The basic technique is my favorite
one; stipple brushes and dye
inkpads. In short, it's nothing more than loading a stipple brush
with ink by tapping it on a dye inkpad, then tapping the loaded
stipple brush onto your cardstock.
Stamp the main image with black
dye ink on glossy cardstock, then stipple all your colors on it,
working from light to dark. I was doing some "exploration" with these
Stampscapes images so I kept the scenes simple (as few stamps
as possible). My intent was to create the different season and
indicate them by color usage. Trees with flaming leaf colors represent a fall
scene. Trees full of greens for a spring scene, etc. Because I associate snow with
winter my winter scene had to have snow in it.
scene is the brook piece...I also wanted to incorporate the idea of
"fog on the water" within that scene...so I used a q-tip and Dr.
Ph. Martin's iridescent inkpad pad/Iris Silver and the Dr. Ph.
Martin's Watercolor Inkpak pad/Titanium White. Both of them dry
well on glossy cardstock and it worked fairly well for the fog-look I was going
Sometimes, if you have an early snow the water will still be warm
enough to create that "foggy effect" and that was what I wanted. I
used a Sakura extra fine tip white opaque paint pen for the
Once each piece was finished, I sprayed it with a glossy
spray sealant (by Plaid), let it dry and then sprayed it again with Krylon
UV Resistant Sealant spray.
To mount the pieces, I took a base cardstock that is one of the same or similar colors
as those used in the image. I then used a corner slot
punch (by All Night Media) on each corner.
Sometimes I'll use a
gold or silver paint pen to color the little "flaps" that are made with
the corner slot punch (the ones that you slide the picture under). Then I simply slide my scene into those slots. The base
cardstock can really help bring out subtle colors in the scenes.