This last May, KSS was one of the sponsors for a Memorial Day Weekend Retreat taught by Lydia – Understanding Blue. While Lydia was preparing for her retreat, she introduced me to a fabulous tutorial by Jennifer McGuire where she used Perfect Pearls with multi-step stamping. You can see her tutorial HERE
When I produce a color recipe guide for one of my multi-step stamp sets, I like to stamp on the same cardstock that I like to I use when creating cards, Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. I love to experiment with color and will be the first to say, not all of my color experiments make the final color recipe that can be found on the KSS Community Forum. The ones that do, I keep the original stamped samples figuring I would eventually use them… eventually, use them and “waste not – want not”.
It has been very handy having a collection of stamped images already done especially if I needed a fast card but didn’t have time to stamp. I would dig through my stack of “color recipe samples”, and either die cut a stamped image or do some quick fussy cutting and I had a card within minutes.
Over 11 years, I have used at least two full reams of cardstock (250 sheets per ream) just to create color recipes for 107 multi-step stamp sets! You would guess right that the stack of “approved” original color recipes was starting to take on a life of its own!! LOL
I finally decided to organize the chaotic stack and pre-cut either with die cuts or fussy cut all of it! Then I store the cut stamped images by categories in clear plastic photo boxes. I am about 3/4 finished with the ones needing fussy cutting! Having these stamped images all ready to go sure makes it easy for quick cards.
Here are two cards that were created with color recipes “leftovers”. The ladybugs card were cut into squares with metal dies and the veggies & berries card were fussy cut which made it super easy to layout the design before using adhesive and pop dots. Now, I think I can hear you say, “That is a LOT of FUSSY CUTTING!?!” True, but I just take a stack and cut away while watching a movie at night and it is amazing how fast it goes when you are cutting the same thing… PLUS, tools can make ALL the difference! I do all my fussy cutting with a pair of small, EK Precision Scissors. They cut like butter and won’t fussy cut without them. 🙂
I created this card by first stamping in this order:
Next came blending the sky. Using the largest brushes in a circular motion, starting around the moon and working out towards the cardstock’s outer edges in “rings” of color. I used the following ink colors (from Catherine Pooler) in this order:
Finishing the card with adding the bats over the moon. Coated the pumpkins with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and add to card with pop dots.