One stamp (what way?)

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When I get a new artsy stamp, I like to play around with it and figure out how it works best. See how it looks stamped, what colors work well, and what I like.

#1: Plain black archival ink

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First up, I always try archival ink in black. It’s a good primer for a new stamp and also is really basic. I definitely like how this looks!

#2: various colors of ink

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I put a bunch of distress ink colors onto the stamp (I used mini pads directly onto the stamp) and misted it with a bit of water before stamping. The blended watercolor look is cool, but not strong enough to really become a focal point image.

#3: black embossing powder + blended colors

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I like parts of the color and parts of the black stamped image, so I stamped + embossed (black powder) the stamp onto specialty stamping paper. Then I rubbed mini distress ink pads directly onto the stamped image. Finally, I blended the colors a bit using a water brush.

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The great part about this? Use a cool stamp and you can just attach it/make it the focal point for a card! I really like how this one came out, and I look forward to playing with this stamp a lot more!

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15 thoughts on “One stamp (what way?)”

  1. Cool.stamp. I love playing around with my stamps, too. It makes a lovely card, too. Michelle t

  2. love the black embossed look. I do not think I have ever done that when experimenting with a new stamp. My go to ink is Ranger’s Archival Coffee for breaking in a new stamp.

  3. This is Such a wonderful card, May which showcases this beautiful stamp perfectly ~ a really cool piece of artwork and I love it! 🙂

  4. i loved seeing this stamp done in such different ways and am pretty impressed at the various looks you were able to achieve. Thanks for thinking outside the…stamp? and sharing such great techniques!

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