I taught a stamping class a couple of weeks ago using the Stampin’ Up stamp set, Picture Perfect, which has the most adorable hummingbird.
When I first bought the set, I did not own a stamping platform. This was a challenge because the hummingbird stamp is made up of four separate pieces. We still were using acrylic blocks with our unmounted cling stamps. If you had a two-, three- or four-step stamp, trying to line up each piece was nearly impossible, usually resulting in fuzzy images!
Thank goodness, that some clever folks at Sweet Petunia came up with the stamping platform, which they dubbed the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented (MISTI). I describe a stamping platform like a “mini printing press,” which gives you the control to add more colors and experiment with ink combinations until you achieve the finished look you want.
Since the MISTI, there have been several other stamping platforms enter the market, including the newest, Stampin’ Up’s Stamparatus. I can admit, I own FOUR different stamping platforms!
The best thing about Stampin' Up!'s Stamparatus is that it has two heavy duty, interchangeable acrylic platforms. This means you have four stamping surfaces that you can switch out on the platform. This particularly is useful when you are using stamps that have three to four pieces, like this Picture Perfect hummingbird.
I created a video to show how I set up the hummingbird stamp on the Stamparatus.
Also, here are the Stampin' Up! inks I used to color the hummingbird.
Stamp 1 – Use Sahara Sand all over. Then lightly ink the wing only with Coastal Cabana.
Stamp 2 – For the neck stamp, use Berry Burst.
Stamp 3 – For the brightly colored part of the hummingbird, use Baja Breeze, Bermuda Bay or Marina Mist. You can come back with a bit of Tip Top Taupe (darker) OR Crumb Cake (lighter) on the wing and the tips of the tail. Use your finger on the tail to remove the harsh line of ink.
Stamp 4 – Ink up the head and beak with Tip Top Taupe (can also use isolated on tips and edges). Then use Crumb Cake on the wing and tail.