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Favorite Go To Stamps: Marion’s View

Layered Adirondacks with Favorite to Go Stamps

By Marion Davis, Artistic Guide

Photo:  Warm Finished and Cool Finished

Finished card: 5.5”x 4.25”

I actually created two cards for this project because I had one background already sitting in my stash. Whenever the technique or colors vary I will differentiate as the “warm” colors card or the “cool” colors card. When I am working with this technique I make many of the first steps and stash them. If I am going to make a mess I always make a big one and clean it up once.  Here is the second card.

Thank You (DeNami)
Multi Language Birthday (Hampton Arts)
Glossy White (Ranger)

All inks by: (Ranger)
Jet Black Archival
Adirondack Color Washes: Warm - Red Pepper, Cool – Stream (See note in Directions)
Adirondack Alcohol inks: Warm - Lemonade, Cool – Willow
Adirondack dye based inks: Warm – Watermelon, Cool – Clover
Application handle with felt pads for Alcohol inks and foam pads for dye based inks. (Ranger)
Nonstick craft sheet (Ranger) or the Teflon sheet (Tattered Angels)
Fresh leaves, Plastic leaves or a mask. Warm- plastic leaves, Cool – mask. (Sorry! Can’t remember the company and the packaging is gone)
Ribbon (from stash) 


  1. Note:  A reminder here that if you are using the Adirondack color washes these are textile dyes. Be sure to protect your clothes and work surface from overspray.
  2. If you are using fresh leaves place them under a weight, like a heavy book, for a few minutes to flatten them. If you are using plastic or silk you might want to trim off the thick knobs where they attach to the wire stems. They can also be flattened by heating slightly with a heat tool and placing a book or large stamp on them while they cool. The good news is you should only need to do this once.
  3. Place your glossy paper in the spray box or on a large craft sheet. Do protect a larger area with old newspaper or paper towels.
  4. Arrange you leaves or mask (I have even used die cuts to mask) in a pleasing pattern.
  5. Choose the Color Wash. It should the darkest color you will use.  Spray firmly to avoid drips- think hairspray. Do not saturate. You want a mottled surface with white space showing between the dots.
  6. Allow this to dry for a few minutes. Remove the leaves or masks and clean or place in a pan of water to minimize staining. Now allow the sprayed glossy paper to dry thoroughly. No need to heat set.
  7. Apply a small amount of blending solution to the pad on the applicator and one color of alcohol ink.  This will be the lightest color you use.
  8. Apply the alcohol ink in a circular motion all over the card/paper. This will fill in the white areas both where the leaves/mask masked and between the speckles of color wash. The whole tone of the piece will change.
  9. Pick up some Adirondack ink on the foam pad you choose and rub in the shadows around the lighter areas.
  10. Finish you card by overstamping in Jet black Archival ink. Reminder: Allow extra time for the ink to dry. If you want to know how I know this look at the smudge on the warm card. <LOL>
  11. This is one of my favorite techniques and 2 of my favorite stamps. I also have done these as holiday cards using a stamp I have with Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year greetings in many languages. This technique is also good for large images and background stamps.




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2 Responses »

  1. Oh my goodness...this is wonderful! 😀

  2. Beautiful technique. I would love to practice washes. Lovely.