Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tutorials: One Stamp, Many Ways

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is, "One Stamp, Many Ways."  In my opinion, word block stamps (such as Tim Holtz's Individual stamp) are right up there in versatility.  Here are three easy ways I like to use word block stamps. 

Technique One: cut up the stamped words to create individual or "new" phrases.

This technique is as easy as it sounds.  Start by stamping the image:

Get out your scissors and get creative!  Cut up the stamped words to form all sorts of handy sentiments.  On my example card, I made the phrase, "Be You," and then glued it on top of a fabric scrap background and some colored wire in a circle shape.  Here are some other word combos I liked:

Making your own sentiments increases a stamp's usefulness...not to mention that it gives you a sense of sheer nerdy power to invent your own sentences!  Mwahhh-ha-ha!

Technique Two: turn your stamp into polka dots by cutting the stamped image out with circle punches after stamping.

To do this simple technique, start by stamping the image on plain paper, then get out your circle punches and punch out polka dot shapes.  Color the dots with Distress Ink and outline them with black Gesso or a black Sharpie, if desired.

Lay out the dots on your blank card until you get a pattern you like.  Remove them and build up your card background.  I painted and stenciled my background, then glued the dots on top.  This is an easy way to make great little circle embellishments!

Technique Three: turn your stamp into a background image.

Start by stamping the image multiple times onto white watercolor paper.  I rubbed different colors of Distress Ink on the stamp before stamping.

Next I used a sponge and smeared on some Distress Ink in corresponding colors:

I got out my Distress Paint and dabbed some liberal dots of it onto my background.

Bring on the water!  I spritzed the Distress paint, which caused it to bleed down my page.  With the water streaks still wet, I also drizzled on some watercolors.

I like how this technique lets the words peek out in some areas and makes them hazy in others.  It's a fun background for all sorts of projects.

Here are the supplies I used on these projects, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see how many different ways you can use the same stamp!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog so that we can all be inspired and so that you can have a chance to win the always-wonderful $50 Simon Says Stamp store voucher!


  1. what great fun - love the ideas and all the colors!

  2. Ok. I think you are my new hero. I absolutely adore these techniques - especially that polka dot version. These are all so amazing and bright!! I've totally hit the follow button and can't wait to see how you inspire me next!

  3. Gorgeous projects, Andrea! I love the way you blended that text background stamp :)

    Love this umbrella layout, Michelle! Such a creative idea :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. What a brilliant girl you are, love the idea of cutting apart the word stamps to form your own messages! And the word balloons and the lovely drippy background ... great ideas Andrea, thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh, I love them all!!!! Especially the watercolored words background!!! So cool!

  6. You've really demonstrated how versatile that stamp can be! I love these ideas, thanks for showing all your techniques.

  7. I have zero stamps like the one you used. I didn't think about using them in the way you've shown. I'll never look at text stamps in the same way, ever again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. SO creative!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and techniques. All of your creations are so beautiful and unique.

  9. This is so cool! All so pretty! I never cut up my sentiment stamps to create new ones! I really need to try that! Thanks! Hugs, Sandra

  10. I adore your works!!!!!!!! You are absolutely creative and your projects have always your unique touch! Barbarayaya

  11. This is so creative! Love the way you use this stamp. The results are fabulous :)

  12. You know that I always love your projects and I always look forward to reading your blog posts and this is no exception because these are just wonderful and such a creative use of one stamp! Love, love...LOVE them Andrea! :)

  13. So fun and creative! Love the multicolored circles and the inky background!

  14. I cannot lie. Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit. Great use of that stamp, Andrea. I think the circles may be my favorite. But tomorrow it may be inky background because I really can't decide. Either way, they're incredible.

  15. Fabulous idea for this challenge Andrea!! Love your different uses of that great stamp.

  16. Fantastic! I love the circles! Brilliant take on the challenge and love that you showed multiple ways with this stamp as it is one of my favorites! Always love how you make the colors glow on your art!