My stamping adventures

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New week - new day - new card!

Here is a card with a technique I bet you forgot about......soot stamping!  haven't done this in many many years.  For complete instructions on soot stamping click here for written tutorial with pictures.

 Main thing to do or I should say is do not burn the house down!  LOL!  I didn't, yeah.  This is soot stamping with a twist of color.  First go find some glossy cardstock.....yes find it.....another thing I don't use much but I found an unopened package of it!  you never know what you will find when you go looking.  Picked up one of those long lighters at the dollar store and it worked great! In years past I we did it with candles with wax dripping all over my hand....burning it.  Invest in this $1 item and save your hands.  Burn glossy cardstock.  Don't really burn the cardstock just the coating off the card.  It leaves black cloudy swirls all over the cardstock...perfect, I thought for a train.  Next stamp clean stamp into the soot on the card which will reveal a ghost like image.  Too cool!  what I like to do next is take it outside and spray it with Fixative.  This pretty much sets the soot so it doesn't rub off.  Let it dry then I blended on some color with my Ranger Distress inks and blending tool.  Gave it another spray with Fixative and now ready to add embellishments.  Punched out EK Success border (don't know the name-threw out pkg.) with black cardstock and did some stitching through the holes with brown embroidery thread - whatcha think?  look like railroad tracks? maybe?  Stamp saying with Archival jet black ink, zap with heat tool to dry.  Layer onto pale purple card then purple note card.  Inside stamp second half of saying, "Let's pray it's not a train!" and another train image on same pale purple cs and tape to inside of card. 
Entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Mark's Finest Papers blog - faux/real stitches
2.  Crazy 4 Challenges - add black cardstock
3.  Card Crafter's Circle - In stitches real or faux

Stamps and supplies:
Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps! a Heinrich Company - MFP Train Talk
Ranger - Distress inks, blending tool
Krylon spray Fixative
EK Success border punch


  1. Neat technique for this image. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends

  2. Clever creation! I love the soot technique, and don't use it as often as I'd like. I better pull out my train images! Thanks for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  3. Great idea for the train, Sue! Looks terrific.

  4. The last time I did this was with you in my old garage .... That was a long time ago!

  5. Thanks for playing in the stitching challenge this week at Card Crafter’s Circle, I can see you have put a lot of thought into this creation and I love it! All the little touches make this card special!!!
    Trish Munro
    Card Crafter’s Circle Design Team

  6. What an interesting technique Sue! This is a great masculine card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox blog challenge!

  7. Sue this card is totally awesome, I can't wait for the tutorial. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy Fox and Friends challenge, we hope to see you again next week. Make sure to check out our challenge with Friends of SpeedyTV for more fun and more chances to win with Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.


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