Thursday, February 25, 2010

Collage in Blue

I just recently discovered I *LOVE* collage stamping like this! It is so fun and free. I love the variation in colors and I love how much is going on in every square inch of the piece! I thought the variety of images from the new Love Bites set from FireCracker Designs by Pamela would be perfect for this technique! (with a little help from the swirls from Heart Strings)

If you've never tried this type of stamping before, here's the recipe:

Color - You need at least 4 variations of the same color. I have: very light (Soft Sky), medium light (Baja Breeze), medium dark (Blue Bayou) and dark (Not Quite Navy).

Images - One kinda large mostly white or very light image. Swirls or leafy vines of some sort are a must. Several other images of different sizes.
  • First, place the large mostly white image off center. Mask or clear emboss. Surround by the lightest ink (I used Soft Sky).
  • Color the bottom 1/3 with the medium dark ink (I used Blue Bayou).
  • Color the top 2/3's in the medium light ink (I used Baja Breeze). This is best if done kinda sloppy - leave some lighter and darker areas. Don't completely cover your lightest area with that main image.
  • Add some areas all around randomly with the darkest ink (I used Not Quite Navy).
  • Then fill in with various images and colors of ink. I started with the larger. I added the swirls in 2 colors for depth.
  • Add one image in black (the wolf print).
  • Fill in the rest with smaller images/sentiments in various blues.

Stamps: FireCracker Designs by Pamela Love Bites, FireCracker Designs by Pamela Heart Strings
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Clear detail embossing powder


Michelle B.


Collage Picture Frames said...


I have never done much stamping but love your collage in blue, thanks for the detailed recipe and instructions, this is now on my ever growing list of crafty projects to try. :)


Crystal said...

AWESOME Michelle!!!!

FireCracker082 said...

oh how totally KOOL is this!! what a great way to use those stamps too Michelle!! LOVE IT!

Emily Leiphart said...

Ooohh, I love this! This is definitely something I need to try.

Bonibleaux Designs said...

I love collage stamping and it works so well with my mini albums I create. You did a FAB job!!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Great collage of images!