One Stamp Set 5 Ways

Everyone loves a stamp set right? But how often do we make full use of the sets we purchase? I’m a massive fan of stamps but I definitely buy more stamps than I regularly use. So embracing the scrap my stash mentality I have 5 suggestions for using one awesome stamp set so you can max it out!

This stamp set is designed by Vicki Boutin called ‘All the Good Things’ and is Set 2. Stamps include A bird, butterfly, flowers, leaves & sentiments and it comes with accompanying dies, a magnetic die sheet and a storage pouch. But you can use any stamp set you have in your stash!

Technique 1: using the stamps to create your own background paper. For this technique I started with the largest size flower and stamped it as randomly across the page as I could, I then stamped the medium flower and the two leaf stamps before finishing with the tiny flower to fill in any gaps. I used a monochromatic colour scheme of grey on a white background but you could make the flowers and leaves different colours to make a more vibrant background. You’ll notice some of the stamping is a little imperfect – in my opinion it makes it more interesting adds texture and is one of the joys of stamping, so don’t fret if it doesn’t come out with a perfect clear finish.

I love the effect this gives; it produced a gorgeous and subtle background and I used 5 of the stamps from the set!

Technique 2: using sentiment stamps to create backgrounds. Here I used one sentiment ‘hello love’ and I offset the stamps below each line of stamped words, almost like laying bricks. Here I’ve stamped one corner of an A4 sheet of paper. I’m planning on using these backgrounds for some upcoming scrapbook layouts.

I love the effect this creates and you could easily do this on project life cards, or card backgrounds if you’re a card maker! You could mix up the ink colours and maybe do a rainbow effect or use black ink for a more crisp graphic finish.

Technique 3: stamp and cut images. This is possibly what this stamp set was intended for, I used some archival black ink (this is a permanent and waterproof ink that’s great for colouring over). I then got out some of my Letraset ProMarkers and coloured in the stamped images before running them through the die cutting machine with the coordinating dies. TA-Da! Homemade embellishments great for adding some flair to projects. If your stamp set doesn’t have dies, don’t fret – just stick on a a TV show and get fussy cutting those shapes!

If colouring is not your thing, just stamp on to coloured paper or over the top of mixed media and cut to give an awesome finish!

Technique 4: Masking and stamping / stamping in cut-outs. Start by cutting out the shape that you would like to mask off out of printer paper and place over your layout. Stamp your images in the cut-out area (if you’re using multiple stamps then start with the largest one and use the smaller stamps to fill in any gaps) – hey presto you have a gorgeous stamped shape!

Once you’ve stamped your design you could stitch around the outside to give it more shape or cut the same shape from a second sheet of paper, layer it up on foam so it is ‘floating’ over your stamped area – it looks really cool! Alternatively you could do some messy doodles around the outside of the stamped area which is what I did.

Check out this video where I create a fun multicoloured layout using this technique and this video was created for a Scrap Smarter tutorial where I stamp multiple words and shapes on one layout to create a totally different look! I’d love to see how you use this technique!

Technique 5: Using the phrase stamps for titles or journaling. Here I use the sentiment and phrase stamps that come in the set to add some gorgeous elements to titles and journaling. It is fun to mix and match stamp sets with the journaling and add stamped words mixed in with your own handwriting.

I love the way that this journaling looks, the combination of stamps and hand writing adds a fun element to a layout. I selected specific words in the phrases to stamp for example I used the ‘love’ and ‘hello’. I added a small title on a tag using the ‘blossom to awesome’ stamp and inked around the edges.

Below are some examples of these techniques after they have been used to create a scrapbook layout:

I’d love to see how you get on using one stamp set 5 ways! Tag me on Instagram @sams.messy.desk if you try any so I can check it out!

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