Single Color Stamp Layering! ***Updated to include the video Tutorial ***

Hello and welcome back to DanYellScraps! Today I have a lovely set of cards, using stamp layering and only one color of waterbased -dye ink. I really think you will run to the craft room with this simple and fun way of stamp layering. 

For today's technique we will be using two close to my heart stamp sets. White Daisy card stock, Vellum sheets, Waterbased dye ink in pacifica, pomegranate, willow and lemon, versa mark ink, clear embossing powder, extra fine white embossing powder, an embossing folder, and Thin cuts. 

 Full Tutorial Below on DanYellScraps YouTube Channel or Scroll on down for a pictorial. (enjoy)

The first stamp set is the lovely Beautiful You Stamp + Thin cuts set. This My Acrylix® Set offers 22 Stamp images. You'll notice a blue outline on the picture, this shows the stamps coordinate with Thin Cuts metal dies. Thin Cuts are packaged on their own magnetic sheet and work well with most die-cutting machines.

The secret to achieving the layered look with ONE color of ink, is vellum paper. The 3 pack of vellum paper from CTMH worked like a charm with this technique. I used pieces cut down to 3" x 12". I also used White daisy card stock. Each white daisy cardstock is cut to 4.25" x 5.5. Now this was probably more room then what I needed, but at the end of the day I can use the scraps on other small fussy cutting projects, so it wasn't a big deal at all. 

I am using my new stamp platform, because it is brand new for me. However, using this style of stamp layering, there really is no need for one, and your blocks will work just fine. 

I am starting with Pacifica Single-color, water-based, dye ink stamp pad. Inking up the largest, most solid stamp. A simple tap tap, twist twist, tap tap motion ensures that I have thoroughly covered the stamp with ink. I will repeat this process with the same image in Lemon, and pomegranate single-color, water-based, dye ink stamp pads, cleaning my stamp between color changes. The leaves will also be stamped in willow on the White Daisy cardstock. (not pictured)

Switching out my White Daisy cardstock for vellum, I will be stamping the layering stamps. I will put BOTH on my stamp positioner at the same time on the Vellum sheet. Before stamping I will cover the surface of my vellum with some baby cornstarch powder. There are tools out there you can purchase for this - however my DIY version works great for me. This quick step helps keep the embossing powder to your stamped image, reducing or eliminating the embossing powder from melting your image or words into one big blob. 

Since the waterbased dye ink sits on top of the vellum, I am able to quickly add my CLEAR embossing powder and heat emboss this. Tip, to help your paper, especially vellum, from warping during heat embossing, make sure your heat gun is HOT. During the entire stamping process, my heat gun is heating up. I will repeat this process for the Pomegranate and Pacifica waterbased dye ink. I will also stamp the leaves outlines in willow on the vellum and heat emboss them as well.  

Next you will want to cut your around your images (from the vellum sheet) in a manner that leaves enough space for the Thin cut. Off camera I fix the pomegranate, as I  stamped it to close to the pacifica rose, not allowing enough space for the die cut. You will see what I mean as we move along. 

This is the fun part, layering the images! I am using my Bonding Memories™ Dual Action Glue Pen to adhere the vellum cut outs to the White Daisy cardstock. This all-purpose glue pen with small-tipped applicator is perfect for safely bonding photographs, artwork, and more. It creates both permanent and temporary bonds. I am careful to add this to the back of the stamped areas of the vellum, however some of the adhesive does flow outside of the stamped image area, and because it dries fairly quickly it dries clear. Because this is being layered, it is extremely hard to see any over flow of the adhesive once it is put together.

I am adding my med sized rose image (vellum) to the large rose image (White Daisy base). Because the vellum is see through it is very easy to see where these line up. However I suggest if you are using this set for the first time, that you play with the layers before adding adhesive to get the 'feel' of the layers and their placement. Once I am satisfied with the placement, I will add my small rose image (vellum) to the layers. I will repeat this for each rose I created, along with the leaves. 

Once all my layers are in place, I will add my Thincut, and secure it with some washi tape. Because the layers are so thin, this will cut like butter through my cuttlebug.

Here is the final result from the above steps, a layered image with one waterbased ink color!  By using the velum and clear embossing powder, it looks as if there were three shades used to create this beautiful rose. 

After each image is die cut, I place it under an acrylic block to make sure any potential warping from the heat embossing is removed. I leave all of them under the block while I move on to my next step. Embossing my card back ground. 

Using one of my favorite embossing folders from CTMH (retired) I add 4.00" x 5.25" white daisy card stock to the inside. I also know that I would like a flat surface to add my rose to, so I will also add my Circle Diffuser from CTMH. This is a 5 ¼" × 7 ¼" clear plastic embossing diffuser with 2 ½" circle. I place the diffuser, so that the circle off set, and not centered on each card base I created. 

I am now going to put all of my die cut images with my card bases. I am using 3 leaves and a rose for each card. Using my AGT gun or dry adhesive, I am going to adhere down the leaves to diffused circle area. I will next add adhesive foam dimensional pieces to just the flowers.

Now to work on the card front sentiment. I will be using the super cute CTMH stamp set Short and Sweet Set of 12 stamps. It is recommended to use a block  that measures 1"×1"  For this particular card, I have actually cut the sentiments apart to use in a line. 
I have a need for some get well cards and happy birthday. As I mentioned I have cut the '(soon)' away from 'get well' and, I have cut 'Birthday' away from 'Happy' This in no way alters the performance of the stamp. In reality it brings some versatility to it. I am now able to position the stamp in a line on my 1" × 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block. When using these blocks, you will noticed and etched line. This is such a helpful guide when stamping with words to help keep them straight.   
I will be stamping on black card strips. In order for my sentiment to show up, I will use the versa mark ink pad and some ranger extra find white embossing powder. Again making sure my heating tool is nice and hot, I have already turned it on. Because the versa mark dries slowly, there is no need to rush to add powder or heat emboss these, therefore I can complete all of my stamping first then add the white embossing powder. The ends are dove tailed, and 3D foam adhesive is applied to the ends of the sentiment strips. The center will rest on the rose, hence why the 3D foam adhesive was not added to the middle. 

I apply dry adhesive to the White Daisy embossed card stock and adhere it to each of my color coordinated card bases. Each card measures 4.25" x 5.50" when closed. The popped up images will mail just fine without extra postage. 

Here are three cards finished. Off camera, I added Black Glitter Paper behind the sentiment. The Glitter paper from CTMH comes in a set of 3 – 12" × 12" sheets, 1 color per pack, and the best part is, it is cardstock-weight.
I also added some sparkly pizzazz to my cards with these small bitty sparkles. (You can get them from CTMH in a pack of 100 adhesive-backed gems, round, 2mm.)

Thank you for stopping by today!  Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on this nifty trick for layer stamping. 

Danielle Wagner

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