Techniques!

 

Tole technique I've seen the word "tole" used widely. I'm not totally sure what it means, but I use it as a 3D technique for stamping by bending paper to give it a more lifelike look. You can either cut parts of an image and mount the ends with foam dots (like different petals of a flower) or you can do what I like to do. Just use a small amount of foam material in the center of your image and then glue down the entire edge of your image so the center is "popping" and the edges are all glued securely to your card...I hope this is understandable. If not, E-mail me and I'll try to explain better...
Motion stamping Take a stamp of an object that is normally in motion like a car, turtle, shark, etc., and ink as normal. If you want the image to be moving fast, simply keep the stamp on the paper after you stamp, and sweep it into the direction it just "came from". (Hope that made sense!). If you want to do a "slow motion" image like a walking turtle, just ink up as normal and stamp. Pick up the stamp and without inking again, stamp once more about half way behind the original image so it's half overlapping the first. You may or may not want to use a mask. Do this as many times as you wish for the effect. I normally have enough ink for three, maybe four times...
Joseph's Coat technique 1 Simply use clear embossing powder over clear embossing ink on light paper with your favorite pattern stamp. After clear embossing, use markers to splotch color onto the entire card with your chosen colors. Now, wipe off the embossed image with a paper towel. Also called Resist Embossing...
Joseph's Coat technique 2 Color "blotches" of your favorite markers on a light piece of card stock. Just put the color randomly on the paper but keep the "blotches" larger than a dime each, so they will show up better. Now, use a clear embossing ink with your favorite stamp. (Designs and bold stamps work the best for this. The bolder the stamp, the more of the background will show through) Next, emboss with clear powder. Take a black marker and cover your whole piece. Then, take a paper towel and wipe. The black ink on the clear embossed image will wipe right off, showing the colors underneath... 
Bleach Painting Stamp and black emboss on a darker colored card stock. Now, paint on a bleach/water mixture lightly to take the pigment out of the dark card stock and color as desired. See a sample of this in the "House Mice" gallery. Its the patriotic one. This looks really neat. I had no idea how she did it when I first saw it...
Bleach Stamping Fold a paper towel and saturate with bleach and a little water. Lightly tap your stamp onto the towel like you would an inkpad and stamp as normal.
Chalk Popping* Use your Versamark ink for the desired image. Then, simply take a cotton ball rubbed into the chalk color you want the image to be, and lightly "daub" on the color. The more chalk you have on your cotton ball and the harder you daub, the sharper your image will be. I find that using up and down pats works better than smearing; although, that is a fun look too, just different. This technique is fast and a lot of fun! 
Double embossing Emboss a stamped image once with embossing color A. Then color in the image and coat the inside of the image with clear embossing ink and heat.
Splatter technique

 

Use an old wet toothbrush to ink and splatter onto your cardstock. Makes a neat spotted background...I've also read that you can use a spray bottle with water and some re-inker for the same effect.

 

Rainbow embossing technique Simply ink image to be embossed like normal, but use multiple colors of embossing powder on the image. Just sprinkle one color on, shake off, and move to the next color. Very similar to using multiple colors of glitter on an image...See the ship card by Lisa here, as an example...
Grid technique Place Post-it notes on your card face where you want your lines to go. Either stipple or sponge off edge of Post-its onto your card with desired ink colors. Once you are happy with your "grid", mask off each portion and fill in space with your stamps. I like this look best when each portion is completely filled. I use my teenies to use up dead space. This just magnifies the look of the sectioned grid...See examples in the grid gallery.
Shaker technique Make a frame somewhere on your card with double stick foam tape. Place your beads or shaker items inside the frame of foam tape. Now cut some acetate to match the frame size and place on the foam tape. Now make another frame from your desired paper and adhere to the acetate so it covers the ugly foam tape. Finished! You can also use foam board for the center of your card. (like a sandwich with foam board in the middle of two sheets of card stock) If you choose to use the foam board, just stamp on it and cut out your image from the board. This would work great for an image of a jar, glass, or the like. You would then stamp the image with permanent ink onto your acetate and place it over the "hole" you just cut...
Double Shaker technique Just make a shaker card and do the shaker window twice with one on top of the other. That way, you can have two layers of stuff shaking around without mixing them up. Or you could put some cut out stamped images in to shake around. If you do that, be sure to stamp the image on two layers of card stock glued together so you have more weight. It will shake better that way...
Faux ceramic tile technique 1

(for a detailed image)

Stamp and color your image on card stock (white works best for me). I use colored pencils or permanent ink so it won't smear when you emboss over it. Now DRY emboss your pattern over your colored image so the elevated parts of the paper are on the colored side. Remove the dry embossing stencil and put it on the front of your image, fitting it in to the dry embossed marks. This will now act as a mask for your embossing. While holding the brass stencil in place, take your embossing ink pad and cover all exposed parts. Remove brass stencil and coat with clear embossing powder. Melt as normal. When I do this it usually takes a couple of coats of clear embossing powder to get a nice smooth tile look. Be sure to wash your brass stencil with warm sudsy water and dry well as soon as your done to keep it in like new condition...The first time I did this, it was a disaster so just don't give up! Its worth it....
Faux Ceramic Tile technique 2

