Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
asks: "Do you prefer layering stamps or layering stencils?"
A: Given the option, I'd probably choose layering stencils - it's easier visually to line up the stencil openings than to line up a stamp through an acrylic mount. Many layering sets have the design lined up on each stencil, so you can quickly position them to the corner of your stamp positioner and proceed with inking. You also have the option of blending color on a single layer, which is more tedious to do when inking up a stamp. I have some layering stencils that are repeating patterns rather than an image - those have many more options than stamps for application to different surfaces as well.
Feedback From Past Tutorials
Dina has a tip for choosing colors in the Color Wheel 101 tutorial: "The Copic numbering system makes it easy to choose compatible colors because they're already grouped by color family according to the wheel (R, YR, Y, YG, G, BG, B, BV, V, RV). The smaller first numbers are closest to pure colors. The second number indicates the 'value' of the color, where smaller numbers are lighter (like a tint) and larger numbers are darker (tone/shade)."