Thursday, October 04, 2018

Easy Stamping Technique using Clear Block

Now that September has ended, Fun Stampers Journey has changed over their promotion from the Color Crush (did you all have fun celebrating that!?) to having a Block Party for the entire month of October!  That's right......for the first time EVERRRRR they are offering a sale on their Clear Blocks!  I have to say, these are the best stamping blocks I have ever used, industry-wide!

I love them for a variety of reasons:

  • They are offered in 11 sizes....surely one to fit any stamping need you have
  • Use them to stamp or as a mixing palette for your water-coloring needs
  • Etched grid on one side for perfect alignment/positioning
  • Finger groove around the perimeter for easier grip
For today's project, I used Clear Block F to add Orange Creamsicle Liquid Color to the Whip Cream panel.

To do so:
1. Place Clear Block F on work surface and spritz generously with water using Media Mister.
2. Drop 3-5 drops of Orange Creamsicle Liquid Color into water on Clear Block F.  
3.Using the Square Paint Brush, mix water and liquid color; spread it from edge-to-edge over the block.
4. Lay Whip Cream cardstock panel face down over block to soak up diluted liquid color and lift up from block. Allow to air dry or heat set with Journey Heat Gun.

Once the panel is dry, you can continue to build your card.  This card was further assembled by popping up the Liquid Color panel onto a piece of 4 1/4" x 11"Turbo Teal cardstock folded in half to form the card base. 

Then, the printed paper from Cozy Prints and Limeade Splash cardstock were layered on top along with a piece of tape from Cool Parade Journey Tape

Lastly, a tag from the Awesome Tag Set was embellished with Cool Pool Satin Ribbon, Party Burst Dots, Citrus Cooler Silk and Sparkle Silk then popped up on the card front to finish the card off. 

This is definitely one of the easiest techniques that you can do with a Clear Block to create a background.

I encourage you to cut up some extra cardstock panels and play around with the technique a bit. You'll notice when you use the Square Paint Brush and spread the diluted Liquid Color that it wants to pull apart and puddle into individual puddles again.  The longer you wait to lay your panel down to soak up the color the more blotchy of an appearance your background will have. 

Another thing to play with is the ration of water to liquid color. The liquid color will change the density of the water, so if you dilute it with less water then it will have less of a willingness to separate back apart giving you a longer length of time to place that panel down before it turns blotchy.

Happy playing and Happy Shopping if you need to stock up on some new sizes of clear blocks

Also, I'd love to see the results of any project you create using this Clear Block technique.

See you soon with some more inspiration......

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