This is a technique I taught to my stamping club friends. It involves an aperture cut in acetate, sponges, various inks and outlines to make the flat image look like several layers on top of each other.
A great idea for this strange postal service which charges for the thickness of an envelope now!
Quick instructions (courtesy of Mary Wise):
- Cut an aperture in a piece of acetate so it’s like a frame – I’ve used various sizes, just played around until I found the one which suited the stamp I was using. Keep the acetate intact around the opening and leave a decent amount of border so you’ve room to sponge easily.
- Using the frame as a template lay it over the centre of your white card stock and sponge around the inside edges then move it to other positions of your choice and again sponge around the inside edge of the template. Two moves is probably enough but that’s entirely up to you.
- Mask off the sponged areas with Post It notes trimmed to size or strips of waste paper, I usually cut them about 3″ wide and the width of the A4 sheet I’m cutting-up.
- Sponge colour a little darker around the outside area.
- Leave the masks in place and stamp with a suitable background stamp.
- Remove the masks and stamp whatever you fancy into the centre area.
- Decide which areas can be shadowed and apply a little black ink gently with a brush or with a dark pen to those edges to throw them into relief.