Stamp Only Layout – June

I have been overwhelmed by the positive response to my first “Stamp Only Layout” for Merly Impressions! Thank you all so much for your positive feedbacks!

I am very pleased to be back with a brand new one and a new step-by-step to share with you! This month I will show you a very simple, quick and fool proof technique to create your own colourful patterned paper. Ready? Here we go!

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Step 1: Rub some light Distress Stain all over your paper. Here I used the Antique Linen shade. This will give a bit of a worn look to your colours.

Step 2: On your Non Stick Craft Sheet, rub two shades of water based ink pads. I used the Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint shades from the Distress Ink pads range. Then sprinkle or spray some water over it. I love this colour combo! So jazzy!

Step 3: Rub your paper onto your craft sheet (coloured side face down) until most of it is covered with your bright ink. If you miss a few spots it doesn’t matter as we will sort them out later.

Step 4: With your heat gun (or hair dryer), dry your sheet fully.

Step 5: With your Ink Blender rub some Tea Dye Shade ink on the edges of your paper and onto those spots that were left uncoloured. I love this step as it adds a bright but yet vintage-y feel to your paper. I have owned this ink for a while now but only got started using it in the last couple of month! And now I can’t get enough of it!!!

Step 6: With black ink (I use Versafine) stamp repeatedly your Checker Plate Background on your paper.

There you go!  You have your own unique paper!!! Want to see how I used it?  Here is how:

stamps only layout - June 2012

I love those bright colours!!! As you can see I used this same technique to create my pink/orange paper but using the amazing Numbers Background Stamp BUT did you noticed I also used the same technique for my Brown patterned paper? I simply decided to use different shades of brown instead of brights and I stamped my design also in brown. I used Frayed Burlap and Brushed Curduroy for it. The stamp I used is the Vintage Fence Background.

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I also used my favourite stamps of the moment: Grunge font Stamps. I know that they are some of your favourites too! I embossed them with white embossing powder and to balance my page I added, still with white embossing powder, the Graffiti Background.

So there you go! I hope this Stamp Only Layout inspired you!!!


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