Birthday card made using stamping off technique
This birthday card was made using a technique called stamping off. The flower image is stamped three times, left to right, using the same colour ink each time but stamping off once for the middle image and twice for the third. I am fortunate to have a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help line up my images. If you are using a clear-mount stamp you will be able to see through that to help position your next stamp. If like me you favour wood-mount stamps and don’t yet own a Stamp-a-ma-jig, using grid paper or drawing a grid on scrap paper will be helpful.
The card on the left is made using Real Red ink, card stock and ribbon. The one on the right uses this seasons In Colour Lost Lagoon. See the bottom of this post for a list of items used and measurements.
First ink the stamp pad make the first image on your Whisper White card stock (cut to 14.5cm x 5.5cm) at full colour.
For the second (middle) image you are going to stamp off once on to scrap paper. Ink the stamp, lightly stamp the scrap paper and then stamp your card stock. Here I have used scrap paper to highlight where I want to place stamp.
With the last image (far right) you ink your stamp, stamp twice on the scrap paper and then onto the card stock. Here I have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig so I can see and line up where the last flower will be on my card stock.
You could miss out the stamping on scrap paper and stamp the images one after the other only inking your stamp once. I prefer the stamping off method as it allows more control over the next image. You have time to position where you want to stamp and by only stamping lightly on the scrap paper your second and third images will not be as faded.
Stamp your greeting on the bottom of the card and stamp the edge/corner of the 14cm x 9.8cm of Whisper White with the flower stamp to add some interest to the inside of the card. Using either double sided tape or SNAIL adhesive attach your three flower stamped image to the Real Red card stock and then attach that to the main card. Attach the 14cm x 9.8cm to the inside of the card. Then place your ribbon around the card, tie in a knot (or bow) and trim to your preferred length. I have created a V at the ends of the ribbon by folding it in half and cutting at an angle.
Your ribbon should stay in place but if you want to stick the ribbon to the card use a couple of small pieces of sticky strip. Don’t forget your envelope, stamping part or all of the flower on the outside will make your card that extra bit special.