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Using Small Stamps Two Ways

Aug 01, 2019 Hero Arts

Hello everyone! Many of you will remember Jayne Nelson from her time as a member of our Creative Team. Jayne will be popping by the blog from time to time, and we couldn't be more thrilled!



Hi, Happy August! I’m not sure which I loved more when I first saw the From the Vault Bugs stamp set - the large assortment of fun bug images or the wonderful Thank You sentiment. Any of these detailed bug designs could be paired beautifully with floral stamps, but today I’m using some of these smaller stamps to create two summer cards without flowers.



For my first card, I started by blending four of the new Reactive Inks, Splash, Pool Party, Lemon Drop, and Creamsicle, onto a piece of white cardstock. For easiest blending, I made sure to choose colors next to each other on the color wheel. After the ink dried, I trimmed the panel into four equal-sized rectangles and secured them to a top folded white card. Then, I stamped the Thank You sentiment from the From the Vault Bugs set with black ink onto the lower, right panel. This sentiment stamp is my new favorite - it’s the perfect size and a relaxed script font that I love! To enhance the message, I stamped a tiny, heartfelt phrase from the From the Vault Cute Animals set near the lower edge of the same panel.



I decided to highlight this sentiment by creating a “frame” of small bugs around the message. Using black ink, I stamped five bugs from the From the Vault Bugs set onto white cardstock. Next, using the same Reactive Inks that I used to create the back panel, I mixed dabs of ink with water on my craft mat and used a fine paintbrush to paint the insect images. Then, I used the coordinating Frame Cuts to die cut around each image effortlessly. Arranging the images around the sentiment, I secured each one to the card with foam tape. To finish the card, I scattered a few Ombre Sunshine sequins among the bugs.


For my second card, I decided to embellish a few tags with some bug images. I’ve found that clustering small images together or with sentiments on a smaller surface is an easy way to make small images the focal point of a larger design. So, I started by blending an identical background panel with the same Reactive Inks. However, this time, I die cut two, medium tags from the panel using the Nesting Tag Infinity Dies and I cut a third tag from white cardstock. After adding blue hole reinforcers to each tag, stamping the Thank You sentiment twice onto the white tag, and adding a black bow to one inked tag, I used foam tape to secure the three tags across the center of a side folded white card. I also trimmed the lower edge of the card with a strip of Paradise cardstock.



Then, I simply stamped, painted and die cut more insect images and sentiment strips that I secured to the tags with foam tape. Lastly, I added a few yellow sequins for some extra sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope that you’ll use some bug stamps, or other small images, to frame a sentiment or embellish some tags soon.

Happy crafting,

21 Responses

Susan Garner

Susan Garner

August 08, 2019

Hi Jayne!
This is Susan (stampstudio from the HA Flickr group).
Nice to see your beautiful cards again. Great design as always.

Henriétte

Henriétte

August 06, 2019

Wow Jayne, what a gorgeous cards. I love the way you used the small stamps. The blended background colours are stunning!
Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous inspiration.

Shawn Frank

Shawn Frank

August 04, 2019

Thank you for sharing I needed some help with my smaller stamps and dies, I just booked marked this page so I can come back and look.

Patti R

Patti R

August 04, 2019

A fun take on an old friend. These tags are terrific!

Andrea B

Andrea B

August 04, 2019

These cards are adorable! Thanks for the great layout ideas!

barbara lassiter

barbara lassiter

August 02, 2019

These are so cute.

Beth Buss

Beth Buss

August 02, 2019

Great ideas. A fresh look for little stamps.Thanks.

Beth Buss

Beth Buss

August 02, 2019

Great ideas. A fresh look for little stamps.Thanks.

Ruth Dupchen

Ruth Dupchen

August 02, 2019

Wonderful idea!

Betty

Betty

August 01, 2019

so good to see you back, Jayne – and wonderful card inspiration.

Monica Croteau

Monica Croteau

August 01, 2019

Very cute.. Love the tag idea!

Karthikha Uday

Karthikha Uday

August 01, 2019

Beautiful butterfly cards with awesome ink blending! :)

Andre M.

Andre M.

August 01, 2019

Lovely inspiration with these smaller stamps, the tags is my fave.

JOAN VANCOURT

JOAN VANCOURT

August 01, 2019

Great cards. I always struggle with small images. Thanks for the inspiration.

catharina worthington

catharina worthington

August 01, 2019

Great colorful card. Butterflies are always beautiful.

Cindy C.

Cindy C.

August 01, 2019

So nice to see you visiting Jayne, and your cards are so delightful! Very clever designs.

Robin

Robin

August 01, 2019

Gorgeous blending! I love that the bugs are more natural.

Bonita Reyes

Bonita Reyes

August 01, 2019

Wow! A great new way to use my bazillion butterfly stamps!

Felicia C

Felicia C

August 01, 2019

What a great card! Love the images you used. Great layout!

Marie

Marie

August 01, 2019

Pretty color combination! Thanks for the idea of stamping the sentiment twice on the tag!

Gabriella Bell

Gabriella Bell

August 01, 2019

Oh sweet article, I always like those little cute ones and am not sure how to make them look like more. TY

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