White shadowing effect technique for stamped images, wording and backgrounds September 06 2016, 0 Comments

If you look closely at the black stamped heart image, you will see that there is a white shadow just behind it, giving it a dimensional look.  It's actually an image that has been stamped three times, with two different stamp pads and is then embossed. I'll show you and explain how to do it.


The white shadow shows with various colored backgrounds. And can be placed on either side of your image like shown in the two hearts above.

It's a great technique to know and can be used for images, wording and backgrounds. The things I've learned that worked best is to use larger stamped areas vs. fine detailed ones and that the white shadow appeared better with solid darker backgrounds vs. cluttered/stenciled backgrounds.

This "live & laugh" stamp is 3"x1/2" and was the smallest font size I chose to use. The embossing powder I selected was more grainy than it should have been for anything finer sized. 

If you rub the alcohol ink over the image made with this technique, keep in mind that it can still stain the clear embossing powder resulting in the white being covered up. In the above picture it ended up with an antiqued look. Had I avoided daubing over that area entirely, the white would still be there. (I was going to do the leaf image using this shadowing technique but I thought it was too detailed so I chose not to).

Here's how to do this simple stamping technique:

Stamp your image with permanent black ink. I chose StazOn. Using a clear acrylic block type of stamp is highly recommended because you can see through it for proper placement for the next couple of steps.

Next stamp your same image with VersaMark watermark stamp pad in TWO locations...first spot is just slightly off center from the original black stamp. So drop it to the side one way or the other just a little bit away from the original location but yet far enough away that you'll see the shadow line.

The second spot to stamp is exactly and directly over the original black stamp. Make sure to re-ink your stamp with VersaMark in between.

Once that is done, grab your heat gun and CLEAR embossing powder. The above picture shows you up close what it should look like after set with heat. Since we haven't added any color to the background yet, the white color sealed under the clear embossing powder isn't visible. It emerges as you color the background. Please note that I say to use clear embossing powder because I accidentally used white and it was a complete different result and one that I didn't want for this heart project.

Below is the final pic of another project and shows what using white embossing powder looked like over a black stamped image and how I salvaged it with a creative twist. I stamped the "sweet baby" in black StazOn making it the fourth stamping application. But look at it...I like how it came out in the end. (Before that 4th application, the entire "sweet baby" was white and non legible).

Of course I could have chosen any color for the top stamp. You can also choose any color to start off with for any of this technique. I'm using black for an instructional reason. I think it appears more clear in my photos for showing purposes.

The "sweet baby" and black flower stamped above also have the same white shadowing technique done with a stencil over the base blue background. The stencil swirls remind me of Vincent van Gough's "The Starry Night" painting. 

I did use a layering technique on the background stencil. This is what is giving it a dimensional look. The background started off with a blue alcohol ink rubbed on with dauber evenly around most of the tag. Then stenciled on top of that with the same color blue ink. After that a white ink pad was used and the stencil was moved slightly to the side from its original location. It's the shadowing technique for backgrounds. 

Hope you enjoyed reading how to do this and if you make any of your own, send pics to me so I can post them here. Have any questions or comments? Leave one in the comment section for me. Hopefully you've been inspired.

Thank you and enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 9/6/16.