Some spooky soot ATCs

Soot stamping is such a great technique for creepy ATCs! I used it to create the following ATCs:

Traditional soot technique


For the above ATC I used real photo paper instead of glossy crafting paper. Photo paper is actually not suitable for this technique, for it crackles and rapidly gets burnt. But I like the effect in this particular ATC.

Reverse soot technique

I’d like to enter these ATCs to the following challenges:

Stamps used

  • Trees with raven: Stampendous
  • Graveyard and sentiments: Cherry Pie

Steampunk ATCs

Think Monday Think ATC chose “Steampunk” as a theme for this week’s challenge and weekend ATC wants to see ATCs that are not cute. Here are my entries:

To create the frame of the top ATC I used a leftover of brown and blue striped wrapping paper. The man was coloured with aqua pencils using Distress inks.

For the frame of the bottom ATC I used the “stamping on soot” technique (which I explain here).  For the man I used the reverse stamping on soot technique, i.e. I stamped him with versamark on glossy cardstock, held the card in the flame of a candle to create a layer of soot which I then removed with a soft cloth. The soot will only stick on the stamped versamark image.

All stamps are Oxford Impressions.

These two Steampunk fellows will be flying to the Stamp Man Swap soon, for I was chosen as the winner of their October challenge “Travel” and I was asked to provide the theme for February, which will be … Steampunk. I really hope there will be a lot of participants, as I’m aware it’s not an easy theme if one doesn’t have the right stuff in ones stash.  So, if you’re participating in the Stamp Man’s ATC swap of February, there’s a chance that one of these ATCs ends up in your home.

Another soot ATC

I’ve been experimenting with the soot technique lately (See also: and this was actually my first result.

All stamps are by Cherry Pie, except for Tim Holtz’ bats.

The current theme @ Inspiration Avenue is “Uncalled for“. I guess there doesn’t exist anything which is more “uncalled for” than death itself…

I also would like to enter this ATC to the “Dark/gothic and/or halloween” challenge @ Theme Thursday.

Thanks for looking!

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

This is what my workdesk looked like yesterday evening. Pretty messy, as you can see!

I have been experimenting with the “stamping on soot” technique and I really love the result! It involves holding glossy paper above the flame of a candle (glossy side down) and moving it around to prevent the paper from burning. When you have created a layer of soot, you stamp in it with uninked stamps and you seal the card with hairspray.
Here’s is an ATC made with this technique. I’d like to enter it to the Macabre Monday’s “Horrific Haunts” challenge.

In the back you can see ATC backgrounds I created with Twinkling H2Os. If you’d like to see some previously finished pieces with these, have a look at my mini bloghop. You were able to win one of the ATCs on display, but that contest is now officially closed.

Btw, on my soot ATC I used Cherry Pie rubber stamps. And I forgot to tell you to hop over to Julia’s blog to have a look at other workdesks!