Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Layered Stamping Valentine's Day Cards

Hello again this week! I finally finished my Valentines...it took awhile as I made a whopping 14 to send out. It didn't help as this layered stamping took longer than I thought, but there is no way I could have finished or achieved what I wanted without Tim's Stamping Platform from Tonic...just no way. I don't know how I ever crafted without one. And, I just had to use his new Theories Stamp Set, as well as Wendy's new Heartfelt Art Set from Stamper's Anonymous...I love them both so much. And speaking of love, I just love that you stopped by today, and I wish each and everyone of you the most wonderful and love filled Valentine's Day! I am truly so thankful for all of you. 
I also used the Crazy Dogs and Cats since I had to make so many, and they make me so happy.
I had tons of chipboard letters in my stash, and I painted those first with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I cut Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper to size, and then misted those and the letters with Red Geranium and Tree Branch Archival Reinkers mixed with rubbing alcohol, just layering each on. I inked the edges of everything with Tree Branch Archival.
Instead of using the magnets for holding the paper in place, I used them as spacers so the stamping would fit just right, and when the paper was in place, the stamping was still perfect. To make the background, I stamped the hearts on the right side first, since I have only one set.
Here is where things got time consuming...but worth it. I had to layer on the letters after each background stamping in exactly the place they needed to be, and then stamp the same image on them, for the layered 3D stamping look.
Once the ink dried on the letters and the background, I would repeat the process of removing the letters, stamping more background, and restamping on the letters again. I just made an assembly line, carefully moving the matching letters and cards, until the next part.
For the focal point images, it was the same thing...stamping on the card, adding the letters, and stamping on them too. Once everything dried, I finally adhered the letters on in place, and then adhered the card to more cardstock and finally the card base. I am very happy with the way they turned out, and though while time consuming, they are really very simplistic.


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Fantastic layering! Love your Valentines Anita!
    Alison xox

  2. Have a wonderful Valentines' Day Anita x Your cards are all so beautiful and will be treasured by the recipients for sure. Great details using the Theories stamps and the crazy cats and dogs are so sweet

    Thanks for your comment on my blog xx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  3. Fantastic layering - I love how it gives the layers a translucent look, as though we're peering into the depths - so cool! And what a lot of happy Valentines you will have when these arrive!
    Alison x

  4. These look absolutely amazing! I think that your valentine recipients are in for such a wonderful treat, these were definitely worth the time and effort that it took to achieve that layered look! Thanks for sharing your special pieces and techniques with us! xo

  5. Your layering technique is absolutely stunning! Love these

  6. Love-ly cards and awsome layers! Love my stamping platform, too. Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. Love the explanation. Been wondering how to layer. Thanks for explaining it.

  8. Oh that first one is my favorite Anita!!! How gorgeous!!
    Happy Valentine's to you as well sending you love and wishes for happiness always! xo

  9. The dimension in these cards is really wonderful. I love the techniques you've used.

  10. oh my gosh i love these and this idea!!! the dimension is so cool! the dog one is the one that caught my eye!!! love it my friend


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