Judy Rozema has a fun new Technique Lovers Challenge on SCS: Acrylic Block Collage. Here are the steps she gave us:
1. Using markers or stamp pads, ink up an acrylic block (your choice in size - we used straight edged blocks as well as wavy edged) with 2-4 colors, beginning with the lightest color and moving to the darkest.
2. Spritz the block with water and immediately stamp onto cardstock (we used white most of the time - or kraft occasionally). Let dry (a few minutes at most).
3. Mask the rest of the cardstock so only the stamped block area is showing (we used 2 post it notes thick around the whole block area so the ink didn't bleed through to the rest of the card).
4. Stamp several other images using light and/or darker colors (your choice), filling as much or as little of your block area as you wish.
5. Remove the masks and stamp another image and/or sentiment in the darkest color (most of the time we used black ink for a good contrast).
I dabbed 3 different distress stains on a square acrylic block, then masked off the square and stamped a variety of leaf images over the BG. I didn't have a suitable bare tree image to stamp over the collage BG, so I opted to use a die instead. Have to admit, there were a half dozen botched tries before I got to one that was decent.
Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Autumn Splendor (Verve).
PAPER: More Mustard, White, Chocolate Chip.
INK: Tim Holtz distress stains: Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey; Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Old Olive, Cajun Craze.
ACCESSORIES: Arboscello Tree die by Memory Box.