The first kind of stamp we were working with in the Stretch Your Stamps class was background stamps. Fun! I think there’s two kinds of stamps a cardmaker can never have enough of — background stamps and sentiment stamps.
This card is uses a version of Tasnim Ahmed’s technique of fussy-cutting and using portions of larger background stamps.
I cut out and layered progressively smaller sections of this background stamp. I didn’t raise them up on dimensional adhesive — this stamp is so elaborate, I thought it would be too much. I added a little dot of Avocado Green Liquid Pearls to the center of the medallion, to finish it, and bring the color of the outer portion into the center. I always add a gem or pearl or glitter glue, or something, to the center of a medallion to center and ground it.
Those of you have been following the blog for a while may recognize this stamp as the Basic Grey Spice Market stamp I bought when I won a gift certificate on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog. (I did a haul video, heh.) First time I used it. Looking at this card, I think this stamp is so elaborate, I could just stamp it all by itself on some different colored cards, and it would make a nice set of all-occasion note cards for a gift.
The paper is from a DCWV 6×6 pad called “Weathered Aspect.” There is a nice tone-on-tone distressed quality to the papers that it turns out you can’t quite see under this elaborate stamp, but I still like the soft colors.
Oh, I stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black, to get good coverage and fine detail.