Monday, September 06, 2010

Cover-a-Card stamps and 'kissing'

Kissing refers to a technique in stamping where one stamp is inked in order to ink another stamp. Does that makes sense? Impression Obsession has a fun line of background stamps, and quite a variety of solid shape stamps as well - a great combination for the 'kissing' technique. Here are a couple of cards I've made using the technique!

I found myself in a "clean-and-simple" mood this week, which is really unlike me... not sure what inspired it, but it frightened me a little. Heh... I even used peach - twice - a color that I've shied from for years. I'm thinking there is some lingering trauma from the 80s going on, because neons and teal are also on 'that' list...

Here's a visual of the technique I mentioned - I laid down my background stamp and inked it, then the background stamp became the inkpad for my solid stamp. By the way, these background stamps are 5.75" square, so they can go either way on a standard card.
That oval image (Solid Oval) was stamped first on this card, then I stamped the branch (Silhouette 12) across the card, and the birds (Love Birds), then the sentiment (from Typestacks Family clear set). The birds are shaded with a Prismacolor pencil. The vintage seambinding is from my purchase from Caramelos' etsy store - I love this stuff! It's so different and fun to work with, and the best price I could find for pre-dyed stuff on etsy (60 yards for $13.75). I'm thinking, though, that I will buy a roll of the undyed ribbon from this store and try dyeing it myself, just for fun. It's $7.95 for a 100 yd. roll - that ought to last me!

Card #2 - look, same colors! The image (sm. Cup of Comfort) is colored with Prismacolor pencils. The colors I used are listed below. Can you see the oval frame around the image there? That was done with the same kissing technique, but using the Screen background (which I had to intentionally put away the other day because it was finding its way onto every card I made...).
Hmmm.... I made that bow using my Bow-Easy.... to compare the two here, I like the hand-tied one better, even though it uses more ribbon. Good to know. I made the background panel for this card using watercolor paper... I didn't have an inkpad or paper to match, so I filled a mister bottle with water and a drop or two of Vermillion ink - just a very weak solution. That seemed to do the trick. I stamped the background pattern (Kaleidoscope) with Pink Petunia chalk ink, misting the rubber before stamping the image onto the paper to soften the lines a bit.
Here are the pencils I used to color the cup.......
Hope that info was helpful to you...... look and see what solid and patterned stamps you have that could be used together! It's fun to look at things in a different way.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S. Here's a great video I found that shows a number of variations to the technique I showed here, in case you're interested!


  1. Your first card blew me away. I've been a long, LONG time lurker on your blog (since 2007 I think...) and I just wanted to say that I really loved that wedding card. Perfect composition, wonderful colors (even the peach!) and great balance of white space.
    Would you consider doing a tutorial on how you edit your photos? I love the soft, hazy look you apply. It's gorgeous.

  2. Your stamping and cards are
    stunning! Works of art! Thank you for sharing your talent. Blessings to you this day. Enjoy!