Friday, March 20, 2015

Collage 4 Ways

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Make your images do double duty!

Sometimes it is just a matter of looking at things a little differently.
I used the stamp above (SD551, Learning to Fly), on both the watercolor  and Gelato cards on the right. I simply stamped the sentiment and cut the words into individual pieces to create two new phrases. 

One more way to get more from your collage stamps is to use the individual images from the collage as single stamps.  For instance, the large balloon used in the collage stamp on the right could easily be used as a single stamp. Just stamp the collage and cut the individual image out to use on your artwork.

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Dear Pat, 
Collage stamps are beautiful - but did you with using them sometimes?  In this issue of Inkspirations, I show you 4 ways to color them creatively. I am using the same stamp so you can see just how different the various methods make the image look.

One Collage Stamp - 4 Ways
The first way to use collage stamps is called Deconstructed Collage.
To deconstruct them, we are using the different images in the stamp, colored separately, as "popped" elements on the final piece.

In the picture above, I have stamped the image several times. One of the images was kept intact and colored. The other stamped pieces were colored and cut apart. Pop dots were added to the back of the individual elements, and they were placed over the base image. 

The full tutorial for this technique is on the  Simple and Easy Inking CD.

The second way that we are using the stamp is called Frosted Dylusions. 

To start, stamp and heat emboss the image on Watercolor paper using white (or clear) embossing powder.
Working on a craft mat, spray several colors of Dylusions Spray in different puddles adjacent to one another. Spray the ink puddles with Pearl Ex or Glimmer Mist to add shimmer.
Dip the embossed watercolor paper into the color and move around gently.

Lift the paper and let set for a moment of two, then dab off the excess color with a paper towel.

The full tutorial for Frosted Dylusions may be found on The Shimmer Glimmer Sparkle and Shine CD.

The third idea for using collage stamps is the simplest. It just involves coloring the image with your  favorite  medium.

For the image on the left,  I used Peerless Watercolors. Note that the sale price on Peerless Watercolors with the 10% discount will be maintained on my site until the end of the month.
Finally, our last way to use collage stamps is to use Gelatos.  Simply stamp the collage image with StazOn, and color the image roughly with a generous amount of Gelato color. Use a dabber to move the colors around, back and forth over the image, pushing the colors out to the sides.
To finish the card, a Gel pen was used to highlight different areas on the collage stamp. Note that Gelatos are still on sale on my site also.

Try a collage stamp!

The stamp featured in the techniques above use the Vintage Balloon Collage stamp from the Technique Junkies Palettini Line.  You can find the stamp HERE., along with several other Vintage Collage Stamps.

All of the Vintage Collage stamps are 10% off this week so you can try these techniques, too.


The Learning to Fly Stamp was just added to my site. It is $4.95 and can be found HERE.

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

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