Thursday, February 11, 2016

Butterfly Basics Block Stamping Technique

Today I am sharing a cool way to make a fun background using ink pads and a clear block.  I'm calling this "Block Stamping Technique".  I used Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party ink pads to create these beautiful designs.  See instructions below so you can create your own design.

This is a great time to grab the Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp Set... it's on sale as part of the weekly deals promotion.

To start, pick 3 ink pad colors that blend nicely. I used Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party. You will need a clear block and a spritzer filled with water.

I used the Stampin' Up! 'I' block because I wanted a wider strip of color.  Using your clear block,  ink up one end of the block in the darker color (Lost Lagoon)... tap 2-3 times, then take the same block and stamp the middle of the block on the medium color (Pear Pizzazz) and then finally stamp the other end of the block in the lighter color (Pool Party).


Spritz the block with water... saturate it well so the colors blend and the lines will blurr.  Put the block down on your piece of card stock and wait for the colors and water to blend (a few seconds).


The best paper to use is watercolor paper, but I was able to make these cards with regular white card stock.  Just make sure your paper is dry before stamping any images on top. 

These are some of the samples I made while playing.  As you can see, the first sample has some white, un-inked parts... that happens when you don't spritz enough water on the block.  But I sort of like the way it came out... doesn't have to be perfect to look nice.  It looks different every time you do it.



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