Hey everyone! Somehow the week has flown by again and it’s time for another Stamp It Saturday post. Not sure how that happened, but since we’re here…
Stretching Your Sentiment Stamps
They may not be quite as exciting as the images, but sentiment stamps are an essential part of our stamping kit. The right sentiment can make a card and set off an image perfectly.
Stamping Bella stamps often come with fantastic sentiments to accompany the images (and recently we’ve added some beautiful sentiment sets to increase your choices), giving you an excellent starting point for creating cards and other projects. Rubber stamps are an investment for any crafter, so it’s good to think of ways we can get the most from our investment, stretching the amount of use we can get from the stamps and really getting our money’s worth!
MIX & MATCH!
It may seem obvious, but one easy way to get more from your stamp collection is to mix and match your images and sentiments. Emily tries to release images that work year round and for a variety of occasions. Simply changing up the sentiment you pair with an image can take it from Valentine’s Day to birthday, or “just because”. You might love the image that comes in a set but have a different occasion or recipient in mind that the sentiment wouldn’t work for. An image might come with a sentiment that reads “From All of Us” or “We Miss You!”, but you want to send a card from just yourself. No problem!
On the card above I wanted a really simple sentiment to convey the “having a rubbish day/week/month/year” message in a sympathetic but humorous way. Stamping Bella Stuffie Peaches comes with a great sentiment, but it didn’t quite work for me on this occasion. Instead, I used one of the sentiments from my favourite The Chicks Who Couldn’t Even stamp set. Perfect! If I had received this card in the mail this week in particular, I would have responded instantly with I KNOW RIGHT?!
On this second card featuring Chicks with a Sprinkle On Top I used the sentiment from another Cool Chicks stamp set – Iron Chef Chicks. Again, the image comes with a great sentiment, but it didn’t quite work for my intended recipient. I think this sentiment could work with quite a few of the Cool Chicks stamps in particular, silly creatures that they are! You’ll notice that I also used one of the approaches described below to use the sentiment on my card.
TOP TIP: For this to work well, it is really handy to build an index or catalogue of your sentiment stamps that you can flip through to find the perfect sentiment for your card. You could do this by stamping on a sheet of paper and making a note next to each one which set it comes in, or where it is stored depending on your personal organisation system (or lack of 😉 ). Alternatively and possibly faster you could create one on the computer in a spreadsheet or Word document. Whatever works for you!
Quite often I fall in love with a sentiment or quote, but it just doesn’t quite work for my card design or layout. It might be too wide, too tall, or I may just wish that I could make better use of the space around the image.
There are two ways to deal with this:
1. Chop them up!
The first and possibly my favourite is to simply stamp the sentiment on a separate piece of paper and then cut it apart using a trimmer/scissors/craft knife to rearrange on my card as desired.
For this technique a glue pen and some tweezers are invaluable tools as it can get a little fiddly!
Using this technique can give a more playful look, as in the card above featuring Harry the Stuffie gets Happy Mail together with part of the sentiment from Mail Chick and part from another sentiment I can’t quite place right now! It also means, as you can see here, you can take away words or add them from other sentiments to create your own wording.
With some sentiments that mix fonts you may need to stamp a few copies as the letters may be awkwardly positioned. The second method I’m about to share can also be used in conjunction with this one to aid the process!
2. Mask them off!
This method is particularly useful if you only wish to stamp part of a sentiment. Simply ink up your stamp, then use masking tape (I like Post-It Tape for this) to cover up the part you don’t want to stamp before applying to paper!
I find I’m a little more successful with this method than if I simply wipe the ink off the areas I don’t want to stamp. The masking tape ensures that no ink residue ends up on the paper.
I use a piece of acetate to help work out the placement for my stamp, as with rubber it can be trickier to see if it is aligned correctly. Using the acetate laid over my paper allows me to position the stamp, test and reposition as necessary. This can be wiped clean and re-used. I keep mine with the MISTI.
Perfect! All ready for colouring and popping on a card.
On the above card I used Tiny Townie Garden Girl Lily of the Valley along with one of the sentiments from the Garden Girls Flower Sentiments set which I stamped, and cut apart using the two methods above in combination.
As mentioned in the previous step, this method can be helpful when working with sentiments that are arranged in such a way that makes it tricky to cut them apart evenly.
This method is also great if you wish to rearrange your sentiment layout, but don’t like the collaged look of words that have been cut out and stuck down. Simply mask and stamp in stages. This can be a little more challenging with rubber but a stamping tool like the MISTI can be a big help and the results are definitely worth the effort.
Here are a few more cards where I’ve used the tips above to make sentiment stamps work better for me:
Stamp set: The Bee and The Heart (incl. sentiment).
Over To You!
If you try out the techniques shown in any of the posts with your Stamping Bella stamps, be sure to share! We would love to see the results and hear how you feel about them. Show off your creations in the comments below and even better, share your own favourite tips with us. Let’s talk stamping!
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Until next time, HAPPY COLOURING!