I looove rubber stamps, and its not hard to see that I am getting a little addicted to playing with my Unity Kits, but one of the main issues I have with myself is that I like variety. Of course, what I mean is, I love stamps but I don’t want a million cards with the same design on each one.
This was the biggest challenge for me when I was making my wedding invitations – repeating the same design over and over again made it completely NOT FUN! But I know that this is a quirky little thing specific to my personality. Nevertheless, this personality trait means that I often try to think of different ways in which I can use my products so to add variety and interest into my creative life.
So today, I want to show you how I have used one stamp to create two totally different cards – both completely different to stamping the image of the whole stamp itself.
This stamp which I have chosen is from the March KOTM from Unity, and is a beautiful design of a picket fence with a flower on either side. Pretty, huh?
Card Number One
The first card I have made focuses on the flowers in the stamp. Here I have stamped the image 4 times onto a spare piece of cardstock, and cut out the flower heads individually. I then stuck these unto a die cut label shape, which I had inked and stamped with my hero arts Raindrops stamp and Distress inks. For each flower, I’ve used two stamped images, first one stuck directly onto the background and the second I have raised up to add dimension. The stems I have hand drawn with a pigment liner pen and added the little leaves with didi glue dots. As a unique design element for this card I’ve made the Shadow Box feature by creating a frame using nestabilities dies and then I have raised this panel using 3d pop gluedots.
Card Number Two
The second card that I have made focuses on the fence element of the stamp. I have stamped two images and cut out the fences with a craft knife. These were perfect for creating a country scene, using layers of pattern paper and a little moo-cow stamp that has been hiding in my stamp collection for years. Because the main focal element is quite colour heavy, I wanted to keep the background of the card sweet and simple, so I have added a little colour using a Stampin’ Up wheel stamp, and faux stitching using a green fine line marker.
For the Moo-cow card, I thought that a cute little ribbon flower would finish it up nicely. Ain’t it cute!
Hope you like the cards, and I hope you’ll be inspired to look beyond the expected when you next pick up a rubber stamp. :0)
Have a great day.
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