Stamps...one of my scrapbooking weaknesses! I have a ton of them, they're so versatile! There are so many techniques you can try with your stamps. Sometimes I have difficulties using my stamps on layouts though, so I thought this challenge was great, because it got me thinking about how I could stamp on my layout in a way that was a little out of the ordinary. Here's what I created!
I love how this "Summer Hottie" layout turned out. I didn't do a lot of stamping at all, but what I did do is quite effective, I think. If you look at the close up photo below, you'll see script stamped right on the photo itself, yet there's not script over my sweet daughter's face...hmmm. Really, its so easy, and pretty cool. All I did was cut a circle out of some scrap cardstock and place it over the area of the photo I didn't want stamped - I masked it. If you want to stamp on photo paper you'll need to use Staz On ink - it dries fast so it won't smudge. So I inked up my background stamp with Staz On, then stamped the photo. Then I took the mask off and voila! I've added an interesting element to the photo!
Here's a card I created using a technique called "Reverse Spotlighting". Stamp your images on whatever size cardstock you are using on your card. Then, using a punch, cut out a few "spotlights". Whatever number of spotlights you've punched out, stamp the same number out on a different colour cardstock that has a good contrast. Cut out the image and place behind the spotlight piece, matching up the lines of the image. Tape it in place, then adhere to a background piece of cardstock. And that's it! I love this technique, and this particular card is a favourite of mine.
I hope this inspires you to pull out some of your stamps and play with them. And I hope you post some of your creations, we'd all love to see them! Happy Friday!