Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday's Forgotten Stamps


Today I dug into my background stamp drawer to pull out a background stamp I haven't used in forever! I was so excited when I first bought this stamp, but for some reason, I found it hard to work with. Soon, it faded into the background (no pun intended!). But this morning, I wanted to challenge myself to try and come up with a design that brought new life to the Word by Word background stamp.


Since I'm on a roll making square cards (just wait till I show them to you, they are SO fun to make!), I kept right on rolling and made this one square too. I knew I didn't just want to stamp directly onto cardstock, because doing that is what didn't work for me before. I thought, and I thought, and I thought. Then I thunk to myself, "why not give acetetate a try for the very first time"? Oh, oh. I've tried to make cards with acetate before, and did not have much success. I didn't have high hopes for it to work this time either. But, I'm all for new things, so I stamped a square piece of acetate with brown Stazon and gave it a shot. It worked! The stamp didn't slip and slide on the acetate, so I got a nice clear image the first time. Things are going my way today!


Since I'm such a designer paper addict, I couldn't imagine not using any on this card. I took out my beloved new Basic Grey 6x6 pads and started leafing through each piece, holding the piece of stamped acetate over each design to see how they looked together. I finally settled on the Phoebe line, Presidio to be exact, as the paper I would use under the acetate. I held paper and acetate together by using four pink brads in the corners. I decided I wanted to focus on friendship for the card, so I stamped the Word by Word background stamp again (just the word friendship) in ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Dark Brown) on a piece of Whisper White. I cut it out and placed it over the word "friendship" on the piece of acetate. It's popped up with foam tape. The sentiment, about friendship, is from Michael's $1 bin. I stamped that on a round circle and mounted it on a scalloped circle punch that was first sent through the Cuttlebug (Swirl pattern). After I tied the green polka dot ribbon onto the card, I attached the sentiment with foam tape right on top of the ribbon. I am tickled with how it turned out. I hope this inspires you to give your Word by Word background stamp a new life!


I'm not sure many of you have noticed this next little tidbit, but I have NOT jumped on the Stamping Bella bandwagon as of yet. I don't know why, so far, they just haven't appealed to me all that much. It's not that I don't think the girls are adorable, it's just.......mmmmm, I don't know what my problem is. However, to attempt to remedy this little issue, I was wondering if any of you would be willing to send me some stamped images of your bellas so I can see for myself just what all this Bella excitement is about! I would be willing to send YOU stamped images of some of my new Hero Arts stamps that I've been featuring on my cards lately. Can anyone help a stampin' sistah out? You'd be a BellaBabe if you would!


Have a great day!


12 comments:

  1. What a great idea - the acetate. At first I thought that you stamped it right onto your designer paper & I thought to myself, "Hmmm - I never think to do that" but that wasn't it at all! I am another person who doesn't make square cards for the envelope reason & the fact that the "normal" sized cards use up the perfect amount of paper! I shall have to venture out soon & try a couple because I love the look of them! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Amy...another stunning card. I did this technique (with the acetate) a while ago and it was so fun...I had forgotten and I am so glad you had this on here...I can't wait to do it again! (I love it over the designer paper.)

    I have some bellas and I am more than thrilled to send some images. I have Artistabella, Cosmobella, Babybella (not sure what the name is, but it is the cute preggers woman), and the Bridalparty bella. I will send a bunch of each if you email me your addy! (and you could surprise me with any images you want!) that is, if you don't already have takers on this...

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  3. Hi Amy,

    I love what you've done with the acetate & designer paper on this card - just gorgeous! I will have to give it a try. Although my only stazon color is jet black. I think it looks so nice in the brown.

    I have a dozen or so bella stamps and would be happy to swap you some images if you still need more. Please email me to let me know. :-)

    Cindy

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  4. I have always liked doing square cards! Love the acetate- I must ry this! (I must admit- I'm not a huge Bella fan!)
    Toni W

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  5. Beth M (ematson@d.umn.edu)1:02 PM

    I love your card and would be happy to send you some bella images. Shoot me an email with details.

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  6. Regina1:06 PM

    Once again you've created a beautiful card. Yes, you even inspired me to pull out the acetate and same background stamp. I'll have to play this weekend.

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  7. Julie K2:06 PM

    I'll be happy to send you some Bella images as soon as I get mine in the mail (hopefully by next week!). I ordered the stamping Bella, Teacherbella, Cosmobella and the present Bella. Email me with your details - shuli52769@aol.com.

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  8. I hope you're ready to become a "Bellababe" too, it sounds like your in for a lot of them! (I must say, they're not my fave images) I really liked the idea of square cards, and so I'm about to embark on some later. And thanks for getting me started on designer papers--they are absolutely addictive!

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  9. Acetate and I have slippage issues. A tad bit jealous you got it to work! lol Just kidding! It's awesome!!

    If you still need bellas, let me know and I can send what I have.

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  10. Beate5:49 PM

    Amy....your card is perfect! I so have to go to Michaels now for that stamp.
    I am sorry, I don't have any bella's yet either! Otherwise I would so send you some.
    Hugs.

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  11. Your creativity continues to amaze me. I love your blog! Keep up the beautiful work.

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  12. I have the same stamp from Michael's... I love it but had yet to find a way to use it. I love what you did with it and this card! Your work is always amazing.

    I believe my jammybella and javabellas will be in tomorrows mail. I know you don't know me but I'd be happy to send you some stamped images! susieq39@comcast.net

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