These two new vertical strip designs from Chocolate Baroque, and their accompanying worker stamp ‘Elements’ sets, are perfect for creating a wide range of crafting and projects. ‘Floral Paraphernalia’ is a three flowerhead stamp with port-hole design and pipes on a text background. The co-ordinating ‘Elements’ set features two of the flower heads for fussy cutting alongside a port-hole, leaf and two solid circle stamps. ‘The Phenomenal Butterfly’ is a vertical strip stamp with butterflies and dragonflies on a text and brushstroke background. The ‘Elements’ set features two butterflies, two dragonflies, a set of cogs and circular frame with a text background.
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These stamps are versatile for a number of techniques and layouts. It is easy to convert the main designs of both strip stamps from vertical to horizontal formats.
Cropping the stamped images can lead to many different project layouts and sizes. The project above has already been featured on this blog. I’d recommend stamping and colouring before cropping to maintain colour consistency.
For this technique, masking and fussy cutting are easiest done with the ‘Elements’ set. Firstly, stamp your images multiple times onto masking paper, masking film or masking tissue. Then, stamp your focal images first, working from foremost image backwards, applying the masks as you stamp. Once your focal images have been stamped and masked, move onto stamping the background. The circle stamps from the Floral Paraphernalia Elements set are perfect for creating backgrounds; these will stamp better when using pigment or hybrid inks. You can then remove the masks and use a water brush to pull out the inks to shade the images.
Stamping onto coloured paper is a quick way to colour your images. You can either keep the colour flat, or shade with ink blending after stamping. Another option, try stamping onto printed papers with your main image and colour over the top.