Do you have those - designs you start, but have not finished yet? :o) "Finishing a scene" is our Stampscapes yahoo group swap this month and I had lots of pieces to start with. I started this scene sometime last year. When I first added wax to the cardstock, I was thinking tropical, but after staring at the wax for a few minutes and exploring different ideas, I saw a sunset in the country.
To get the sharpest images, it's best to stamp before adding wax, however I have done lots pieces where I laid down wax first and then stamped. A few things to keep in mind is that, the stamp may slide on top of the wax and you will not get as crisp of an image. I have used a black permanent pen many a day to fill in. :o)
I first stamped some bushes on the dark ground, and then just stamped upside down for the reflection in the water. I also stamped a farm off in the distance.
Next I stamped the geese in the sky. For their reflection, I stamped them onto a piece of clear plastic, turned it over and pressed into the water. It gave a nice slightly blurry image - just like water. To give the water a subtle movement, I stamped ripples using orange ink - stamping off each time.
Lastly, I stamped the ducks. I filled in areas I wanted to sharpen with a black artist pen, drew thin lines for field, added some color with water-based markers and used a white paint pen to add white to areas. The very last thing I did was mail it to my stampin' sister Pia way in Sweden!
Stampscapes images: 023A, 176C, 191A, 231C, 261C
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!