Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Smouldering damask

Well, it could have been smouldering but in reality I did manage not to set light to anything here - soot stamping is a bit of an adventure, you know!

I love this new backgrounder stamp (it's being released on Friday, 27th March), it manages to be detailed and still pack a dramatic punch. I thought it would lend itself to a sultry kind of look and that soot stamping might be a good thing to try for that, too!

I actually did the negative soot stamping technique, stamping the backgrounder in Versamark first and then running the piece over the candle flame as you usually would. Once it's nicely coated in soot, you can wipe gently with a tissue and the soot sticks more to the Versamark than the rest of the piece and you get a nice variation in tone and a textural look, too. A quick blast with a spray sealant (or in my case, cheap hairspray!) and you're done.

If you're having a go at soot stamping yourself, I found the key thing is to keep the piece moving all the time and don't go right out to the edge since the edges are where it's most likely to catch light! You can always stamp on a piece of cardstock that's larger than you need and then trim to size once you've sealed the piece.

Stamps (all Cornish Heritage Farms):
Double Damask backgrounder (releasing Friday, 27th March)
Motivational Centers

Paper: Smooth white, Epic Laid Black (Prism)

Ink: Versamark by Tsukineko

Detail embossing powder (copper)
Vintage lace
Flowers by Prima Marketing
Crystal brad by Making Memories
Sewing machine and thread

Thanks for stopping by!


Karen said...

What a lovely technique Joanne. I saw this in a mag not long ago and wnat to give it a go. X

Di said...

What a fantastic technique Joanne, I've not seen it before and it is very effective....fab stuff x

Unknown said...

Joanne, this card is absolutely beautiful!! Great technique and very well suited to this stamp and your card. x

Hazel said...

What a beautiful stamp. Love the negative effect of the soot technique - will have to try that. x

Traceyr said...

Joanne what a fantastic idea with the soot technique never heard of this before.

Love the finished card too. Very sultry. :)

Gez Butterworth said...

Very classy. Love the look.

Great stamp well suited for the soot technique.

Great stitching & sentiment. xx

Great tip about using larger cardstock & cutting it down. Sounds a very good idea. :-)

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Wow this is beautiful will have to give it a try now that we have the new smoke detectors put up : ) TFS

Have A Great Day!!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing; breathtaking in fact....lovely, lovely, I must get that background stamp is gorgeous..what a beautiful card..your work inspires me!

Darlene said...

Great job Joanne! This is a beautiful card! I've often thought of trying this technique but have yet to get brave enough!!

Janice said...

Love this Joanne, dark and brooding lol

sue law said...

Great card Joanne and great stamp..I've been playing with the old soot stamping too...just a tip...I ran out of single sided glossy card and tried with double sided glossy....it doesn't work..it just bubbles! hope that saves someone some grief!

Mari said...

Oh, this is gorgeous. So very moody - I love it!

Kaz said...

Gorgeous Joanne! Good explanation of the technique too thanks.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

A beautiful example.

I have a question :0) Does the card smell like a bonfire?

ps...remember our previous conversation? I got stung lol...booooo...worth it though, fab rubber.

Anonymous said...

wow...dont think I'll ever show my attempts after seeing this amazing example....Stunning!

Anonymous said...

Stunning - I love it

sam21ski said...

WOW - Impressive xxxx

Anonymous said...

A beautiful background, and love your card!

Carol said...

Stunning now thick person here - do I clear emboss the background and then soot? Many Thanks