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.
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!
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.
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.