There are many ways to create scenes with stamps however some of the most dramatic that I have seen have been made with the Stampscapes range of rubber stamps.
Having acquired some of these a while back I thought that I would have a little playtime and see what I could create.
For both of the pieces that I created I took my inspiration from a recent moon sighting – did you know that the moon can cast a rainbow?!
Thoughts in mind, I set up the work area.
Blending mat, inks, etc etc
Next I grabbed my glossy paper. Well, to be truthful I picked up some budget photo paper the other day to try out with this technique.
Lightly taped the paper down and chose the stamps.
These were then stamped out with Stazon ink.
I also created a teeny mask for the moon as I wanted the white of the paper to give the moon it’s shine.
Next I began applying some ink with a sponge applicator.
Pink first. Because the moon is pink, right? Lol, no, it’s just for dramatic effect.
You can see in the next image hat I have also created a rough mask for some areas of the design.
Next for an all-over blue to give me a base tone from which to grow.
Darker blue then helped enhance the drama by darkening off areas where the moon doesn’t shine – no rude comments please.
Purples to add warmth and depth of tone.
Above a lighter pinky purple was used and then a deep eggplant colour.
Almost there I reckon. Just need some highlights.
These were created by using a pokey tool to gently scratch away colour, leaving the white card (think scraper board).
Also, by applying white pigment ink with a cotton bud.
Time to take the mask off. Doesn’t that moon shine?!
Here’s how the whole thing looked altogether.
Loved that. Time for another?
lol, excuse me while I talk to myself.
Ok, this time around I would still be creating a moon but I wanted to try using just greens.
The design started out as before with a couple of stamps images.
I first gave the whole thing a light brushing of Cracked Pistachio distress ink.
Next I created and applied three masks – foreground, background and moon.
They were even laid down in that order as they needed to come off in reverse order- make sense?
I then applied more of the Cracked Pistachio ink above the mountains and around the moon, then removed the mask.
I repeated this with more ink being laid over the mountains.
And then also on the foreground.
I liked how it looked but felt that it was a little too soft.
I went at the design with subsequently darker greens and finished by laying a sticky stencil (the negative of the moon mask) over the moon and liberally dabbing some white pigment ink over the greeny moon.
Upon reflection a lot of mess was created to achieve these two designs however I personally adore both!
Here are a couple of images of the finished ‘Path To The Emerald City’.
What a fun time! Didn’t want to stop but had to have a tidy and pack up. Might give another one a go tomorrow.
To secure and protect these I sprayed on some Crafters Companion Spray & Shine.
Anyway, what do you reckon? Cool eh? Just a couple of stamps and some ink and you’ve made a dramatic scene – love them!
Right, I’d best get off and get more sorted for the All Counties Challenge.
Hope you are well?
Catch you again soon.