Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creation Station--ABCs of Stampin'

Hello!  Welcome to the September Creation Station Blog Hop!  This month the kids are back in school and the Creation Station Design Team is going back to basics.  We will be sharing projects created with our favorite basic stamping techniques.  If you want to learn lots of fun techniques and tips, be sure and continue around to each design team member's blog by clicking the "Back" or "Next" buttons you'll see at the end of each post.

It's usually really hard for me to narrow down favorites when it comes to stamping, but for this hop I immediately thought of Ghosting.  Why? Because Glossy White card stock is back!!!  Ghosting is a resist technique using VersaMark ink and Glossy White card stock.  It is an easy, basic technique.  All you need is a piece of Glossy White card stock, a stamp or stamps, VersaMark ink pad, Sponge Brayers or Stamping Sponges, and a classic ink color of your choice.  You stamp your image in VersaMark onto the Glossy White card stock; let the card stock sit for a bit (or not, that's just what I do--I don't think the VersaMark actually dries on the Glossy White card stock--but I  like to think it sets up a bit); sponge or brayer your ink over the card stock; then wipe off any excess ink with a paper towel.
Here's my classic version of the Ghosting technique with snowflakes:

I stamped the two different snowflake images from Colorful Seasons stamp set in VersaMark ink onto Glossy White card stock.  I set the stamped card stock aside and worked on my card design elements.  Then I came back and used a Sponge Brayer to cover the card stock in Marina Mist ink, wiped the piece off with a paper towel and put the card together.
Here are some tips I relearned while playing with this technique again:

1.  Be sure your stamps are impeccably clean.  I use a baby wipe or cloth sprayed with Stampin' Mist to make sure all traces of ink and debris are off the image.  If you do not do this, your stamped image will be muddled and not the white you want.

2.  Glossy White card stock is a slick surface, so be careful that you do not move your stamp as you are stamping your images.  (Let's just say that  I messed up a few snowflakes and started over a couple of times.  I had to relearn "the touch".)  

3.  Especially if you have older (NOT OLD!) eyes like me, make sure that you have good light so you can see where you have stamped your images--VersaMark is clear. 

4.  Light colors do not work as well with this technique--you want the white images (where the VersaMark resists the ink) to pop.

5.  Start with an over-sized piece of card stock and cut it down to the size you want after you have sponged on the classic ink.  I have found that I sometimes have uneven color coverage on the edges of my card stock--not sure why.

6.  You do not need a lot of embellishments with this glossy background.

Once I got the snowflakes right, I played around with other ways to create Ghost images.  It was fun! (And I am very glad I hoarded a lot of Glossy White card stock when it retired the first time--so I didn't have to worry about running out!)

Here's a Halloween Treat Bag:

I brayered on stripes of Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry over the assorted goblin images from the Creep it Real stamp set.

Here are some daisy ghosts creating a backdrop for a daisy bouquet:

I inked these ghost daisies a bit differently than I did in the first two projects. I used a sponge to sponge Daffodil Delight ink over the blossoms using a circular motion.  Then I brayered over the entire card with Lemon Lime Twist.

This last project was inspired by the new Post Script background stamp.  I was thinking of a vintage post card as I made it:

For this one, I stamped the Post Script background stamp on the Glossy White card stock.  I first sponged Sahara Sand ink all over the card stock, then sponged a freehand oval in Early Espresso over the area where I planned to place my stamped landscape image.  I used Early Espresso to stamp my landscape and seal and then colored the images lightly with my Watercolor Pencils.  

I hope you give this technique a try!  Get a couple of packs of Glossy White card stock and play.

**Before this post went live, I created another ghosted project and I wanted to share it with you here, too.  Read more about this project here.

Now on to the next blog!

On to the truly talented Andrea Tucker . . .

Back to the awesome Linda van Wely-Zwolle . . .

Here are my supply lists:

Snowflake Ghost Card:
Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
Flurry of Wishes stamp set, photopolymer, #139732
Card stock:  Glossy White, #144240; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Silver Foil Sheets, #132622
Foil Snowflakes, #144642
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Marina Mist classic, #126962
Sponge Brayers, #141714
Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge ribbon, #144213
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372

Trick or Treat Mini Bag:
Creep It Real stamp set, clear mount, #144780
Card stock:  Glossy White, #144240; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Pumpkin Pie, #105117; Merry Little Christmas 12" X 12" card stock pack, #144622 (Yes, the Kraft card stock I used for the bag is back only in this Holiday Catalog card stock pack!)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, #126945; Old Olive, #126953; Rich Razzleberry, #126950; Basic Black Archival, #140931
Brights Collection Stampin' Write Markers, #131259
Sponge Brayers, #141714
Gold Binder Clips, #141673
Gold Mini Sequin Trim, #144128
Basic Black Vintage Crochet Trim, #144611
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706

Daisy Bouquet Card:
Daisy Delight stamp set, photopolymer, #143669
Card stock:  Glossy White, #144240; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Daffodil Delight, #119683
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Daffodil Delight classic, #126944; Lemon Lime Twist classic, #144086; Garden Green classic, #126973
Sponge Brayers, #141714
Stamping Sponges, #141337
Linen Thread, #104199

Post Script Ghost Card:
Post Script background stamp, wood mount, #143985
Tuscan Vineyard stamp set, wood mount, #141899
Card stock:  Glossy White, #144240; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Sahara Sand, #121043
Ink:  VersaMark, #102283; Early Espresso, #126974; Sahara Sand, #126976
Watercolor Pencils, #141709
Stamping Sponges, #141337
Linen Thread, #104199
1" Circle Punch, #119868
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706




What fun you've had with the glossy paper and the ghosting technique! Thanks for sharing all of the examples.

Posted by Sara Levin on September 03, 2017 at 07:37 PM #

Fantastic creations using the Glossy Paper, Sara. I love the versatility of the Glossy, and you have been very busy. D xox

Posted by Denita Wright-Smee on September 04, 2017 at 01:49 AM #

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