Hello and welcome to my blog:  Today I am going to share with you a fun technique that will stretch your stamp collection and allow you to make some fun unexpected cards as well.  Sometimes there’s nothing more attractive then a sunset on a cold winter day.  Then you add to that a bold graphic figure in silhouette and your heart will start to go pitter pat.  There’s just something about those beautiful bold colors in the sky either as the sun is raising or starting to set paired with the dark image in front of it that is just so very striking.   That’s exactly what I did for my card today, I brought both of these wonderful things into my card today.  Let’s have a look at my project shall we.

Tips & Tricks: 

Creating this look isn’t as hard as you may think; as long as you have the right mind set and tools to create it.  Anytime I create one of these types of cards I always start with Masking off anything that needs to be the white of the paper.  Next comes my sunset area.  Because, it’s one of the main draws to the card and one of the most crucial parts.  If you don’t have your sky right people will be drawn to it.  The trick to ink blending is to just keep going until you’re happy with the way it looks.  Sometimes it may take up to 30 minutes or longer to get the ink to blend jsut right.  But, if you keep going back and forth between the colors it will start to blend out.  My go to sunset colors are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, and either a little Blackberry Bliss or Night of Navy.  

After the sky is nice and blended I can peel off my snow mound masks and start stamping my silhouette images.  The most common way of stamping these images are with solid image stamps, but you can do it the way I did today with regular plain stamps.  It just adds in an extra step, but what’s one more step to getting a beautiful card, right? 

Once I had the penguins stamped out on the card front I then came back and simply colored them in with my Basic Black Stampin’ Blends.  Yep, that was all I had to do to get these bold images to appear they were in silhouette.  So, What stamps do you already own can you do this technique with to get a new look from your stamp collection?  I bet you can think of about 10 sets you haven’t touched in a long time.  I highly encourage you to give both of these techniques a try and breath a little new life into your stamp collection.  Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have a great day and I will see you again tomorrow with this week’s episode of Rick’s Saturday Simple Stamping.  Until then Happy Stampin’!

Happy Stampin’ 
Rick Adkins 
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