I have a fun technique to share with you today! It’s called shadow stamping.
This is the first time I’ve tried this technique, and I have to admit that it was much easier than I anticipated. In order to do it, you need to choose a solid stamp such as the leaves on my background from the Botanical Blooms stamp set.
I created this card for #3 of Kimberly Van DiePen’s September Challenges. For this challenge, she asked us to find a favorite card on one of our Pinterest boards and copy it. Of course, it was also important to change the card enough to make it our own.
I picked a gorgeous card created by Connie Collins using the shadow stamping technique. You can see it here. I immediately fell in love with this technique and wanted to try it myself.
To achieve this technique, first I used White Craft ink to stamp the leaves and small flowers. After letting the ink dry, I stamped over the original image, shifting slightly down and to the side, with Mint Macaroon ink. I also stamped off once each time I stamped with the Mint Macaroon ink so the shadow was subtle. Another important tip is to clean your stamp each time you stamp with the Mint Macaroon ink to ensure you don’t get residual white on your ink pad.
For the rest of the card, I layered lots of elements created using the Botanical Blooms stamps and Botanical Builders Framelits Dies. For the stamped leaves, I stamped off once with both the Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaroon inks for a more subtle look, then I stamped the details with Bermuda Bay.
For the small flowers, I used the tip of a sponge to lightly color the centers with Delightful Dijon ink.
I created my label with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and a sentiment from Thoughtful Branches.
Then, as a final touch, I added some Bermuda Bay Enamel Shapes. These fun accents were on sale last week, so I snatched up one of each color combination!
Supplies used on my card: