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I love the looks I see in lots of work around here, but fail at reproducing such nice looks. Stamps with flowers. The colors for the stems and flowers are different, and I have tried using markers, small ink pads, etc. However I am still not able to get a good sharp look. Anyone here can give me some hints? Perhaps a tutorial?
Are you trying on silhouette style stamps? I find the best thing to do with those is to use a piece of low-tack tape to cover up the skinny stem area and then ink the flower head with any ink pad you fancy. Peel the tape off and use a marker to ink the stem, "huff" on the stamp to make sure the ink is moist and then stamp.
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When I'm using two colours on one stamp and using markers,I often use something like the Stamp-a-ma-Jig and only stamp one colour at a time. Or even stamp twice, if I want to get sharper definition, because with markers it doesn't always stamp as clearly as I'd like.
Great suggestions above.You could also try masking in this way: covering areas of your page with paper so only part of the stamp prints on it.
If you use a "nice" piece of paper (a circle, square or rectangle shape)to mask the different areas/parts of the page, and one colour on the whole stamp each time you stamp, your masking paper could be used as a matching background and not wasted. Just rotate the masking paper each time you use the stamp until the masking paper looks suitable to use as a background. HTH and makes sense to you.
The simplest thing to get better images is to color directly on the stamp but go over it several times with the marker so you have a good layer of ink, then huff an stamp. I've masked my images before but I prefer to just color on the stamp.
I love using Stampin Up markers for this technique. I use the paint brush end and really load up the stamp with ink, going over the areas a few times. You have to work fast! I also think breathing heavily ('huffing') on the stamps works really well to make sure the stamp is moist before stamping to paper. I hope this helps! I made a "Hello Card" last week with this technique. Check out my blog to see...