Friday, May 2, 2008

Thumping and Huffing

Don't worry, it's not what you think ;)

Thumping and huffing is a technique to add additional colour to a stamped image. You ink up an image, and them use a marker to colour over some of the inked stamp (this is before you stamp it). It's better to ink in a light colour, and thump in a dark one. Once you've added your marker colours, you "huff" on the stamp, to moisten it up a bit again (you know how you breathe on your sunglasses to clean them? same idea).

This card was for a challenge on H!, which was inspired by TL05 on SCS.

This version is very subtle, but I think it looks gorgeous in person (the pussy willows are thumped in a soft blue/grey).

To make the scalloped edge, I took the plastic "guard" off of the bottom of my corner rounder punch (must be EK Success brand, which SU also uses) and punched the edge. It's super easy! Then I punched the holes with my Cropodile, using the slider thing to ensure each was punched at the same distance from the edge.

Here's a close-up of the vase, so you can see the different colours.

Stamps: Vases in Vogue, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: River Rock, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: River Rock, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky
Accessories: Corner rounder punch, word window punch, brads, ribbon, dimensionals, sponge; Cropodile, Marvy Le Plume II markers
Techniques: thumping, sponging, scalloped edge

Here's another thumped image. This one didn't turn out so well, because the lines of the stamp are too small. I think this technique would work better with more "solid" image stamps. Isn't it a pretty butterfly stamp though?

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