I am having a bit of a revisiting old favourites on the technique front at the moment, as much as I love experimenting and trying new things I also take great pleasure in using old techniques with new stamps. And soot stamping is one of those revisited techniques. With our stunning Deer stamp it was just the perfect technique.
But seriously if you are going to try this at home I strongly recommend you do it on a clear work space with a bowl of water near by, I always do it on the draining board of the kitchen sink!! The reason is you are going to be using a naked flame, so care must be taken. To start you want glossy or coated card stock, white is most effective, then pass the card over the top of the flame, so the smoke deposited the soot on to the card, use only the middle of the card as the card is more likely to catch light if you try to go right to the edge. Once you have an area of soot large enough, blow out the candle and take a perfectly clean stamp and press it into the soot coated area and remove. The stamp picks up the soot leaving a perfect impression. Your stamp will need a good clean as the soot really grabs, but on your card you will need to fix the soot with hairspray or proper charcoal fixer. It is a stunning effect so enjoy but please be careful with naked flames!!