By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.
When purchasing stamps to add to my collection, I am usually drawn to packages that contain sets–preferably images with corresponding sentiment options. Every once in awhile though, there is that one single stamp that catches my eye. Usually, it’s an intricate design or bold statement stamp that makes me want to take another look and consider a purchase. I do like to make sure I have more than one idea for how to use it so I get the most for my purchase. For today’s project, I chose a large red rubber stamp and brainstormed some ideas on how use it multiple ways.
This is the Flower Mandala Stamp from Ken Oliver. It’s a bit larger than the front of a standard A2 size card, but there are many options for it’s use.
For an intricately designed stamp like this one, I love using heat embossing. All three of my projects today will be using this technique, but you could also use plain stamping with dye or pigment inks as well. Using a stamp platform makes it very easy to get a crisp impression with Versamark Ink. I’m using the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform with the cover flipped to the “rubber” side to allow room for the thick red rubber stamp.
For my first project, I heat embossed my image with white embossing powder onto kraft colored card stock cut to a 5″x 5″ ” notecard. I added watercolor accents using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set in Pearl. The white heat embossing resists the watercolors for a gorgeous contrast.
I just used the colors in rainbow order for the flower and added a blue circle surrounding it. I left the outside half of the stamp white because I liked the way it looked against the kraft card stock.
I added a thin white strip across the middle with a sentiment from the Clear Layer Flower Amaze stamp set from Hampton Art.
I first heat embossed the stamp onto a 5″ x 5 1/2″ notecard using the silver.
Then I heat embossed 2 more images onto white card stock using the gold and rose gold.
I cut the floral images out of these to layer onto my silver image using foam tape.
I added a sentiment from Ranger’s Letter It Clear Stamp Set-Thank You. I love all the metallic shimmer!
For my final project, I decided to make a shaped card using a die cut circle the size of the stamp. You could also use the Flower Mandala die for the stamp that is sold separately.
I used a variety of colored pigment inks to stamp my image onto a 5″ x 5″ white notecard. I made sure to stamp it close to the fold of the note card. After stamping, I heat embossed some clear powder over the image for added shine.
I then took my circle die and placed it over the image with the top of the die hanging just over the fold of the card. I ran it through my die cutting machine to create my folded circle card.
Here is the finished product with the other colors I created.
This would be a pretty note card set to give as a gift. You could create custom envelopes for the cards using the 123 Punch Board.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope I’ve inspired you to take another look at your unused stamps and think of some new ways to create with them.