Monday, March 28, 2011

KSS Tuesday Tip - Working with White Images

Some of you may not be aware that I host a weekly thread in the Kitchen Sink Forum called Tuesday Tips which gives specific tips on ways to use and be successful with multi layer stamps. So today I am posting this week's tutorial here on my blog as well so you can get an idea of the kinds of things you can learn there about layered stamping.

The focus this Tuesday is on working with images which are white. This can be tricky so I am going to share with you what I do. I am using as my example the swan from 3 Step Love Birds. This technique also works well with the lamb and the doves.

First I stamped layers 5, 4, 3,  and 2 on white card stock. For the swan I stamped layer 5 in Memento Tuxedo Black, layer 4 SU BasicGray stamped off once, 3 SU Sahara Sand stamped off once, 2 SU Sahara Sand stamped off twice.

Instead of stamping layer 1 on top of the other layers, I stamped and cut out a mask using layer one and placed it over the stamped swan. To get this "white" effect, I never stamp layer one on the swan.

This next step is what makes the white image really begin to pop. I placed another mask across the swan to create a horizon line and sponged SU Marina Mist ink for the water.

I then removed the horizon mask but left the swan mask so that I could sponge SU Baja Breeze for the sky.

At this point, the swan mask was removed to reveal the white swan. What do you think?

I then added some beautiful spring tulips in the forefront to create a shore line.

The swan panel was then used to create a card for Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge 316. I hope you like it!

Stamps: 3 Step Love Birds, Multi Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet, Big & Bold Swashes,
and Father's Pocket Watch by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, and Marina Mist by Stampin' Up
Inks: Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, and Sahara Sand by Stampin' Up
Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, and Tuxedo Black by Memento
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Dimple Corner Punch
Embellishment: Martha Stewart Seam Binding Ribbon

This tutorial as well as one for stamping a white lamb will be in Tuesday Tips tomorrow in the Kitchen Sink Forum! The lamb I will be using to create my challenge card for the Tangled Up in Creativity Challenge - In like a lion, out like a lamb! It's coming, Dawn!!! I promise!


  1. Lynn this is super. Thanks for the great technique ideas. I will be using them of that you can be sure.
    Are swans white in the USA? Are they big as well.
    Our Aussie swans are black and about half the size of those I saw in Europe.

  2. Wow! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing this technique, white images are so tricky. BTW, gorgeous card.

  3. What an amazing idea! This would work so nicely with white flowers! And even for little ghosts at Hallowe'en. So many possibilities.
    Love your beautiful card. The layer of embossing and stamping are all gorgeous!
    Thank-you for sharing and inspiring! :)

  4. This is gorgeous and so peaceful, you do such wonderful work with the Kitchen Sink Stamps and make such works of art.

  5. So beautiful and realistic looking. Thanks for the tutorial and the tip about "Tuesday Tips".

  6. And the results are STUNNING! So pretty Lynn. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Oh my goodness!! This is amazing Lynn!! I will definitely try this tip! Now I'm thinking about all white flowers I can create! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Lynn this is fantastic, I have not seen this done before. So glad I stopped by your blog! TFS!

  9. So elegantly beautiful. I am a layer person and TFS all of your steps!


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