I mentioned in previous posts a technique that I was calling the painted mask technique. This is where you stamp an image, then paint it with acrylic paint, painting over any fine detail, then stamping the image again on top once the paint is dry.
I have used this technique successfully a number of times, but always on relatively simple stamped images, so I thought it was time to try something more complex.
The image above is the result - not bad, but not completely successful either! The stamp is from Stampers Anonymous, and I stamped it onto white card with black Versafine ink. Once dry, I painted the image with acrylic paints, then (tried to) stamp in the original position to put back the detail that I had painted out. With such a detailed stamp, it was impossible to do by eye as I had in previous attempts. Because of that, I got hold of a stamp positioner, the Stamp-a-majig, so that I could stamp in the same place every time.
I'm afraid to say, the results were hardly better than when I had done it by eye! The one above is the best of them, but if you look closely, it's out of position by quite a bit! You don't even want to know how many times I stamped and painted the image for each new attempt, LOL As these were experiments, it didn't matter TOO much how they turned out, which is just as well because I was getting quickly fed up with the poor results I was getting!
I think me and the Stamp-a-majig just aren't meant to become friends! :o) I've since acquired a different stamp positioner, called the Big Ugly, which I haven't tried yet, but it's considerably heavier, so hopefully I will get better results with it!
Click on the image to see it larger. I hope you like it! :o)