Most stamps create full images when you stamp them. However, two-step stamps work a little differently. These speciality stamps come in coordinating sets of image pieces that you use to build full images.
While building images is more complicated than just stamping them outright, the results are stunning! Images made with two-step stamps are more colorful, and often look more realistic, than those made with single stamps.
Two Kinds of Two-Step Stamps
Stampin' Up! offers two main kinds of two-step stamps:
- 'Base and detail' sets
- 'Builder' sets
'Base and detail' sets usually include stamps that, when stamped on top of each other, create images with lots of depth and shading. The Painted Harvest set shown below is this kind of two-step stamps set.
How to Use Two-Step Stamps
Using two-step stamps is pretty easy, but the method differs slightly for 'base and detail' stamps versus 'builder' stamps.
Using 'Base and Detail' Two-Step Stamps
1. Choose two ink pads to work with: a light color to stamp the base, and a darker color to stamp the detail. For this demonstration, I'm using Wisteria Wonder (light purple) and Elegant Eggplant (dark purple).
2. Ink up the base stamp in the lighter color ink, then stamp it on your cardstock. 3. Ink up the detail stamp in the darker color ink. 4. Position the detail stamp over the top of the stamped base, to make sure the two images match up properly. 5. Now stamp the detail right on top of the base.
6. If necessary, fill in any empty spots with the other stamps from your set, to complete the image
TIP: If you only have one ink pad to work with, you can still use 'base and detail' stamps. All you need to do is stamp the base on a piece of scratch paper to remove some ink before you stamp it on your cardstock. Then just ink and stamp the detail image normally. This will give you the two shades of color you need from just one ink pad!
Using 'Builder' Two-Step Stamps
So how is using 'builder' stamps any different? With 'builder' stamps, you don't usually have to worry about ink colors. What matters with them is just making sure you connect all of the pieces in the way that you want them to look.
The trick to doing this is just positioning the stamp that's in your hand so that, when you stamp it, it aligns properly with what's already stamped on your cardstock.
Two-step stamps are a little different than most stamps, but as you can see, they create some amazing finished images! Since all of Stampin' Up!'s current two-step stamps are clear, aligning the various pieces is also pretty easy. If you do find that you have trouble with this, though, a stamp positioner like the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig can help.
Remember, if you have any questions, I'm always here to help!