Jennifer McGuire never gets tired to say how much she loves making the most out of her existing stash and re-using stamps in different ways to get a multitude of effects. Therefore, I was delighted that the current Online Card Class ended with a lesson on how to use one stamp set in many different ways.
I’ve challenged myself now to try this with my existing stash before buying new stamps (yeah, I know, I don’t think I will be able to hold off buying stuff for long) and here’s my first card set.
I used the beautiful Filigree stamp set by Mama Elephant for the graphics and a Kaisercraft sentiment stamp set for the text. All cards also have the Pretty Pink Posh sequins in common – I had just received my shipment of these delicious colors and absolutely needed to use them. They are the most beautiful sequins you can get because their colors are muted and not too sparkly. A big shout out to Laura Sterckx for making me aware of them.
My very first card was stamped with Versamark and then I heat embossed the border stamp (I stamped it multiple times) with white embossing powder. Then I used my Prismacolor pencils and blending solution to create an ombre effect (wasn’t easy because of the fine details and getting the color in there was tricky). Still, I think it looks ok.
For the final effect, I sprayed the painted and stamped card stock with Mr Huey’s shimmer mist (another shout out to Laura Sterckx for making me aware of it). Love the shimmer (which is much more subtle than on the photo).
On my second card, I used the biggest stamp from the Filigree stamp set and stamped half of it – again, Versamark and then white embossing powder. I used my Distress Markers to color between the embossed areas and then went over it with a water brush.
The colors didn’t blend too well because I forgot to use watercolor paper, but I still feel the effect is nice enough to actually use the card 😉 I used my Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer to spray a fine mist of yellow distress color at the top of embossed area to fade out the color.
As with the first card, I sprayed the decorated panel with Mr Huey’s … swoon, that shimmer!
My last card was made with the Spritzer Tool and Spectrum Noir Markers. They fit into the barrel very tightly (I’m actually worried I might break the tool, but the result I get is worth the risk), but as you can see, the fine mist you get is totally worth the wrestling.
The “flowery” image was stamped with black Versafine pigment ink … at first I was worried the card would be too dark, but I think the cheerful colors and the white space balance it out in the end. As with the other two cards … Mr Huey’s shimmer!
Each decorated panel was then glued to some colored paper that matched the coloring I had done on the front panel. Since I knew I was going to glue that directly onto the card base, you can absolutely use thinner colored paper if you don’t have any matching card stock.
Last, but not least, I stamped a “Hello” on the inside of the card, using Hero Arts Shadow inks that matched the outside color scheme.
Originally I didn’t plan on entering this card into any competition; I had just made them for fun. But I decided to stretch the rules for the current Less Is More “Threes” challenge a bit: I realize I don’t have a card with 3 somethings on it, but I’ll just pretend that a 3 card set from the same stamp set fits the challenge rules. It’s ok to disqualify me for that, I just thought I’d try it 😉
- Dani Peuss heavy white card stock
- Colored Paper
- Mama Elephant Filigree stamp set
- Kaisercraft stamp set
- Pretty Pink Posh sequins
- Versafine Onyx black ink
- Versamark embossing ink
- Stampendous super fine white embossing powder
- Prismacolor pencils
- Distress Markers
- Distress Marker Spritzer Tool
- Spectrum Noir markers
- Mr Huey’s Shimmer Mist Spray
- Hero Arts Shadow Inks