I saw scans for this technique on a yahoo group I am a member of and I thought it was a clever idea and one that could be adapted for many different styles. So I decided to have an experiment and see what I could come up with:)

Traditional Grid Technique Cards

These cards are very easy to make, they remind me of ‘Direct To Paper’ which is a favourite Rubber Stamping Technique of mine.

What You Will Need

1 medium size rubber stamp for your main central image
At least 2-3 slightly smaller rubber stamps for the grid work
Black Inkpad; I used Memories
White Card Stock (A5 in size)
Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor Inkpad
(or any multicolor inkpad of your choice)
Sponge Wedges
3 Sheets of Scrap Paper Double Sided Tape
Colour Card Blank

How To Create

1. Take the medium size stamp which you have chosen as your main image. Ink up with black ink, and stamp it at an angle on the center of the white card stock. The angle you choose is up to you; you don’t want it to be straight, you want it lined up slightly askew with the card. For a better explanation see the card samples (the link is given at the end of this technique).

2. Take one sheet of scrap paper and lay it over the top edge of the stamped image to completely cover it up. If your image is not square, pretend it is, and create a pretend frame around it with the paper. You are covering up (masking) the central image to protect it, as you are now going to sponge over the top of it. The paper acts as your first grid line creator.

3. Take your sponge wedge and rub it on the Kaliedacolor inkpad to take up the colour. Next sponge and dab the ink with the sponge onto the card, go right up to the edges of the scrap paper mask and completely fill the exposed area. You don’t have to worry about being neat as this technique is similar to the ‘Direct To Paper’ technique which is not meant to have a completely even coat of colour. Remove the scrap paper to reveal your first grid line. Your image should now look like the scan below:

4. Taking the same scrap paper, lay it along side the top edge of the stamped image to create your second grid line. Sponge as in step 3. See Picture Below for Example of what this Step looks like:

5. Continue steps 3 and 4 for grid line Three as per Scan below:

6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to create your final and fourth grid line, you have now sponged all the way around your stamped image. When you remove the scrap paper, the central stamped image should now be a white block, surrounded with coloured grids a little like this:

Now you want to decorate!

6. To begin stamping your grids you will now need to use 3 sheets of scrap paper as your masks. Here is how to, let us assume we are going to stamp the top grid first:

Take one sheet of paper and line it up with the grid ink line on the left, so that the center of the grid block is visible. With another sheet of paper, line up and cover the right grid line, again so that the centre of the grid block is visible. Finally take your 3rd sheet of scrap paper and use it to cover up the stamped image using the grid ink lines as a guide.

You should now have a central grid block exposed, this is the area you are going to stamp in, the scrap pieces of paper are acting as your masks.

7. Ink your first smaller stamp up with black ink and stamp directly in the exposed grid block. Ideally you want your stamp to overlap onto the paper masks. You don’t have to stamp it straight, you can stamp at an angle or upside down! See the scan below for examples of where to stamp:
Block One:

8. Repeat Step 7 until you have stamped in all 4 main grid blocks. See pictures below for examples of each step:

Block Two:

Block Three:

Block Four:

9. Take your scrap papers, and mask around the outside of your main stamped image, so that the center is exposed. You are now going to sponge lightly in the center to take off the starkness of the white block. A gentle smudge of colour will suffice, it doesn’t need to be as dark as the grids as it needs to stand out. See final example below:

10. Finally crop the card so that it fits onto the front of your card blank, and affix using doubled sided sticky tape. Your card is complete.

Traditional Grid Technique Cards

Stamp Credits: Hero Arts, Mostly Animals, All Night Media, Personal Stamp Exchange.

Kaleidoscope Grid Technique Cards

Technique One: Kaleidoscope Stencilled Squares

This technique is one that I adapted and created having seen the traditional cards and wanted to experiment with it. It reminds me of Shadow Stamping…except that it isn’t!! Its very easy and you could use it as a budget way for shadow stamping too!

