Here's a "twist" on shadow stamping, which will
open new avenues of color to your artwork. Many color values
(tints and shades) can be achieved with screen stamps. When
an image is screened, the eye is actually fooled into believing
that the color is lighter (or darker, depending on the density
of the screen). The reason for this illusion is that there
are white spaces between the dots of color. The more dots
in the screen, the darker the shade will be. When applied
to rubber stamping, this concept opens up a whole new world!
Just look what happens when you soften your ink colors with
the use of a screened design! From the darkest colors (even
black) to the palest shades of light color inks, you will
be able to achieve many variations of each color. (see Example
will also discover the interesting effects and patterning
created as a result of overlapping the images at offset
Example 1: We have three different screens of square, rectangle, oval, circle & stars.
INK & UN-INKED: Ink the Reverse Ivy Background (Discontinued) stamp with green ink. Press it onto the un-inked Rectangle Light Screen Shadow (H-495). Now press the shadow
stamp onto a white card. The result: white ivy leaves against
a light green screened background. (Example 2)
Now try the reverse:
ink the shadow stamp. Press it onto the un-inked ivy stamp.
Press the shadow stamp onto a white card, resulting in a
light green screen background with darker green screened
leaves. (Example 3)
A second stamping with either preparation will give a lighter
version. To achieve a main element, stamp an image over
this background using a solid stamp and the same color green
ink. This is a MONOCHROMATIC color scheme, achieved
without mixing colors.
2. Another MONOCHROMATIC color scheme can
be achieved by creating an all-over background. Choose a
solid stamp design, such as the Maple Leaf (D-523). Ink the Rectangle Light Screen Shadow (H-495) and press it onto the leaf. Stamp the
leaf randomly onto your paper. Now ink the Rectangle Medium Screen Shadow (H-494), press it onto the leaf, and add more overlapping
images with this darker shade of green. Finally, stamp a
few leaves that are inked directly with the green pad. (Example 4)
3. Create a beautiful reflection or shadow using the Rectangle Light Screen Shadow (H-495) stamp. First,
ink the shadow stamp with blue ink. Ink the tree with green
and press it onto the inked shadow stamp. This will be the
reflection portion of the design. Stamp it into place (with
the tree pointing downward). Clean the shadow stamp. Ink
it again with green ink. Using a stamp positioner, place
it in line with the water area already stamped. Ink the
tree again and use the stamp positioner to place it precisely
above the reflection. If desired, add a rocky shoreline
to further divide the shore from the water. (See Example
with layered texture stamping. Onto the rubber die of an inked
or un-inked shadow stamp, stamp leaves or other small elements
in a random fashion. After stamping the shadowed image onto
your card, you can add one or more stampings of the same image "full
strength" (directly from the solid stamp). Remember also that a second
or third stamping without re-inking will give lighter, more
delicate images. (See Example 6)
Using the same technique of Layered Stamping....You can create a vignette look by inking an Oval Medium or Light Screen then inking a design, such as the Tulips (L-80), that is larger than the oval. Stamp the Tulip image onto the Oval Screen stamp...then stamp wth Oval Screen onto your project. (Example 7) You have the option of using the Screen stamp inked or uninked, depending on what you want the results to be...with a shadow or without.
Overlapping screened images produces unique combinations
of the dot patterns. If you stamp the image
directly over itself, or at a 90 degree angle, this will
not work. The dots need to be offset at "odd"
angles to produce varying plaid, checkered, etc. designs.
Try making a multi-layered starburst, a flower of ovals
or a fan of rectangles, using a stamp positioner for precise
placement. Wherever the images overlap, a different pattern
will be produced! (See Example 8)
6. COLOR COUNTERCHANGE is achieved when different colors
are overlapped, forming new colors. This works well with
solid or screened images. It is a very interesting way to
discover new colors and enhance the vibrant colors of autumn.
(See Example 9)
7. LAYERING WITHOUT LAYERING - a fun technique! This type
of shadow stamping will give the look of a raised, glued-on
element over a background without all of the cutting and
pasting! It also introduces many new uses for your small
stamps. Even the smallest image can be made the central
focus of a card when it is enhanced by the space created
by a shadow stamp. (See Card Examples Below)
Stamp a shadow stamp onto your card using a light
Stamp an extra of this image onto scrap paper and
cut it out. This will be a mask.
Stamp a small image onto the stamped shadow image.
Mask this area.
Using a background stamp with a similar theme, stamp
over the mask to make the background disappear behind your
Choose colors for this technique that will be contrasting
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MORE CARD EXAMPLES:
General Stamping with Screen Stamps.
Try using different color combinations and overlapping to create interest.
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