Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stretching the Stamp Set

I challenged myself earlier this week to play with my new stamp set. I picked up these birthday stamps at Emma's Paperie and have been anxious to finally use them. I wanted to see how many different cards I could create using this one stamp set, and I also limited my patterned papers.

The blue papers are from Sweetwater's Summertime Blues collection. I was inspired by Fiona Carter's tutorial found here on the Pursuit of Craftyness blog. She used Ranger's Distress Crackle Paint in chipboard flowers. I didn't have any of the Ranger paint, so I did it the old fashioned way, using two paint colors and crackle. I like Fiona's better. I also used the Fiskars Threading Waters border punch.

Patterned Paper: Sweetwater (Summertime Blues)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Hampton Art (Best Birthday)
Ink: Close to My Heart (Outdoor Denim)
Trim: Melissa Frances
Punch: Fiskars
Other: Paint, crackle finish, jute

On these "pink" cards, I used Basic Grey's Sultry papers and a few other embellishments.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Sultry)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Hampton Art (Best Birthday)
Ink: Ranger (Cranberry) and Clearsnap (Chestnut Roan)
Chipboard: Basic Grey and Paper Salon
Die Cut: Provocraft Cricut (Home Essentials)
Buttons, Ribbon
Punch: Fiskars

I hope I inspired you to create some card sets with the wonderful stamp sets in your stash. I had a blast and can't wait to do some more. I'd love to see what YOU do to stretch your stamps. Share your links here. Have a great day!



Miki said...

Beautiful cards Mel!! I love how you got different looks from the same set of stamps!

Anabelle said...

gorgeous cards, Melani. I love the way you used the stamp set and the color combos are amazing.

NancyJones said...

These are sooo beautiful. LOVE the colors on the blue so soft.

Hilary Kanwischer said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cards Melanie! Love the colors the patterns and the way you made "sets" out of them. Just beautiful! :)