Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tips and Techniques Thursday

Hello everyone.  I am back from a fabulous trip to Maryland where I attended four workshops with Tim Holtz at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland.  While there, I was able to visit my best friend, Joyce Shaver, and also had an opportunity to visit my Dad.  I will post a bit about that trip in the next day or so.

In the meantime, this is a technique I have not done in quite awhile, but I love the results.  It is a faux paper casting technique using your rubber stamps.  It is so much fun and really easy to do.

First, choose a stamp to use. 

Turn it upside down on your table and lay several sheets of toilet paper over the top of the rubber.  Six squares seems to be the magic number, but you can adjust up or down to get the results you want.  

Spritz with water, and pounce the paper into the image with a stipple brush or stiff brush.  Adding a bit of liquid starch to the water helps the image stiffen a bit better.  I tore the paper around the image while it was still wet to form the deckled edge.  Let the paper dry and remove it from your stamp.  You will have a very nice, dimensional image with that lovely deckled edge.  

I used a stipple brush to pick up a few colors of chalk and swirled it onto the dry paper casting.  Then I used a gold Encore metallic ink pad to highlight the edges, as well as a few spots here and there.  Adhere your freshly cast paper to a card and ... viola ... you have a beautiful embellishment that will make the recipient wonder how you did it.  

I hope you enjoyed this technique today, and that you will give it a try.  If you would be so kind, please leave me a comment.  I would love to hear what you think about today's technique.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and check back next week to see what I have cooked up for you.  




  1. Barbara...I'm so envious that you took classes with T!m - sounds so much fun! The technique is wonderful and for this project is so lovely. This technique is an GOODIE! I've done this technique on the back of a clam shell to use in an altered book - never thought to try it on a stamp. I love, love, love that feather stamp and I have been looking for it. Who is it by???

    1. Thanks so much, Susan. The feather stamp is by Stampendous P080 Peacock Points. It is so old, I'm not sure it is available anymore. The stamp shows a 2001 copyright on it. However, you might find it on ebay.

  2. Thanks for the directions. I don't have any stamps so will go tomorrow and get one and try this technique.

    1. Oh, Joyce, please do. It is so much fun and the results are so rewarding. Have fun, and thanks for stopping by.

  3. I always enjoy seeing anything you do. I wish I was as talented as you. Lana