Generational stamping must be my favourite technique using an ink pad.
Have you heard of generational stamping?
Perhaps you know it as stamping off?
It’s actually a very simple technique that only needs paper, ink and a stamp of your choice.
You can create so many different looks using this technique.
The first stamped image is at full strength ink.
Here you can really see the depth of the stamped image.
Now, instead of re-inking the stamp with more ink -simply re-stamp the image.
You have now done generational stamping!
How easy was that?
The first stamped image at full strength is first generational stamping
Followed by second generational stamping.
You can also go one generation further and do a third generation stamp.
Third generational stamping is particularly good for creating soft backgrounds instead of using designer series paper.
Generational stamping may also be necessary in the beginning when you first open up a brand new inkpad.
Stampin Up! inkpads are super juicy when they’re brand new -so you may find that using the ink at full strength is just that little bit too intense!
I am a big fan of using this technique in my cards – as it creates such a beautiful soft(er) look to the card.
Unless of course I am going for something bold and bright.
Bold and bright cards generally don’t lend themselves to this style of stamping.
My personal preference is usually to create a soft, feminine look -so if that’s the kind of card you also like to create then this technique is one you should try your hand at -if you haven’t already done so!
I often use this in my projects.
Here’s the link to a project where I used second generation stamping to create the softer flowers in the vase.
If you’re keen to learn how to do this technique and many others – I am running a Stamp & Eat retreat for the entire weekend!!
Until next time!