Michael’s Basic Stampscapes Tutorial
Michael's Stampscapes Tutorial
By: Michael A. Trent, Artistic Guide
I received many comments about the projects I made using my Stampscapes stamps and several people asked me to explain how I made the scenes. After discussing it with Stephanie and Bea, they suggested I put together a tutorial.
Although I have loved, and have been in awe of cards made with Stampscapes, I was always afraid to pick them up, not really understanding how these detailed scenes were accomplished. A few months ago I had the privilege of taking a class at The Ink Pad, my local stamp store here in New York City, given by the very talented Estrella Bianchi. Everything I learned that night, I now pass on to all of you. This is really a very easy and basic technique to get you started.
Finished card size: 6.5" x 5"
Stamps: (All Stampscapes)
Country Stream Lg., Single Pine, Dual Pines (from Nature Sheet 1)
Canoe & Fly Line, 232C
Glossy craft paper (Ranger)
Vibrant Primary Big & Juicy Raised Felt Pad (Ranger)
StazOn Jet Black (Tsukineko)
6" Brayer (Speedball)
Try not to touch the top of your glossy paper. The oils on your hands and fingertips can adhere to the paper leaving marks on your work. Try to lift the paper from the edges.
If you have never used a brayer, I suggest practicing on scrap paper before using your glossy paper. You will need to brayer back and forth several times to get a really good color background.
- Lay your glossy paper on some scrap paper. Rub an antistatic pad back and forth across the glossy paper to remove any static from the surface.
- Roll the brayer back and forth over the ink pad, and then roll it back and forth over the glossy paper. You will need to do this several times so the inks blend on the paper. (Images 1 and 2). Don't worry if you see some lines in the color or small smudges. They will disappear once you start to put down the images. (Image 3)
- Stamp Country Stream Lg. with StazOn and, finding the center or horizon of the scene, stamp this as your main image.
- Stamp Single Pine with StazOn on the left side of scene. Then stamp Dual Pines on the right side of scene. This will give the scene some depth and balance.
- Stamp Canoe & Fly Line with StazOn and apply image in center of stream.
- You have now completed your first basic Stampscapes scene. Layer the scene on cardstock and adhere to card front.
- Sign your work!!
Ink up brayer.
Roll across glossy paper several times.
Surface should look like this.
Stamp single pine.
Stamp dual pines.
Please make sure to check out www.stampscapes.com for numerous other tutorials and samples. Kevin has put together a wonderful site, filled with hundreds of samples, and numerous step-by-step techniques. He wants you to love and use these stamps as much as he does.