Today I have a fun tutorial, involving a technique I learned years ago. It's a fun one and is really perfect for any Halloween card or project! I think it's called Stamp Soot techinque, and once you read on you'll understand!
I love houses - some would say I'm obsessed about houses! So when I got my hands on this wonderful stamp from The Rubber Cafe' - called the Bat Motel I just knew it was time to 'dust' off this technique and try it again.
To get started you need Glossy White cardstock. Mine's from Stampin'Up! but Ranger makes a glossy white paper as well. I wanted a little color for my moon, so before getting started I took a sponge and with Mustard seed distress ink applied a small amount in a circular motion.
The rest of the supplies you need for this are a clean un-inked rubber stamp, a candle and some spray fixative, to finish the surface when you're done. I found a matt finish by Mod Podge that seemed to work just fine, and seemed to be the least expensive out there.
With my lit candle hover the glossy side towards the flame. Keep your paper flat and moving as close as you can over the flame- this will produce a soot that will be left on your paper's surface.
when you get close enough the flame will leave a layer of soot on your paper and that's what you're going for. It will not start on fire, the glossy coating seems to help keep that from happening - so you'll be surprised how close you can get without your paper catching on fire in order to get the effect you want.
Continue to do this covering as much area as you'll need, and until you get the effect you're looking for. I went over the inked area of my moon as well, but was careful to not cover it too much.
Now youre ready to stamp! Take your non-inked rubber stamp and place it directly down onto your sooted paper, being careful to lift the stamp straight up when you're done. The rubber of the stamp will lift the soot off leaving you an impression or stamped image.
Clean your stamp with water, right away -before moving to the next step.
To finish - take the Fixative Spray (ModPodge) and spray your projects surface in a sweeping motion over the entire image covering in light layers. Once dry will help to keep the soot from smudging or lifting off the surface of your card or project.
And Oila! That's it! Pretty neat huh? To finish take your image and cut it down so you can apply it to your card and finish as desired.
I used a fun 3d template that I found in the latest Scor-Pal book. I love the dimension and think this was a perfect way to enhance my Spooky Sooty Bat Motel!
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Bat Motel
Ink: Ranger Distress ink, Mustard Seed
Paper: Stampin'UP!- Glossy White cardstock, MME patterned paper, Cooredinations- black wood grain.
Embellishments: Halloween brads, Harlequin ribbon, Boo Metal tags
Tools: The Rubber Cafe' - On the fence Die, MS pumpkin punch and small fence, EK Success punehes, Score-pal