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)
Paper: Smooth white, Epic Laid Black (Prism)
Ink: Versamark by Tsukineko
Detail embossing powder (copper)
Flowers by Prima Marketing
Crystal brad by Making Memories
Sewing machine and thread
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