Thursday, March 3, 2011

Variegated Stamping?

What?!?  You may be asking yourself - What in the world is "variegated stamping" and why would you want to know about it?  Well, first let me show you a picture of what I'm talking about.

Did you notice the butterfly on the front of the card?  Notice the different colors on the butterfly?  I didn't use a rainbow stamp pad.  I decided I wanted the colors of the butterfly to match my paper.  How did I do it?  VARIEGATED STAMPING!! 

It's a fancy name for a technique that duplicates using a rainbow stamp pad.  The only problem with the rainbow stamp pad is you are limited in colors and can't easily choose which color to use on a specific part of the image.  (Does that make sense?)

I picked out the 3 colors I wanted to use that would coordinate with my CTMH paper packet - Olivia.  The colors I used were Pear, Barn Red, and Smoothie.  I also used 3 sponge daubers.  I started with the lighest of my three ink colors and inked up the sponge dauber and then daubed ink on specific parts of the butterfly stamp.  I then did the same with the the next lightest color and then finally the darkest ink color.  After daubing the image, I breathed on the inked stamp to moisten the ink and then stamped the image. 

Here are some more examples using this technique.  The first is a card I made using the feather image from the Circle of Love stamp set and the Magnifique paper pack.

This last picture shows an small box I altered to hold cards.  I used the same paper and stamp set as above.  This time I used the peacock image from the stamp set and again used the variegated stamping technique.

I'd love to hear back from you after you have tried this technique.  I would also love to see pictures.  Share, share, share!

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