I hear it often, “I’m a scrapbooker so I don’t stamp.” I’m here to tell you – YES YOU CAN!
Whether it’s titles, embellishments, boarders, or backgrounds; stamps make a great addition to scrapbook pages. While prepping for a Close to My Heart gathering for a group of scrapbookers, I set out to create a make and take that would teach them various stamping techniques while showing them how to use stamping on their scrapbook pages.
First, I wanted to show them how versatile acrylic stamps can be. I love taking an acrylic stamp and shaping it to meet my needs. Take the following stamp:
I wanted to use it to frame a title for a scrapbook page, but the one side was just too long. I would have had to make my heading 6 inches tall. That’s half my scrapbook page! Never fear! All I had to do was bend the long piece inward like this:
Next, I chose a title that would work for anyone – SMILE.
I chose a larger, blockier alphabet stamp for a specific reason. I wanted to create a shadow effect by using a second generation stamping technique. What’s first generation and second generation? When you ink a stamp and take it directly from the ink pad to the paper, that is first generation stamping. When you ink a stamp, stamp it on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp it on your cardstock, that is second generation stamping. Second generation stamping simply creates a softer, lighter image.
For this particular make and take, I wanted to use second generation stamping to create a shadow effect. Here’s how I did it:
- Generously ink the stamp.
- Stamp image onto cardstock.
- Lift stamp and shift it slightly down and to the right.
- Stamp again without re-inking the stamp.
See the slight shadow? Pretty cool – right?!
The final step was to create a fun embellishment. One of the things I really love about Close to My Heart is the coordinating stamps and Cricut cartridges. One of my favorite stamp sets is Hooray Bouquet. The flowers look great using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge as you can cut your cardstock to perfectly fit the stamp!
To add texture, I stamped one flower in first generation and the other in second generation. After adding a brad to the smallest flower, I pop dotted it to the larger flower. I also used the body of a pencil (anything round will work) to curl up the edges, adding dimension.
For the last added touch, I distressed the edges with scissor and coordinating ink. I could not be happier with the final product, and I think everyone at the gathering would agree that they enjoyed creating it. Everyone did an excellent job, and it was fun to see the various colors used! It really makes me smile!