I have to admit that this is not a CTMH stamp. It is from "OnyxXpressions." What intricate and beautiful stamps they make. I borrowed this one from my friend. I found the technique highlighted in the "Wishes" book published by Close To My Heart. "Wishes" is a new addition to the series of books in the Card Confidence Program. I just love it! There are so many sketches and techniques, I don't know which one to do next. :o) Anyway, Ghosting takes the heat resist technique I mentioned in a previous post to the next level!
To complete this technique, refer back to the this previous post. Using VersaMark, stamp your image on a neutral color card stock and then heat emboss using clear powder. When cool, sponge the image in a darker color ink. Here is the twist. Pull your iron out....sorry, I know that "iron" is a 4 letter word, but this technique is so worth it. Take a piece of scrap CS and lay it over the stamped and sponged image. As you iron, the heat will remelt the embossing powder and transfer it to the scrap card stock. What you have left is the sponged image giving it a soft ghosted effect.
I used this same technique on an image of the Arc De Triumph and it came out just as well as this one. That page along with a few more can be found on my side bar. Don't be afraid to experiment on your scrapbook layouts. Many of the same techniques used in card making work perfectly on scrapbook Layouts! By the way, so far so good with the Flower Soft standing up to a scrapbook page. Here is the post on using Flower Soft on a layout. For Now, Happy Crafting!