Monday, 8 February 2016

Naked Stamping

Last week's Splitcoastampers Technique Lovers' Challenge was called "Naked Stamping".  The idea was to create a background with whatever medium we liked and then use line stamps over top to let the background medium show through (rather than colouring the image).

I chose to use my Brushos.  My first few attempts were disasters - my colours came out too strong or too muddy. I'd been using mixed media and watercolour papers. Then I went back to the coated cs I used when I first got my Brushos and had much better luck.  I ended up creating three cards, the first of which I'm really pleased with:

My plan was to end up with distinct patches of scarlet, yellow, and orange to kind of fit the stamp but the colours ran together a bit more than intended. I was okay with the peachy colour they made in the centre. I watered the Scarlet Brusho down quite a bit to get it pale enough. When dry, I stamped the poppies.

I then went on and made two much more simple variations with different stamps.  In both these cases, I used a single colour of Brushos.

I experimented with different inks for the stamping.  The first card uses black archival ink, the second uses a black pigment ink with clear embossing powder, and the third uses a green archival ink for a tone-on-tone look.

Thanks for dropping by!

Poppy card:
Stamps: Penny Black poppies, A Muse sentiment
Paper: ivory cs, coated cs
Paper Size: 5.25" square
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Accessories: black pearls, Lil Inkers stitched circle die, and Brushos (Scarlet, Orange, Yellow) 
Pansy card:
Stamps: Holly Berry House pansies, Paper Angel sentiment
Paper: white and black cs, coated cs
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: violet Brushos, Sizzix die, clear embossing powder, Buttercup Liquid Pearls, foam tape

Holly card:
Stamps: Great Impressions
Paper: white and coated cs
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Ranger Archival Library Green
Accessories: L'il Inker stitched rectangle die, Sizzix embossing folder, green Brushos, red Stickles


  1. All cards are amazing. The first card beautiful brusho background - a surprisingly delicate. Very feminine card.

  2. All cards are amazing. The first card beautiful brusho background - a surprisingly delicate. Very feminine card.

  3. Three beautiful cards Susan. Love the brushos and how they just flow across your card fronts. xx

  4. These are all beautiful :) ( when I tried this last week my brain used a die instead lol so I never posted it) but, I love these esp. the holly Christmas version Susan.

  5. Susan, each of these is just a real beauty, and I'm loving the Naked Stamping you've done with the brushos. You have a very light deft hand with this it's very easy to get them darker than you meant (I do!) Yours are so prettily pastel, and made terrific backgrounds for the pretty images you selected to stamp. I loved all of these, but I think #3 with the Holly would be my most favorite. Well DONE! Bet you had such fun. TFS

  6. These are gorgeous, Susan! I especially love the first one too! Beautiful mix of colors and one of my favorite images. My grandson loves using the Brushos and seeing how the colors will turn out. They are fun!

  7. These backgrounds are fabulous, Susan! Love the cool look of the black stamping over the colorful splash! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my mixed media. Please let me know if you ever have any questions on any details. I love sharing the fun stuff!


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