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.

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 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.

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 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 cutouts. 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 cutout area – 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 – in the past I have cut the same shape from a second sheet of paper, layered 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.

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 journalling looks a combination of stamps and hand writing – I selected specific words in the phrases to stamp for example I used ‘love’ and ‘hello’ separately from the ‘hello love’ stamp. I added a small title on a tag using the ‘blossom to awesome’ stamp.

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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