We had fun playing with the new "Reason to Smile" stamp set at my Stamp-a-Stack this month. I'm always happy if I can make a few people fall in love with a stamp set by the end of the class...and I think I achieved that with this class ;o)
They were all devastated to hear that this set is only around for a couple more weeks...never to be available again. But the good news is that the clear mount version will only set you back $28.95, or you can get it free with a $125 purchase.
I think 2-step stamp sets are the most versatile sets of all. In one set, you have outline stamps that are suitable for water colouring, bold stamps that are suitable for backgrounds and all sorts of stamping techniques, and you can combine the two to create quick but striking dimensional effects. I always direct beginner stampers to a 2-step set, and I think it's a must for every rubber stamp collection.
For these cards I've used the outline image alone (bottom left) and watercoloured it. I've used the bold "fill-in" image alone (bottom right and top left), and I've used the 2 together (top right). All 3 work equally well.
The colours I've used here are Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Basic Grey, and just a dash of So Saffron. I've used some Baker's Twine and a Itty Bitty clear button to jazz them up a bit. It's hard to tell in the pic, but I've used the Jumbo "Texture" wheel in Versamark ink for the background. Love this wheel - it adds a very fine textural finish...and it's impossible to roll it crooked. In fact, I don't even try. I just run it back and forth over my card in all directions! The sentiments are from "A Word for You".