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Layering Stamping Ideas And Tips

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Layered Stamps-Beautiful Images

Layered stamps are fun and create images that you never thought possible

Layered stamps are fun and create images that you never thought possible

Layered stamping is one of the most popular techniques for getting outstanding detail from each set.

The stamp sets generally have an outline stamp, a base stamp and at least one detail stamp.Many sets come with three images. It is your choice how many of the stamps you chose. Most stamp sets come with a guide that tells you how to use them.

There are so many lovely layered stamps to chose from. Many of these stamps create gorgeous flowers that have outstanding detail. You will find yourself going back to these stamps over and over again.

One thing to know about this technique is that there is no right way or wrong way to set your layers down. While we will show you the most popular way to do your layering, some people prefer to do step two ahead of step one. Play with your stamps and see which ones work best for you.

Some companies like Crafters Companion have made it easier for you to do layered stamps. They have actually numbered their stamps and placed a squared off corner for you to orient the stamps. They are making it easier to use them.

Layered stamp sets consist of multiple stamps for one image that give a lot of detail

Layered stamp sets consist of multiple stamps for one image that give a lot of detail

What Inks To Use With Layered Stamps

One of the best part of this technique is that you can use any inks to create your layered images. You will really get great results if you use ink pads that are made to be used together.

Say for example you have three layered stamps for one image. Most ink lines have several shades in each basic color. So if you use say their three ink pads in blue. you are going to get a clear layering. These different shades of color are called gradients

Some companies sell these stamp sets made specifically for layered stamps. They are prepackaged and ready to use. Companies like Hampton Arts, Altenew, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamps have these sets ready for you. The cost may vary depending on the package and size of the stamps. They are well worth the time they are going to save you in the end. If you purchase any of these sets, make sure to get the reinkers. That way you will always have the ink you need.

The cube inks are a little easier to use than the larger pads.

But you can mix inks too. Experiment with different manufactures. You may want to write down the colors that have worked and keep it with the stamp set. Or Make an image and on the back of the image list the colors and the manufacturers.

Those little ink cubes are very handy for this technique. They are easy to handle and will make the process much smoother.

Hybrid inks are a good choice too. They come in lots of color variants and are easy to use.

Layered Stamp Reference Sheet

Create a sample sheet for your layered stamps so that you have a reference of which colors work best together. Will save you time later.

Create a sample sheet for your layered stamps so that you have a reference of which colors work best together. Will save you time later.

Why Using A Stamp Platform Makes Stamp Layering Easy

A stamp platform is a tool that will help make your layering perfect every time. Can you do layering without a stamp platform ? Yes of course you can. But the stamp platform makes the task all the easier. You can use the Misti, Stamppendous or the Tim Holtz stamp platform. No matter which platform you use, the effect is still the same.

You place the first layer on the paper, then you use the first image to place the second stamp. Each successive stamping is perfectly placed.

The Misti Stamp platform is my favorite way to stamp layered projects. That is because I can place the stamp in the right position over the first image, Then I can lift it and I will get perfect placement every time.

Online Layering Guides

This tool is perfect for layering stamps. It creates a perfect layered image every time

This tool is perfect for layering stamps. It creates a perfect layered image every time

Consult The Layering Guide

Most companies that make layered stamps include some kind of layering guide with the stamp set. It gives you directions how to layer the stamps, in what order to layer them, color ideas and graphics to show you how it should look.

Always consult and read through these guides before you get started.on your project. Keep them somewhere handy where you are working for easy access, especially when you are getting started with layered stamps.

Store them with your stamp set. You may need to refer to them the next time you use the stamps

Store the guides and any instructions with your stamps so they are always available.


Materials You Will Need

There are not too many materials needed for this technique

  • White card stock
  • Layered stamp set
  • Ink pads- at least two to three complimentary colors
  • Acrylic blocks or a Misti tool or the Tim Holtz stamping platform

Stamp positioning tools like the Misti or Stamping Platform are really handy for placing your stamps perfectly. You simply stamp the base image, then place the detail stamp with no ink on top of the first image. Close the lid to pick up the stamp. Open the lid and ink the stamp. Close the lid again to stamp the image.

Acrylic blocks work well. You just need to take your time especially in the beginning

Tips For Coloring Layered Stamps

Step One- Decide Your Color Combination

Generally speaking, you will use the lighter color on your base and then build into the darker color for the detail.

You need two to three colors in the same color range. Check and see what pads you have. You could mix different colors from different companies if they are close to each other.

Dye inks are the perfect choice for layered stamps. They always dry quickly.

Explore the color ranges from different companies. Decide what you would like to add for your collection of ink pads. Make a list and purchase them as your craft budget permits.

Layered Color Combinations

When you find a color combination for your layered stamps, keep a notation of the colors that worked for you

When you find a color combination for your layered stamps, keep a notation of the colors that worked for you

Create A Color Chart of Ink Combinations

You may just have a few ink pads or you may have a lot of ink pads. But it is nice t get organized and know the colors that you have that can be combined for layering. Hopefully, you already have an inventory of ink pad swatches. If not, it is smart to get that organizing job done. Doing an ink inventory, helps you know what you have. It keeps you from duplicating colors.

Now you can do the same thing with your layering technique. Take a stamp and layer it with the inks that you have. This gives you a perfect reference when you layer other stamping projects


The Base Stamp

First you start your project by stamping the base stamp

First you start your project by stamping the base stamp

Step Two- Stamp The Base Stamp

Place the base layer stamp on an acrylic block. Ink the base stamp with a brayer. Make sure that the stamp is inked well with the lightest color of your ink. You will see that the base stamp is stained to look dark in your set. But you will actually use the very lightest color of those you have chosen.

