Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Masculine card challenge - Serendipity Stamps

Good Morning! Puppy Noah really loves to greet the day as soon as possible with lots of tail wagging and "happy to see you" kisses. Nothing better than being greeted with such happy enthusiasm!

Today's challenge at Serendipity Stamps is to create a Masculine Card. Serendipity Stamps has MANY wonderful stamps that are perfect for cards and projects for the men in your life.

I love this hooty owl stamp and decided that I wanted to highlight him by using the soot stamping technique. Have you tried soot stamping? It is very fast and simple, but not for the faint of heart. I set two sheets of gloosy cardstock on fire while sooting up my image. But not to worry! The house is still standing.

Soot stamping is the process by which you press your stamp (no ink needed) into the a layer of soot that has been left on the glossy cardstock. When you lift your stamp, the stamp picks up the soot and leaves the image. Next you spray with a clear acrylic sealer spray to set the image permanently. See the detail that is left?

Want a brief tutorial on soot stamping? Here you go:

1.) Using a piece of glossy cardstock, turn the cardstock glossy side down and with the flame of a lighted candle, allow the flame to "kiss" the glossy side of the cardstock. Move the candle around quickly in a swirly or circular motion over the glossy side and NEVER let the wick or wax part touch the cardstock...ONLY let the flame kiss the glossy side and you'll quickly see black soot left.

2.) Take your stamp and press it into the soot firmly, being sure your fingers DO NOT touch the soot (it smears very easily).

3.) Lift your stamp carefully and immediately spray the image with a clear sealer.

It is as simple as that! Once the sealer dries you have your image ready to be made into a card.

Stamps: SERENDIPITY STAMPS "Autumn Owl" # 1182G
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! and Bazzill and no name glossy cardstock
Accessories: Nestibilities Octagonal and scalloped octagonal dies, Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder, Martha Stewart fern leaf punch, Brass Brads, foam tape, candle.

For more Maasculine Cards using Serendipity Stamps, be sure to check out the rest of the Serendipity Design Team members work:

Amy Cokley
Anya Schrier
Kathie Bailey
Lynda Benden




  1. Wow! I had heard of the technique but you rocked it! Your card looks fantastic!

  2. Oh I love this, it would be perfect for a graduate also, great job. Sandi

  3. This is awesome Jennifer! I LOVE the soot stamping! I tried it years ago and failed....maybe I should try it again! Too cool!

  4. What a fun card, Jennifer! Its been ages since I tried soot stamping, but you did a fantastic job with it. Perfect for the challenge!

  5. Love this technique. I have heard of it but have never done it. I may have to now.

  6. Such a perfect stamp for this technique. I'm not good with open flames, so I haven't ever done soot stamping, but I love the look of it.

  7. This is such a cool image of the owl. Very cool technique as well.

  8. this is really cute. thanks and great job.


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