Sarah-Jane’s hints & tips

Mas­ter this cre­ative tech­nique with these help­ful tips

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Knowhow Stamping -

Heat em­boss­ing makes your im­ages re­ally easy to colour, as the heat em­bossed lines will re­sist the inks. Us­ing metal­lic em­boss­ing pow­ders, such as sil­ver or gold, adds a lovely sparkle to de­signs too. For a more sub­tle look, try us­ing white em­boss­ing pow­der.

Pat­terned pa­pers from a spe­cific col­lec­tion tend to use a re­stricted colour pal­ette so that they all co­or­di­nate well to­gether. Try choos­ing colours from this range when colour­ing your stamped de­signs. You can also use dif­fer­ent shades of these colours or con­trast­ing colours for a bolder look.

When heat em­boss­ing, always wipe over the card with an anti-static bag be­fore stamp­ing. This pre­vents the em­boss­ing pow­der from stick­ing to the card and will there­fore im­prove the over­all look of your em­boss­ing.

To colour with ink pads, sim­ply dab the ink pad onto an acrylic block, craft mat or other smooth sur­face. Then ap­ply a few drops of wa­ter to the ink, mix to­gether with a paint­brush and paint onto your card. Al­ter­na­tively you can use al­co­hol mark­ers for a stronger colour.

You’ll find that wa­ter­brushes are a great way to colour with inks as the wa­ter ap­pli­ca­tion can be con­trolled more eas­ily than when us­ing a paint­brush. They are also great for colour­ing on the go! When at­tach­ing vel­lum, hide the ad­he­sive be­hind solid im­ages where pos­si­ble for a pro­fes­sional fin­ish.

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