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Shadow Stamping
By Shari Carroll

What is a shadow stamp? What makes it different from other images? How do I use them? Ever wonder these questions?

This month I will share some basics with you and give you tips on ways of getting great results when using your Shadow Stamp images.

Getting to Know Shadow Stamps These are the most versatile of Hero Arts images. They are mainly solid rubber or polymer shapes that are used as a base image or background. These stamps can be used time and time again with varying effects with ink colors and techniques.

Hero Arts makes beautiful Shadow Stamps that have images embedded into the surface. They are available in both Clear Polymer and wood mounted rubber.

To compliment these stamps, Hero Arts has a line of inks that are made specifically for the solid surface images. They are called Shadow Inks and come in 8 soft tones that go perfectly with our notecards. What makes these inks different from others is their ability to seep into cardstock leaving a soft solid image.

How to use shadow stamps: There are two types of stamps to consider, Rubber mounted on wood and Clear Polymer.

Tips for using Wood Mounted Rubber: Inking up the stamp is pretty straight forward, apply ample ink to the rubber and stamp down onto your paper. It's quick and easy. If I am using a large image I will apply more pressure when pressing onto the cardstock.

Tips for using Clear Polymer: Ink the image as you would rubber (I prefer image side up). I leave my clear image and block on the work surface and place my paper onto the stamp. I apply even pressure with my fingers to transfer the ink. The reason why I do this is because the clear stamp does not have foam backing that helps in the stamping process. I only do this with the larger solid images as it's not needed for any others.

Once the images are stamped onto the paper, allow the ink to seep in to get the maximum shadow effect.

Hello Stamp the circle images onto a panel of white cardstock. Use a combination of Soft Pool and Soft Green Shadow inks plus Shabby Shutters and broken China Distress Inks with the CL291 Hello Circles stamp set. Affix the panel to a Lime notecard and embellish with gems and felt flowers.

Butterfly Stamp the heart flourish onto a white notecard with Soft Pool Shadow ink. Stamp the Scallop flourish onto scrap white paper with Soft Blossom Shadow ink, cut out and affix to the card. Stamp the butterfly onto Pool cardstock with dark brown chalk ink, cut out and mount to the card with foam tape. Draw antennae with a brown pen. Finish by adding ribbon tied in a bow.

Laughter Using the CL271 Shadow and Elements set, stamp the shadow image with Soft Sand Shadow ink onto a panel of white cardstock. Stamp the Laughter message (LL240 Inspiring Messages) with dark brown ink onto the image. Stamp the flourishes with Olive Pastel ink. Stamp a Mocha card with a flourish from the set using dark brown ink. Adhere the stamped panel to the card. Add flowers and punched text circles to the center of two flowers.

Find shadow stamps that suite your style and use them with any Hero Arts Shadow Ink.