I love teaching you fun stamping techniques and today's card features the clear block stamping technique. Have you tried this technique before? If you have, add a comment under the card to tell me: Yes! And if you love this technique too, add a second YES! to your comment.
This technique is an oldie but a goodie as it adds a subtle and interesting background feature on a card. The key is to use a light ink color - like the subtles collection or lighter tones in the neutrals collection.
Another thing you need to be aware of, is that you shouldn't worry about precise inking and stamping - this technique is supposed to look imprecise so roll with the look!
The card below uses the Country Home stamp set: a set inspired by a beautiful fall in the countryside. Dried flowers, rustic jugs—just the setting to sit still for a moment and be grateful. I love the phrases and images in this set; there are so many possible uses which makes it a great value for your dollar.
Notice the simplicity of this card - only one section colored, coordinating designer paper, the subtle Crumb Cake layer, and the perfect embellishment as a final touch - one that adds sophistication without drawing your eyes away from the main image.
Don't miss a full set of instructions and supplies list under the card. Instruction #4 will show you how to do the clear block stamping technique. My advice is to try this a few times on scrap paper until you are happy with how it looks.
Leave a comment under this post to tell me if you are going to give this card a try. If you don't have the supplies to make it and want to add them to your collection, click here to link over to my online store!
Country Home thank you card
- Stamp Sets – Country Home (147678)
- Card Stock – Crushed Curry (131199); Crumb Cake (120953); Whisper White (100730)
- Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Memento (132708); Crumb Cake (147116)
- Misc. – Country Lane Designer Paper (147804); Clear Block D (118485); Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082); 3/16” Braided Linen Thread (147808); Galvanized Buttons (147891); Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends (144585); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)
- Crushed Curry (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
- Crumb Cake: 4” x 5 ¼”
- Whisper White: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
- Whisper White: 4” x 4”
- Designer Paper: 2” x 3 7/8”
- Braided Linen Thread: 4 ½” and 7”
- Ink the word “thankful” as part of the greeting stamp using the Basic Black marker. Stamp the word in the lower right corner of the designer paper.
- Adhere the designer paper to the lower portion of the Whisper White 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” cardstock. Adhere this layer to the Crumb Cake layer.
- Place a Glue Dot on each end of the 4 ½” piece of Braided Linen Thread. Adhere the thread along the top edge of the designer paper, securing the raw ends to the backside.
- Ink the Clear Block D using the Crumb Cake ink. Stamp off one layer of ink on scratch paper to reduce the shade. Stamp the block on the 4” x 4” piece of Whisper White cardstock.
- Stamp the cattail image using Memento ink in the center of the Crumb Cake block. Trim around the stamped image using your scissors.
- Color in the two cattails using the Stampin’ Blends.
- Adhere the stamped image to the upper portion of the Whisper White layer using Dimensionals.
- Adhere the Galvanized Button using Glue Dots to the right side of the horizontal Braided Linen Trim. Create a single loop bow using the 7” piece of Braided Linen Trim. Adhere it over the button holes using a Glue Dot.