Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Soot Stamping

Soot stamping has been around for ages but you just never see it anywhere. It's relatively easy but is a bit time consuming if you are planning on making several cards of the same design.

Let's Begin!

First you will need to gather your supplies. You will need glossy cardstock, a rubber stamp, candle, matches and a spray sealer.

!! Please Be Very Careful !! You will have to be very careful during this step...open flames always pose a threat if left unattended!

Light your candle and hold the glossy cardstock in the flame. Move the cardstock around until you get a nice even covering. While doing so you will want the size of the rubber stamp you intend to use. Make sure that you have a large enough area for the image and a bit extra.

Be sure you have good coverage, take your un-inked rubber stamp and press it into the soot. Don't rock your stamp as it could remove excess soot and once it's gone, it's gone! After you have stamped into the soot clean your stamp immediately. *Be sure not to touch the sooted area as the oils on your skin will readily pick up the soot and leave behind traces of you...your fingerprints! ;)

This is what you will end up with. It doesn't look like much now but just wait :)

As a soot stamped image is very fragile you will need to seal it with an acrylic spray sealer. A light coat will do the trick.

Now, put that soot stamped image to use! Here is what I came up with using my pinecone image.

Supplies: Glossy Cardstock, Jet Black Archival Ink, Corduroy & Walnut Stain Distress Inks - Ranger Industries; Acrylic Spray Sealer - Plaid; Pinecone Stamp - Hero Arts; Sentiment Rubber Stamp - Fiskars; Red Pattern Paper - Basic Grey; Pinecone Pattern Paper - Daisy D's; Ribbon, Photo Corners - Unknown.

If you decide to give it a try, please either send me a photo of it so I can add it to the post or post a link to where it is displayed so we can all admire it. You may win yourself a little surprise if you do :)

Till then, Ink On My Friends...Ink On!


  1. ooooooooooooooo-aaaaaaaahhhhhhh I can't wait to try this Roni. Hopefully tonight if these people I live with will leave me ALONE for two minutes!!

  2. That's gorgeous!!! I'm not sure I've ever heard of this!!

  3. Wow! that is a gorgeous card!!! hmm... soot huh? ;)

  4. I've actually done this and I think it's funny that we both used pinecone stamps! LOL =) Here's a link (I hope) to the one I made http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/86949?cat=500&ppuser=30404

    Just another little tip, if you have one of those old fashioned oil burning lamps, you can get fabulous soot coverage. Have you ever seen the black smoke billowing off those things? It's got to be a health hazard =)


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