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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stamping 101: Stamping with Markers

Tutorial Topic: How to get multiple colors on a single stamped image using Stampin' Write markers.

Today I am featuring the "Simply Said" stamp set from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.

The image on the left is how the floral heart image looks when stamped with a Brocade Blue Classic Ink Pad. The blue floral heart looks nice on its own, but wouldn't it be nice to have the option to have multiple colors for the flowers, as shown in the image on the right?

Simply Said Stamp Set
Item Number: 115066
Price: $28.95
All images copyright Stampin' Up!

Step 1.) Choose your marker colors. In this example, I have chosen Brocade Blue, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie.

Step 2.) Color directly onto the raised line images on the rubber, being careful not to overlap colors. Stampin' Write markers are dual tipped and you'll want to use the thicker brush tip when coloring. (The thin tip on the other side is meant to be used for writing.)

Step 3.) When you are finished coloring, exhale warm air onto the rubber, as if you were trying to fog up a window. The moisture from your breath will dampen the ink just enough to give even coverage. It is important not to skip this step because the ink from the first marker may have started to dry while you were still coloring with your other markers.

Step 4.) Stamp your image and you're done!

Important Note: Do not try this technique with just any marker, especially permanent ones like Sharpies! Your marker *must* have water-based dye ink or you will permanently stain the rubber when you color it. Second, do not confuse Stampin' Write Markers with Stampin' Write Journalers. The journalers are waterproof and are meant for writing in scrapbooks, not stamping!

This week, take a good look at your stamp collection and take note of the images that would benefit when colored directly with markers instead of using a single ink pad.

I hope you enjoyed this week's tutorial at StampingHut. See you at next week's lesson!

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