John Next Door 3 – Autumnal kit – BONUS cards – Stamping Techniques
Retiform Stamping Card
By Ang Reading
- A5 ivory card blank
- ivory card
- complimentary cardstock
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks
- Post-it notes
- Circle die
- manual die-cutting machine
- Firstly decide what colours you will use for your project and cut mats and layers to match.
- Cut another piece of cardstock in ivory as your top layer. Make a discreet mark at the centre point of the bottom edge in landscape orientation.
- Die-cut a circle from the centre of a Post-it, large enough to fit your sentiment, save the circle you cut out to use as a mask later.
- Stamp your sentiment in the centre of the bottom edge of the ivory layer, using the mark as your guide.
- Using the circle aperture, create a mask around the sentiment and blend ink from the outer edge towards the sentiment, then remove the mask.
- Discreetly mark around the card where you would like your lines to radiate from and to, to give a sunburst effect. You only need to make a small pencil mark at each end but if it’s easier, you can draw in the actual line, very, very faintly in pencil.
- Using straight Post-it, the circle and the circle aperture, mask each section off (I added an extra semi circle of sections above the sentiment for interest) only doing one section at a time.
- Blend the ink/inks from the outside edges towards the centre of each section, then, stamp your images to fill each section.
- Repeat around each section, using a random or symmetrical design.
- Finish by gluing to the coordinating mats and layers and the base card.
If the edge of your Post-it start to distort, use fresh ones to continue as you want a nice crisp edge.
Ombre Stamped Card
By Ang Reading
- A5 white card blank
- White, navy & lime card
- 3 shades of blue ink
- 3 shades of green ink
- stamping platform
- 3D foam pads
- Stamp the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of the card blank in landscape orientation.
- Cut a strip of white card 20×5.5 cm and then cut thin mats for this in lime green and navy cardstocks, no more than a couple of mm so they will fit within the edges of the base card in landscape orientation.
- Stamp the large flower image onto a sheet of paper and cut it out to use as a mask.
- Ink up the stamp again, using all three of the blue inks, starting with the palest first on the bottom third of the stamp, then the next darkest colour across the middle third of the stamp, then the darkest colour across the top third of the stamp. Stamp the flower in the centre of the white strip of cardstock.
- Repeat this to stamp the flower again on either side, in the middle of the gaps between the centre image and the edge of the card.
- Take the mask you made and cut in half, top to bottom so that you can use each half to mask either side of the flowers when stamping the leaves.
- Ink up the leaves in the same sequence, light ink to dark ink but this time in thirds side to side, rather than top to bottom and stamp in between the flowers, masking the flowers each time.
- Glue to your lime and navy layers, then add foam pads to the underside of this panel.
- Using a scoreboard, emboss four lines across the card blank at 1cm, 2cm, 9.5cm and 10.5cm from the top in landscape position.
- Glue the stamped, foam padded panel in between the 2cm and 9.5cm lines.
Using a stamping platform makes it easier when stamping the flower and leaves as you are able to add more colour and re-stamp if you need to enhance the ombre effect.