VIDEO: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Hi there! I’m a big fan of taking stamps and using them in creative ways. This video shows how I created three cards doing just that using some holiday Hero Arts stamps for a bit of repeated stamping.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I will admit – I bought a lot of holiday stamps this year. Eek! And the idea of putting them away and not using them again until next year breaks my heart. So… I decided to look for ways to stretch my holiday images into non-holiday uses.

Today I took the awesome Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamps and gave them a bold look with repeated stamping. I started by measuring where the center of the card was on watercolor paper. Next, I stamped a crystal with Versafine Black Ink repeatedly in a circle making sure the end of the crystal met up in the center. For a bit of shine, I clear heat embossed the images.

I used Tombow markers and a Wink of Stella Pen for quick watercoloring. I put down color where I wanted the darkest part to be and pulled the color out towards the rest of the image with my Wink of Stella Pen. This creates a fun ombre effect.

By the way… I found I can get a second life out of my Wink of Stella pen by adding water to it when it runs out. If you don’t have a Wink of Stella Pen, you could use a water brush or a paintbrush with water.

I added the sentiments from the new Hero Arts The Good Stuff stamp set. For the first card, I stamped the sentiment below the crystal image using the VersaFine Black ink and heat set it using clear embossing powder. For the second and third card, I punched a circle from the center of the image and white heat embossed it on the panel behind it.

I just love bold color. It is sure to cheer up a friend!

I’m a big fan of stretching stamps to get more use from them. Here I took a holiday ornament stamp set and transformed it into some fun stars and flower images. I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a different way!

HERO ARTS BLOG

By the way, these cards were featured over on the Hero Arts Blog. If you haven’t been there in awhile, I encourage you to do so! They have some new artists contributing and the ideas are outstanding. You can find it HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH of the Hero Arts stamp sets I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/13/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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385 thoughts on “VIDEO: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway”

  1. I love your stretch your stamps cards. Thanks of this, I look on my stamps in a different way and I’m able to create different looking cards just with one stamp.

  2. I do love your stretch your stamps blogs, great way to think outside the box and give us new ideas and ways to us stamps.
    Some of us can use all the help we can get to get started.

  3. I would love to make your beautiful cards with the fantastic stamps you used! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win them!
    Blessings,
    Melitta

  4. All the cards look so colourful! That’s really nice.
    And having another stamp set is always good and brings lots of new ideas! Thanks for chance to win it 🙂

    Toffy

  5. Great idea! I need to think outside the box and experiment using existing stamps in new ways! As always, I truly enjoy your videos. Glad to hear you had a “Magical” trip to Disney.

  6. Such great tutorials you do. I am glad to learn how to “stretch my stamps” in different ways. I think these stamps are versatile.

  7. I am inspired to try this technique. Even though it’s not my typical style, I’m anxious to try something new. Beautiful artistry. Thank you for sharing.

  8. More beautiful cards! I certainly don’t mean to covet your imagination, but oh how I wish I had the wonderful creative vision of things that you possess! I once heard you say that you would never buy a stamp set if you couldn’t think of either 3 or 5 different ways to use them! (Couldn’t remember) I on the other hand struggle trying to just design 1 (ONE) nice card! You are using your God given talent and that’s what HE would have us do!! Keep up the great work!!!

  9. Love,Love, Love the bright colors also. Your so right does make one feel more cheerful.Reminds me of a calidiscope we had as a kid you tune it for all the changing colors.Thanks so much for taking me back to way back when.

  10. The Christmas Crystals set caught my eye but I wasn’t sure how to use them or color them in – now I know. Thanks!

  11. I love your use of these stamps. I would like to try a repeating pattern in linear fashion in two or three colors.

  12. Thank for the videos and the giveaways. I am one of your biggest fans. To me u are the best crafter. Thanks for this video on how to make more images out of some stamps. Thanks

  13. I enjoy your videos and consider them a “go to” when I want to learn a new stamp technique!
    My favorite stamp set is a lawn fawn alphabet. I reach for it often when I don’t have ‘just the right’ sentiment!

  14. Thank you for all you do! You are a gift and i really appreciate your contribution to crafting. My favorite stam is Altenew Vintage Roses. Have a blessed day.

  15. My favorite stamp set from the new release is the set with the fading effect on the letters. I’m still building a stamp collection and I love the large sentiment stamps.as a beginner I really appreciate stamps at that create dimensional fax without needing a lot of special tools and products. Absolutely love the new collection that you showed on your YouTube video.

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