Today I’m going to share ideas of how you can use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas. I like to get my money’s worth out of the stamp sets that I purchase. So, sometimes I challenge myself to come up with lots of ways to use them.
I purchased the Birthday Wishes for You stamp set. This is a nice, general birthday greeting stamp that will work for many different ages. It is one that I see myself using again and again. (And, it’s also one that will be in the new annual catalog!!)
I like to use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas including creating different layouts, combining with other stamp sets and using different techniques.
My first two cards use additional stamp sets that I’ve combined with the Birthday Wishes for You stamp set. Here’s the first one.
- This card is a CASE from the Occasions Catalog on page 3. We made this one at my open house in January.
- However, I combined it with the retiring Work of Art stamp set, using one of the swoosh images to “color in” the outlined words.
Here’s a second card that uses the same stamps. However, I’ve also created a background using one of the stamps from the Playful Backgrounds stamp set.
The next cards I’m sharing all use different techniques to color in the outline letters of the word Birthday.
This first card uses Stampin’ Blends.
- Project Color: Cherry Cobbler
- Border piece was created using one of the dies from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies set. It makes a very striking border that doesn’t look like “snow” at all!
The words on this card were colored with Watercolor Pencil.
- Colors Used: Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point
- I like the way the stripe border runs perpendicular to the greeting, making a nice path for the eye to follow. I used a piece of Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper for the pattern border.
Here’s the last card. The words on this card are colored using an AquaPainter.
- Project Colors: Tranquil Tide and Pool Party
- Words are stamped on Watercolor Paper using Basic Black Archival Ink, then colored using and Aquapainter and Pool Party ink. I also went over the letters with a bit of Wink of Stella for some sparkle.
- I added a fussy cut banner piece underneath the stamped sentiment. The banner piece is a really easy stamped shape to cut by hand, even if you don’t like to fussy cut!
- Background paper is from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper Pack (which is retiring and already sold out).
One last note, did you notice how each layout was different as I tried to use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas? Changing up the layout is another technique to keep up your sleeve as you create your card projects.
I hope these card samples have given you some ideas of ways to use one rubber stamp for many handmade card ideas.