This round's challenge was 2 step stamping. Here is my layout for the challenge. I must have pulled every single stamp out last week experimenting with 2 step stamping. I ended up using the technique for the background and also for the trees. I really liked this technique because its a way of bringing extra color into your stamped images without water coloring. Here is my finished layout...
To create the background, I first sketched in pencil lines creating a grid. This makes it SO much easier when stamping. I then stamped the circular design in Versamark in the middle of the squares.
Next I had to stamp the center dots. I'm a tad bit frugal when it comes to crafting. Ok, my husband would say I'm cheap, lol! When you get the See D's stamps they come already die cut. I couldn't bare to throw away the extra outside rubber so I punched a bunch of holes out with a regular old office hole punch. The rubber is fairly thin so its not too hard to punch out. I originally punched them out with the idea of creating a row of dots or something to stamp with. I used one of those to create the center dot. Yes, a pencil eraser would probably also work great, but with my kids its impossible to find an untouched/unchewed eraser in my house. ;) I first stamped the dot in white and then went back and stamped it in lime. You need the white underneath the lime for it to show up.
I used the pencil lines to machine stitch the vertical lines and then went back and erased the horizontal lines.
The journaling stamp originally had a phrase on the top and a car at the bottom. Really cute stamp, but it didn't work for what I needed. I inked up the stamp, cut a strip of paper the size of the phrase, laid it over the inked stamp. The ink is sticky enough to hold it on. I knew I was covering the car with the tree images so I didn't worry about covering that. Aren't those little trees cute? And they were only a $1! yep, I'm cheap. LOL!
And just one last photo so you can see the journaling. Here's my little cutie-patootie on his first day of Kindergarten.
stamps: October Afternoon (circle design, journal block), See D's (tree, dot)
stickers: American Crafts
ink: Versamark, Colorbox
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