I'm going to show a few of the samples with this stamp and over the next few weeks give other examples of techniques. For you stampers out there...try this! I'd love to see what you come up with...
"3-D" Stamping: This is a VERY simple and effective example of what can be created with monochromatic tones. This is using the Adirondack(r) Dye Lights, Brights and Earthtones Stamp Pads in one of the new color "trios": Salmon/Mountain Rose/Red Pepper. This works great with a stamp like this that is cut close to the edge of the design. I used Starwhite Vicksburg cardstock, http://foxriverpaper.com which is nice and smooth and not too absorbent. I love it for stamping. Stamp the image again and "hunker down" so you can see where the rubber is near the paper and ready to stamp. line up the rubber as close as you can to the first stamped image. It's okay if it doesn't stamp directly on register-in fact you don't want it to! Repeat again with the darkest color. It's as simple as that. It's fun to do this technique with a sentiment to create the funky, 3-D effect! You can repeat this technique for an Andy Warhol-type effect, creating a fun look for a card or scrapbook page.
Distress(tm) Tinted Image: While most only think to use this idea for photos, as Tim has taught it, don't forget to try it with a stamped image! Be sure to stamp the image onto Inkssentials(tm) Gloss Paper with Archival(tm) Jet Black Stamp Pad. This is a dye ink with a formulation that when the ink is dry, it is waterproof. This is key so that the black ink will not rewet when other inks are layered over it. Use the Cut n' Dry(tm) Nibs (if I've not said this before, these are all Ranger Industries' products I'm talking about! http://rangerink.com) to "color" in the image. I believe Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress was used for the roses, with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for the foliage and Broken China and Faded Jeans for the water. The key is that when done with the coloring in (images like this are like using a coloring book for adults!) to use the Cut n' Dry(tm) Foam or the new Inkssentials(tm) Ink Blending Tool and Foam to cover the entire image with Antique Linen Distress, then edging lightly with Vintage Photo. It makes for a subtle effect that is great for any cardmaking or paper crafting project.