Try the Shadow Technique for a Dramatic Effect on Your Handmade Cards

Have you ever tried the Shadow Technique?  It is a very simple technique that creates a dramatic effect for your paper craft projects. I haven't used this technique in quite a while, but wanted to show it to you.  Here is a card I made about a year ago:

Thoughts and Prayers Shadow Technique-2

I used this lovely tree from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from Stampin' Up!  The colors are Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron.  I included some Bitty Buttons on top of images from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set, punched out with the coordinating Itty Bitty Shapes punches.  (That's a lot of itty bitty's!)

Here's how I made the image piece:

First I stamped the image with Whisper White Craft Ink on a piece of Certainly Celery card stock. 

  Thoughts and Prayers Shadow Technique

Then I stamped the same tree in Rich Razzleberry on my Stamp-a-ma-jig image sheet, positioning it carefully with the handle.  If you need instruction on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, take a look at this video.  (It is the very first technique video I made, so please forgive the shaky camera work!) 

After setting up my image sheet, I place it over the Whisper White image, positioning the tree so it is slightly offset from the first stamp.  Be sure the first image is completely dry before covering it with the image sheet, or the Whisper White ink will smudge! 

Thoughts and Prayers Shadow Technique


Next I removed the image sheet and stamped the tree with Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink.  

Thoughts and Prayers Shadow Technique

You can see how the Whisper White image creates a shadow effect for the tree.  Simple and impressive.  The Thoughts and Prayers tree is a perfect image for this technique, as you need a silhouette stamp–that is one that has the image filled in rather than just outlines. 

Thoughts and Prayers from Stampin' Up!

If you don't have the Stamp-a-ma-jig yet, then you are probably struggling to get your images positioned straight and precisely where you want them.  I can't imagine working in my studio without this essential tool!  I use it on almost every project, and it is part of the reason my handmade cards look so professional.

If you're ready to try this great technique, click here to go to my online Stampin' Up! Store!

Now go get your fingers inky!!!

Sage Kimble
aka The Mad Stamper

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2 Responses to Try the Shadow Technique for a Dramatic Effect on Your Handmade Cards

  1. tonilea July 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    This is really pretty. I have done this tech. before too but had forgotten about it. I shall have to give it another go. Lovely work. I enjoy your blog though seldom comment.

  2. Sage Kimble July 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks, Tonilea. So glad you enjoy the blog, and I am glad to re-acquaint you with this great technique!

    Sage Kimble
    The Mad Stamper

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