Penguin Layering

Hello —

Today I would like to share with you my Hero Arts Layering Baby Penguin card.  I received this stamp set from a friend (thank you so much) and I just love it.  I am still building my skills at stamp layering.  Hero Arts has made it pretty easy with this penguin.

To start my card, I wanted a background representing where penguins lived, so I searched images on the internet and found a beautiful rock and snow background.  I attempted to recreate this.  I used Canson Watercolor paper and Sakura Koi watercolors.  I layered in areas where I wanted rock and water.  I dabbed away where I wanted white to show through to be snow.  When I finished the snow didn’t really show though, but I did like the background.  Later, I remembered I had some Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and attempted to lay the crayons where I wanted snow.    I think these really helped.  My background was done.  I cut the background out with Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles and played with colors until I decided I liked the background layered on black to compliment the penguins.

On to the penguins for the card front.  First I played with the penguin image and layers by stamping on test paper. I wanted to see what colors worked well, which needed to be stamped off once, etc.  I came up with two samples I liked.  Further down I’ve noted a few things about layering stamps if these are new to you.  Seeing as penguins lived in groups, I decided to stamp two images and use them both.  I primarily used Stampin Up inks.  The first Penguin I used Crumb cake, stamped off once for the lightest layer,  then espresso for second layer and Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink.  The second penguin, I used espresso stamped off once for the lightest layer, espresso for the second layer and Simon Says Stamp intense black ink for the final layer.  I cut them out by hand and decided how to place them on my background as well and reviewed the stamp set again deciding which sentiment would fit my design.  I decided on ‘warm winter wishes’ and attempted to stamp it directly on the background to emboss with black powder.  I didn’t account for the background having been done with watercolor paper and suffering a bit of warping, so I couldn’t get a clean complete image.  So, my mind went to acetate or vellum.  I liked the look of vellum and stamped and embossed with black powder.  I cut out the sentiment with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangles and was ready to lay all the pieces in place and start adhering.  I placed the first penguin down directly to the background.  I slipped the sentiment under the penguin placing it even with the right side of the card.  I popped up the second penguin and place it slightly below and to the side of the other penguin.  I added a couple of My Favorite Things snowflakes dies cuts I had laying around and that completed my card. The snowflakes are adhered only in the center so the flakes can be lifted a tad to give some additional dimension.

If layering stamps are new to you, typically layered stamps are in three layers based on the amount of shading.  The most shaded (or most image you would stamp) is typically stamped with the lightest color.  The next of the layers would have the next less amount of stamping area and you would stamp this is a slightly darker color.  The last layer image is the outline and final touches.  This is your most darkest color.  For this penguin image, I stamped first as I described.  The second time I stamped, I reversed the order and it worked equally as well.  I actually think I did better at keeping the layers contained within the penguin shape.  Honestly, I think its best to  give yourself some time to experiment and see what works best for you.

I hope you like my card design and are inspired to give layering stamps a try.  These penguins are great to start with.  Please leave a comment and let me know if you’ve used layering stamps and how it went for you your first time and if you have a tips or tricks to using them.

Thank you — and thanks for visiting!  Come back soon.


Hero Arts Layering Baby Penguin SM188 – Hero Arts 2017 Wintertime Fun Release

Final Card

Final card design

Layer Colors

Color layers.  Lightest color is the first layer


Embossed sentiment placed evenly at right side of card design.

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