Soot Stamping

by Beate Johns

This is a technique to bring out the inner kid in you. Playing with fire, who doesn't like that? LOL...Use your candle to make an incredible background.


  • Candle
  • Glossy Cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Acrylic Sealer [ buy it ]


  1. Step 1

    Take your glossy piece of cardstock and hold it glossy side down over the candle. The flame has to touch the cardstock. Move cardstock around quickly.

    WARNING: edges catch on fire easily.

  2. Continue to move the cardstock over the flame until your cardstock is covered.

  3. Step 2

    Take a stamp and press it on to your soot-covered cardstock.

  4. Lift stamp up to reveal your image. The stamp will take away the soot.

  5. Step 3

    Continue to stamp images if needed.

    WARNING: Don't touch the front of your soot cardstock or it will show finger prints.

  6. Step 4

    Spray your image with acrylic sealer.

  7. Step 5

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 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.

Cool technique, I will try it as soon as I get my hand on the acrylic sealer, I have to find out where I can buy it here first.
I´m going to check out your gallery now!
Elenor  |  Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 9:41 AM
I could not find this card in the gallery so I could find the stamp set you used. This technique is so well suited for vintage layouts. Love it! Thanks.
Shelly  |  Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 5:43 PM
Shelly, the set is called Artifacts.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 6:54 PM
Thank you so much for sharing ... Take care
Peggie  |  Wed Oct 1, 2008 at 11:48 AM
This looks like a cool way to make a card. I am going to try it. Thank you and welcome to the scrapbook launge.
Rose Feenstra  |  Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM
Been wanting to do this card for a long time. I combined soot stamping with the cracked glass technique. Check it out:
Do you like it?
Katey  |  Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 11:17 PM
When you use glossy cardstock, is that the same as glossy photo paper? If not, where is glossy cardstock available? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks.
jeanealogist  |  Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM
Jeanealogist, it is not the same as glossy photo paper as far as I have been told. However, SU sells what was used here. So if you find a demonstrator close to you, you can order from them. I hope that helped. I am loving this techinque.
Melinda Wahl  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM
I was just wondering if there is a better technique when spraying the sealer? I get little dots all over mine from the air when spraying. I've tried both constant stream and short sprays?
Amanda Gilbert  |  Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 1:16 PM
I have seen some soot stamping that has colors behind the soot. How do you get the colors there?
Roni Caffrey  |  Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 9:32 PM
Here is a link of Linda Williamans site i like to visit. She goes straight from ink pad on to glossy, but i'm sure you could use your brayer too!?
Amanda  |  Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 9:45 PM

We have a a tutorial for Colored Soot Stamping right here in the resource section.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 5:12 AM
Thanks so much! Didn't see it before! I knew it had to be something simple! Yeah!
Roni  |  Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 7:34 AM
How long did it take for the acrylic smell to go away?
Christine B  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 4:10 PM
Do you press your stamp on versa mark or do you just stamp with a clean stamp?
Linda  |  Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM
Hi Linda,
You can press your stamp directly on your soot. No Versamark needed.
beate  |  Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

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