Tutorial - Stamp Lighting using a Stampamajig

This week's tutorial was submitted by Kelly. Be sure and visit her website; there's a whole lot of beautiful happening over there. I do want to remind everyone that the deadline for Christmas cards has passed, but this tutorial was too good to pass up. Enjoy!

So if you have seen any of my other cards you know I really dig the masking. I used Hero Arts Sending Holiday Cheer set for this card. To start stamp the house twice on inkadinkado's masking paper and cut them out. Then stamp the house 4 times on white card stock. In order to make sure they are straight I use a ruler to draw a line and erase it after I'm done.

Put your masks over your stamped houses. Rip a scrap piece of card stock or post it note and lay it down to mask for your snow line.

Rub on black soot distress ink to color your sky. Since I didn't want a black sky I just used the ink that was left on my sponge from previous uses. If you don't have ink left over you can dab your foam on the pad once or twice and then blot off some of the color on a scrap.

Stamp the tree three times in between the houses.

Remove the mask for the horizon line. Use the mask to create little hills by putting it down on an angle and sponging on the very edge. I did this twice just to create some interest in all that white space.

Remove the rest of your masks. Set them aside you'll need at least one house again.This is what we have so far. (now is a good time to erase the pencil mark if you made one :)

For my stamp lighting I wanted a circle but none of my dies or stencils had the right size, but you know what did?

That's right. :) another reason why Dunkin Donuts is awesome!! So I traced my coffee cup and cut out my circle. Obviously if you have a punch it's okay to go ahead and use that ;)Now it's time for the stampamajig. Stamp the house on the clear plastic. Make sure you get right into the corner with your block.

Take the plastic and line it up with the house on the background.

Without moving the stampamajig, move the plastic and lay down your circle. In order to get the placement right I rock my stampamajig up a little that way it's position doesn't change and I can move my circle around. You also have to make sure your background doesn't move while your adjusting. It's a little tricky the first or second time but you figure it out lol. I put my plastic back down to double check the placement.

Move plastic and stamp the house onto the circle. again making sure to get the block right in the corner.

Now that your house is stamped mask it again. I try to make sure I use the same one I did the first time. This way it is easier to match up my trees. Stamp the tree on the plastic and line it up just like you did the house. Make sure you remove the background this time.

Stamp a tree on each side using peeled paint and forest moss. Remove mask and color in your house. I colored with distress inks: brushed corduroy, walnut stain, barn door, and tumbled glass.

Put your mask back on (yes I could of done this step before I colored but I was too excited to color he he) and line up your snow line mask.

Rub on faded jeans distress ink, remove mask.

Add liquid pearls to the snowy parts of the house. Normally I would use glitter but that's a big no-no for OWH. We don't want to endanger our soldiers! Add some glossy accents to the windows and bow.

While that is drying we go back to the background panel and stamp our sentiment.

Mount the panel to a black card base.

Don't forget if you use a dark card base to line the inside with white. Sometimes our heroes only have a pencil to write with and it doesn't show up well on dark card stock. (If I was mailing this card to OWH I would also put a white liner on the top. It gives the heroes more room to write and if they don't use it it still looks pretty :)

Once your circle is dry, line it up with the background and adhere with foam tape. Here are some close ups. first is the dimension ( I try to keep mine pretty flat so that way extra shipping costs aren't incurred by our heroes.)

and the shine.

Here is the final card again.

Thanks again to Kelly for today's tutorial. Please leave a comment and let her know what you think. And remember, YOU can also submit a Tuesday Tutorial by emailing kate@operationwritehome.org.

K. Joy  – (December 7, 2010 at 7:20 AM)  

Great tutorial - thanks!! :) I love your coloring!

Joanne M  – (December 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM)  

wow -- probably a bit time consuming but well worth the finished product! very nice

EllenM  – (December 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM)  

This card is beautiful ~ such detail!! Thanks for sharing and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


TK  – (December 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM)  

Gorgeous. This is a card I would save forever!

Dixie Cochran  – (December 7, 2010 at 1:55 PM)  

That's just brilliant! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Well done!

Anonymous –   – (December 7, 2010 at 2:17 PM)  

So very pretty, and so much to try and play with. Great tutorial, I will definately give some of this a try! Thank you for sharing. Cindy B

Brenda  – (December 8, 2010 at 4:10 AM)  

Lovely card, great tutorial and great coloring!

Christina  – (December 8, 2010 at 8:22 AM)  

Beautiful card with amazing detail! I love the coloring too!

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