A few years ago I learned a neat trick for making layers with rubber stamped images. This is a really easy and fun way to give dimension to your designs. You can use stamps you already own to come up with fresh new ideas. The best part is you don’t need to buy anything special, all you need for this trick is a post-it note!
The first thing you stamp is going to be the top layer of your final image. I chose this word stamp for a Valentine card I’m making. Using black ink I stamped the image onto my white paper and also stamped it onto a post-it note. When you stamp on the post-it, get as close as you can to the top so that your image is over the sticky part of the paper, stamp on the not sticky side.
Now you should cut out your post-it note to the outline of your stamp. In this case, I will not be stamping anything below the original stamp so I don’t need to cut it out completely. Place your post-it cut out, called a mask, over the original stamp so that it covers it and sticks to your paper.
The next stamp you use is going to look like it was stamped first and is behind the original stamp. I have chosen a little robot with a heart. I inked my robot in red. Using clear acrylic blocks and clear stamps is the easiest way to get great results. However, with a little practice and maybe a couple mistakes, you can use your wood mounted stamps as well. Now that your second stamp is inked up, line up the image over the original stamp and when you have it where you want it press down. You can see in the picture on the right that the robot stamp left some ink on the post-it note. If you had not cut out a mask, you would have a pretty unattractive image with overlapping stamps.
Peel away your mask and reveal a clean image. See how the robot is standing behind the lettering? Pretty cool, huh?! I finished stamping my image and colored in a couple spots with gel pen. I used a little red brad to attach the arrow so that it moves back and forth on the meter. I mounted the white paper image onto a card covered in red paper with metallic red hearts.
I finished the card by stamping ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ inside. This card is cute and interactive, the best part, a professional looking image. Enjoy!