(for a more realistic fired tile look)

First, DRY emboss your brass "tile" stencil on your card stock. Lighter colors work best for me. Then, remove the dry embossing stencil and place it on the front of your dry embossed design. It will now work like a mask. Tape it on to secure it. Now, take your second brass tile with your desired image and place it over the first brass tile. Dab on your chosen colors through this "image" stencil. When you are happy with how your image looks, remove the second brass stencil. With the first "tile" stencil still in place, coat your project with clear embossing ink. Next, remove the stencil and cover with clear embossing powder and heat. If using regular embossing ink, it will take a couple coats to get a nice smooth tile surface. I've heard UTEE works great for this, but I have never tried it myself.  Be sure to wash your brass stencil with warm sudsy water and dry well as soon as your done to keep it in like new condition...Have fun!
Spotlight technique Stamp your image as normal without coloring it. Stamp image again on second piece of card stock. Pick a part of the stamp you want to call attention to and cut it out. You can cut it as any shape you want. I like the square look the best. Now color your little "shape" and pick a coordinating color card stock to add a small layer behind it. Take your "spotlight" and adhere it to the original image right where it belongs. Fun technique!
3D technique Stamp and color your first image like normal. Then stamp again on separate piece of paper. Pick out the portion of the image that would pop out towards you if it were 3D, and cut it out. Color and adhere to the original image with a pop dot or fun foam. I love this technique. It ads a lot of interest...
Watercolor/Embossing Ink and emboss your image on watercolor paper with color of your choice. I like black.  Now simply watercolor in the image. The image will resist the watercolor. This is a great look. To see an example, go to the Nautical & Seaside gallery and scroll down to my Key West lighthouse card...
Masking Stamp original image where you want it on your card. Then stamp your image on a Post-it note and cut out. Place cut out image on your original stamped image and stamp everything else. Remove Post-it image and voila, a layered effect.
Reverse Masking Stamp image onto card. Stamp second image onto Post-it note. Cut out image. Take Post-it note (now with image missing) and place over original image. Stamp away! This will put your second stamp images into the original stamped image. Example.
Overlap technique* Simply stamp your desired images over each other without masking anything. I did a neat card with the statue of liberty over a map of the US stamp. I accidentally got her head exactly in the state of Minnesota where I live. It turned out really neat! You can find that card in the Patriotic gallery.
Split negative technique Cut your card stock into four or six equal portions with half being color A and half being color B. Place the papers together in a checkerboard pattern and stamp your images with clear embossing ink. Take pieces of color A and emboss with powder that matches color B. Then take the pieces of color B and emboss with powder that matches color A. Adhere to card in original checkerboard pattern. I've seen this done with black and white papers/powders with koi fish and it looked really sharp. Just be sure to get most of your images stamped overlapping both of your colors for interest...
Shaving cream technique Spread shaving cream on a jelly roll pan evenly. Drop food coloring or re-inkers in cream and gently swirl. Place paper on top and remove for drying. Allow to dry for a few minutes and remove the shaving cream from the paper with a spatula. Voila!
Twisting technique* Ink up bold image stamp with dye ink color A. Ink up second stamp with dye ink color B. Take second stamp and place rubber to rubber onto first stamp. Turn a quarter turn. Re-ink second stamp with color B and repeat if necessary...When finished, stamp with first stamp (now having twists on it as well) as normal...
Clear coat technique This is one of my favorites. I use it often when I have a card that needs just a little something more. Take an image and coat the entire thing with clear embossing ink. Emboss entire image with clear powder. I use this the most on stamps that are mostly white like a daisy or a military jet when coloring it in white doesn't quite look right...
Warhol technique* Stamp one image on four or six different colors of card stock. Cut out and put on your card in a grid-like pattern. Or, you can stamp the same image on one color card stock and color them in with different colors. Color them in with detail or take markers and scratch in splotches of color here and there on the stamped image. Mount on black card stock or layer with black card stock...
Faux Leather Mix colors of Liquid Appliqué to match the skin of whatever animal you are using. Put the L.A. on a lighter colored paper and mix your colors with your finger on the paper. Brayer the mixture out for a thin coat. Heat with gun. If you find the liquid appliqué is too thick once heated, let it dry overnight before heating. Or try to apply a thinner amount...  
Almost Leather Take the thin "Fun Foam" that you find in craft stores and heat it on both sides for about 20 seconds. Next take a stamp (bold works best) and press into the warm foam for about 10 seconds. Viola! Fake leather.
Wobbly weave background Cut two color papers to the size of card. Cut strips out of paper A lengthwise. Cut strips out of paper B widthwise. The key is to cut in wavy lines instead of straight boring lines. Weave together like normal. Use regular tape to hold together as you go. This takes some puttsing but looks great when finished! Check out my lemon card in the "fruity" gallery to see this background technique...

*Indicates a fast and easy technique

 

Other nifty techniques I've seen on the net...

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