Have you had a chance to look through the July to December Mini Catalogue yet? I spent a couple of very happy hours yesterday reviewing my wish list. Sadly I wasn’t able to place an order as my replacement credit card seemed to have gone missing at the UPS depot in Dartmouth. Today though I have a notification that they expect to deliver it to me today. I can’t wait! To keep myself busy while I wait for UPS to arrive I decided to have another play with the Elegantly Said Stamp Set. I love the flower image and wanted to try a different way to stamp it in two colours.
TWO COLOUR STAMPING
Stamping an image in more than one colour is not new. I already have a couple of techniques that I’ve used in the past…
First I could use the brush tips of Stampin’ Write Markers to colour directly onto the stamp rubber. Then once each area was coloured I’d breathe on the ink to re-moisten it and then stamp onto the card. This is a simple technique but somehow I don’t always get the same ink coverage that I’d get with a stamp pad.
So that brings me to my second multi-colour stamping option… I could ink up the stamp using an ink pad. Then remove some of the ink from the stamp rubber with a Blender Pen, cleaning the tip of the pen as I went along by scribbling onto scrap paper. Then I’d use the brush tip of a Stampin’ Write Marker to add a different colour ink to the cleaned areas. This works well when I use the ink pad for solid parts of an image and Stampin’ Write Marker for the finer areas.
I could even use a Stamparatus and masking to stamp in two colours but that involves lots of steps and tools.
So today I wanted to show you a quick and easy solution you may not have though of. Quite simply I stamped the flower from the Elegantly Said Stamp Set onto Shimmery White Card using Real Red ink. Then with my Paper Snips I cut out just the two flowers, keeping them attached together.
Next, onto a 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Shimmer White Card I stamped the image again but in Old Olive Ink.
Finally I fixed the fussy-cut flowers onto the Old Olive image using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
It was only after I’d added the Real Red flower that I remembered I wanted to add a sentiment. Fortunately the “happy anniversary” sentiment from the Elegantly Said Stamp Set wasn’t too big. So with Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it below the flower in the bottom right corner.
With the stamping complete I cut a 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Basic Black Card. Then using liquid glue I mounted the stamped layer on top. I finished off the layer by adding a few small Pearl Basic Jewels around the flower and set it aside.
For my gift tag base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of Shimmery White Card and scored it at 3″.
Then I placed the card into the Detailed Trio Punch with the scored line a little to the right of the centre line mark and punched. Now I could thread some white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack through the hole and tie it in a simple knot.
Before moving on I thought I should add something to the inside of the tag to decorate it. In the end I decided to stamp part of the flower image coming in from the bottom right corner using Real Red ink.
With that done I folded the tag along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Finally I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the assembled stamped layer to the front of the tag and my project was complete.
This gift tag is very simple but I love the two-colour stamping for the image. Fussy-cutting around the two flowers and gluing them over the other image took no time at all. While I haven’t given up on the other ways to use more than one colour when stamping, it’s nice to have another option. What do you think?
For some other project ideas using the Elegantly Said Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
- Elegantly drawn Elegantly Said
- Simply Elegant is, well elegant
- Drybrush and blending brushes combined today
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Elegantly Said Stamp Set in a bundle with the Elegant Tag Punch (not used today). Using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.