Using Repetition with a Smaller Stamp
All of us have smaller stamps in our collections that we love, but on their own, they might not be big enough to be the focal point of a card. One of the easiest ways to use these beautiful, but often-overlooked stamps, is to stamp them multiple times to create larger designs or backgrounds. Today, I’m sharing two simple cards that I made using the elegant, new Brocade stamp. Not only is this flourish stamp lovely on cards, but it’s a classic element that can also be added to mixed media and collage projects.
To make my first card, I started by stamping the Brocade stamp onto small pieces of Nautical, Paradise, Passion Flower, and Periwinkle cardstock with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I embossed each flourish with White Embossing Powder. Using a small Square Infinity Die, I easily cut around each image. Then, I secured four squares to the center of a panel of Dove White cardstock with Precision Glue. The group of stamped squares creates a small background reminiscent of a traditional bandana.
Next, I layered the embossed background with three flower stems that I die cut from additional cardstock scraps with the Water Lilies Fancy Dies. I also embossed a simple birthday message from the Let’s Celebrate stamp set onto a strip of Amethyst cardstock that I placed over the flower stems. To finish the card, I secured the panel to a Nautical card base with foam tape and then I added three, scattered Aqua Enamel Dots.
For a second card, using the same supplies and simple techniques, I stamped and embossed four additional brocade flourishes and two birthday wishes. This time, I positioned a sentiment strip below each pair of brocade designs. The color-blocked design is simple but striking and makes this delightful, little stamp the center of attention.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Next time you’re thinking about a card design, why not start with a favorite small stamp. I hope your day is wonderful and crafty!
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