Welcome to day two of our Stamping Master Class week.
It is Neil's turn today and he is 'stamp flipping'!!
Neil says .....
"Stamps are so versatile, there are so many different images and
styles around I'm sure we all have loads in our crafty stash.
Every now and again though, I look at a stamp and wish I
had it facing the other way. (I know, there's no pleasing some
folks is there?!) so today I thought I'd share how
I "flip" my stamps
Begin by stamping your chosen image onto white paper in archival ink
and cut it out.
Brush a layer of Gesso onto the surface and while wet press your
stamped image face down. Press down well and leave
to dry thoroughly.
When dry, spritz with water and gently begin to rub the paper off to
reveal the image. The keyword is gently! If you rub too hard
you are liable to rub off the image too.
If you stamp your image again directly onto the surface you can
see how you have a mirror image which I think is pretty cool.
I think it's a fun technique to do though I will finish off with a
few suggestions which hopefully will minimize any frustrations......
Remember that by doing this with a stamp you are reversing
it so writing will not work.
Also remember that your reversed image is not going to be as
crisp as the original so I would personally recommend that
you use them separately as putting them together on one
project kind of "highlights" the fade making it look shabbier than
if you used it on it's own.
So, to illustrate my point; I used both images on this card.....
You can see that the image on the left is faded much more than the
image on the right which is stamped onto the dry gesso.
I've coloured both images with the same Distress Marker and the one
on the left has not blended as smoothly as the right because
it reacts differently. The reason being that it is effectively a
different surface to the gesso as it still has paper residue on it
which both absorbs color into the fibres causing bleeding and making
it harder to blend.
So generally not a very successful card.
However, if we then split the images (Literally, I just sliced the card
in half!) and use the pieces individually I can make a card
using the flipped image which I think looks so much better
because it is no longer competing with the crisper image.
The other piece mounted onto a 10" tag covered in Tim Holtz
Tissue paper makes a very pretty matching gift tag too.
This is beautiful Neil and a great tutorial, thank you.
If you fancy having a go, here is what you need -
I'm loving those Runway Stamps, funny how
until you see something actually used, you don't always
see their full potential!
Ok, well I shall be back tomorrow with our
third tutorial for our
Stamping Master Class.
See you then,