A few weeks ago, I picked up a couple of stamp sets from Ali Edwards and Technique Tuesday.
These are the kinds of stamps I love because they are not really themey. They are versatile and can be used on all kinds of projects, layouts and cards. I pulled them out the other night and spent a little time playing around with them.
As I usually do when I am playing with something new and don’t have a specific project in mind, I just gathered up a variety of cardstock scraps and different inks.
Right off I’ll tell you that I tried to use white ink on the black paper first, but wasn’t pleased with how it stamped. I don’t know if it was the Frost White ink I used or if it was the cardstock, but after a few tries, the black went in the garbage.
So I turned my attention to Kraft, Walnut Cream and White.
What I really wanted to experiment with was finding the right punch to punch out the stamped images. Since these stamps are simple circles, I figured they would be easy to punch out. But I discovered that there is a size difference among the two sets.
In the set, Fun Flair set, the stamps are approximately a three quarters of an inch in diameter. The smallest circle punch I have is 1 inch and I didn’t like how much cardstock remained around the image once I punched it. But I do have the Martha Stewart Starburst pinked circle punch and it is just a hair larger than three quarters of an inch. It worked better for me.
And I also have to say that the more I use them, the more in love I am with the Hero Arts shadow inks. In particular, the Navy Blue Mid Tone Shadow is my favorite color right now and doesn’t it look amazing on the Kraft cardstock?
In the second set of stamps, the Look Here collection, the stamps are just a hair under one inch in diameter. My 1 inch circle punch worked much better with this set.
Lastly, I was really anxious to try these stamps on my cork paper.
The last set of cork embellishments I created were really fun, so I wanted to give this another shot. I didn’t have time to get the embossing stuff out, so I just stamped with that Frost White ink from Colorbox. I also used my Black Fountain Pen ink from Jenni Bowlin. The stamps that worked best on the cork were the ones with lettering and no solid background. Though, through trial and error, I did find a happy medium between the amount of ink on the stamp versus the pressure on the cork that finally produced a few good images.
And that is all I had the energy for a week night. I have no plans for these bits and pieces but I’ll keep them in my work space and start tucking them into embellishment clusters and adding them to photos when I need a little something extra on a layout.
So, have I convinced you to give these versatile stamps a try?
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