Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Bee's Knees - Layered Stamps

I've got three new stamp sets being launched 8-10 November on the STAMPlorations blog, but we're doing a preview of them today. You can also see this post on the STAMPlorations blog here.

The first thing to note about these sets is that the images do not line up perfectly. They are meant to overlap slightly - think me and my sloshing outside the lines with the guesswork being done for you! You get a lovely graphic artsy image with very little effort.
The first one is Layered Holly.  You'll see that there are pairs of outline and solid shapes that work together.  Those two smaller leaf shapes at the bottom will work with their larger counterparts.
On this first card I've used the outline and solid leaf pair from the left of the pack, along with the smaller solid leaf next to the bottom on the right of the pack.  And, of course, the berries.  I used different shades of Distress Ink for each leaf layer.
You don't have to use all three layers.  This card uses the large half-leaf outlines and coordinating solid images.  I've overlapped the images at different points.
You can even use the large outline image with the smaller solid image.
The next set is Layered Leaves. The top two solid images work with the large outline underneath; the bottom three images work together; the three smaller images on the right work together, and the remaining three on the left work together.  But you can mix and match whatever combination you like, and layer whatever combination you want.
For this card I stamped all of the outline images randomly, then stamped different solid images that I'd inked up with various Distress Ink colours.
I posted this one last week but it's worth posting again because it shows how the top two solid images have been layered over the outline image.
And the final set is Layered Snowman.  There are four sizes of outline stamp and coordinating solid stamp.  You could make big snowmen, little snowmen, three-tiered snowmen, whatever you fancy.  You can ink up the whole of the solid image, or just ink around the edges.  You can use just the outline stamps, just the solid stamps, or combine them.
I inked up the edges of the solid shapes, spritzed them, then wiped away the spritzing from the centre of the stamp so that it wouldn't spread too far.
I did the same thing here, then stamped over the images with the outline stamps.

You don't have to stick with the obvious.  The large solid shape makes a fab bauble, the arm makes a brilliant hanging thread, and adding the outline image gives it a fun grungy feel.
You'll be seeing some more creative interpretations of some of the stamps from my STAMPlorations teamies soon on the STAMPlorations blog.

The stamps are available in the store, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off these and any other stamps, stencils or dies that happen to fall into your basket while you're shopping ;)

That's another six Christmas cards in the bag, yay!SaveSave


  1. I'm absolutely smitten with your new layered sets, Shirley! Finally, I can get that lovely 'outside-the-lines' look you accomplish so effortlessly *grin* I believe my STAMPlorations collection will be increasing!

  2. LOve these, Shirley!!! and I was thinking exactly what you wrote: think YOU, indeed, and fabulous!

  3. AWESOME!! LOVE your new designs Shirley. So create and a lot of fun. xx

  4. ahh these are fantastic sets Shirley..... love the layered look and the doodled outlines :)

  5. All these cards are brilliant, Shirley ... all six make for such a fantastic showcase of your new stamp designs! Talking of the designs ... awesome ... so clever and creative! Hugs, Anita :)