Simonne’s hints & tips
Simonne’s handy guide will help you to get the most out of layered stamping
Stamp positioning tools such as the MISTI or the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform are really helpful when using layering stamps as they allow you to perfectly place each stamp for each stamped layer. Simply place the un-inked stamp onto the previously stamped image, close the lid of the stamp positioning tool to pick up the stamp, open the lid, ink the stamp and then close the lid again to stamp the image.
Most of the main images have three layering stamps, but why not experiment by omitting some of the layers? For example, I only used the top two layering stamps for the Christmas ornaments card as I wanted the reflective shine to be white rather than a lighter colour.
Layered stamping works well with any type of ink. Dye ink dyes the paper and is quick drying, so you won’t need to wait between layers. As pigment ink sits on top of the paper, you will need to wait for it to dry between layers, or use a heat tool to dry it instantly. If you find you don’t have enough shades of one colour of ink to create the different layers of stamping, try using the ‘stamping off’ technique to create a lighter shade of ink. Simply ink up your stamp, stamp it once onto some scrap paper to remove a layer of the ink, and then stamp it immediately onto your project without re-inking.