Sunday, March 20, 2011

Neutral Shadow Technique

I've been having a lot of fun with the Neutral Shadows Technique lately.  I knew this was the perfect technique to use with this picture of my great-grandparents from Ireland.

You simply clear emboss your images and then rub a neutral ink color around the images to make them pop! Here I used Gray Wool. I used a stipple brush to apply the ink. Here's a tip to make it easier... wind a rubber band around the bristles of the stipple brush to keep them tight. This helps you apply the ink into all the tiny spaces around the images.
Licorice Pearls add just the right finishing touch.
Stamp Sets: Trellis, Cherished Flourishes
All supplies are Close To My Heart

Give it a try! It's an easy way to make a stunning layout!



  1. you did a beautiful job & t.f.s

  2. So beautiful! I have been wanting to try this technique, so thanks for the rubber-banded stipple brush ideas. It looks beautiful with your heritage photos. Thanks for sharing your ABC project with us at H2H!

  3. This is beautiful, another technique to try. I'm new to CTMH and to H2H and am excited to test this technique out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a neat technique, Michelle! I'll have to try this out, it's gorgeous. Glad you could join us at H2H this week :o)

  5. Beautiful technique! Thank you for sharing this at H2H:)

  6. Very cool technique! Thanks for sharing at H2H!

  7. It does look great!!! What a precious photo to have.

  8. Wow! A great example of the artwork adding to the picture and not taking away from it! Thanks for sharing it with us at H2H!