Stamp of the Month – Beloved Bouquet…

s1601Just in time for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to let someone know you’re thinking about them use this beautiful stamp set!  With the full beautiful flowers – this is a perfect stamp for the base and shade technique.  I just learned about this stamping technique a few months ago and was excited to give it a try.  In addition to the flowers & leaves for the base & shade stamping.  This set also has nice sentiments for Valentine’s Day or anytime.

 

 

So – if you aren’t familiar with base and shade stamping here’s how it works.  For each image, you have a solid stamp and an outline stamp.  You stamp the solid image and then stamp on top of that with the outline.

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This works great with a lighter and darker shade of the same color family. This image uses Pixie (for the base) and Pomegranate Exclusive Inks (for the shading).  (Check out all 40 Exclusive Ink colors here – gerri.ctmh.com)

 

 

 

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Or if you don’t have 2 different shades of the same color family, just create the solid image base with a second generation stamp (ink your stamp, stamp onto a scrap, then stamp your image without reinking).  Then use the full color for the outline stamp.  This is a great way to stretch your budget by getting additional colors with fewer stamp pads.  The card on the left, uses Cotton Candy for the flower and Sweet Leaf for the leaves.
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Alternatively, you can use the colored ink for the solid image and then stamp the outline in black.

 

 

 

The base & shade technique really adds dimension to your papercrafting.  I really liked how these images looked fussy cut.  You can add some 3D tape and create even more depth.

If you like this stamp set, act quickly because it is only available in during January 2016.  You can purchase the set straight up for $17.95 or get if for only $5 with any $50 purchase!  January 2016 SOTM – Beloved Bouquet

 

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