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Perfect layering techniques - Many Mandalas

 Hi Everyone! Ali here from alilovescardmaking (youtube/instagram) with some tips and tricks for lining-up, colouring and re-stamping the stunning Many Mandalas stamp set from Concord & 9th. As you might know, I love using Kraft card and thought the look of white, Kraft and black would look striking for this mandala.
This stamp set has 4 main layers which are stamped separately to create the mandala. As I knew I would be colouring using a gel pen (and can sometimes go 'outside of the lines' - yep, it's true!) I wanted to stamp the image, colour it with white gel pen & black multiliner and then re-stamp to get a crisp image.  So of course I used a stamp positioner to make sure my re-stamping was perfect!  I used magnets to keep the basecard piece in place.
So, stamping the first layer in Versafine ink (making sure to remember to leave the stamp on the positioner), I coloured the areas I wanted with white gel pen & black copic liner (also leaving the base card piece on the poisitioner to colour) then I simply re-stamped with versafine again! To line up the next layer, you can use the acetate template included with the set, but I found that using the die was easier (if you keep the die together & don't snip apart). See below for how I lined the next layer up.

I repeated the process - stamping, colouring whilst on the positioner and restamping. The next two layers you can line up using the die again (although be aware that the middle two dies are not 'automatically' lined-up - you need to turn it to properly align).

I added some small dots with the gel pen in sections to give some added detail.
Lastly, I added a Love Die from Neat & Tangled that I picked up on sale at Butterfly Reflections Ink - clearance section here (twice cut from gold foil card and adhered together). A small heart punched out in gold foil at the centre of the mandala completed it!

Hope you enjoyed this card & picked up some useful hints! Thanks for joining me again!
Ali xx


  1. Oh WOW!! This is amazing!! I LOVE that mandala and thank you for telling us that you sometimes go out of the lines!! Makes me feel a bit better because that sometimes happens to me too!! I LOVE the whole look of this card!!

    1. 😁😁thanks Nora!! Yes definitely have “oh no (or insert own choice of word!!)” moments regularly with my crafting!!! The re-stamping really helps with that! :) thanks for the lovely comment x

  2. Great card and love your mandala colors!! They really pop!!

  3. Thanks so much xx I love using Kraft card & thought this could be for both sexes!!


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