Reader Beth kindly reminded me this morning that I haven't yet fulfilled my promise to talk about layered stamps and their difficulties. By shocking coincidence, today's post provides a possible solution to the problem of layered stamps.
Oh, my. They are a problem.
I realized long ago that two-step stamps present a huge challenge to the uber-CAS stamper. Mainly, we need to be incredibly precise, and I often found that, despite being afflicted with steady hands and a discerning eye for precision, I failed spectacularly at making two-step stamping work. Lining up the second stamp perfectly, with no gaps or crookedness, proved far more difficult than expected...even with clear stamps or a stamp positioner.
Add a third layer, as many current sets do, and I'm D. O. N. E. Done.
In the past year, I have purchased several three-step stamp sets from Hero Arts (these are enormously popular right now and available from a number of companies...Altenew has some particularly beautiful ones) as well as a set from Papertrey that includes three different birds with two-step stamps. After rigorous and repeated attempts to make all these work, I've essentially given up.
Yep. Given. Up.
Life's too short to spend your craft time swearing and throwing photopolymer across the room.
Not that I lose my cool like that, but you know....
Stampers like Jennifer McGuire make these stamp sets look easy, but I struggle. And it's simply no longer worth it.
Fortunately, you can achieve a similar effect with block stamps and colored pencils, as today's card shows. The rose stamp, from Hero Arts Flower Garden, looked extremely flat when stamped in Impress Fresh Ink melon. I loved the layout of the card, but the flatness of it wasn't doing the design any favors.
So I broke out the PrismaColor Pencils and went to work.
Check out the shading made possible with colored pencils. I took a shade darker (nectar) and a shade lighter (light peach) and created some depth over the melon ink. A few strokes of the clear blender pencil over the shading, and it's finished. The results are quite gratifying. A bit of chartreuse added to the leaves, and YAY! Depth and dimension, and no multi-step stamping involved.
Note that I only use PrismaColor pencils because my fine-artist mother said they were the ones I should use. Always listen to your mother.
Adam Savage of Mythbusters says that failure is always an option. Fortunately, my failure with layered stamping doesn't keep me from creating some dimension in my stamping. There's usually a work-around somewhere, if you are determined. I'm certainly determined.
And that's all I have to say about that.
stamps: Simon Says Stamp It's Your Birthday, Hero Arts Flower Garden
ink: Impress Fresh Ink melon and grass, Memento Luxe espresso truffle
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: corner rounder, PrismaColor pencils