HOW2 - Double Stamp
The standard way of doing this technique often leads to a badly stamped back image. Stamping over 2 pieces of card at the same time means that the 'step' area is not always fully stamped.
Here you can see the big gap left caused by the difference in the levels of the 2 pieces of card. This only gets worse if stamping onto 3 or 4 layers. This was a wood mounted stamp so not only is there no chance to see where the image is being placed but also you cannot easily increase the pressure over this 'step'. Obviously this gap is usually hidden by a mount layer but you need to make your mount quite wide sometimes to cover the 'missing' area. Using clear stamps is obviously going to help, and my HOW2 should make the whole job a lot easier!
First I will deal with the method where 2 different colours of card are being used.
Begin by cutting your pieces of card to their finished sizes.
Draw around the smaller piece of card lightly to show where the limits are. This is helpful if you want to something on the opposite corner to add interest. This pencil line can either be rubbed out or left as your mount layer should cover it.
Lay the CLEAN stamp onto the area where you want the final image. Then place the acrylic block onto the stamp lining up the edges of the card with the edges of the block.
Remove the smaller piece of card, ink up your stamp, line up the block with the card and stamp the image.
If you want to add some overhanging detail then use the pencil lines as a guide to stamp around the card.
As the inner area is going to be covered it doesn't matter what happens there but you might like to protect the area anyway with a scrap piece of paper.
Making sure it is all dry, lay the inner piece of card back in place. At this point you MUST clean and dry the stamp carefully. Lay it over the original impression and the second piece of card and position the acrylic block as before.
Move the lower piece of card away and this is what you will be left with. See how the stamp is hanging over the block? You can't do this with rubber stamps can you? Ink the stamp and again using the block as your guide stamp the image onto the 2nd piece of card.
OK so my inking wasn't brilliant but that is due to taking pictures along the way, but look! There is no gap!!
Now you can add your mount layer and because there is no gap to cover you can make this layer as narrow as you like!
Now here is the method I use when I am doing this layered technique using the same colour of card. This is so easy you will be surprised!
Turn it over. You might want to protect it by laying it onto a piece of clean paper. Using a ruler go around each edge to create a border the width you want. These clear rulers are perfect for that!
Using a craft knife cut along those lines being careful to get your corners nice and sharp. Don't cut beyond the corner as this will show.
It should look something like this when finished.
You could make further layers by repeating the above steps.
Mount each cut out. You decide how wide or narrow your mount layer needs to be.
If it shows then it will always be big enough to cover the cut lines!
Hope this helps?
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