When I started making cards, before I started scrapping, it was all about stamping. I hoarded stamps, I had ink in any colors, and pens, paint and other utensils enough to color images for the rest of my life. Then I discovered you could make cards without the stamping, and I just quit. Like that. And I have hardly stamped anything over the previous five years. OK, I admit I use some background stamps on layouts and crads, but that is about it.
The stamps I won are just adorable, and surely far away from my everyday style, but who says no to a good challenge? So I decided to give them a try! I also made an agreement with Sherri we should do a twin blog post about our creations, and you'll find an intro about her, and a link to her blog, further down.
So I pulled out my ink, my old embossing powder, scared to death I would be completely rusty. I decided to start easy and use the stamps with some papers which was a safe pick: Webster's pages. I chose to stamp borders and sentiment on the background paper, but the medallion an butterfly were stamped on seperate sheets and cut out. I also figured out that if I used lots of flowers, I could cover my mistakes easily - he-he. Here is card #1:
|CTMH stamps used: Large frame, cameo, butterfly, border, sentiment|
|Close up photo from a different angle to show dimension|
What I really loved about this stamps was they gave clean, sharp prints and the prints were easy to emboss because of that, too.
Then I made card #2: this time I stamped all on the background paper, but I still played safe with Webster's Pages papers and lots of flowers:
|CTMH stamps used: Small frame, butterfly, sentiment|
|From a different angle|
Pretty cards - easy to make when you have great stamps, pretty flowers and papers :-)
And very not my everyday style..
It was time to take it a bit longer, step out of the comford zone and see if I could use these stamps on more Clean & Simple cards...
CAS card #1:
|CTMH stamps used: Small frame, cameo and sentiment. Embossed: frame & cameo|
I then got this idea and pulled out the most horrible stamp ever made: a surprised cat by Cherry Arte. OMG, its aweful - and I love it so much. I'm willing to sell any of the stamps in my collection but this cat!
CAS card #2:
|CTMH stamps used: Large frame, heart, sentiment|
I think CAS card #2 is my fav.... More...me!?!
So I hadn't forgotten it all, I discovered lots of great stamps in my shelf, and will hopefully pull them out more often.
Are you good at stamping?
Now, head over to Sherri Funk's blog to see what she has done with the same stamp set.
Sherri is a super talented, Canadian scrapper, and one of the sweetest persons I know. She design for plases like Let's Capture These Sketches, Let's Capture Our Memories and Scrapping Everyday Miracles and has a fun, carefree, linear style. Now please go and visit her to se her lovely creations (if her post isn't up yet when you read this, it is due to time zones)! Here is a sneak peak of Sherri's work:
And if you wonder: no, I'm not payed, or have been sposnsored, by anyone or any company to do this blog post *lol*