If you are using an acrylic block to stamp, try to use one that has lines embeded in it. This will help you line up your stamps as you layer.

If you’re using a stamp platform, align base stamp with flower border. Lower the lid. Lift the lid and ink the stamp. Lower the lid and stamp the image. Restamp if you want more base color.

Adding The Second Layer

Using the stamp reference guide. you add the second layer

Using the stamp reference guide. you add the second layer

Step Three- Stamp The Next Layer

Stamp the next layer of your set. . Use a medium color. Place the stamp on an acrylic block and ink it well. Stamp on your card stock. Allow to dry a bit before proceeding.

If you are using an acrylic block, make sure that you have the correct orientation of the stamp according to the stamp guide, Ink the stamp and postion the block directly over the stamp.

If you are using a stamp platform, position your stamp on the card stock, lower and lift the lid. Ink the stamp and lower the lid to stamp. Allow to dry for a minute or two.

If the stamp has not stamped enough re stamp

Remember, that you always start with the lightest color on the base and work toward the darker color.

Step Four- The Detail Stamp

Some stamp sets will have one detail stamps, some will have two detail stamps. Basically, you are going to stamp these stamps in the same way, using your darkest color. You can do this once or multiple times to get different effects.

If you are using an acrylic block make sure that the orientation of the stamp is correct against the base and second stamp. Follow the stamp guide. for orientation of the stamp. Lean over the image and carefully place the stamp directly over the other images. Make sure that there is enough ink on the stamp.

If you are using a stamp platform, place the stamp over the stamped image, when it is placed correctly, lift the lid. Then ink the stamp and stamp the image. Re stamp if necessary.

Stamping Platforms

Stamping platforms make it easy to get the perfect placement of your layered stamps every time. They have a grid marking that makes it easy

Stamping platforms make it easy to get the perfect placement of your layered stamps every time. They have a grid marking that makes it easy

Using A Stamping Platform For Layered Stamps

A stamping platform is very popular with stampers who enjoy layered stamps. The idea behind using these platforms is that you can stamp anywhere on a card without worrying about the size of the piece. This means that you can stamp layered images on cardstock that is larger than a card. You could create your own scrapbook paper with these images using a platform. You can also use a platform on your junk journals and in your Bible journals too. The options are endless.

The other advantage of a stamping platform is that you get even pressure when applying the stamps. The stamping platform works best with a cutting mat to get accurate placement every time.

Supplies

  • Layered stamp set
  • Inks in the same color family
  • Stamping platform
  • Cardstock
  • Cutting mat (Optional)
  1. Line up your paper on the cutting mat. You can use a piece of washi tape to mark the spot. If you are not using a cutting mat, take a piece of paper and make two lines with a pencil like a corner so that you have a reference where the card will lay.
  2. Turn your stamping platform upside down so that the legs are up.
  3. Apply the first layering stamp on the grid. Use either the center or part of the grid you will remember.( I like to use the center, so I remember where to place it)
  4. Coat the stamp with ink (it you get any ink on the platform, do not worry, it will wipe away)
  5. Flip the platform over and line up the stamp where you want the image to be.
  6. Once you have the image lined up correctly, press the platform firmly on the paper. Make sure to press firmly on each area of the stamp to get even distribution of the ink.
  7. Release the platform to reveal your image
  8. Remove the first stamp
  9. Wipe the platform clean
  10. Continue the same procedure with the rest of your stamps and inks


How To Use Watercolor Markers With Layered Stamps

Watercolor markers are another medium that you can use with layered stamps.With just a few colors, you can create real pieces of art work. You will want to use a good watercolor paper with this technique. You will also need a mister filled with water. I like the mini mister for this type of fine work.

How to use water colored markers with layered stamp sets:

  1. Place the stamp on an acrylic block on a flat surface.
  2. Start with the brush nib or the wider part of the marker. Lay it parallel to the stamp with the widest part of the nib on the stamp surface.
  3. Lightly sprite the stamp with water. Be careful in the amount of water that you use. If you over water the stamp, you are likely to get water puddles thatare messy to get cleaned up.
  4. Stamp the first image on your paper. You will want to stamp and hold the stamp tightly for a few seconds to get the best impression. The ink will soak into the water color paper.
  5. You can dab around the image with a paper towel if you get any excess water around the image.
  6. Do the same technique with each stamp changing colors

Make sure to clean off the stamps as soon as you use them.

Layered Stamps With Markers

More Tips For Using Layered Stamps

  • Find landmarks on your stamp set that you can use. These are points that you know should line up. Use these points to place the additional stamps on top of.
  • Use a stamp positioner or platform. You can still use these stamps with acrylic blocks, but these tools sure make it easier to place each layer with a lot less fuss.
  • Make multiples while you have everything out. Why not make multiple images while you have everything in place?
  • Get directly over the stamp:Look down through the stamp to position correctly
  • Used stamps work better in this technique: When you have a stamp that has been gently used with some ink on it, it is easier to position.
  • Practice Makes Perfect. You might not get this technique right away, bt fater a couple of tries, the rewards will be worth the effort.

How To Create Multiple Layered Flowers

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Add More Dimension To Your Cards

Add more dimension to your cards by adding layers of cardstock to your project

Add more dimension to your cards by adding layers of cardstock to your project

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