|From Impress Rubber Stamps. Yes, that's a Tim Holtz set. In case|
you didn't know, I love coffee. That's also my first Mama Elephant set.
It'll likely be a while before I buy anything else. After all, I have to use all the stamps before putting them away, and with the earlier orders from Ellen Hutson, that's a LOT of stamps!
Now, today's cards. The first set I played with was Color Layering Butterflies from Hero Arts. You can catch a peek of it in this picture:
To my knowledge (which is incomplete and entirely unreliable), this is the first release for which Hero Arts has multi-step stamp sets. Generally speaking, I avoid this sort of set because lining things up perfectly, even with clear sets, can be tough, and y'all know how I like perfect. But I threw this set into the order to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did!
The set is sort of forgiving...things can be a little off but not really noticeable. And I had a BLAST playing with all my colorful inks to come up with color combinations that would work. I found, however, that for my style, using all three layers for the butterflies resulted in a pretty--but busy--image. The butterfly below was stamped with Hero Arts mint julep, tide pool, and ocean.
This large butterfly stamp trio allows for flexibility. The solid base stamp could stand alone with a spritz of water or Glimmer Mist, stamped in Kaleidacolor ink or using a rock-and-roll technique, or colored with watercolor crayon.... Lots of options. I'm also going to experiment with just using the top detail stamp as well.
The smaller butterfly trio in the set turned out a little differently, but more on that in a later post.
Anyway, I'm definitely happy I bought this set. We'll see if I feel that way about all the sets I just splurged on.
Only time will tell if they're all "just right."
stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey Ink white