Colored Soot Stamping

by Beate Johns

Take soot stamping up a notch by brayering your cardstock beforehand.


  • Candle

  • Glossy Cardstock

  • Dye Ink

  • Brayer

  • Stamps

  • Acrylic Sealerbuy it ]


  1. Step 1

    Ink up your brayer with dye ink and start rolling it over your glossy cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Continue to do so until your cardstock is evenly colored.

  3. Step 3

    Light your candle. Hold glossy side of cardstock over the candle, so that the flame touches it. Move the cardstock around quickly.

    WARNING: Be careful! The edges of the cardstock will catch fire easily.

  4. Step 4

    Take your stamp and press it onto the soot covered cardstock.

    NOTE: Don't touch the soot-covered part with your fingers, or you will have fingerprints. The soot comes off easily.

  5. Step 5

    Continue to add more stamped images if wanted.

  6. Step 5

    Spray your image with acrylic sealer to prevent smudging.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your card.


    Go color crazy!
    Brayer your cardstock with a spectrum pad for a completely different look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Colored Soot Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

is there a ay i can do this without the brayer?
i really wanna try it NOWWWW and i dont have a brayer...yet,lol
nina  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 2:09 PM
Sure thing, Nina. Sponge your color on your glossy cardstock instead of using your brayer.
beate  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 3:07 PM
Can you use aerosol hairspray instead of sealer? Beate, you are a genius and I love your creativity. When I grow up I want to be as creative as you!
Amy Castle  |  Fri May 16, 2008 at 8:51 AM
Amy, I am not sure. I always just used acrylic sealer. If you try it, make sure you have very fine misting hairspray. If it comes out thicker, you might see drops on your soot.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Fri May 16, 2008 at 9:46 AM
I have a very ignorant question. Where can a girl buy decent glossy paper to use for this & other exciting glossy paper projects? Can ya use glossy photo paper for color laser printers or it is special for this purpose?

Thanks in advance!
Tami  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 7:13 PM
You can buy glossy cardstock from Stampin' Up! If you don't have a demonstrator, you can go to and use demo locator to get one. They have the best price for glossy cs. I've tried glossy photo paper and it just doesn't come out the same. Good Luck!
Amy  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 7:18 PM
Get idea! I remember doing simliar things like this in the 70's...It comes back with a different twist..Great!
mindy  |  Sat May 31, 2008 at 5:37 AM
What is dye ink and where do I buy it? Can I use a regular SU! stamp pad?
Lisa  |  Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 12:14 PM
This is a beautiful card! Did you clean the stamp after each stamping or just continue? Thanks - am going to try this today!
Trish  |  Sat Sep 6, 2008 at 12:42 PM
I used to soot stamp a lot and have been looking for almost a year for a candle that provides soot. After spending way too much on candles (that I can't burn at home) I am giving up. Any suggestions?
Sandy  |  Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 5:49 AM
This technique is a lot like burning Aleene's Tacky Glue on brown paper! I did a lot of that back in the........s
Any cancle would do, the candle burns the ink and creates the soot.
craftydian  |  Sun Apr 25, 2010 at 6:50 PM
I have a question. Would love to try this
But after you brayer your card stock. Do you burn candle under it (on white part) or right on the brayer part? ( like turn it upside down so flame hits the brayer part.
What kind of candle leaves soot?
Your response would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Tina  |  Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM
Tina, you hold the glossy (Brayered) side down towards the candle to cover it in soot.
The cheaper the candle, the more soot you should get.
Beate  |  Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Maybe this is common sense, once I try it,---- but do you emboss after you seal the soot image?
Amy  |  Sat Jun 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM
looks interesting. Looking forward to trying it out .My next project.
chrisl  |  Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM
What color did you use with your brayer on this card? This is beyond beautiful!
Rebecca Brown  |  Sat Jan 23, 2016 at 3:06 PM

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