Thursday, May 23, 2019

How to Use Your Favorite Stamps on a Clean and Simple Card

Have you ever had a stamp set with so many images that you love, that you can’t decide which ones to use first? Maybe all the stamps just go so well together - you don’t want to leave anything out so you feel paralyzed and don’t know where to start. I have definitely been there before! Today’s card is based on an idea that might help you with that problem.

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These hummingbirds are so sweet and there was no way to choose only one of these cuties for today’s card. I wanted to find a way to incorporate a lot of images while still maintaining a clean and simple feel. I began stamping and fussy cutting a few hummingbirds on four colors of cardstock that felt “hummingbirdy” to me. I didn’t have a plan yet but I believe the best way to start is to just START! I began to lay the birds out on a card base and as I looked at them, I thought “Maybe my card is already almost done!” I loved the way they looked just scattered about. I adjusted the birds a little, tilting them this way and that, and I popped them up on a cardstock panel with foam squares. Then, I stamped a simple sentiment and the tiny flowers right onto the panel.
You could use this same formula for all kinds of stamp sets:
  1. Choose one or more medium sized images you love. Stamp and die-cut/fussy cut them. (I chose a limited color palette to tie the images together, and help clarify the clean and simple, graphic style.)
  2. Adhere images to a cardstock panel cut just slightly smaller than your card base. Use foam squares for added dimension. Plan ahead for where you’ll add your sentiment - and you may want to go ahead and stamp that now before you adhere your images! (How many times have you finished a card, and then added the sentiment crooked at the very end? MEEE!)
  3. Choose smaller detail stamps to fill in any gaps.
  4. Adhere the panel onto a colored card base that coordinates with your images.

The limited color palette, the crisp white background, and the repeating images all contribute to the clean and simple style for this project.
I had one sweet birdie left over so I made a quick tag for a coordinating box, perfect for a treat box or a little gift.

Today's post is part of the latest challenge at Impression Obsession - and the theme is Feathered Friends! I hope you'll head over to the Impression Obsession blog next, where you'll find links to the other designers' projects, as well as the challenge rules, and a place to link up YOUR challenge card. A lucky winner who participates will receive a $25 gift certificate to the IO store!

Loving these IO stamps? 
Find them here! Hummingbirds Clear Stamp Set | Hummingbird Die Set (I fussy cut my hummingbirds, but I wanted you to know there are coordinating dies for this set!)

Other Supplies: FSJ cardstock - River Stone, Cool Pool, Lemongrass, Blue Lagoon | To Go Box (set of 10)


martyzstamps said...

What an awesome idea! I have a hummingbird stamp that I couldn't get inspired to use. I am definitely using this idea! Thanks! You're awesome!!!

TLady said...

Laura, I LOVE how you focused on these "feathered friends!" SO FUN! You DEFINATELY ACCOMPLISHED your goal! AND I LOVE your little tag too! A SUPER JOB!!! ;)<3

Lil said...

I love your cards- especially that you are showing how to make a simple card. Simple is great and I think overlooked quite often!

Visiting from the SB group! Great to meet you!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful projects using that wonderful bird design.