Friday, June 24, 2011

52 Weeks of Wonder

Turn on the Dark!

"I love the richness of dark, deep tones. You can’t go wrong adding deep browns like Cocoa or Chocolate to any project because they automatically add substance and ground your projects. Some crafters find stamping on dark cardstocks to be a challenge—how can you get it to show?—but there are some pretty straightforward guidelines to follow that deliver fabulous results. You can go very bold and contrasting or more subtle, with just a slight color variation.

And while I adore the subtle beauty of tone-on-tone stamping, sometimes the colors are so low contrast, you can barely see them. To turn on the dark and pump up contrast even in tone-on-tone projects, turn to your My Acrylix stamps for the perfect solution. With the clear stamp and the clear block you can double stamp your image two or more times, always with perfect image alignment. First, stamp the image on the paper using the same color ink as the paper color.

Then ink your image again using the same color of ink. Line up the stamp directly over the image you just stamped. For easier placement, I try to line up opposite corners of the stamp with the image I am stamping over. This can require some practice when stamping on darker papers because the images are definitely more difficult to see.

Double stamping really does bring out the word “Together” nicely on this card but for even more of an impact, the piece that is stamped on was cut ¼” – ½” longer than the width of the card then the ends were attached to the card. The center bows slightly for some unique dimension."

Jeanette Lynton

Jeanette has another great technique for stamping on dark cardstock with pigment inks.  Check-out her blog post for more details.

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