Hi, Dawn here with a stamping tip this week to get perfect images and straight verses every time! My tip will also make those ho-hum colored images POP! If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not you should invest in a MISTI, I hope this tutorial will help you decide. I love mine and use it every time for my cling and clear stamps! Lol—I get no kickback from the company; I just love the product!
There are lots of videos on YouTube on how to use one, so I won’t go into that. I’ll just show you how you can go from this …
I like to use Memento tuxedo black ink for my first stamping. This first step doesn’t need to be perfect, just enough to see where color is needed, so no worries if the image is light. Note: It’s important to not move your stamped image at this point!
I color directly on my MISTI. This assures that my next stamping step will be spot on.
This looks fine and could be used as is, but get ready for the POP part! Note: Some mediums such as colored pencils and watercolors may dull the ink a bit when coloring over it unless the image has been embossed.
I like to add some accents with acrylic paint or, as in this instance, white gel pen. You can see where some of the white pen ink has covered the stamped image … not to worry!
Since I’ve colored on the MISTI and my stamp is still in the same place, I can easily “over-stamp” the colored image knowing the lines will be in the right spots. I like to use Archival jet black ink at this point as it’s a strong black color.
Now you can go ahead and finish your card however you want. You don’t even have to worry if your verse will be straight or not! The grid lines help you line up the words. Note: Always stamp verse on a test paper first just to be safe.
You can even highlight special words if you want by stamping your verse in a light color. You can also just ink up the “word” that you want highlighted and wipe the excess ink away, but since I was going to be using black ink for the rest of the verse I didn’t bother. Again, leave your stamp and paper in the same position.
Next, make a mask of the word/s you want to highlight by stamping on a sticky note and carefully cutting around the word. Once again, since your stamp is still in the same position, you can “over-stamp” with black ink.
One more tip: Color the edge of your mat with one of the colors used in your image to match!
Supplies used: Pastel Paper Pack (releasing Feb. 1, 2016), Fragrance stamp set, Double Stitched Circles dies (#CBD136), Circles dies (#CBD142) and Doily dies (#CSBD62) from Our Daily Bread Designs; Archival jet black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; Memento tuxedo black ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; Chalk wisteria ink pad from Clearsnap; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; white gel pen from Sakura of America Inc.; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; MISTI stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.