Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #581 August 16th 2017
Vertical Step Card  
Guest tutorial author and Dirty Dozen designer Robin Tharaldson has a super simple way to create a fun dimensional card with a stairstep feature.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Printable template
  • Cardstock
  • Straight pin
  • Scoring tool
  • Craft knife or trimmer
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Kelli asks: "I was browsing the gallery and found a BEAUTIFUL card with a colored image on black cardstock. For technique, it lists pencils over ink. How do you do this?"
    A: Coloring on dark cardstock is so dramatic! A tip for really vibrant pencil color is to have a white base beneath it. For a solid stamp, use white dye or pigment ink. If you're using a line art stamp, you can fill in the outline with white craft ink (applied with a brush or blending applicator), watered down acrylic paint, or even clear gesso before coloring. You can find more tips and instructions in our Black Magic tutorial.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Holly has some feedback on the Duoprinting with Chlorophyll technique:"Many years ago I learned a craft called 'pounding', where you put a flower between two pieces of cardstock and pounded them with a hammer to transfer the pigments from the flower to the paper. The results were very unpredictable, but fascinating. My favorite flower to use was the pansy. Using a die cutting machine gives a very different result, much more even and recognizable."

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    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
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