Stamping on Photo Paper
This is a learning process. There are a few variants. The type of photo paper you use may make a difference, you just have to try different types till you find what works best for you. My photo paper is HP. It is very old. I used Distress Inks here. I have also used the oxides with great results. For me, if the humidity level and the dew point levels are high, I have to allow the stamping ink (Versafine Clair is what I used) time to dry. Sometimes I have waited until the next day for it to dry completely.
I always start with the lightest color. Smoosh the ink onto your work surface and spritz with water. Dip the photo paper into the ink as much as you want(shiny side into the ink). You have to dry the ink with a low level heat from a heat tool or hair dryer. You must dry each layer.
Repeat this step with each color of ink. Remember to dry between each layer and each color. You can continue adding layers and colors until you are happy!
I added one more layer.
Satisfied now....on to the stamping!
Let me try to explain this picture! I learned the hard way for this step. Using a stamp platform is definitely easier, otherwise the stamp slips easily. I have learned to place a scrap piece of paper over the photo paper for aligning the stamp. Otherwise, the stamp sticks terribly to the photo paper. Once I have the stamp placed properly, I use the Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. Another thing I learned the hard way, make sure your ink pad is very wet! Stamp quickly, do not let the stamp rest on the photo paper(you will end up peeling the ink right off...ask me how I know!).
Continue adding stamps to create your scene. I was able to use a smoothie to make the ground. Posca pens work great on photo paper. Areas that were missing ink I was able to fill in with the black pen. I embellished with the other pens by adding dots here and there.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this tutorial. I hope you are inspired to give this a try!