Happy Monday Honey Bee Friends! I am here today to share a fun technique called “Negative Space Coloring” that I recently learned from Jennifer McGuire through watching her Youtube channel. You can check out her step by step instructions and tips here. As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of Honey Bee Stamps’ “Lotus Blossom” 2×2 stamp! It’s perfect for this technique and can be paired with any of the great sentiments from any of our other sets. I used “happy birthday wishes” from our Special Delivery set.
I cut my white cardstock down to the size strip I wanted (2″x 5.5″) and stamped my lotus blossom in Versa Mark ink and embossed it in gold. I wish I had some of the fancy stuff she used to create her mask because then my edges may look a bit cleaner, but instead I just stamped the image on a scrap of cardstock and cut it out neatly to hold it down over the embossed flowers as I carefully inked around them with a foam tool.
Since I do not own any copic markers, I used her second variation of the technique which required blending distress inks. I think between not having a sticky mask and having placed my flowers so closely together my blending was not as smooth as I would have liked, but it was a fun first try at this pretty technique. It’s a neat alternative to coloring in the stamps all the time.
I did use Jennifer’s tip of cutting fun foam to raise up the stamped panel after I glued it to another strip of white (2.5″x5.5″) and trimmed a decorative edge with my old school scissors (since I don’t own the fun postage stamp edge dies that she demos in the video). It’s important to always take an idea and adapt it to what you have on hand and how it fits you! I hope you’ll check out the video and give it a try too!