Technique Thursday: Layered Stamping

Hello my crafty friends! For today’s technique I chose something that I wanted to learn as soon as I learned how to stamp properly- layered stamping! I own a few Aletenew and Hero Arts layered stamp sets but I used the layered stamp set that came with Issue 182 of Papercraft Inspirations. It was a huge stamp set and I’ve been dying to use it but never had quite the right card for it. This was the perfect one for this post because the final image uses four different stamps, a lot are just three stamps. Read on to learn (or re-learn) how to layer stamp!

This is what the stamp set looks like. It’s the size of the magazine! Just too too perfect. Plus, it comes with sentiments too!

On the right is the first leaf/stem that I did. I didn’t like the base so it re-did it again and that’s what you see in the second picture. You could use a stamping tool but I really like to just use my acrylic blocks because these images are pretty easy to line up. You go from lightest to darkest when stamping with layers, the lightest color is the most solid stamp and the outline (or the stamp with the least surface area) with the darkest color or black. Here I chose to use black and learned something new. I used my Distress Oxides to do all of the stamping and I started doing the outline with Gina K Amalgam Ink but it didn’t take very well and looked faded. I then started using my VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and once I made the switch, I started getting the deep and crisp outline I wanted.

Here are the inks I used for the stamping of the flower image. Please note that the actual ink pads are not in order on my desk but each step is layered with the proper ink name. I stamped each step individually so that you can see what each step looks like on it’s own. Then on the bottom I show you what it looks like all put together. Below is a close up of that piece:

That’s it! A simple technique that has gorgeous and intricate looking results. You don’t always have to stay in the same color family either so if there’s a color combo you’ve been wanting to try, try it! That’s the beauty of crafting, we get to try and create new techniques all the time! What are some of your favorite layered stamps? I’d love to hear from you. Be sure to come back on Sunday to see what card I’ve chosen for this weeks spotlight. XO

“A person who has never made a mistake, has never tried something new.”
-Albert Einstein-

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