Wednesday 25 September 2019

Marker Thumping Technique with Beauty & Joy - Video Tutorial

Hello There :o)

I have a Technique Video to share with you today. 

I haven't done Marker Thumping for years - 6 years in fact! I came across my old technique cards the other day and this was on one of them, so I thought I would give it a go using the Stamparatus.

You can do this technique without the Stamparatus - you just mount your stamp on a block instead :o)

I've been playing with the Beauty & Joy stamp set and thought the large foliage stamp would be perfect for this technique.

I wanted to experiment a little so for this first card I inked up my foliage stamp using Crushed Curry ink and stamped it down.

I then used some of the Stampin' Write Markers from the Regals Collection to 'Thump' onto the stamp. Now when I say 'thump' I really mean a light tap ... and you use the side of the marker not the tip of it otherwise they will get mashed.

Starting from the lightest and working to the darkest colour you just tap the markers all over the stamp. When you are happy that there is enough ink and colour on there, you give the stamp a Huff to reactivate any ink that has started drying - and stamp it down. 

It's a fabulous technique and I love this result.

The background was stencilled using one of the Pattern Party Decorative masks. I used an oval make up brush to add the ink. You can purchase special 'craft' brushes that look identical to this but they are expensive. The make up brushes are available in sets at a much cheaper price - and they work brilliantly - check out Amazon if you are interested :o)

I didn't want to make identical cards, so changed up the colours and the stencil used for each as well as the dies to cut out the main panel.

For this second card I started in exactly the same way. Stamping with Crushed Curry ink first off and then thumping my markers as before. Before stamping though I spritzed my stamp with just a little water from a fine mister. I'm using normal weight Whisper White card so you don't want to get things too wet!

The effect you get is lovely. You lose the marker lines and the colours blend together a little - I think this is so pretty :o)

The stencil I used here is from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks pack. This time I applied the ink using a Stampin' Sponge. 

For my final card instead of Whisper White card I used Watercolour card. This isn't from Stampin' Up (their's is off white) and I wanted White for this card.

Again, I started as before but this time when I spritzed the stamp I used a lot more water - the watercolour card can take much more than normal cardstock.

The result you get is again lovely. Much more of a blend of the colours and a softer look where the edges of the leaves are less defined.

The stencil used is another from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks pack. This time I applied the ink using a Sponge Dauber. This applies it just as well as the brush or sponge BUT it takes a lot longer!

I took this photo of all the cards lined up together to hopefully show you the difference between them. If you click on it, you can enlarge the photo for a closer look.

Here is the Video ...


Note: If you use A4 as your standard sheet of card – follow the metric measurements (cms).
If you use 8½” x 11” as your standard sheet of card – follow the imperial measurements (inches).

Soft Suede card base                                       ½ an A4 standard sheet of card          
                                                                                                           (US 8½”x 11”)

Whisper White (inside)                                    14.4cm x 10cm      (US 5¼” x 4)

Cherry Cobbler / 
Garden Green / Crushed Curry                       14.3cm x 9.8cm     (US 5¼” x 4”) 
Whisper White                                                  14cm x 9.5cm        (US 5” x 3)

You will also need more Cherry Cobbler / Garden Green / Crushed Curry and Whisper White card for stamping / die cutting. If reproducing the third card you will need some Watercolour card.

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