I decided to create a series of brushes based on partial transparency; some are based on partially clear gradients and some are made from colored shapes on a clear background that have had mosaics applied so that the background shows through. I warped one of the stamps; I should experiment with this more, because it had very interesting results. Here are the brushes:
Next I created a series of images with brightly colored, textured background layers, that were then covered with a black or white layer. I then used the stamps as erasers. The clear parts didn't erase, so you get a sort of screened view of the background layer. In the image below I "colorized" the smaller squares, making a faded denim effect.
Here the overlapping stamps have been made into bevelled shapes and the black background has been converted to a colored, mosaiced background. Drop shadow added now that it makes a difference.
The following images tend to mix using the stamp as a pencil tool and as an eraser. The background image was from repeating green diamonds, applied by the bucket tool. I used the oval stamp as a pencil tool in the center, also creating variations using dodge and burn. Then I changed the background color to purple and used the stamp as an eraser down to the purple layer.
This star stamp was made from circular gradients of an alternating clear and colored gradient. It came out pretty solid looking. I beveled the center, then beveled the whole thing. Here is a row of dancing stars over a textured gradient background.
Here is a similar background. I guess if anything is my lead in to future experiments, these two images are. I love the feathered effects.
Beveling added; no point in a drop shadow with a black background, eh?
Last but not least an image left over from the last exploration of color inverted shapes. Here each layer has been dragged as a pencil line on top of the previous layer. I love the texture varieties, as each time the pencil line gets made smaller the texture changes.
Time for a brief nap before I actually begin my day. Needing to pull out some nasty carpet downstairs, won't be fun. Well, most things are "fun" to some degree, otherwise I wouldn't do them. Let's just say won't be easy and won't smell all that pleasant. Whatever....needs to be done.