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Posted 1/7/2013 by looser in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 1/7/2013 1:35:33 PM
Every so often I'm presented with a challenge to use ink colors that are faded or 'aged'.

'Course I could purchase ink colors that qualify, but also like using what I have first.

So... If you create faded colors for your work, will you share your how-to techniques with us?


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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:10:30 PM
I use Distress inks, stains and markers and then add water to make them even more faded. Love all the wonderful colors!

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Posted: 1/7/2013 2:47:15 PM
Tanx, Willy! When you add water do you do anything special to dry the ink?


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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:22:30 PM
When I want a faded look, I stamp my first image off on scrap paper and then stamp my image onto my project, it gives you a faded image, less intense, sometimes I have even stamped off twice for a very faded look.

Bon



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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:37:16 PM
Absolutely, 'Bon'! Generation stamping is a good way to 'fade' colors. depending on the color it will not become 'just' a pastel version.

A bit trickier, but do-able, I could stamp the original bright color first. Then overstamp it with another ink to add the faded look.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:41:01 PM
Great thread Daniel!

I do what Stampwilly and Bon does as well to get a faded look.

Here's another way I use what I have to get a faded look. I take 2 sometimes 3 colors that are in the same family. I first load up my stamp with the darkest color and then gently place it on some scrap paper. Next I add a lighter color, sometimes 2 lighter colors to it to give it a faded, sometimes aged look. I should note that this works best for me with chalk and distress inks.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:50:35 AM
Great ideas!

Pug. I was thinking of trying a double inking, too. Thinking I could load the first color from the pad & sponge on the other colors so I don't 'contaminate' the pads--not that it would bother me if I did.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:30:41 AM
Of course it depends on the look you are trying to achieve...

For sympathy cards I have used vellum...stamped and embossed on the front and colored on the back.

Double stamping on Kraft paper in white and a color slightly offset can achieve a feeling of dimension with faded areas.

Lightly misting an inked stamp gives a watercolor faded look.


...Jan
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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:06:24 PM
Interesting thread, and I enjoyed reading the responses. Must try this soon.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:10:51 PM

sponge on the other colors so I don't 'contaminate' the pads


With us all talking about inking over other inks on stamps, etc, I was going to ask everyone how they don't contaminate the ink pad---and I like you idea Daniel of using a sponge to apply the ink. I'll have to try that.

But if I were to get ink on another ink pad of a different color, can I "ink-it-off" just like I draw-it-off with markers?


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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:15:59 PM
Oh also meant to add that I have basically "on-the-way-to-drying-out" archival ink pad that I like to use for a faded black effect. (or at least I think it's drying out, but I think some of y'all have told me that black archival inks stamp real light---my pad does at least!)


I have found out that when I stamp my "drying-out" black archival ink pad on shrink-a-dink plastic, then after the plastic has been shrunk down, the black archival ink stamped on the plastic is dark!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:39:57 PM
With some colors, I think if you start with a lighter color of dye ink and then use the darker color, it might not make a difference on the darker ink pad.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:27:05 PM
Spray stamp with water after inking, then stamp. Stamp an image onto colored cardstock using an ink color that closely matches the CS color, to get a tone on tone effect. Stamp onto textured paper which will "break up" the ink applied to the paper, to give a lighter result. Tap the stamp after inking with a baby wipe, then stamp.


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Posted: 1/9/2013 9:40:41 AM
When 'double-inking' a stamp it's worth remembering that the last color you apply to the stamp will be the 'under' color. For instance...

Let's say I want to 'grey down' a bright red. I apply the grey first, then the red. It may seem a bit confusing, but just remember that the 'under' color is the first one that makes contact with the paper.

I also got a good tip from another stamper. She suggests applying ink with a 'duster'. I believe it's a brush. I have an old shaving brush I might try using.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 1/9/2013 10:57:56 AM
When I add water to my inks, markers,etc. it usually dries pretty quickly -- if not I just hit it with a heat gun a little.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:45:24 PM
Good thread! I like all of the suggestions. Thanks for explaining the "under" color, Daniel!

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Posted: 1/17/2013 3:55:31 PM
Fun story:

I made a few Christmas cards using the stamp off technique to achieve aerial perspective with some trees. After I was done I picked up the paper theat I had stamped off on and it was a perfect forest of trees. MAde a card out of it.
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