Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Technique Calendar - June - Gradient Stamping with a Twist

Have you ever tried Gradient Stamping?  It's similar to the stamping technique - Generational Stamping where you stamp the same image over and over without re-inking.  Well Gradient Stamping is basically a monochromatic version where you use 2-3 shades of the same color to stamp your multiple images.

I thought it would be fun to add a twist to this technique and stamp in 3 complimentary colors for a totally different look.   To add to the mix I thought it would be cool to stamp over a dry brushed and inked background. Turned out pretty cool and it's fun too!

2012 Technique Calendar
Gradient Stamping w/a Twist


Colored Cardstock
Gesso or White Acrylic Paint
Stiff Bristle Paint Brush
Ink (to color background)
Rubber Stamp
Ink - 3 different complimentary colors


1. Tamp your brush into the paint/gesso.  To make sure you don't have too much paint on your brush swipe it across scrap paper a couple times to help remove the excess.

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2. Drag the brush across the paper using a horizontal - left to right stroke.  Continue to apply paint down the entire sheet has been covered.
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3. Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees and apply a second layer of dry brushed paint/gesso creating a cross-hatch pattern.   Let the paint/gesso dry completely.
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4. After your cardstock has dried completely apply desired color(s) of ink to the paint/gesso.  I am using Distress Stain which I swipe across the cardstock....
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then I immediately rub with a tissue to evenly distribute the ink as well as blend it into the surface of the cardstock.
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5. I then repeated step #4 two additional times using blue and green inks.
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6. Next, use your template and trace it onto the cardstock.  This will help with stamp positioning.

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7. Stamp your image(s) using 2-3 different colors of ink.  I used the same colors for my images that I used for the background.

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8. Finish off your calendar page as desired!  I left my page for the most part unadorned to highlight the stamping.

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I have to tell you it has been so much fun to see every one's calendar pages you have sent links to!  I really enjoy seeing how you take a technique and make it your own.
If any of you are brave you are more than welcome to share a link to your pages here in the comments (or on any of the months) so everyone can see your awesome pages!

Thanks again for sharing -
It's good to know you're playing along and enjoying it!


  1. Roni -

    This is a wonderful technique. Your calendar page looks as if you made it out of crinoline fabric. Really fantastic and I love the colors you used.

    Elaine Allen

  2. Love the latest. I have finally got time to craft and have been busy doing backgrounds. I have January finished and on my blog. dkeyser.blogspot.com

  3. Very cool. Love your color choices.

  4. This is beautiful Roni!! What a neat and fun looking technique!! I gotta get busy.... I'm only up to Feb...lol...

  5. Hi Roni, oh this looks fun and messy. I don't have bleach so had to take a break from doing May's challenge, will be catching up in the next day or so.
    Here is my link in case anyone else wants to come and take a peek at my calendars...this will be fun if we could share each others work.

  6. This is an awesome technique Roni! LOVE the way it looks on the house shaped calendar page! Thanks for continuing to inspire us!

  7. Hello. Great job. I did not imagine this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!
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