Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Embossed Silhouette Stamping on Vellum (a candle scene) :O)




I had such a blast with this vellum version of my embossed silhouette stamping technique. You can get a real glow and the outline still shows when it's back-lit, which struck me as kind of nifty! The look of this particular candle holder is rather dark, but it'd be cute with a pale sky, so it's not as spooky. ;o) Here's how to do it:




Step 1:
emboss houses on vellum cardstock
(in black craft/pigment ink with clear embossing powder.
This is a current Stamin' Up! wheel.)




Step 2:
colour base coat on houses in black marker (leaving windows white) I used a stampin' Up! Stampin' write marker. (I'm not sure how other ones will work.) You could just leave it at this & have your outline stamp turned into silhouettes or...




Step 3: ...This is optional: Emboss on top of the houses.

Good messy fun! A layer of clear embossing powder all over the houses lets the outlines of the houses show more when they're lit (and it has an added benefit of keeping the marker from smudging.)

There are two ways I use to get the embossing powder to stick:
  • #1) Use a versamarker (but it gets very dirty with black marker. Blehck!) so me likey method number two....
  • #2)...Just colour over with black Stampin' Write marker again. The wet marker will pick up clear embossing powder when you sprinkle it on. Working one house at a time seems to be the best way to keep the marker wet. If you use permanent marker it won't work as it dries too quickly. You can heat each house as you go to melt the powder and avoid messing it up.
If you miss any spots where the marker dried & didn't pick up embossing powder, you can go in with marker again after the embossing cools and add more powder. Of course, you just hafta be wary of overheatin' :O)




Step 4:
Add base of Copic marker colouring to vellum cardstock for a sky
You can layer colours if you like. (Love how Copics work on vellum.) Marianne, goddess of markers is a vellum Copic pro!




Step 5:
Add dark waterbased marker to vellum & blend the marker with a waterbrush (or damp paint brush.) Too much water may make the vellum cardstock bubble




Step 6: cut top of vellum in a cloud line shape




Step 7: pierce holes in vellum
(with a paper piercer to create stars the light shines through the holes)


Here's some views of this with the different cute houses (love that wheels are so inexpensive!) I've unmounted this wheel, a trick I learned from Laura:




This is a party light candle holder that a round of paper safely fits in, but you can make one by wrapping your vellum scene around any glass candle holder or any jar or glass container. Here's another shot of it lit ('cause glowy is kewl, heehee):






May your day be stamperific!




P.S. here are other versions of the outline stamp turned silhouette:

....Witch..............................Fleur....
........and.......


35 comments:

Sue said...

How cool is this!

Penny said...

You just come up with the BEST ideas! It's totally fabulous!

Donna said...

this is fabulous! I had a similar project in mind to do - hopefully will soon. love the houses!!TFS

Lorraine said...

I just love your blog everyday, always something different and exciting to show us. Fabulous yet again.

Theresa said...

Another amazing tutorial! You so ROCK!

runningonink said...

This is just AWESOME...I love the scene...it is so cool! You ROCK!

pescbrico said...

Very gorgeous! I love the silouhette effect a lot :)

Chelle said...

ooh! This is beautiful! Good work (as always!)

Elena said...

Wow! That is so cool! Thank you, Mel, for your amazing tutorial! Love the Silhoette Effect!

the whimsical butterfly said...

Beautiful, Mel! Amazing!

kellyrae said...

I've got that house wheel and have always made bright cheerful cards...I never even dreamed how gorgeous a spooky halloweeny scene it makes. You rock, girl!

Maria said...

Oh, girl. . .you've been busy. I'm sorry I haven't been around. .life always get in the way it seems.

I really love your embossed silhouette on vellum and your pretty candle scene! As always, you've knocked it out of the ballpark with your creative ideas!

Maria

Teri said...

Love this! you make everything look soooo good!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Shirley said...

Another beautiful voltive! You don't know how good it makes me feel to see someone else gets ink on their fingers when they dabble in the addiction1!

Kreatives haus said...

This is amazing.
It's really cool, i love it.

Robin L Greenslade said...

sO TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will have to give this a try for certain!

manicstamper said...

Sitting here with mouth open going OMG HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT?
Absolutely fantastic Mel.

Kim Etherington said...

What a cool look! That candle holder has come in handy, eh! Perfect for your creations.

Deb Neerman said...

Toooooooooooooo kewl for skewl!!! Love it Mel-A-Licious!!

But. Wait. Where's all the l'il paper people, paper cars and trucks, paper stage with paper curtains that really open and close, paper actors, and the paper audience clappin' with their l'il paper hands???!!!???

PS: I want a cookie.

Anonymous said...

I love this great job. TFS.

Debbie/Phx AZ

Ryann said...

This is gorgeous! Love it!!

Beth Norman said...

Wowzers, that's really a piece of eye candy, Mel. Outstanding work once again!

retiredheather said...

Wonderful. Thank you for the great explanation. I have enough info to try it out now. Love the way yours turned out.
Heather

Annapurna said...

Very nice! I love these candles and what you do with them all the time. Gotta call my niece and get me some.

Now off to get my airplane ticket to CANADA ;-)

Jennifer said...

Love it! Great idea.

Cindy Haffner said...

Toooo cool, TFS.

Tonniece said...

Candles....Way kewl Mel. I willy, willy wuv this one. How cute is that house stamp, (wheel),I love anything that glows, and this fitd the bill.

Great, awesome , fab. LOVE IT

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Just when I think you can't amaze me any more...you do! This is gorgeous!! I save all my glass jars from food stuff (got a cupboard of them) I think I'll need to try to use this technique on one of them!!!
hugs, Jami

Melanie said...

love yor pierced holes in that, what a GREAT idea!!

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC..GORGEOUS..LOVE LADY

Holly said...

Very cool effect! Great tutorial too!

Cathrine StClair said...

THis is awesome Mel! I've done vellum and microbeads aroung candles which looks cool - but never silhouettes. Very clever!

Janine said...

Beautiful luminary Mel!! I love it! and all that info... Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love this!

Swedie

Miranda Schindler said...

This is fantastic!
You really are just the most talented, and creative person I know on the net! My Gosh :o)
I love your hard work!
Miranda