My favorite stamp sets are those where you get to create a scene using the stamps. Here I'm using the Garden Birdhouses. Having a variety of ink colors makes this easier.
If you don't have many colors of ink, try this technique, Stamping Off.
-Ink your stamp with a dark color
-Before cleaning the stamp, stamp again
-You'll have 2 images of different colors or hues
With very dark colors, you might be able to stamp 4-5 times, getting 4-5 different shades of that ink color. Like this:
The top image is a red rubber stamp and the bottom image is from Garden Birdhouses and a photopolymer stamp. I think I got more images from the red rubber stamp because it holds more ink, but that's just my opinion.
I used a Blending Brush on all my cards to color the sky.
For my final card, I stepped it up and made it into an easel card, added layers, tied linen thread around the front panel, used punches and a few embellishments.
To make an easel card,
-create a top fold card base, by scoring in half (at 5-1/2") a 4-1/4" X 11" card stock.
-score a second time at 2-3/4"
-add something inside your card at the bottom and raise it up using Stampin' Demensionals.
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