Today’s card for my last (sniff) guest stint at Purple Onion Designs, I think, is a prime example of why a stamp positioning tool is one of the best investments you can make when you like rubber stamps. This scene I am creating requires me to know exactly where my image will go, which is quite difficult since you cannot see through the rubber stamps. And usually the rubber stamps are not cut exactly, or you are even cutting them yourself, so the edges of the stamp (what you see from the back) are not the same as the edges of the image. As you will see in the video, a stamp positioning tool is a lifesaver in such a situation:
Even though I’m a huge fan of dies that match my stamped images, I’m more than willing to go through all the fuzzy cutting to create masks for my images. They are an essential part of creating scenes, or some images are in the front, and some are in the back. You stamped the image that is in front 1st, then mask it off, and then stamp the other images. The way they overlap will create the look of depth. It can be a little difficult to cut out precise details, but as you can see on my card, the effort is well worth it.
I was pretty happy with my distressed background, but then remembered how Kristina Werner is just amazing at adding extra detail by simply splattering some water across the colored background. Since the distress ink reacts with water, you only need to leave it on the background for a few seconds and you can then dab it off immediately with a paper towel or a dry baby wipe. That’s exactly what I did and I was immensely pleased how it turned out. You can see my super scientific approach in the video 🙂
As for the coloring with the Inktense pencils, I had mentioned previously that you need to work in layers. It’s no different here. I usually start out by putting down my lightest color and only a tiny bit of it. I also put it down where the shading would be.By using a damp brush, I have a lot of control over how far the color spreads. And if I find that I have too much pigment on my brush, I clean it off with clean water and then come back with a clean brush. That’s another method that will help you to make sure that you have brighter areas for your highlights.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the card. Don’t forget to check out the current sale going on over at Purple Onion Designs – it ends this Friday 28 Aug, 2015!