One Stamp Set, Two Cards

by - October 10, 2017

Todays lesson: Use that stamp set again...SERIOUSLY.

 I buy a lot of stamps. Like, tons of stamps. It's becoming as issue. ANYWAY...I'm always looking for ways to use my stamp sets for multiple types of cards. I decided to challenge myself to use the same stamp set (in this case Across The Miles by Waffle Flower) to make two completely different looking cards. If you follow me on Instagram (ashlea_crafts), you may be aware that I don't tend to create many cutesy cards. People who can make these little critters look cute and beautiful at the same time amaze me. I bought this set, though, because I was convinced I could utilize these images in many different ways. Here's what I came up with:

Card #1
The traditional cute critter card. I created the scene by ink blending the grass with Catherine Pooler (ink review here) Grass Skirt and using the color It's A Boy with My Favorite Things cloud stencil. If you don't have this stencil, it's pretty much mandatory. It's super affordable and makes the most beautiful cloudy skies. Im enabling. Sorry. I love this card for pretty much anybody's birthday, but especially a young boy/girl. You could also change the colors of the balloon and/or sequins to suit a child's favorite color, if you know it :)

Card #2 
I went a little out of the box for this card. Before I stamped the balloon, I put a piece of masking tape over the critter and the middle of the balloon. I then stamped the balloon in Versamark Ink and **removed the masking tape**. This is VERY important. If you do not remove the tape before making the impression, it won't mask anything. I stamped the balloon on vellum paper and added some flowers to the middle of the balloon where I masked off the middle ribbon part of the balloon.After embossing the balloon in gold, I colored the balloon in on the back of the paper as to not ruin the tips of my Copic markers with the embossing powder. I knew I had this Cloud 9 sentiment from another stamp set and I thought it would be really cute to add some cloud cutouts to the bottom of the card to give the illusion that the balloon is flying through them. 

This card was a little tough, I'm not going to lie. The designing, the masking, the embellishments, the colors. It didn't come natural with this stamp set for me. I wish I had left the ribbon instead of the flowers in the middle of the balloon. I was hoping for a softer, less animated look but I think it looks a bit more crowded now. You live and you learn. (Really, though...I'm probably re-making it as you're reading this without the flowers...)

I hope you got some inspiration to pull out an old stamp set and maybe save a few dollars ;)
Let me know which stamp sets are your favorite to use over and over again. 

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