There are lots of lovely ideas and colour schemes on Pinterest and other places. I love that the stamp set can be used with so many different coloured inks and as a result there is no end to the different coloured looks you can get. However, today, I have decided to buck the trend a little and use just one colour to make my butterflies (well two if you include black). I opted to use Wisteria Wonder to stamp the butterflies for today's project.
I've been playing around with the best way to get results when using just the one colour as it involves lots of stamping off before putting the stamp to the piece of paper that you want the final butterfly to be on.
This is what I've learnt.
1. Stamp off twice before stamping the body.
2. Stamp off once before stamping the next layer of stamp and
3. Don't stamp off for the layer you want in full colour.
The reason that I've not said which stamp to use in 2 and 3 is simply because you can change the look of your butterfly depending on which stamp you use.
Another lesson that I learnt when using just the one ink pad, is that if you stamp the body first it is so faint that you may have difficulty lining up the other stamps (it could be because I have poor lighting or eyesight at the moment). The way around it, is to stamp the outline of the wings first which may or may not be the layer you stamp off once or don't stamp off at all.
You can see below how using the different stamps with the various stages of stamping off can vary the look.
Hopefully you can read the notes that I added to each stage of the stamping.
This is the finished project that I made.
I used the third method for the smaller butterflies on the front of the card because I had planned to die cut them. I wanted the edges of the wings and the wing details to stand out more and stamped details are sometimes lost when you are using some of the more intricate dies.
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