Hello again, today’s tutorial gives me a chance to show you my two most favorite tools to use while stamping. The Stamp-a-ma-jig and the reverse image stamp.
I also used a brand new stamp by Innovative Stamp Creations “Sketch of Nature I”. Here is a link to their online store: http://www.innovativestampcreations.com/catalog/item/1516071/6518501.htm
The Rubber Stampede Mirror image Stamp can be found at various places. Here is a link to a post I did regarding this stamp and there were a lot of great suggestions on different ways to get a mirror image along with where to find this stamp in the comments left on the post: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/03/16/searchink-for-a-mirror-image-stamp/
I framed my piece today, but the finished main image panel is 4.5″ x 6″ so this could easily be a turned into a card. The 8″ x 10″ frame I used is a barn wood frame I found at a thrift store for $2.00. Got to love those thrift stores and garage sales.
Let’s get started on the tutorial.
|Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations “Sketch of Nature I” and Stampin’ Up “Lovely as a Tree”, Rubber Stampede “Mirror Image Stamp”|
|Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Baja Breeze and Basic Black|
|Ink: Stampin’ Up Not Quite Navy, Basic Black and Baja Breeze|
|Accessories: 8′ x 10″ opening Barn wood Frame (Thrif Store find), White Gel Pen, Black marker, Brayer, Post it notes, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge|
Started with a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White Card stock.
Tore two post it notes through the stick part and used them as masks.
Stamped my tree stamp with Black ink on my Reverse image stamp and then stamped the reverse image stamp on the card stock creating a reverse image of the original stamp.
Photo of the reverse image stamp top.
Turned my card stock and brayered Baja Breeze ink in between the two post it notes.
Brayered Not Quite Navy ink over the bottom post it note and onto the card stock, not covering the Baja Breeze ink entire.
Removed the post it note masks.
Brayered Baja Breeze ink at the top of the card stock.
Brayered Not Quite Navy at the very top of the card stock not covering the Baja Breeze ink entirely.
Stamped the Lovely as a Tree image across the card stock using Baja Breeze ink.
Now it is time to stamp my main (focal) image and I really don’t want to risk stamping it crooked or off center from the reverse image previously stamped so I am going to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I know I have a lot of new stampers that have not experience using some tools so I’m going to show the step by step process of using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Bare with us you seasoned stampers.
I line the plastic piece up in the “L” of the stamp-a-ma-jig.
Ink my stamp up with Black ink and line the stamp up in the “L” of the Stamp-a-ma-jig as I lower it and stamp the image on the plastic piece.
I can now take the plastic piece and move it around on my main image panel to see exactly where I want my image.
Line the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle “L” up on the Plastic Piece. Hold the Handle in place and move the plastic piece away from the panel.
Ink my stamp up with Black ink. Hold the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle firmly and line my stamp up with the “L” on the handle as I lower to the card stock. Press down firmly on the stamp to make my impression.
Remove stamp and handle.
Sponged a bit of Baja Breeze ink under the small trees.
Used a black marker and went down the right sides of the large trees and the right sides of the reverse image to make them stand out a bit more.
Colored the tops of the trees with a white Gel Pen.
Used the White Gel pen and went down the Left sides of the large trees and the left sides of the reverse image.
Layered the main image panel on Black and Baja Breeze card stock panels and framed it.
I hope you enjoyed today’s winterly tutorial and find yourself inspired to get out those stamps today.
May your day be filled with peaceful scenes.
Links to all my tutorials can be found here: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/
Here is a link to my workshop calendar if you want to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar
Frequently asked questions answers: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/