You may recognize the card on the right from the most recent eArticle, “Sponge & Brush Techniques for Stampers”. On the left is a second take on the card that I created today using the same stamp images and the same basic color scheme. Both cards used stippled ink from an inkpad for the base color on the stamped flower. But there are some differences . . .
The original card was created to show one way to use a sponge or a brush on a stamped card. In this particular example, I used yellow and green dye inks and a stencil brush to apply color to the stamped image. I then used colored pencils to add more shading. (See page 35 and 36 of the pdf eArticle to see the process.) Originally I had intended to cut the image out and mount it on a card, but I liked the soft stippled color that went past the image lines; it reminded me of some soft watercolor looks. So I left it this way. But I kept wondering what it would have looked like if I had cut it out. So I decided to make the card again and see.
So I got out my stencil brushes again, stamped the image in black dye ink and stippled on some color. This time around, I decided to try pigment ink instead of dye ink, although the colors are similar. (You may remember that I put a ColorBox Petal Point “Pigment Option Pad” near my work area in my recent “Keeping Stamping Supplies Close” blog post with the hope that I would use it more. It definitely is working! I used it several times for the eArticle and reached for it today as well.)
Because the pigment ink was more opaque than the dye ink, I found that I needed to go darker with the colored pencils this time around. Once I was happy with the color, I used small sharp scissors with curved points to cut out the image. I have to tell you that I get really bored cutting out detailed stamp images like this. It took about ten minutes.
But I do like the result. Cutting it out let me mount the image onto the card using 3D Glue Dots that create a nice drop shadow around the image that I like. Notice too that because it was cut out, I could now let the stamped image overlap the layer below, breaking up some of the rigid boxes of the original card.
On both versions of the card, I used stippled and/or sponged background paper. The background on the original card was one that was intentionally created for the eArticle. The background on the new card was instead a random piece of cardstock that I had used in playing around with sponging and stippling during the process of working on the eArticle. Although it was not intended as a background, I like the random look for this layered card.
So what do you think? Do you think it was worth the trouble to cut this image out along all its detailed lines?
(Flower: The Stamp Connection; Text: Unknown.)