink that’s leftover on the stamp.

2. RANDOM STAMPING
Use this technique to create patterned papers from our stamps and solid colored cardstock. You could take a “random” approach to this, but to insure a more visually balanced and pleasing pattern, take the random right out of the equation by using visual triangles.

Follow along with Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi, below, as she illustrates all three of these first techniques, including how to create the visual triangles for not-so-random stamping.

3. ROCK & ROLL
This technique is an oldie but a goodie! Ink your stamp in one color, then gently roll the edges, and only the edges, in another color to stamp a multicolored image! (You can also combine this technique with the second-generation technique if you want to use the same color, just in different opacities!)

4. OMBRÉ STAMPING
Achieving an ombré effect, where you gradually blend one color into another, is a lot easier than you might think! Simply ink the top half of the stamp in one color and the bottom half in another color, overlapping the two colors in the middle. Then, you’re all set to stamp onto your project!

5. SHADOW STAMPING
Create a shadow by stamping a second-generation version of the original image just slightly offset from the original.

6. BASE & SHADE
Base and shade stamping is used to create realistic dimensions through color. There are specific stamp sets designed for this technique, where you stamp the base in a lighter color and then add the details, or the “shade,” with a darker color.

7. BACK SIDE STAMPING
This technique sounds a little funny, but don’t let the name fool you! If you have a stamp that is symmetrical, or just close enough, mount the stamp on your block backwards, with the smooth side up. Ink the back of the stamp and use it to create a base before flipping the stamp over to the side with the details that you will stamp on top.

8. MASKING
Place a scratch piece of paper, or a sticky note, as a mask over your project to cover the area that you don’t want stamped. Stamp your image on the project and mask, and then remove the mask.

9. TONE-ON-TONE
The tone-on-tone technique is exactly what it sounds like. Use a darker tone of a color, or color family, to stamp onto your project. All of our exclusive colors can be found in Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads and our two-toned cardstock, allowing you to enjoy a full spectrum of color-coordinated products whenever creativity strikes!

10. KISSING TECHNIQUE
For this technique you will need two stamps, one to act as the base image and the other to create an effect on the base image. First, ink the base stamp. Then, with both stamps mounted on blocks, press the two stamps together. The second stamp will not have ink on it and will remove some of the ink from the first stamp in its shape. After your stamps kiss, stamp your prepared base stamp on paper. Use this method to add textures and all kids of shapes or designs to your stamping! (Another way to use this method is to ink both stamps in two different colors and then have them kiss.)

BONUS** NO-LINE STAMPING
This technique is great to use when you are coloring your stamped images with watercolor paints. You can easily achieve a “no-line” look by stamping your image in a light ink, like Linen. Then, use the soft color as a guide as you add the watercolor with your brush. The inked parts of the image will show up as a darker version of the paint color you are using. Move the paint around, and color in the other parts of the design, as well, and easily create beautiful watercolor images!

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In This Together

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Let’s celebrate the happy moments from the past several months with a new paper collection!

The vibrant In This Together collection features a delightful paper packet, sticker sheet, and stamp set, all packed with designs, icons, and sayings that pretty much describe exactly what we’ve all been experiencing on the regular over the last year. The bright, happy colors and whimsical designs that make up these products provide a beautiful foundation for the scrapbook layouts and fun cards that are begging to be made from our current circumstances.

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The In This Together paper packet comes with 12 12″ x 12″ patterned papers, that’s double the usual amount found in our paper packets.

To complement the color palette of the patterned papers and sticker sheet, we’ve also put together a coordinating cardstock pack that coordinates perfectly with the shades and hues featured in the rest of the suite.

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The lighthearted sentiments and icons in the In This Together stamp set are the perfect companion to your favorite quarantine photos!

Rounding out the In This Together paper collection are the In This Together Dots. With their shiny finish and coordinated colors, the In This Together Dots are just the thing to tie your artwork together!

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We love each and every component of the In This Together collection, but there’s even more to love about it when you take a look at the exciting bundle and workshop options available through the In This Together special! With three discounted bundle options, it’s easier than ever to create beautiful artwork with this high-spirited collection!

For a guided approach to crafting with the In This Together collection, check out the In This Together workshop kit. This kit includes the paper, stamp set, embellishments, and a few additional components you need to create three 12″ x 12″ layouts and eight cards!

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For a slightly different experience, you can turn to the In This Together album workshop kit, which includes materials and instructions to walk you through the creation of an entire 6″ x 8″ album!

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If you want to get the benefit of a curated bundle at a great price but want to express your own creative vision, the In This Together product bundle is another excellent choice, as it includes the majority of the In This Together collection but doesn’t come with pre-designed project instructions.

One way or another, the current pandemic is affecting all of us. We hope that you enjoy crafting and creating beautiful things with the new In This Together collection, and, above all, stay safe and be kind—we’re all in this together! ❤️

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Bask in the Fun of Masks!

You already love creating artwork to preserve memories, but what about using artwork to make memories? We’ll show you one of our favorite ways to do just that: handcrafted masks!

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Kids will love donning these masks for costume parties, impromptu plays, and games of dress-up. And why should they be the only ones? The masks make us want to waltz to the orchestra music at a masquerade ball, too! They’d be perfect for a last-second costume, as you can choose papers that coordinate with your favorite outfit to craft a mask that will unify the whole ensemble! Whether for special occasions or everyday moments, these masks will add some flair to your fun!

Ready to find out how to replicate these masks? You can create a mask of any color with your favorite paper or cardstock. Then make it unique—pull out your stash of accessories and decorate to your heart’s desire. The possibilities are infinite! If you’d like, you can start by replicating one of the masks pictured above. Let’s take a closer look at the cat mask first:

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Are you wondering how our artist got the white designs to show up, even on the Black cardstock? The answer: our chalk marker! It may take a few coats, but this ink will decorate even your darkest papers. What a cool tool, eh? Just “chalk” it up to our passion for exciting products!

And did you notice the darling curls at the end of the cat’s whiskers and the butterfly’s antennae? You can thank the wonderful quilling tool for that! For those less familiar with the technique, the quilling tool is a stylus with a small slot at the top. Slip a strip of paper into the slot and the tool will grip it as you twist the paper around the quilling tool. Twirl it as tightly as you like, and enjoy the resulting curls!

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Doesn’t the butterfly mask look like it’s ready to take flight? The credit for that goes to the three-dimensional effect our artist used on this mask. To create this look, she first cut two identical shapes from the Pomegranate ombre B&T Duos™ paper featured in Sangria. Next, she decorated the top layer with the chalk marker and bitty sparkles. (That was the fun part!) She finished by attaching the embellished layer to the bottom one with some 3-D foam tape. Beautifully simple, right?

So bring back the make-believe days filled with princesses and pirates, and give those days to the next generation of dreamers by creating paper masks like these for your children and grandchildren. And don’t forget to take pictures—you’ll want to scrapbook those later! 🙂

Recipes

Cat Mask
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3095 Whisper Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1795 Quilling Tool

Butterfly Mask
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3040, Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1795 Quilling Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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