Using metallic ink for stamp kissing!
In the realm of paper crafting, the opportunity for creative exploration knows no bounds. The art of stamping, whether you’re a novice or an experienced enthusiast, opens up countless avenues for innovative techniques. In my recent project, I delved into the enchanting world of metallic ink and the “stamp kissing” technique, resulting in a beautiful card that combines elegance and craft.
For this creative journey, I used several items from the Holiday Wishes Release by Honey Bee Stamps, including the Winter Watercolor Stamps and Dies, Pine & Berry Centerpiece Stamps and Dies, Holiday Wishes Paper Pack, Holiday Wishes Gem Stickers, and the enchanting Bee Creative Metallic Silver Pigment Ink.
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- Winter Watercolor Stamps and Dies
- Pine & Berry Centerpiece Stamps and Dies
- Holiday Wishes Paper Pack
- Holiday Wishes Gem Stickers
- Bee Creative Metallic Silver Pigment Ink
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Crafting with a Kiss: The Stamp Kissing Technique
The focal point of my project was the mesmerizing “stamp kissing” technique. I began by stamping two large silhouette florals from the Winter Watercolor Stamps in a delicate shade of pink, using my MISTI. This elegant base was just the canvas I needed to embark on my creative journey.
The essence of the “stamp kissing” technique lies in the layering of stamped images, creating depth and visual intrigue. I placed a piece of clear acetate over my stamped card panel. Then, I selected a finely detailed stamp from the Pine & Berry Centerpiece Stamps, adorned with bells, holly, a bow, and pine branches. I placed the detailed stamp on the acetate over one of the large silhouette florals and stamped it with my Metallic Silver Ink. Then, I gently closed the MISTI door, encouraging the metallic ink to “kiss” the large floral stamp.
Removing the acetate sheet, I gently closed the MISTI’s lid once more, transferring the metallic ink design onto the pink floral image. I repeated the process to build up the metallic ink, and the results were simply stunning. In this manner, I adorned both pink florals, creating an alluring and multi-dimensional visual appeal.
Merging Color Dimensions
Taking another card panel, I reproduced the “stamp kissing” technique, but this time I stamped my large silhouette florals with a rich, dark cranberry ink. Afterward, I die-cut all four floral images with their coordinating dies.
Foliage Flourish: Pine & Berry Magic
In keeping with the elegant theme, I turned again to the Pine & Berry Centerpiece Stamps and Dies. These finely detailed stamps in metallic silver ink provided an ethereal touch. I stamped and then die-cut various foliage images. I also stamped a graceful script Merry Christmas sentiment from the same set in timeless black and die-cut it for a finishing touch.
To bring everything together, I layered and glued the stamped and die-cut floral images, merging them with the detailed foliage images. I added the sentiment, right to the top center.
Assembling Elegance: Crafting Beauty in Layers
As for the backdrop, I opted for a piece of gorgeous gray plaid paper from the Holiday Wishes Paper Pack. I layered it onto a slightly larger piece of gray cardstock, creating a thin gray border that elegantly framed the entire piece. This combined piece was then glued to a white A2-sized card base, leaving a narrow white border to enhance the overall composition.
As the final touch, I took the carefully layered floral piece and elevated it with foam tape on top of the card base. To add a touch of iridescent magic, I affixed some pink gems from the Holiday Wishes Gem Stickers, bringing a sense of enchantment to the card.
This project exemplifies the wonders of metallic ink and the captivating “stamp kissing” technique, demonstrating how these elements can combine to create a masterpiece of elegance and craft. Have you tried “stamp kissing” before? Let me know down in the comments. There’s always something new to explore, try, and discover. Happy crafting!