This first card was for a swap in my Florida Stampers online group:
|Reverse Soot Stamping - Lottie|
To do reverse soot stamping, you first stamp the image using Versamark ink onto glossy cardstock. I use a piece larger than needed for the card. Then you hold the paper with the stamped image toward the flame of a candle moving the paper around until soot begins to build up on the surface of the paper. Be sure to keep moving the paper so that it does not catch on fire. Tip--the edges catch on fire quickly. So far every time I've done this, the edge has caught on fire...so be prepared! And the soot will rub off if you touch it so you also have to be careful when putting out your burning paper. After you have all the soot you want, take a tissue and wipe off the excess. The soot remains on the stamped image, and there will be a little left on the rest of the paper too. You need to spray this with a matte Final Fixative so it doesn't rub off (you can use hairspray, but I was afraid it would yellow after awhile). I purposefully caught these edges on fire to give it an old, worn look. I used a little Antique Linen Distress Ink on the lace so it would look older, layered it onto a dark brown ruffled ribbon and also put a tiny beige ribbon on top. Added some real dried/pressed flowers at the top that I had in my stash and the saying at the bottom is from Inkadinkado.
The second card is the same image done in the same way:
|Lottie in Purple - Reverse Soot Stamping|
I love how the same image looks so totally different depending upon the card arrangement!
Hope that you will try sooting! Send me a picture (email@example.com) and I will post it here, and/or I can link back to your blog also.