Hi everyone! It's Julia here with a couple card designs and stamping tips to share with you today. I'm loving the new stamp and die release and these cards feature a couple of the wonderful new sets.
Stamping has so many different tips and techniques that the possibilities are endless. Today I'm going to share a few with you that I've learned over the years. They are super quick and easy to do but it's always good to be reminded if you're an experienced stamper and for new stampers you'll find yourself looking at your stamps in new ways.
My first card features the new Semi-Circle Pattern stamp set which makes fabulous backgrounds. I thought these semi-circles would make a great background design and I've stamped them into lines to resemble curved banner pieces. Some simple machine stitching really adds to this look and "ties it all together" so to speak.
The fun and quick stamping trick I've used on this card design is with the leaves at the top by the sentiment and works if you have a stamp that is symmetrical like these leaves. It looks like I've used a both a line stamp and a solid stamp for this but I haven't! The outline stamp is first stamped in black ink and then...flipped over on the acrylic block. The reverse side of the stamp forms the solid portion so that you can stamp a solid fill on the leaf! Pretty cool, right?!
For the sentiments on this card I've turned to the previous release and the Say it With Florals stamp set. I love how a lot of the sentiments have two parts to them and I've stamped the second part of the sentiment over one of the aqua banner pieces.
Next up with this Congrats card featuring the new Playful Animal Friends 2 stamp set. I love the myriad of darling images in this set and all the sweet florals. The small stamps are absolutely darling and can be mixed and matched.
My 2nd tip is to use small stamps to create a background. Sometimes small stamps can get lost on a design. Pairing them up together makes a gorgeous background. Here I've stamped the florals onto watercolor paper. The background was washed with a light green watercolor wash. While the paper was still damp I added in some extra color details. Because the paper was still wet, the paint will bleed and run giving it a very loose watercolor look.
Tip number 3 is on the front of the card and is all about the sentiment. All these lines of text and images are not one stamp, but rather small stamps I've put together onto an acrylic block and stamped in one single motion. I love how easy clear acrylic stamps are to line up on a block. This is a great time saver if you like to create multiple cards at once of the same design. Place all the images/text on the block and stamp over and over without changing the placement.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll give some of these tips a try!