March 11, 2011 at 2:19 am #2418
Ok, I'll admit it…I really love stamping and the more I stamp the more I want to stamp. It's a wonderfully vicious circle. ;D
Emerging Color is one of those techniques that have some very basic and constant elements to it, but the creative license is all yours in how you present it. I'm sure if you Google or YouTube you will find a ton of tutorials and a lot of them will be very similar.
Emerging Color boils down to this one word: resist. This is at its very core a resist technique. The whole trick to doing this is to remember that you will work in layers. You all have seen the page I did for this month's kit. The border across the top uses my version of Emerging Color.
These are the samples I did for this tutorial.
They look a little grungy, but I did them for the purpose of illustrating how the resist works.
*Clear Embossing Powder
*Versamark or other embossing ink
*Ink Blending Tool
The only thing you really need to remember is this; anything that your clear emboss ON will stay just as you originally placed it on your page. With that in mind I begin to create my first layer knowing that the majority of these colors will stay in tact.
I took the butterflies stamp and added 2 colors of distress ink and them stamped it on my page. I then added some Broken China Distress Ink to a few places around my butterflies. I want sections of the blue to show through when I'm done.
This is the stamp that I want to emboss. This will be the image that will resist all ink going forward. Depending on the image you already created your final embossed image could show up as being colored or white, or a combination. A big tip: In order for the resist to have an impact your stamp should lay down a fair amount of ink. If your design is anything other than a simple one, a fine or dainty stamp may not work really well.
I used Versamark Ink on my stamp and then stamped my project. Make sure to get your clear embossing powder onto all areas of your stamped image. Now use your heat gun to emboss it. Check your image by looking at an angle to make sure that all of the embossing powder has melted.
Here is what my project looks like with my image embossed. Hopefully you can see it.
I begin adding ink to my project using the lightest color ink first. You can see that my embossed image is beginning to pop.
If you have Googled this technique you will note that it is at this point most people take a brayer and ink over their entire project in really dark ink so that only those images or colors under the embossing show and nothing else. I've taken mine one step further.
I begin by adding black ink in different areas. The darker you make your ink, the more your embossing shows up.
For this project I decided to spray it with just a light misting of water. This reacts with the distress ink and some of the lines between the colors being to blend on their own. I lightly wipe the water off; concentrating on removing the ink from the embossed image.
As you can see in the picture above, the blue and some of the purple and marigold of my butterflies still shows through as if it hasn't been touched. Yet,those colors are either gone or greatly reduced where the embossing was more distressed or not there at all.
This is one of many really cool resist techniques that you can do with embossing. I hope you give it a try! If you have any questions please let me know!!! 🙂March 11, 2011 at 2:34 am #96612March 11, 2011 at 2:51 am #96613March 11, 2011 at 3:17 am #96614March 11, 2011 at 3:44 am #96615March 11, 2011 at 5:26 am #96616March 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm #96617March 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm #96618
Lisa, thanks so much, fantastic technique, fantastic tutorial!!!!!March 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm #96620
I love this technique! It is SO Fun and easy! Plus, when you are done, it looks like you spent all day on it! ;DMarch 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm #96621March 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm #96619
great tut and I love the results. I need more stamps I think. I am a little thin on stamps.March 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm #96622
You must have read my mind!! I was just thinking that I wished one of you talented savages would do a tut on stamping and lo and behold here is Lisa showing us this amazing technique 🙂 I am so happy!!! I stink at stamping and could really use some help in this area. Lisa, you make it look so easy, I hope I can pull it off!March 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm #96623March 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm #96624
This is awesome!! Thank you for teaching us!!..Now maybe I will start using my gazillion stamps!!!March 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm #96625
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