Saturday, August 29, 2020

Use Small Stamps with a HUGE impact

 Hello friends!
It is my turn to share DT projects over Altenew Card Blog.
When it comes to using small stamp sets, do you have trouble finding more ways to use them? Well, if so, this post is for you! For me, part of the fun in stamping is to stretch my creativity and use the small stamp to the max.
I am using Mini Delight Cactus as my examples. I am breaking down the tips and hopefully, your will be able to use your small sets of stamps effectively.

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Tip #1: Look for patterns in your stamp set. If you look closely, every set of stamp set (even floral ones) has some kind of pattern that you can do repeated stamping.
Altenew-MD Cactus#1
You may have seen this card during our Instagram Blog Hop. I used the lined stripe of the cactus and created a soft blue background.
Altenew-MD Cactus#2

 Tip #2: Utilize the Coordinating Die of the stamp: I die cut the pattern paper (Essential Rock Collection) and then added the stamped cactus and cement the pieces with Washi Tape ( hidden behind the cactus). This smooth surface makes the overall design even more appealing and interesting.
Altenew-MD Cactus#3
Tip #3:  Use pattern paper with your stamped images: I recommend that you examine your paper pads and find ways to use with your stamped images. I bet you will come up with many ideas!
08292020-Mini Delight Cactus-CheckerBoard-RoundMaze Die

I was inspired by the yellow watercolor paper ( Celebrate Paper Pack 6x6) To me, this looks like the hot Arizona sun and is perfect with the cactus.
08292020-Mini Delight Cactus-CheckerBoard-We StandWith You Stamp Set-RoundMaze Die (2)

Tip #4: Add  textures with the die: I ran the Round Maze Die (with a tan embossing mat) through my die cut machine. I now have an interesting background for the cactus. This stamp may be small, however, it is impactful with a backdrop like that.
08292020-Mini Delight Cactus-CheckerBoard-RoundMaze Die (2)

To ground the cactus, I used a small piece of stamped Checkerboard and Gold Foil card stock.
I popped up the cactus after adding Antique Gold Sequins and Antique Gold Thread.

#5. Stamp multiples: since it is a small stamp set, why not create more?  I stamped two cactus to double the fun and impact!
08292020-Mini Delight Cactus-CheckerBoard-We StandWith You Stamp Set

 To strengthen the sentiment, I used "We Stamp With You Stamp Set". Like the previous card, I embellished and grounded the images with the same supplies.
Altenew-MD Cactus-Checkerboard Stamp-We Stand With You Stamp Set-001

All three cards were stamped and colored with the Summer Fun Mixed Media Ink Bundle. I hope these tips offer you creative prompts to use your small stamp set in BIG and IMPACTFUL ways!
08292020-Mini Delight Cactus-CheckerBoard-We StandWith You Stamp Set-RoundMaze Die

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Linda BL said...

Thanks for the tips for using small stamps. I see them, think they are darling, get them, and say now what? This sure will give me some ideas of things to try to maximize the cute stamps I have accumulated. My favorite of the cacti cards is the two cacti on kraft. Such a cool card!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Three beauties with that mini cactus set, Virginia! I find Altenew's minis to be a great value and so versatile!! said...

Love all the cards and do like
that they are each a little
different! Think my favourite
is the kraft.

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards, Virginia! I love the background you created on the first card with repeating the stripes image from the set!

Dawn T said...

Awesome Virginia.

Sue D said...

Thanks for all of these great tips.

Maura said...

Fabulous trio of cards! The repeat stamping of a design stamp is such a great tip that I always forget to think about!! Thanks!

MadeByMeghanK said...

These are adorable! I LOVE how you used the cactus to make a pattern background!!!!

Ms. Tamp said...

The yellow one with the maze background looks fantastic.