It’s time for a new challenge at The Male Room. This time our challenge is multiple layers. I generally prefer to make clean and simple cards so I was a little bit uncertain about what to do for this. I did eventually come up with an idea, and this is what I created.
I started by using Mama Elephant’s Framed Tags Lafayette to cut out all the layers I wanted for my card. I just used white card for the layers. I then took the top layer, the smallest of the three, and used it for my stamping.
I thought it would be fun to use a layering stamp as another way of including layers in the design. I chose Hero Arts’ Color Layering Mangrove Stamp set. I first lined up the bottom layer of the leaves and stamped it with Altenew’s Frayed Leaf ink. After letting that layer dry for a couple of minutes I used Forest Glades for the detail layer.
Next I lined up the trunk of the tree. I realised it might have looked better to stamp the trunk first and layer the leaves on top, but I don’t think it mattered too much. I used Catherine Pooler Twilight ink for the trunk. I used the same ink for the detail layer too, which gives a nice tone on tone look.
At this point I assembled my card. I used double sided tape to attach the backmost layer, then popped up each of the next two layers with foam. I am also out of foam tape (waiting for my order of new ones to arrive!) so I had to use up odds and ends of different foam adhesives.
It was only after finishing assembling everything that I realised I hadn’t added my sentiment. I chose one from Craftin Desert Divas’ Simply Said and stamped it with Evergreen ink. It was quite a struggle to get the sentiment stamped as it overlapped an area between the foam squares I’d used, so I had to kind of peel up the corner, slip in a support, stamp, remove the support, and adhere everything back in place. I got it to work eventually, but remembering to stamp it before assembling would have definitely been beneficial!
Despite my misgivings regarding this challenge I’m pretty pleased with the card I ended up with. I really do love the look of layering stamps and every time I used this stamp set I enjoy how it turns out. I must remember to use it more! Be sure to head over to the challenge site to see what the rest of the team made, or check their projects out directly on their blogs via the links below. I hope you’ll be inspired to join in with us!
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Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge – Anything Goes
The Male Room – Multiple Layers
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Lady Joyful (that’s me!)