I found this technique on Too Cool Stamping, she has a post here and here on this technique. Angie describes this technique as a combination of Tim Holtz's stamping on texture fades as seen in this video, and the kissing technique.
Choose an embossing folder that has a large blank area in the part that will be de-bossed. On the side of the folder that has the blank area raised, color with a dye ink by rubbing or pressing the pad over the surface. Do not push ink into the other areas.
Next, choose an image or background stamp, ink it in a darker ink color and "kiss" or stamp this stamp into the inked blank area of the embossing folder. You may need to "huff" or breath over the inks to moisten them before the next step.
You can place your paper to fill the embossing folder or choose a portion of the folder as I have with this ATC back. Run through your embossing machine.
With this technique you have a "kissed" image on the de-bossed area of your paper. I realize this image is hard to see as I used a fine image background in an ink color not much darker than the inked folder.
I repeated the steps above with an image that is a bit bolder and a darker brown ink.
Here is the result. I think you'll have lots of fun with this technique!
This is another variation of the Kissing technique. I found this method of stamping described on about.com here, but renamed it from two toned kissing to kissing with depth (I can't help it, it will soon be Valentine's Day).
Choose a bold image stamp, like this large flourish. Choose an image, ink with one ink color (I used tulip) and stamp it on to the bold stamp.
Choose a different image (here a background music score), ink it with a different color ink (I used Indian Corn Blue) and also stamp it on to the same bold image stamp (which is now on top of the red floral image).
Huff on the bold image stamp and stamp it on to paper. The different colors add depth to the bold image stamp. I love the shabby chic look this has.
I also found another dimension (or maybe I should say another look) to this technique by first inking the bold image stamp with a light ink color (I used bamboo) before stamping the other two inked stamps on top (same stamps & colors as above).
I used the same three colors of ink and the same floral image and music score as above on a large medallion stamp.
Inked medallion stamp in light pink ink, stamped on a light floral image in green ink then stamped the bolder floral image in tulip, gives a very different look with alternate color choices.
This technique is a variation of the Kissing Technique. And the instructions are basically the same with a slight "twist".
Here you see the basic kissing technique. The bold leaf stamp was inked with yellow dye ink. A floral image was inked with red dye ink and "kissed" or stamped on to the bold leaf stamp. After giving a good breath over the stamp to moisten the ink (huffing), the stamp was stamped on to paper for this result:
For the "Kissing with a Twist". Stamp the bold stamp with a light color dye ink, stamp the other (here floral image) stamp with a dark ink and "kiss to the bold stamp. While hold the top stamp, twist it 1/4 turn before lifting off.
Then huff on the stamp and stamp it on to paper. Compare the image below with the basic kissing technique shown in the first photo of this post. Same stamps, same inks, very different look. I love how this turned out.
Instead of "twisting" one large stamp on to the bold stamp, you could repeatedly stamp a smaller image.
This is a fun technique that has been around for a long time. Lots of different looks depending on which stamps and colors you choose to use. I've seen it done two ways.
One method is to choose a solid/bold image stamp and a background stamp. Ink the background stamp and "kiss" it to the solid/bold image stamp. In other words, stamp the inked background stamp on to the solid/bold image stamp.
Then stamps the solid/bold stamp on to paper. You'll have the shape of the solid/bold image stamp with the detail of your background.
The other method I've seen is to ink the solid/bold image stamp with a light color ink, then ink the background stamp in a darker ink and "kiss" the solid stamp. If needed "huff" or breath on to the stamp to keep the ink moist and stamp on to paper.
With this method the bold image is prominent with the detail added. Both are cool.
Depending on how you want your image to look, use a much darker ink for the background image as seen on the right below.
If you choose a less detailed background stamp, the basic bold image will not be as clear if you only ink the background stamp (as on the left) and not both stamps (as on the right). Both are OK, it depends on what effect you are going for.
You don't have to use background stamps. You can stamp other images on to you bold stamp. Here is a butterfly on the left and a fairy on the right. Here it is needed to stamp the bold stamp, or you won't see the outline at all (when using images smaller than the overall size of the bold stamp).
Here's another sample. Remember that the image you stamp on to the bold stamp will be a "mirror" image of your original stamp. This means words and numbers will be backwards, unless you have those reverse image stamps Tim Holtz makes (and maybe others are out there also).