While sprayed backgrounds can be done before or after stamping the images, I often prefer to spray beforehand and stamp on top of the results once everything is dry. This allows me to choose the area that will best compliment the images I want to use. One of the best ways to do this is with Evo’s (Evolving Images) fantastic templates. These are six or seven piece sets made of acrylic graduated pieces in standard shapes (squares, rectangles, etc) and they come in dimensions geared for any size card. Because they are clear, you can move them over your background until you find just the area you want. Then, your craft knife makes quick work of the cutting out. These allow you to easily make layers of consistent size without having to measure or mark up your cardstock. I own just about all of her sets and can honestly say that I wouldn’t be stamping today were it not for these clever and useful mega time-savers. While she has retired, you can Google to find several sources for her products.
Although the eyelash fiber is an exact match to the Teal cardstock, the camera went and got creative on me and is not telling the truth here. Lastly, the strip on the bottom was an afterthought – without it, my kneeling man looked as though he was levitating. Who knows . . . the Orient can be a mysteriously fascinating place, so perhaps he was!
Cardstock: Bazzill Teal, Sprout, Aquarelle White
Stamps: All are 100 Proof Press: Ginkgo Leaves, Japanese Script, Chinese Kneeling Man
Background Inks: Adirondack Bottle, Stream, Lettuce, Moon Shadow Mist
Burnished Brass, Glimmer Mist Spiced Pumpkin
Other Inks: ColorBox Gold, Black
Emb Pwdr: B’Muse Detail Gold, Judikins Detail Black
Other Coloring: Twinkling H2O’s Douglas Fir, Golden Jade, Sea Glass, Egyptian Gold;
Prisma Colored Pencils for skin tones and shoes
Doo Dads: Teal eyelash fibers, Gold brads