In the spirit of making some beautiful cards quickly, have you tried two-step stamping?
Two-step stamping is done with a stamp set with line drawn images, and then a solid image to stamp the color into place. In this instance, it happens to be a distINKtive stamp, and you know how I love THAT!
Take a look at the green leaves. Notice the shading? I didn’t have to do anything special while inking up, it’s the carving of the stamp set itself that helps you look like a genius! One and done. Ink to paper. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Let’s talk about the inks. First of all, I didn’t end up using the blue ink at all. I thought I would do the buds in this Beautifully Happy stamp as a different flower in the arrangement. However, the stems to surrounding buds are included that particular stamp and I didn’t want to color the stamp with Markers, which you can do. The colors that I used in this Soft Seafoam card are Smokey Slate, Gray Granite, Daffodil Delight(stamped off once) and Pear Pizzazz..
Something else to talk about is how well a distINKtive stamp set shows off when the ink pad isn’t the most “inky”. Slightly dry is not a bad thing when it comes to distINKtive, which is why I stamped off the Daffodil Delight. On the other hand, if the ink pad is too dry, those tiny carved dots that make the shading don’t look very good. It needs to be Goldilocks “just right”.
The card bases and panel on these cards are Soft Seafoam. The embossed panel is 5″ x 3-3/4″ and it’s one of my favorite sizes when panels and card bases are the same color.
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