Stamping is one of my favorite ways to make cards. Stamps are versatile, come in a variety of designs, and allow me to try new techniques. Today I want to share an easy way to make a gradient (darker to lighter) design using stamping off (applying ink and then stamping on scrap paper before stamping on your project).
This card comes from the Paper Crafts special issue Stamp It! Techniques. Latisha Yoast created the Spooky Spider card using two stamps – a spider and the word spooky. The gradient technique makes this card unique by creating a design that is dark at the top and fades to light at the bottom giving it an eerie appearance. And while it looks complex, the technique is very straight forward.
Here is Latisha’s card:
And here are the steps:
You’ll repeat the last step, but stamp off an additional time, until the entire cardstock piece is stamped.
Cool technique, huh? And perfect for this time of year. If you’re not into Halloween, try the same effect with snowflakes for a winter card or suns for a summery look. I think you’ll have fun with this idea and be hooked in no time. For other stamping ideas, I’d suggest Stamp It! 3 Ways, Vol. 3.
Have fun creating!
SUPPLIES: Clear stamps: (spider, spooky, bats, boo! from Halloween Party set) Waltzingmouse Stamps Dye ink: (Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade) Ranger Industries; (Basic Black) Stampin’ Up! Cardstock: (Ivory) Flourishes Patterned paper: (Wonderland Classifieds from Hallowe’en in Wonderland collection) Graphic 45 Fibers: (cream ribbon) Stampin’ Up!; (white jute twine) May Arts Die: (tag) Spellbinders Tool: (border punch) Fiskars Finished size: 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
Note: This card was created a few years ago so all supplies may not be available. If that is the case you’ll need to substitute with a similar product.