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Second Generation Stamping

This technique is so common and you will find yourself using it a lot once you try it. Second generation stamping is a great way to add depth to a project. It is also a wonderful way to use many of our layered stamps that have a solid version and an outline version. Here are a few simple steps:


1. Let's say that you are doing a background with solid leaves. Ink up your stamp and stamp a leaf on your paper.

2. Now ink up your stamp again, but this time stamp it on a scrap piece of paper and then on your project without re-inking the stamp. The result is a lighter image.

3. You can create even 3rd or 4th generation images if you wish, by simply stamping it multiple times on a scrap piece of paper before stamping it on your project.

4. To use this technique with 2-part stamps, stamp the outline version with a first generation stamping.  Then stamp the solid fill-in stamp with a lighter, second generation image on top of the outline image.

5. This is a technique that I use very frequently and examples are found on many of the artwork samples on this web site.


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