YES! Today is the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge for February. Our challenge was to incorporate the set of Weathered Florals stamps in our projects. Boy, I have been waiting for this reveal for a while now. I wanted to share this technique for quite some time but I never had the right set of stamps to set it off BUT these stamps compliment the technique perfectly. So very excited to finally get to share it with you!
The Halo Effect Stamping Technique
Most of the time you don't want a halo effect when talking about stamped images but this time it's exactly what you want! The Halo Effect is achieved by pairing a lovely "line stamp" with white pigment ink on dark colored cardstock.
Begin by stamping one or more images onto a piece of dark colored cardstock using white pigment ink.
Use a Fantastix to drag the pigment ink away from the edge of the stamped image. You can drag in the ink a short distance (as I did in the first card) or you can cover the entire panel (third example) if you'd like. It gives the image a lovely "halo" of ink - hence the name. Since you are using pigment ink there is no need to hurry as it has a very long open time allowing you to take your time and have fun with it.
It's hard to see in the photo but the center flower is actually pop-dotted off the card as are a few leaves. I used a little longer stroke for the halo on this card compared to the first. I also picked up excess ink off of my craft mat to darken it around the flowers as well.
The third example has an all over halo which gets lighter the further away from the flowers. The finished card looks a bit like a chalkboard. After the ink had dried I went back with a "charcoal white" pencil and freshened up all of the flower edges to really make them pop.
Finally I have a watercolor card just for the fun of it.
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ClubScrap.com - Weathered Florals Cardstock & Stamps; Crewel & Unusual Cardstock & Stamps
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