Tutorial: Ghosting Technique
Let’s have a big round of applause for Sybrina from Scrapping With A Purpose for sharing the technique she used on these cards for sketch #131…
Sybrina’s technique is quick and easy:
I merely stamped without re-inking. I inked the stamp for the initial image, which was the image I heat embossed. Then I stamped twice more without applying any additional ink.
Here are a few more examples of “Ghosting” and why this technique is so great!
Using stamps and ink pads, “Ghosting” can accomplish several things. This technique is also sometimes called “re-stamping,” or “first, second and third generation” stamping.
Firstly, Ghosting gives the illusion that you have more ink colors than you really do.
In the photo above, you can see how the zig-zag patterned stamp was stamped twice, to leave a pattern in a dark and light teal color on white paper. Stamping a third time, can create the illusion of another, even lighter shade, just like Sybrina’s sentiments! I love how each one is more bold than the last.
Ghosting can also be fun for adding dimension and shadow.
Once again, this is done in some very simple steps. First, ink up your stamp with lots of ink. When you think you have enough ink, ink it up some more! Stamp once to leave the darkest image. Without re-inking, move the stamp down and to the left and stamp again. Stamp again, a third or even fourth time until you have as many images as you like. This is a particularly helpful technique when you are stamping flowers with leaves or stems. Ghost-stamp a couple of stems and leaves to give the illusion that you have many more in the bouquet or scene. The ghosting will also have more depth with the variation in colors.
You may have noticed that this technique also gives the illusion of movement. Here is one last example of how ghosting creates movement.
Using a fun race car stamp, I stamped three times without re-inking to make the car looks like it is going somewhere and really kicking up a lot of dust! This can be used with any fun “vehicle” style of stamp like an antique car, a rocket ship, or an airplane.
Thanks for checking out today’s tutorial… don’t forget to go leave Sybrina some love for sharing her great idea with us and those great sketch cards! Thank you, all of you who requested to know more about this technique. If you have any more requests or suggestions, please don’t forget to email me.
nancy @ operationwritehome . org