Monday, August 23, 2010

Highlight Stamping Technique

Happy Monday!

I hope you've all had a wonderful day today. I'm a bit late posting today because it is dh & I 24th wedding anniversary today! Went with him on a call today and he took me out to lunch but he said he's got a day planned on Wednesday (had calls booked till then) taking me away for the day :)

Today I thought I'd continue with stretching your stamps and giving them a bit of a zing so I wanted to share the Highlight Stamping technique. This is a super way to quickly spice up virtually any stamped image again with a minimal amount of supplies and nothing exotic in the least!
I also have a handy little "Green" (green as recycling) tip for a supply alternative. Be sure to check the "*Note" out after the supply list.

Highlight Stamping

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Rubber Stamp

Archival Ink

Glossy Accents

Microscope Slide or Memory Glass*


Distress Inks or coloring medium of your choice

(optional) Krylon Metallic Paint Pen

*Note - (GREEN TIP!!) I know some people might not have microscope slides or Memory Glass (by Ranger) pieces available or maybe you just don't want to spend the $'s to purchase them.

Sooooooo I have a nifty alternative that works just as well....clear plastic packaging!!!!

Yes, you can cut the smooth areas from your discarded packages and cut your very own faux microscope slides (or Faux Memory Glass). Simply cut trim away the bumpy, molded or edges away from the flat smooth sections of the plastic and cut your Faux Slides to the desired sizes. Most common sizes are 1x1, 1x3, 2x2, 2x3. Since you're cutting your own though you can make the Faux Slides any size you want!


1. Stamp 1 main image and stamp the same image on a piece of scrap paper.

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2. Color the image that you have stamped on scrap paper with your choice of medium. I used Distress Inks and my Niji Waterbrush for this example.

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3. Apply a nice coat of Glossy Accents to the Memory Glass/Micro Slide. You don't need a whole lot~ a nice even coat works best.

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4. Position the slide over the colored image....I like to position mine at a bit of an angle but that's totally up to you. Let the GA dry completely.

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5. After your image/slide has dried completely, trim away the excess paper.

6. (optional) I like to finish off the slide image by edging it with a Krylon Metallic Paint Pen. Gives the slide a nice polished look.

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7. Affix and align the slide image over the original stamped image so that both of the images line up.

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And here is what your highlighted image might look like when used on a card....

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a close up of the image it's self....

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Alternative Idea: If you want to add a bit more natural, organic look to this technique try substituting MICA pieces for the Microscope Slides! I LOVE using mica paired with this really adds such a cool dimension when you toss in the amber tint of the mica with the colored image.

So, Amazing results huh?

And you don't even have to buy anything special to complete this project!!

I hope you give this technique a try!

I guarantee you'll fall in love with the ease and simplicity
while your friends will marvel at the stunning results!

Have fun friends


go get inky!!


  1. Sooooooo beautiful! And you really make it looks easy...have to try!

  2. I am definately going to try this technique. It looks so cool!! TFS!!

  3. What a great idea. I'm trying it with mica!

  4. Great tip to use plastic packaging material -- I knew I was saving it for something :) Happy anniversary and enjoy your day on Wednesday.

  5. Wonderful. What a great idea.

  6. Wow, what a fab idea! Looks great and so easy. TFS

  7. This technique is unbelievable. I am so surprised in the result of that technique. I will going to share this to all of my friends and I am sure they will be surprised too.

  8. Thanks for sharing this "How did you do that?" technique with us.

  9. Love this, Roni! And what a great tip about using the packaging - I'm definitely going to give that a try!

  10. What a smart tip! Ive been saving that stuff since you started telling us too. LOL Love the stamp too!

  11. Roni -

    Awesome technique! I really like the look of this. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Elaine Allen

  12. First of all, happy 24th anniversary Roni!! Hope your dh gives you the royal treatment on Wednesday!!
    Also, I have a question for you. What color ink did you use to paint the face on the image?? Always looking for ways to get a natural skin tone.


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