Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tutorial: Stamped Alpha/Text Background

    I decided to break out my stamps and inks to create this layout for Lynda's Inspirational #137 ~ Just Text Me! I've been wanting to do a technique like this for awhile, so I thought I'd share my process with you.

    I started by lightly misting some white cardstock with black, dark blue, and medium blue mists. Then I randomly stamped letters all over using the Alpha Grunge Set stamped with Versa Magic ink (Aspen Mist).

     Then I repeated the process, stamping with Palette Ink (Cote d'Azure). Now you can start to see some dimension with the letters.

     Next I used black ink to stamp the smaller letters and numbers using Background Soup, which is one my favorite stamps sets, and really is a must for anyone who likes to dabble in mixed media.

     Then I used Palette Ink (L'Amore Red) to stamp the polka dots using Build-A-Background, which I also used to stamp the stars on the lightest blue cardstock. I created the checkerboard on red cardstock using Background Blocks.

     You can consider it finished  now, or go a step further like I did, and add some masking with stencils and more ink. I added So Splattered and  Running Stitches. I also used the Alpha Grunge Set again to make part of my title, coloring the letters with some Prismacolor markers.

     I hope you'll give this a try, and feel free to put your own spin on it! It really was fun to make!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! It seems like stampers in general aren't using alpha stamps as much in favor of alpha stickers, but I LOVE them and couldn't see myself not having several alpha stamp sets in my stash :) I love how you used them here, thanks for the inspiration!


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