If you are a fan of Brian King at www.stampwithbrian.com , this might look familiar to you–Brian’s blog featured this card along with a number of other team members’ projects last weekend.
This quick and simple card effectively uses two-step stamping to bring lots of pop with minimal effort.
Tips and Tricks
Doing The Two-Step. Two-step stamping is a great way to gets lots of color on your project with the least amount of effort. Although we call it two-step, some images are designed for more than two steps if you want additional layers of color. In this example, there are three layers available for the flower, but I chose to use only two of them. One of my favorite things about two-stepping is things don’t have to line up perfectly! But, if you like things to be close, Stampin’ Up! has designed the graphic inserts for the photopolymer stamps so that there are little carats that show you how to mount the stamps. By lining up the stamps so that all their carats are pointing in the same direction, your stamps will layer correctly. The top two stamps in this example are already lined up, so you can mount them just the way they are stored on the insert. But to line up the third one, at the bottom, you will rotate the stamp about 90 degrees to the left before you mount it.
It Takes Two To Tango (Sometimes). Two-step stamping can use one, two or more colors. The flower in this project is made with two colors, Rich Razzleberry and Fresh Fig. The leaves are only Old Olive, but some of the leaves appear lighter because I stamped off the ink once before stamping the image on the project. By stamping off, I mean that I inked up the stamp, stamped it once on scratch paper to remove some ink and then stamped it on the project, resulting in a lighter color.
Don’t Be A Wall Flower. Some people find choosing colors for two-step stamping challenging. Don’t be afraid to try lots of combinations. You will find one you like! More than one, I’ll bet!
Papers: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Inks: Fresh Fig, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Sets: Abstract Impressions, Petal Palette
Accessories: Layering Ovals Framelits, Old Olive Ink Refill, Rich Razzleberry Ink Refill, Stampin’ Spritzer, Stitched Shapes Framelits