The idea of stamping directly on a scrapbook page can seem intimidating. I’m just flyin’ by to show it doesn’t have to be. Also, that you can take stamps designed with card-making in mind and just as easily use them on larger canvases, such as layouts.
The string stamp in the adorable Bug Jar set inspired the banner focal point on my page. It’s meant to be a string around the top of a jar, but you can easily stretch it. Simply stamp the image twice and connect the space in between using a pen in the same color of ink.
What is it called when you only ink part of an image? It’s similar to masking, but you aren’t creating a mask to isolate a portion of an image. Instead, you use a smaller ink pad to only ink a portion. I did this to eliminate part of the string, for example.
I did the same isolating technique to create the tree. It allowed me to extend the branch as well as add a smaller second branch.
Guess what?! The stem was the same technique, this time stamped in green. Add a butterfly wing and you have a flower in bloom.
Don’t overlook card sentiments as title images. This same isolation technique can shift what you’re saying and make a message title/scrapbook friendly. It was as easy as eliminating one word.
Inspired by my photos, I filled the butterfly shaker with pink and purple beads. I then colored the die cut butterfly frame using a pink/purple colored pencil. Inspired by Build A Bear, I also added a little heart to the mix.
I think there are a two big reasons people don’t stamp directly on layouts. Do you fall under one of these categories:
1. What if I mess up? There’s no undo button!
2. My stamps are small and a layout space is large.
If either of these describe you, I hope this post helps alleviate fear. For partially stamped images, simply look to a pen in a matching (or similar color) and make touch-ups. If that doesn’t do the trick, cover the impression with something (paper, sticker, etc.), which is what I did on the original right bow I stamped. I realized after stamping that it made more sense tying it to the branch, so I cut another banner piece and covered my first attempt. No one’s the wise… well… except for all of you. ;)
Stamping is fun on cards AND layouts, and this new Bug Jar set is adorable. I hope you’re inching your way closer to giving scrappy stamping a try.
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Die Cuts with a View; Ink: Taylored Expressions; Pen: Tombow; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Die Cut Machine: Sizzix; Sewing Machine: Brother; Typewriter: Smith Corona; Other: Colored pencil, staple