Thursday, September 17, 2009

Soot Stamping

To begin soot stamping you need a very large flame, and glossy card stock. Tips: cut yourself a larger than you need piece of paper, so you have place to hold. If you touch the soot it will rub off so treat gently. Keep the flame moving, and away from the edges. Or you will have fire. Which is ok for the little pyro in all of us! You can add some optional color to your project before you soot it up. Just use a brayer to roll the color across the glossy cardstock. Then proceed with the flame. Here it shows the soot being applied. Don't get discouraged, with practice and a lot of wax you will accomplish a look you can be proud of. When you get the desired amount of soot on your cardstock. Gently put your image onto the soot. After removing the image. Try to only touch the area you left for a handle. You now need to spray with hairspray, or clear acrylic spray, to seal the picture. After the spray dries you can proceed, and finish your card. I made a lot of Halloween cards. I got the new 'From the Crypt' set, and had so many ideas that I had to make. I even dragged my boyfriend into the process. The soot technique intrigued him. So he had to play. "Skull Candy" Colors: black, pumpkin pie, elegant eggplant white. I pre-colored the glossy cardstock with brilliant blue before firing. I used from the crypt, and decorated with some ribbon, and a piece of top note die. A couple brads to tie the galore green in. On the background I stamped the skull in pumpkin pie, and edged with black. "House on Haunted Hill" I precolored this one with pumpkin pie, then stamped with house of haunts. I made a faux metal tag. I used the pumpkin emboss folder for the cuttlebug on the back ground, and aged it in black. There is a little ribbon holder at the top from SU, and on the corners I used the ticket punch. "Haunted Forest" This one Idid case from SCS. Of course I made it my own. I just did this on white glossy cardstock. Using the wood grain background stamp first, then applied the trees from lovely as a tree over the top. Of course used some acryclic spray to seal it, and finished the card with basic gray, and black paper, and some old black ribbon I had laying aroud. "Bloody Mary" I love the look of this one. It is dark and mysterious. Just like me LOL :) I colored the glossy with rich razzleberry, then fired it and stamped the skull on top. Using an oval system I cut out the window for the skull, and placed it behind. (don't forget to seal!) The bats are black embossed on razzleberry paper, and adhered with dimensionals. I used the cuttlebug to imprint the swirls. Before imprinting I colored the template with black ink, then rolled it through the cuttlebug. Adhered the whole thing to a black background and voila! Very fun card to make. I don't know who I will send this to. "Burn" This is my favorite one I made-so it was chose for my clubs on Friday and Saturday. I hope you ladies love this one, because I am very excited to teach you "soot stamping" My BF liked this technique, and he made a card of his own. Which is proudly displayed on his desk at work. Colors I used were Soft suede (I am in love with this color) razzleberry, & black (of course it's halloween) Regular soot staming used. I stamped soft suede on the background. I hope it turns out to be fairly easy for everyone to do.

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