No matter what you call it card sketch, template or recipe they really work.
When you make a card what takes the longest? For many it is the design or layout that can be the most time consuming. That is why I love a card sketch. Many of us wouldn't dream of creating something in the kitchen without a recipe so why not have recipes for you hand stamped card making?
Today's sketch is a simple one! And just like cooking it doesn't have to be difficult to make to taste good, so it is with your cards.
Some Stamping Design Tips…
- When creating a card often times it is good to have your elements create a visual triangle as shown above.
- Using an odd number of elements instead of even is more pleasing to the eye.
- Creating a main focal point on your card is important something that the eyes are first drawn to
I was at a stamping retreat recently and stamping this card, the person next to me said how did you get those blue streaks did you watercolor them. I said nope it's a stamp, let me show you how.
The splash of color is from the Work of Art stamp set. This is one of those must have accessory stamp sets to add color here and there randomly when you need it. The trees are from the longest running Stampin' Up! stamp set Lovely as a Tree. It has been around for almost the entire 18 years I have been a demonstrator.
The Stamping Off Technique is super easy!
- Ink your Stamp as shown in the first photo
- Stamp your image as shown in the 2nd photo
- Stamp again without re-inking as shown in the 3rd photo
- Stamp again without re-inking as shown in the 4th photo.
The gray mat I am stamping on is called the Stampin' Pierce Mat. Do you ever ink up your stamp and stamp to only find a half stamped image when you lift your stamp? This mat could change your stamping experience forever especially if you use photopolymer stamps. It helps you to achieve a great sharp stamped image.
Card Template Measurements:
- Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
- Mat: 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"
- Whisper White: 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
I hope I was able to share something new today or maybe just reminded you of this easy little stamping off technique that can give your card a little extra color. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Love to hear from you if you have a question about stamping or would like to see a particular technique demonstrated please just click here to let me know.
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