8 June 2014


A number of my crafty friends are expert stampers and card makers, Caroline shared a new (to me) technique and I have spent some time working at it.  I am all thumbs when it comes to stamping but having fun with this one and I am using my Distress Markers..which have seen little use from me.

The central stamp is from Stampendous, the ruler River City Rubber, background stamps are from Memory Box and Great Impressions.

1.  Stamp central image onto glossy card stock using StazOn black ink.  You want to have a strong central image which shows after you add on the other colours.  Re-ink your pad if needed.

2.  Mask if want something left white e.g. a face.

3.  Choose your colours, not too many e.g. two that blend well plus a contrast.  I have used Distress Markers.  I used Broken China and Tumbled Glass, will try for more contrast between the blues next time.

4.  Choose your stamps, mix up your images including some with text, solid and lines.  I needed more variety here.

5.  Colour the stamps with the markers.  You don't need to be precise, stamp 3 times before re-inking.

6.  Keep colouring and stamping.  Don't worry if it looks messy. (I like that part)

7.  After you are finished stamping, see where you might want more colour.  Scribble directly on the paper with markers and rub with fingers.  Do only small areas at a time as you don't have much time until this drys.  Add a bit of another colour for punch, maybe yellow.

8.  When done, pick a couple of elements to use as stamps around the border.  Do this with the black.  (I will use more images on my next effort, I didn't think there was room here for a border but seeing it posted I may use a black marker to do faux stitch marks.)

9.  You may also want to use a white pen to go over a few lines or lighten up an area.  Forgot that part, I am going to go back and try this.

Yep, improved!  Thanks for having a look!


  1. Love your steampunk boot and the great words Sandi, hugs Annette x


  2. Beautiful piece Sandi, good to see you around again. Valerie

  3. Great technique, thank you for the how to. I have to make a 'Christmas In July' card to send for a swap so will experiment with this technique!


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