Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Multi-Step Stamping

I am popping in with an impromptu post...namely, I had some fun this late morning and came up with a card that requires multiple steps of stamping. 
Case in point...what do you do with a stamp like this one!?
Botanical Notes (Penny Black)
botanical notes picture
For someone like me(who is coloring-challenged), what is a good way to showcase this ornate stamp without fussing over detailed coloring? 
1. My home-made Stamp Positioner: I am ashamed/embarrassed brave to share my primitive Stamp Positioner here. It is unsightly for sure (usually it's hidden in my drawer), but it totally works AND it's FREE :)
2. Stamp the image with a light shade of color (Hero Art Soft Sand was used here)
3. Add colors to the flower image with Gelatos
4. After blending the colors on the petals (with a slightly wet finger), apply Distress Inks with a Water Brush to color the leaves
5. Use The Faber -Castell Brush Scarlet Red marker to color the butterfly
6. Stamp the butterfly
7. Prepare the surface with Embossing Buddy
8. Apply Embossing Boss Gloss (see here) all over (except the butterfly)
9. After the embossing in gold, apply more Gelatos to add more intense colors (where needed)

  I stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) and added twines and a sequin.
thank you
 This card requires nothing more. It is so satisfying to be a stamper....this multiple step stamping is really easy to do, just more steps :)

I am entering this to "Take the Challenge with Mou" 
 (use two Farber-Castell products-->Gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush Pen).

Well, thank you for visiting my blog today.
edited: I saw a SERIOUS Position-It (by Cathie Allan) at my local Scrapfest that costs around $40 US! My blog friend Ardyth got one--good for her! I was too cheap to buy one (LOL)! 

48 comments:

Cat Craig said...

Virginia, I am always at a loss with these collage stamps, you have made a masterpiece. Thanks for the tutorial, and the inspiration!

alexandra s.m. said...

It's gorgeous my Friend!
What an inspiration you are!
I'm so happy you're creating marvels with the Penny Black stamps ;)

Julie C. said...

Embossing Gloss?? Now this is something new to me. Google here I come!
Love your stamp positioner. I did ask myself several times, should I invest in getting a stamp positioner? (They are a bit pricey, I think!) But hey, I got kids with loads of Lego. Why did I not think of that?! Thanks Virginia for a brilliant idea! ^_^
Your card is gorgeous, love the gold embossing details and how you coloured the image.

Dotty Jo x said...

Lovely work Virginia, Jo x

Cindy C. said...

Fabulous work Virginia!!

Craft-E-Place said...

Beautiful card, love the stamp.
Elaine

Alanna said...

WOW Virginia, this is absolutely stunning.

Betty said...

well, that turned out so pretty and the gold embossing is a perfect touch!!

Bobby said...

This turned out gorgeous! The gold really makes it special.

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous and the best tutorial ever!

Deepti said...

This is awesome and ur tutorial is just perfect :) thank you for this inspiration !!

Deb said...

Beautiful card Virginia! I love the soft look of the flowers with the gold. Gorgeous!

Laura B. said...

Wow!This is so gorgeous! I love the gold embossing over the beautifully colored flowers! Love your redneck stamp positioner, to!

Jutta said...

Thanks for the tutorial and for showing your DIY stamp positioner.

Annette Allen said...

wow thanks for sharing.. this is STUNNING.. i always wondered how to do that.. you taught me something new.. thanks.. :)

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

LOL - this time I read right to the end! Yes, I have it, I haven't used it yet, but this beautiful card inspires me!

Tasnim said...

so breathtakingly gorgeous!!

Petti said...

Love this card!

Barb said...

I adore that Lego stamp positioner, Virginia - brilliant! And wow, oh, wow did your card ever turn out gorgeous! LOVE the gold with those pretty colors! Thanks for the fab tutorial too! ♥

Dawn Turley said...

Amazing Virginia. Totally stunning and if your stamp positioner works good on you!

Lynn said...

Holy cow...this is amazing Virginia.

Niki G said...

Such a beautiful design! Watercolor and gold embossing...what a great combo and your stamp positioner? GENIUS! I think I'm going to have to make me one now too.

pcm said...

beautiful! and i LOVE your stamp positioner!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Beautiful! Never would guess how you did it!

donna mikasa said...

Absolutely gorgeous, V! And the gold embossing is the icing on the cake!

Deepti Stephens said...

Oh wow! this is fabulous!! :)

keren said...

Ha ha! They're still producing similar looking ones over here. I've never tried one. With or without a positioned your card is just incredibly beautiful!

Sheila H said...

What a great tutorial, Virginia. I am so afraid of stamps like this. You explained the process you used so clearly and succinctly. The Gelatos and embossing are gorgeous. I love your stamp positioner - you shouldn't be embarrassed at your creativity in making one. I wish I had some Legos :)

Gilda said...

Very clever stamping, Virginia and I love the colours you've used with the gold!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow! Gorgeous!!!

Larissa Heskett said...

LOVING This!! How BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for the tutorial and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Miriam Prantner said...

Wow! Just stunning! I LOVE the stamp positioner, but I love the card more, totally worth the extra stamping and steps. One of my favorites from you!

Trinh said...

This is gorgeous!! I love the soft coloring and gold embossing. And kudos to you for making your own positioner. That's more money for other card making supplies. ;)

Carol McCready said...

Beautiful card. Love your stamp positioner.

Cris G said...

Totally amazing! It looks that you are having so much fun with this PB stamp and exploring color in many ways... love to watch your how to. I'm with you in the creative stamp positioner, mine is also homemade. There are so many supplies we can't improvise about... :).

Barb Ghig said...

Easy to do? Seriously??? Oh my, Virginia...you have totally out done yourself with this SPECTACULAR card!!! I love your embossing, and how you painted/colored your flowers...and the butterfly...oh, just everything about this card is stunning!
Thanks so much for sharing your step by step tutorial and pics of your stamp positioner with us...so clever, and so effective, I LOVE it!

Shelly said...

Stunning! LOVE this! And I would have never thought of Lego's...my boys have many of those laying around! I may just have to go your route, as well! ;)

lenny said...

wow!! This is so gorgeous!! Looooove how you used this stamp!! I wouldn't know how to use it ...but you rocked this!! Love the water color look on the flowers!!
And that stamp positioner ....totally CLEVER!!!! :)
Happy weekend!

Carole said...

Stunning...amazing totally beautiful.

Kristie Goulet said...

WOW!!! Amazing card, Virginia. LOVE it!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is STUNNING! I love the gold! It's so beautiful!

cm said...

Breath-taking, Virginia! Absolutely, phenomenally gorgeous! I'll need a PhD in stamping before I try this! I'm WOWed....
c

Heather North said...

You are absolutely BRILLIANT! Why didn't I think of that? This is such a pretty card. Thank you for showing us how it was created.

Angela Restad said...

I love the use of Lego's wish my boys where still young so I could make me a stamp position out of Lego's....lol
I love your card it is stunning!!

Valentina said...

Stunning

Anna said...

and I thought my own duplo stamp positioner was so original! I like the effect of the gold embossing over the inked image - reminds me of old silk

Rachel B. said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for the step by step instructions!

Melissa D said...

Such a varied use of the stamp, thank you so much for sharing. I love your stamp positioner, a friend of mine in Perth had one very similar using the smaller lego pieces so it brought back memories of my time spent with her when I was living there.