Well, after many requests, I have finished the tutorial for this technique, but first some background:
I developed this technique 2 years ago and sent it into Pat Huntoon for the Technique Junkies Newsletter. I want to urge you to subscribe to TJ, it is the BEST resource ever for the technique-lovin' stamper! I, personally, have had several techniques published, including this one, and there are many, many more. You get a paper copy in full color, plus you have online tutorials for all the techniques and a great gallery. It's a real bargain.
For my fellow TJ'ers, I did make sure it was okay with Pat to publish another tutorial on this technique and she said "go right ahead! I don't own them!" As long as I'm using my own pics and words, it is okay with Pat.
So without further ado:
- a piece of light colored cardstock
- three to five different colors of ink (some lighter than others)
- a background stamp and a stamp or stamps that are solid in nature (rather than line art)
- Versamark Pad
- an Embossing Buddy
- Clear embossing powder, preferably not detail
- Embossing heat tool
- a rubber brayer
- sponge wedges
- paper towel
Start by inking up the background stamp...but don't pay any attention to the fact that I actually started out by inking this up with Purely Pomegranate because I almost immediately realized that I hadn't meant to grab that color, but Groovy Guava instead. Just pretend that I am inking it with Groovy Guava, despite the fact that the Groovy Guava pad is lying there closed. It's an illusion.
Lay your light colored cardstock on top of the background stamp (note how the Groovy Guava pad is now open...now this is reality, remember!)
Flip your grid paper over and rub the back of the cardstock to transfer the image.
Peel up the cardstock and admire your creation for a bit. Have some chocolate! Wait...where is the chocolate?!?!? There was a bag of Hershey kisses down here just the other day! Where is it?!?!? I didn't eat them all...did I?
Check the waste basket...nope...no bag in there! Where are they?!?!?
I careen around my stamping haven looking for chocolate, but it is nowhere to be found...hmmm...now thinking dark thoughts about children and even DH! Where did they take the chocolate?!?!?!?
What? Oh! You want to get back to the tutorial! Okay!
Sponge some color on top of the piece you just stamped. Not dark colors, just adding a little variety to your background.
Use your embossing buddy to get rid of any residual dampness from the ink. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Otherwise you will get embossing powder sticking all over. Don't have an embossing buddy? Use some baby powder or cornstarch...messier, but it will work.
Using Versamark ink, stamp your images on top of the prepared piece. You can't see what you've stamped very easily, so be careful not to overlap...I tilt the cardstock and check for the shine of the ink.
Pour clear embossing powder on top of the stamped piece, making sure to cover the whole thing to get all the images coated.
Heat the embossing powder until it melts and becomes clear. Don't overheat, or it will look like doodie.
Like this! Cool eh?? This would be a great time for some chocolate!
No Hershey bag in that wastebasket either. Where did the chocolate go?!?!?
I'm not finding it!!!! Rats!!!
Take your darker colors and start brayering. Unlike the original Joseph's Coat technique, I am not using glossy cardstock and I'm not trying to completly cover the cardstock. Instead I'm making a kind of raggedly plaid look. I brayer rectangles and squares of color that overlap.Make sure you clean your brayer in between colors, or instead of having Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, and Close to Cocoa Pads you're going to end up with three Groovy to Get Close to Pomegranate Drinking Cocoa pads...and you don't want that color because it would be better named Muddy Muck instead!
I like three colors, including the one you stamped the background to begin with.
So I keep adding chunks of color to my cardstock until I'm dang happy with what i have.
Then I dampen a piece of paper towel with a bit of Stampin' Mist.
I buff off the excess ink on the embossed images.
I take my darkest color and add a little more of it behind the images to make the details pop out.
Then, of course, you trim and cut and stamp and fuss and fuss and fuss until you get:
Ingredients: Stamps - Fabulous Flowers, Paisley; Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Soft Sky; Ink - Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Versamark; Other - 3/16" corner rounder, ticket corner punch, scallop circle punch, vintage brads, dimensionals, chocolate chip marker, Crystal Clear EP
Yes, I know!!!! It's GOJUS!!!! And when you think I did it without benefit of chocolate, why that just makes it even MORE amazing!!!
"But Jan!" you say, "How is this different from Emerging Color? Danged if I know, other than my technique uses a background stamp and Emerging Color does not. Oh yeah and they deepen the background color more so the "seams" don't show as much. All I know is that my technique came first, dang it! And I have no CHOCOLATE!!!
Anyway, here are some other cards done with this technique:
This card started it all. My original inspiration was a Stampington stamp that showed a flower with type in it. I thought, "How can I mimic that with our stamps?" And the rest is HISTORY!
Here is where I really started getting a better idea of how cool this would look if I let the seams show some more!
Started adding more color with these!
It's a great technique! Have fun with it and link up in your comments so I can see what you've done!
And now, I will retire to look for my chocolate. If you want to send some, just let me know...the weather is now conducive and it probably won't melt.