Thursday, October 8, 2015

Virginia's Monthly Stamp Study #13

Hello friends!
Recently I was super inspired by one stamp set and made a few cards with it. I thought that
this would make a good Stamp Study series. So, here it is!
 Full Bloom Cling Stamp by Penny Black

As a child, I was poor at art and never thought that I could manage to do anything awesome in that regard. After all, I was a German major in college and languages were my strength. I learned English when I was in Grade 7 and now it is the language I use 95% of the time.

After my son was born, I discovered "stamping" and it has been a big part of my life since. Today's feature really shows how far I have come. WAY back, I probably could only do brush marker stamping: namely, brush the marker onto the stamps and stamp...done. There is nothing wrong with that and it is still a good tried and true method. But with all the latest tools and the skills I have acquired over the years, I've found out that there are so many more interesting ways to approach a simple stamp.
 With a little bit of creativity and imagination, a stamp can do so much!

This first card is a artsy fartsy one and I quite am proud of it!
Card #1 "Cherish the Season"
cherish the season
With the help of MISTI, I could stamp, clear-emboss and create a colorful watercolor background by smooshing the distress inks. I then silver-embossed the sentiment, added a doily, silver thread and sequins.

Card #2 "Wishing you Merry and Bright"
Merry and Bright
This one was done pretty much in the same manner as Card #1. I simply added gold embossing paste (using a partial stencil). Again, I could not have done this without MISTI.

Card #3 "Especially for you at Christmas"
especially for you
I loved creating this one! I used part of the stamp to do it in a creative way.  By using part of the stamp, you will be surprised what you can come up with. I embossed it in gold for that extra shine after stamping. Basically you are creating your very own design paper.

Card #4 "May your life be filled with LOVE"
love joy peace
 The fun thing about this card is alternating the colors as you go. I don't think all leaves have to be green. It's definitely good to break the rule! I also love the dotty Liquid Pearl Accent.
If you are into floral images, this Christmas Full Bloom is really a fabulous one to have!
 I hope you enjoy this series as much as I do. I hope to continue to do the stamp study every month.
If you do love the feature or love to see how I made any of these cards with a video,
you've gotta let me know :)

Dr. John's Norwegian Cruise (Part 2) is next!
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Suchi said...

Great stamp and what a wonderful showcase of cards..they are all so beautiful! :)
Suchi xx

Rose said...

All the cards are so lovely & it really does show how much you can do with one stamp. Beautifully done!

Dawn Turley said...

stunning set of cards Virginia. Love your stamp studys

Teresa Doyle said...

I know what you mean Virginia. The only difference for me was I LOVED art but wasn't artistic. (Could not, and still can't draw a stick man! LOL) But I always loved what everyone else did. Stamping has more than made up for my lack of artistic skills. I now can make beautiful cards that I can be proud of!
Your cards are totally gorgeous. So its clear that we CAN learn...haha

Susanne Vargas said...

I always enjoy seeing the different ways you use one stamp and you rocked this one! Fun cards!

Noreen Fontana said...

I love seeing the different cards created with one stamp. This is a particularly beautiful stamp and you have created so many different and equally gorgeous cards using it. And I always love the life stories that you share. Learning about your language and art skills and how they developed is just one more delightful reason to learn from you. Thanks for sharing!

Lori B said...

What BEAUTIFUL examples of what can be done with a very simple single stamp. Thank you for the GREAT ideas!

Kara Lynne said...

Each one is beautiful! So many great techniques and I love the leaves of different colors! I get so much out of this stamp series!

Lisa said...

These are incredible Virginia!!!

conil said...

Of course we enjoy this series. If you're low on creativity, you come to Virginia. She shows you how to stretch your stamps and think out of the box. All these cards, as an example, are lovely to look at and each have a different vibe.

Roberta Eldridge said...

Virginia, each card and technique are absolutely wonderful! TFS!

Charlene said...

You always rock the Penny Black stamps! I love all of these, but my fav is the 1st one!

Harriet said...

Stamp Study is an excellent tool for you to impart to us what you have learned. The cards are spectacular....thanks so much for saying "leafs don't have to be green"....I am particularly exasperated when thinking "outside the box" and tend to stifle myself by reality rather than creativity.

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh my! You have been inspired!!
great cards Virginia!
Thank You!!

Miriam Prantner said...

I love these posts, fantastic cards, love how you really stretch the stamps!

Susan Plichta said...

Your stamp study is truly inspiring. Would love to see a video......

Carol McCready said...

All the cards are lovely. Number 3 is my favorite.

Laura Bassen said...

Beautiful cards!! That first one has such incredible color!!

Barb Ghig said...

I always enjoy your monthly 'Stamp Study' feature, Virginia! Every one of your cards are absolutely GORGEOUS!

TLady said...

OH MY!!! GORGEOUS WORK!!! This looks like a botanical set! ;) STUNNING!!!!

Patt H. said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for showcasing how one stamp can be used in so many wonderful ways. I will be using this lesson quite often!