Since this will be my first official blog post, I am super excited about it and decided to share some cards I made using a stamp set by Simon says Stamp that I really love. I used the flower pieces from the Life is a Journey stamp set by Simon along with the greetings from Spanish messages by Stampendous and Everyday Sayings by Hero Arts. I received Life is a Journey as part of a card kit subscription which I loved and I will probably talk more about it when I start my subscription again. I will admit that I have had this stamp set for a very long time and I am barely getting around to using it since I am on summer vacation. I was not very excited about this stamp set because it had such small pieces, but I ended up going online to find some inspiration and I found this card by Jennifer McGuire. I loved how she grouped all the small images to create her design and that inspired me to make a few cards with the same idea.
I started by mounting all the small stamping pieces on acrylic blocks on both sides, this way it would be easy to ink them up and stamp without replacing them every time.
Then I gathered up most of my Hero Arts Shadow inks, Mid-tone inks and some distress inks because I wanted the flowers to be colorful. The distress inks do not always have the smoothest applications so I used the tiniest pieces for those colors. I like the Hero Arts inks because they dry to a smooth finish which is nice when dealing with a lot of stamping.
Hero Arts mid tone Inks
Navy, Red Royal, Grape Juice, Passion Flower, Tide Pool, Pale Tomato, Corn Flower
Hero Arts Shadow Inks
Soft cantaloupe, Soft Sky
Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers
Color box Chalk Ink
For this first card I decided to emboss this “gracias” sentiment from the Spanish messages stamp set with white embossing powder first. Then I stamped the green leaf images so that they would be as evenly spaced as possible at the ends. Then, I got to work on stamping and filling in the empty spaces with the small berries, twigs and yellow swirls. After I was finished, I then printed the “Por Todo” and placed it strategically and finished it with a dashed line around the card with a Sakura white pen. I also filled in the middle of the flowers with white gel pen and colored some of the flowers with a Wink of Stella brush tip pen. You can’t really see it in the pictures but it adds some nice shimmer.
For the second card, I first embossed the sentiment from the Spanish Messages stamp set, but this time made the grouping of the flowers go all around the “Feliz Aniversario”. I used the same techniques but this time I placed the craft cardstock on a white A2 base.
For this last card, I started off by masking off about an inch and a quarter with some masking tape. I used a grid to evenly space it and started stamping above and below it. Once I was done, I peeled off the mask and stamped the sentiment from, Everyday Saying by Hero Arts. I felt like it needed a more defined edge, so I decided to color some cardstock with the tide pool ink and cut two thin strips. I glues them on then decided to add the same color on a 1/8 larger piece of cardstock and layered it on a A2 white base. I only colored the edge since the middle was going to be covered by the stamped piece. This one is probably my favorite of the three cards I made with this stamp set.
I just loved how these cards turned out and now I want to buy more stamp sets that allow this kind of designs to be achieved. I hope this will inspire you to use stamp sets with small imagines and create some amazing projects.