What You Will Need

A4 sheet of Acetate
Craft Knife and Ruler
Cellotape/Scotch Tape
Scrap Paper
White Card Stock (at least A6 in size)
Rainbow Dye Inkpad
Sponge Wedges; one for each colour
Black Ink Pad
Rubber Stamps
(I used the Hero Arts Floral Set)
Double Sided Tape
Card Blank

How To Create

1. Using the craft knife and ruler, cut the acetate into 4 narrow strips; approx 2 inches wide.

2. Line one strip of acetate up along side another to form an ‘L shape’ and stick them together using the cellotape. Repeat this step using the other 2 remaining strips.

3. Take your 2 L shaped strips of acetate, turn one the other way round, so that when you push them together they form a small square. Push them together until you have a square area approx 2″ across and stick them together using tape. You have just made yourself a small square stencil.

4. Taking your stencil, place it onto the white card stock, lay it in the centre on the card at a slight angle.

5. Dab a sponge wedge onto one of the colours of your inkpad and completely fill in the square centre. Remove stencil when you have finished.

6. Move your stencil along a little at a different angle, slightly overlapping the colour square you have just created.

You will need to use your scrap papers to cover any exposed coloured square within the stencil shape.

Sponge inside the square using a different colour ink from your multicolour inkpad. Continue this step until you have completely covered the card stock with random over lapping coloured squares.

7. Now to stamp your squares! Use your scrap papers as masks, concentrate on one square at a time, cover the surrounding area of the square you are going to stamp so that only the centre is visible. Now you can stamp inside your square!

Continue until you have stamped inside all of your squares, each time you stamp vary the angle of your stamps so that they are in all different directions.

8. Crop your card down to fit the size of your card blank and affix with doubles sided tape. Your card is now complete.

Technique Two: Kaleidoscope Shapes

This Technique is another of my experiments with the grid technique, it is similar to the traditional one, except that the shapes are more random and you don’t actually stamp onto them until you have finished sponging your shapes.

What You Will Need

Same Materials as for Technique one (except for the acetate and tape)

How To Create

1. Lay a sheet of scrap paper across one corner of the white card stock at an angle, this is to be your first grid line mask.

2.Dab your sponge onto one of the colours of your rainbow ink pad, and sponge inside the exposed corner of the card stock, colour the entire area right up to the scrap paper, remove scrap paper to reveal one coloured corner.

3. Cover up the corner you have just created with the scrap paper, and using another sheet of scrap paper line it up so it comes off at another angle from the previous one you have just coloured.

This is a new grid block area. Now apply a different ink colour using the sponge wedge within this shape.

4. Repeat step 3 until you have completely covered the entire surface area of your card.

5. Now you are going to stamp inside each of the coloured blocks. Using the scrap paper, cover up the areas where you don’t want your stamp to appear. And stamp into each coloured block. Repeat until your card looks like how you want it to.

6.Crop card to fit card blank, and affix with doubled sided tape to finish

Kaleidoscope Grid Technique Cards

Stamp Credits: Hero Arts, Judikins, Stamp Connection, Rubber Stampede.

More Ideas With The Grid Technique

Don’t have a lot of different coloured inkpads? All is not lost! You can use Sponge Wedges with ordinary brush markers! All you have to do is run the edge of the marker along the sponge and transfer the ink directly to the card. The advantages of this method is that you can use any old markers…even cheap felt pens and you have as many colours as you have pens!

For the Stencilled Square Technique, you could make different sizes of square stencils for creating various sizes grids. You don’t have to make them square! Rectangles and Triangles would also look good!

You don’t have to use dye inks for grid work, you can use chalks, pearl ex, stippling or even brayer your colours to create grids!

Use die cuts for more unusual grids, for example a babies bottle for a birth card, teddies for a cute toddlers card, Xmas trees for Xmas cards and so on.

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