Saturday, January 3, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study #4

Hello! Welcome to my Monthly Stamp Study!

This time I am featuring a large cling stamp called Woodland Wonder from Penny Black. If you are new to stamping, you may feel intimidated by a silhouette landscape stamp like this. I know I was when I was a beginner...back in 2008.

I like to create brightly-colored backgrounds for this stamp and came up with three designs with different techniques and colors.

This first card is one with alcohol inks. I don't really have a method for doing cards like this because the ink can mix and contaminate each other if you blend them too quickly. The safest thing to do is to create the background colors FIRST, then stamp the main image. That means, I have to "guess-estimate" the colors and layout.
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For my 2nd card, I decided to add a "yellow moon" for interest. I used a negative diecut (with the circle cut out) and lightly applied Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade). After that, I clear-embossed the circle by dabbing VersaMark into the circle. The clear-embossed moon would be protected from the inking of the cling stamp. For the landscape, I also clear-embossed the entire image after stamping the silhouette. The last step was to apply the distress inks in blues, yellow and a tint of orange to the sky!

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For my 3rd card, I took a watercolor approach. Inspired by Impressionism, I applied short strokes of watercolors and created a colorful background. With these brisk stokes, I was hoping to create the illusion of depth and textures. 
hope you have a great day.
 I also wanted to keep the design new and fresh, so I added my new favorite elements--strings and sequins.
 
I hope that you will have a new perspective with a landscape stamp like this one. If you like a feature like this, please leave me a comment, so I can be sure to continue in the next few months. The monthly stamp study takes place on the first Saturday in every month.

Hope you have a great day.

56 comments:

Michelle said...

Beautifully done. Lovely cards, Virginia!

Becca Cruger said...

Truly lovely. Watercoloring is my favorite and that cling is just fantastic!

Lyndal said...

Super cool Virginia - just FABULOUS! Wishing you an AMAZING 2015 too!
Letting you know my Simon Says Stamp order arrived safely too - thank you so much!!!

Hussena said...

Wow !! Beautiful cards ..I love the inking on all of them !

Niki G said...

All of these are just gorgeous!

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Live this stamp! Your cards are amazing! Xx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

*love!! :)

Renee said...

I have always been intimidated by a LOT of those types of stamps, and PB has a lot of them! I really would enjoy more posts like this, tackling different techniques for working with stamps!!! And each of these cards were breathtaking!!!

sandie said...

wonderful Virginia, great use of this stamp x

Kim M said...

Gorgeous! I love that PB stamp! I especially love the last card. Bothe sky look fantastic. :-)

Marcie Sharp said...

Oh Virginia!! I gasped when I saw this beautiful trio of cards. Sooooo lovely!

Melissa F said...

Love this study Virginia, especially with the silouette background stamp. You are so right, they can be intimidating and seem like there aren't many things to do with them because they are so big and prominent. Love that you showed 3 techniques that result in 3 very different cards. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Pam said...

These are beautiful. My favorite is the second one.

Sheila H said...

Fantastic study, Virginia. I actually gasped when I saw the second - it is just breath taking and it's my favorite. Thank you for sharing your techniques. I would never know what to do with a stamp such as this without your lessons.

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE these, Virginia!!!

Lin said...

Beautiful!

Cecilia Hsieh said...

They are all gorgeous Virginia!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well done! Those fabulous bright backgrounds look amazing with this gorgeous image!

~amy~ said...

ooooohhhh....pretty! Love that stamp that you featured. Each card is magnificent.

Dotty Jo x said...

Three stunning treatments of the same stamp! To be honest, I'd have walked by that stamp - but you've got a 'artist's eye' and can see the real potential in an image. Happy New Year to you and your family, Jo x

Ruby N said...

wow these are gorgeous!!!

Mandy LaCroix said...

I LOVE these Ms Virginia!!!!! Great job! Love this feature - can't wait to see more. :) hugs!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are beautiful!!! Love all of the different backgrounds you've created!

Harriet said...

Great cards, Virginia, I really like Penny Black stamps. Not a big fan of alcohol inks...but...throughout the year you have inspired me to use them. I've had good results too. Thanks.

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely stunning cards, Virginia! I love how each card is so unique and how the silhouette pops against each of the backgrounds! Amazing, as always!!!

Laura Norris said...

I love all your cards. And I really like the way you explained each approach to the stamp. I agree that they can be intimidating, but you did a great job of taking some of that away!

conil said...

You always astound me with your perspective and creativity. I tried to order this stamp before and unfortunately it was sold out. Thanks for reminding me I wanted it. Especially now that you've shown me how to use it.

pcm said...

Fabulous!

Tenia Nelson said...

WOW!!

Sue Speck said...

LOVE this new feature of yours! Three examples showing how best to deal with tricky elements is a wonderful idea and very helpful. Each of your samples is gorgeous and a real keeper. Nice job, Virginia!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

These are all beautiful!

Shelly said...

Truly, STUNNING cards!!! Love!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a great study Virginia!
Love your cards!!

Miriam Prantner said...

These are beautiful! What wonderful techniques and effects, I can't pick a favorite.

Betty Wright said...

WOW! All three are so different and amazing! Beautifully done!

Cindy C. said...

All so beautifully done!! Thanks for the inspirations Virginia!

Dawn Turley said...

totally awesome Virginia. Just love your amazing backgrounds.

Bobby said...

These are all fantastic, Virginia! I have this stamp and have used it once with a watercolor background. I don't have alcohol inks but will try other techniques with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Brenda said...

This is a great idea and please repeat it, as often as you would like! It helps me a lot to 'see' how there are many interpretations of the same stamp. Awesome creations! Thanks.

stampinjane said...

Love them all...especially the last one! Gorgeous use of color!

Therese Sprinkle said...

I love all of your cards. How did you make these? I would love to learn how to do them. Keep up the great work.

Janine said...

Thanks for sharing these. I really love that colourful one you shared last.

Carol McCready said...

Fantastic cards.

Sandee Setliff said...

all three are stunning!

Kelly Griglione said...

Yes, yes [jumping up and down] I love your feature and want more!! Gorgeous examples of how to work with the same large stamp, Virginia. Love the string and sequins ... they're my new favorite accessories too : )

Neha said...

Love all the cards, Virginia! So beautiful.

Jacqueline said...

Such BEAUTIFUL cards, love them all!

Happy Dance said...

Stunning, Virginia! This stamp reminds me of a place in northern Wisconsin without a specific name but everyone knows by "Maple Grove." Brings back some great memories. Your designs here are just beautiful! Love this trio! Bev

Lindsey said...

I'm completely wowed! You are incredible!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous colours. Love the different feel it gives to the stamp. Hugz

donna mikasa said...

Simply amazing cards, Virginia! Wow! Yes, yes, yes! Please continue your Stamp Study--I've got so much to learn from you!

Bonnie said...

Three gorgeous cards! I love the different looks of the backgrounds!

Kara Lynne said...

Each one of your scenes is breathtaking! What gorgeous colors and thanks for showing off a stamp like that.

Beth H. said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love how versatile this stamp is!

Laura B. said...

Ok, these are crazy amazing! All three, so different and so cool! I think I love the last one the most, but man are they all fabulous!

Lee-Anne said...

Love each and every one of these beauties!