Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Technique Blog Hop - Beyond Base & Shade Stamping

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month we are highlighting the “Paper Beyond Base and Shade Stamping” Technique as shown on page 11 in the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!
If you are coming from TONYA's Blog, you are on the right track! This technique is highlighted with the Sophia paper packet in the Idea Book but you will find variations for its’ use through this hop.
Base and Shade stamping is usually achieved with two stamp images.  See the flowers in the foreground of the picture below?  The solid image is the "base", and the other image is the detail that is stamped on top of the base image.  This is a fairly simple process thanks to My Acrylix clear stamps from Close To My Heart.  I'm going to show you another way to use your stamps for base & shade stamping...
You can use just about any symetrical stamp for the base AND the detail.  Just turn the stamp over and use the flat surface area for the base and stamp it in second generation ink.  [We could be really techie and call it "G2".  Haha]  In case you are unfamiliar with second generation stamping: Ink up your image and stamp it on a scrap piece of paper.  Then stamp the same image a second time on your project without re-inking it.  This will create a lighter version of the original image.

Here is the flat surface on the back of a My Acrylix clear stamp.
The stamp is placed on the acrylic block upside down.

Base created in 2nd Generation stamping
 Once you've created a base in second generation ink, clean your stamp, turn it over and stamp the image in full-strength, first-generation ink right over your base.

You can see the 2nd Generation-stamped image in the background on the paper.

This is what you'll end up with:

Below I've stamped the image on the left using just the main detailed stamp image straight to cardstock.  The image on the right is stamped on top of a second generation base using the back of the stamp.

I cut out the base & shade image, sponged the edges with the same ink color, and gave it a little more character by crimping the points.

I added a few more layers of stamped images and a brad and made it the focal point of this gift card.

Give it a try with your asymetrical stamps.  They have to be the same shape if you use the reverse side so the images will line up.
Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto DEBI's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Supply List: (All Close To My Heart products)
Bliss Level 2 Paper Pack (X7132B)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2111)
Simple Memories stamp set (D1472)
Kraft Color Ready Borders (Z1377)
Brads - Metal Assortment (Z1366)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Stamp of the Month: Jubilation

I love stamp sets with a potpourri of images.  The June stamp of the month has something for every occassion, making it a real bargain.  I created this Good Luck card using the shamrock image from the set and paper from the Mayberry collection.  

The shamrock is stamped and cut out four times and layered on top of each other.  I added some texture with my sewing machine.  Who'da-thunk that we would ever sew paper?!   The "Good Luck" image is stamped on to our new canvas button badges.  These self-adhesive badges are easy to customize with stamps and ink.  The window is created with a 2" scalloped circle punch and adhered to the front of the card with 3D foam.  Here's another view: