Negative Space Stamping with Flakies
Heads up, you’re about to see the world’s most terrible clean-up job. No idea what happened here, it looked clean last night.
If you’ve ever done any Konad-style stamping, you know you can’t stamp with flakies. You also can’t stamp with glitter. The etching on the plates is too fine to get those particles crammed down in there.
But what if you really really really really want to stamp with your favorite flakie? Say you’re like everyone else on the planet and you love Essie’s Shine of the Times, and you’d love to see it lined up in a pretty pattern? Please allow me to make a suggestion:
Negative space stamping. This is not a revolutionary concept and I don’t claim to have invented it. Essentially it’s a way to sandwich your flakie between coats of the same shade so the flakes show through in the un-stamped regions. When the bottom and top coat match it won’t look like the solid color is stamped. It will look like the flakies are stamped. It’s the ol’ face/vase thing.
Unfortunately I’m having a hard time photographing this, so you’ll have to forgive the lighting. In great lighting it plays well to the eye, but terribly to the camera. I walked all over the office looking for an ideal place to capture it. If you’ve read any of my previous entries it should come as no surprise that I eventually ended up in the office restroom again.
Also, what’s the deal with impossible cleanup on flakies? They stick to the skin and refuse to let go.
More terrible cell photos: