Have you heard of two-step stamping? Most often it’s where you stamp an outline image using one stamp and then fill in with colour or extra detail using a different stamp. Sometimes however the two (or more) involve stamping parts to create a complete image. This is the process used with the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set which comes with a couple of bodies complete with legs and feet. After stamping the body, you then add one of three images featuring hands that are holding a large item so no head is visible. It’s actually not as difficult as it might sound as the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set is made from see-though photopolymer. What it is though, is great fun.
DELIVERING A BOUQUET
For my first project using the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set I chose the body section wearing boots. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the image onto a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Thick Basic White Card.
Then I decided to add the hands holding the large bouquet. Looking through the photopolymer stamp and clear acrylic block I lined up the arms with the top of the coat and stamped it with Tuxedo Black ink.
Then I set to work colouring in my completed image using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
I began with Cherry Cobbler and used the light and dark markers to colour in the coat.
Then with Misty Moonlight I coloured the legs and mittens. And the bottom of the fringed scarf (more about that in a minute…)
For the bouquet wrapping I decided to use Mint Macaron, with Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen and Cherry Cobbler over the flowers and stems. I also filled in some of the gaps between the stems with random lines of light Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.
And that’s when I looked again at the ends of the scarf. It dawned on me that the ‘scarf’ was actually the bottom of the bouquet, and the ‘fringe’ was the ends of the stems! I’d coloured the bottom of the wrapping in Misty Moonlight instead of Mint Macaron and it looked quite odd.
Thankfully along with the Stampin’ Blends coloured markers I’d also bought the Stampin’ Blends Colour Lifter. So I very carefully tapped the bullet tip onto the Misty Moonlight colour and wiped the tip onto scrap paper. Then I repeated the process several times more until I’d removed virtually all of the blue. After waiting a few minutes for the area to dry, I then went back and coloured in the area using Mint Macaron.
Now the colouring was complete I just needed to add a few finishing touches.
Using the hole option on the Detailed Trio Punch I punched an oval hole at the top of the card strip. Then with the corner rounder option on the same punch I shaped the top left and bottom right corners.
Finally I threaded some Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave Ribbon through the hole. To hold it in place I used a Mini Glue Dot where the ribbon overlapped just above the hole.
At this point I thought my project was done, but as I cleaned and put away the stamps I noticed an odd looking image in the stamp case. It was just a collection of tiny lines and dots that didn’t look like anything at all. Then it struck me, this tiny stamp was actually an extra part of the bottom image I’d chosen. So I inked it up with Tuxedo Black ink… and stamped onto the legs above the top of the boots. With the addition of a fun pattern on her knitted tights my bookmark was finally complete.
I love colouring and I know I’m going to have a lot of fun with the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set. Watch this space…