I have been learning some new crafting techniques - this time, stamps, embossing powder and a heat gun. I have been investigating the internet for 'how to' videos (of which there are many, as you'd imagine) and decided to have a go. This technique wouldn't work with polymer clay due to the direct heat required, but as I already had lots of different stamps and some pigment ink pads, I thought, why not try? I can use the technique for cards, tags, and decorating notebooks (all useful for blog swaps and birthdays!). Above is an embossed stamp pattern (the embossing powder when heated forms a raised surface), painted with iridescent acrylic paint (Pebeo Studio Acrylic Iridescent). The magic happens when the light hits the paint in a certain way and the metallic element shines out.
Hmm, I may have to be a little more careful where the paint goes as I seem to have gone over the lines a bit! The gold paint looks very shiny here.
Here are some of the gorgeous paint colours. The paint covers well and is nice and thick, but can be thinned with water as required.
Even the water used to wash the brush gets some added sparkle.
Here are a couple of hummingbird stamps, embossed and then painted with the acrylic paints.
I really like the blues and greens, but then I would! I am looking forward to more experimenting with black background paper and other stamps as I really enjoy learning new skills.