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Stencil (& Stamp!) Sunday: Later, Gator

Did you know that all of The Ink Pad's beautiful and exclusive New-York-Centric stencils designed by Michelle Ward are also available as stamps? Only at The Ink Pad, of course! Today's card uses three different stamp sets and one of the stencils. Because when it comes to mix-and-match, the more the merrier, right?
 
 
I love that many of the stamps are available in your choice of traditional woodmount OR as the cushioned cling-mounts that work so nicely with a stamp positioner. Either way, they're made of the same thick, deeply etched, red rubber which always makes a good impression. Because they're from The Ink Pad, where we take stamping pretty seriously! I used the NYC Manhole Covers, Manhole Hex Set, Mini Manholes and the Manhole Covers II Stencil
 
You can see that I stamped the Manhole Covers and Minis on Idea-ology Metallic Cardstock (using Staz-On Ink) and used nested circle dies to cut them out and mount them on top of the card. My background is a very random collage of book paper, with the bricks from the Manhole Covers II Stencil applied in several shades of grey Ranger Archival Ink, then overstamped with the hex pattern and the hash pattern stamps. I did some very faint outlining with a Pitt Artist Pen and then used a larger circle die to remove a section of the collage to hold my hand-stamped sentiment. You'll notice that I've used ledger paper for that, which is my top tip for lining up Alphabet Stamps! At the very end I added the handsome alligator, who I found in an old, falling-apart children's book and rescued to be the star of my Urban Legend card! :)
 
 
If you're in the city, be sure to stop by at The Ink Pad in Greenwich Village; if you're further away, check out The Ink Pad Online Store!
doesn't really think there are 
alligators in the sewer... probably.

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