Friday, October 22, 2010

Mystery Technique - Hundreds of Stamps in One!

O.k...I made the example for the mystery technique a bit too easy this time but yes, it was a couple images made using the Kissing Technique on mesh screen.

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Now I know what you're thinking...I already know what the kissing technique is ~ you ink a bold stamp and "Kiss" another stamp to remove ink from the first image.  Well that's very true and for the most part that is usually the only way I see this technique used. 

SOOOO I decided to take this nice technique and add a twist to kick it up a notch or two or three or four! Instead of just "kissing" other stamps how about stamping on textured surfaces found all around us!  I have pulled out and "Kissed" numerous items laying around my home in recent days and I can't wait to share the results! 

This technique has lots of fun aspects to's almost like a scavenger hunt trying to find fun and different textured items to "kiss" but it also makes you take another look at the stamps in your collection.  You don't need to go and buy those fancy stamps with a "kissed" look...just use what you have and create your own! 

Mystery Technique
Kissing Technique + Texture =
Hundreds of Stamps in One!!

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Rubber Stamp
Texture (virtually anything in the home!!!)


1. Ink* up your stamp ~ bold lines or solid images work the best.  As you can see in the example above many different type stamps will work for this technique so just experiment with what you have on hand.  This is the stamp I am using for the examples....I thought it would was timely since Halloween is right around the corner.

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*Just a bit about ink choices ~ I found while experimenting with various textures that Archival, Staz-On or hybrid inks worked best for this technique.  Some of the dye inks are way too thin to carry it off because when you press the stamp into the paper the inks run together obscuring the texture. 

2. Now press the inked stamp onto a textured surface.  This could be virtually anything found in your surroundings...screen mesh, onion or potato mesh bags, plastic mesh, punchenella, lace, etc.

3. Stamp the "texturized" image onto your cardstock.

That's it...that's all you have to do BUT check out the results.  These are just a fraction of the textures you could use to "texturize" your images....

Screen Mesh -

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CD Storage Box (metal mesh)

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Leather Belt

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Lace Border

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Back of a Vintage Wood Domino

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A Pile of String

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Ball of Twine

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Mini Puzzle Pieces

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Now with some textures you can use both the positive ~ Step 2 where you're "texturizing" and the negative ~ Step 3 the after effect.

Punchenella - Stamping Over it....

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Punchenella - After it was Texturized....

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Plastic Mesh - Stamping Over it...

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Plastic Mesh - Texturized Image

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So see there really are hundreds of stamps hidden inside that one little stamp!
All you have to do is use your imagination and find them.

Now it's time to take another look at your surroundings and look at all the textures you can find! 


  1. I love this idea. I'm really new to stamping and love reading your blog. I don't know how to "kiss" another stamp and use it. When you stamp do you lay the texture on the paper and stamp on top of it or what? I'm not sure what you mean about overstamping.

  2. Who would have thought they would look so fabulous. Thanks Roni.

  3. Hi Roni -

    I have heard of "kissing" stamps, but have never tried it before. I love all the textures you created with found objects. Some of those are really cool!

    Elaine Allen

  4. That is really awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Wow, this is awesome info. Really love the one with the mini puzzle pieces. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I hadn't heard of the 'kissing' technique before - but love what you've done with all the different textures! Thanks!

  7. You never cease to amaze me Roni!! This is a super great idea! I've "kissed" before but never like this!! (hee hee hee..don't tell my dh, ok!)

  8. Very cool - Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Wow! I love this new take on the kissing technique! My favorite look was the leather belt texture.

  10. Very cool. Sometimes you forget a neat technique, so I'm glad you reminded me, and added some ideas of new things to use! Thanks!

  11. This takes us so far beyond the traditional way -- thanks for opening my mind, Roni!


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