Thursday, April 9, 2009

Quick and Easy Thumping!

If you have some of those stamps that you think would look too over done with coloring but a bit to plain with just plain old stamping, try thumping! It's a great technique to add just a tad bit of color to an image as you stamp. I tried this following a tutorial over at splitcoaststampers from Beate and it's easy as pie! Believe me, if I can thump, so can you! So let's go thumping!

Here are your supplies:

You stamp (Please don't laugh at my very well loved acrylic block with all it's ink on the sides!) I used this beautiful stamp, Pitcher and Basin, from Serendipity Stamps from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design.
An Ink Pad
A marker that's a darker color than your ink

First off, you ink up your stamp with the ink pad.

That's not so hard. So on to step 2 - the thumping!

Now we thump with the marker. Add color wherever you want to. Use the side of the marker to add some darker ink onto the inked image. Please use the side so you don't damage the point of your marker.

After your image is thumped as much as you'd like it, take a deep breath and breath onto your inked stamp and then stamp your image onto the paper.

Isn't this great! I love how it comes out. I thought this looked good, but look at the imaged cut out and framed by my scalloped circle. Doesn't that dark ink just pop off the page? I love it! Here's a close up of it.

This is the beautiful card I made using my pitcher image. I wanted to keep it simple so the pitcher would be the focal point of my card. I'm trying to thing that less is more! But you know me!

Here's another version of the image but in red. I can't decide which I love more!

I'd love to see what you come up with! So get thumping and showing off what you've got!

Card Ingredients:

Pitcher and Basin by Serendipity Stamps, Laura Ashley Connemera Paper from Dovecraft, Bella Baubles, Blue Moon Heart Charm, Ribbon, gold thread, Kaisercraft Pearls.


Molly B said...

Very nice! That image looks great with a little thumping. Hope you can enjoy the sunshine today. -Molly B

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow thank you for a great tutorial the effect is great I will defiantely try this one out. You are very good doing this for us and it gives the good old brain cells something else to chew on.

Lorraine x

Gloria a.k.a. mmgirl said...

Thank you for sharing, that does make a difference.

Candy said...

Beautifully done!

marsha said...

Susan, great tutorial! I had forgotten about this technique - thanks for the inspiration!


Anonymous said...

Now what a really beautiful image!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial on thumping!! :)

Iris said...

Great tutorial Susan, thanks for posting this! What a great and also quick technique thumping is, with a great result! I definitely have to try that!
Happy Easter to you!


Very_Inky_fingers said...

Thanks for posting that tutorial. I really enjoyed trying it and have posted my attempt on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great tutorial that's easy to follow!! Blessings and hugs!

Justine said...

This is amazing. Thank you for sharing and now I must own that stamp too.

Karen Cheetham said...

On my way home to "thump"! Thanks for sharing Susan!

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