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Using small stamped sentiments as design elements

Hi everyone, like most crafters, I do have several stamp sets and most of them have several sentiment stamps. Some sentiments are large and can stand on their own as focal point or part of focal point. But what about the smaller ones? My favorite way to get more out of these small sentiment stamps is to use them as part of my design itself. Like I did in today’s card:

For this card, I used the Rose stamp and die set from Hero Arts. This stamp set does not have any leaves for the flower. So I paired it with the Beautiful Flowers 2 stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

I stamped the large Rose flower using Tuxedo Memento Black ink and colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used a single marker GB6 for my coloring, let it completely dry and added shading with the same marker to add a little bit of depth to inner petals. This image already has detailed black lines added for shading petals, so did not add any other darker color on top.

On my Neenah Desert Storm top folding cardbase, I placed my colored and die cut flower and using MISTI stamped leaves behind it with Simon Says Stamp Green Apple ink. Just underneath where I planned to place the flower, I added a strip of colorful washi tape. And then on top, I foam mounted the flower. I wanted this to be a ‘thanks’ card, so used the sentiment from Beautiful Flowers 2 stamp set. That made my design a bit unbalanced. I did consider adding some black sequins or stamping gray leaves or something, but did not like any of those ideas. So, I went with my go-to solution – add a supporting sentiment as part of the design.

Finally a scattering of some yellow and gold sequins and this card was done.

I have used this idea of adding sentiments to enhance my design in several different cards in the past. Here are some of them for you to check out. You can click on the card image to go to corresponding blog post:

  1. Here, I repeat stamped sentiments to go along with each repeated floral cluster.

  1. For next one, I added a long sentiment to compliment the slanting edge of my patterned paper

  1. Repeat stamped sentiment in colors that match my floral clusters

  1. For the next one, the only stamping I did was to add multiple sentiments along side my die cut leaf cluster

  1. For the next one, I actually added several sentiments almost like some berries or part of the greenery behind my flowers

  1. Something similar here – with stamping on patterned paper circles

  1. Another similar example here where words are going along side die cut floral clusters and die cut letters

  1. Something different with the one below where one single sentiment is stamped repeatedly to create a fun background:

  1. Another one where a single sentiment stamp is making an impact on the custom stamped background

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  1. Also, sentiment stamping need not be limited to stamping on cardbases or cardstock. Below are some fun things you can do by stamping sentiments on patterned paper panels:

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  1. And we don’t just need to stop at stamping on patterned paper, we could always heat emboss them to give it something extra ;-)

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Hope you give these ideas a try. Tag me #createwithVS when you do share your creations using this idea so that I can come and share some love with you :-)


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Hugs! ~Varada

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