Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Patter Cross

Do you stamp?  Do you think stamps are limited to cards?  Are you scared to stamp on your layouts?  Have you ever tried combining the two?  I find it very hard to create a layout without my stamps.  Stamping is so fun, and it has endless possibilities.  If you have never tried stamping on your layouts, I surely hope you will after reading this article.

Reasons You May Be Hesitant

Some people are hesitant to stamp on their layouts because they fear that after working so hard on a layout, they will stamp something and it will be misaligned, they will not like the ink color, or they will not get a clear image, or maybe they have just never stamped before and do not know where to start.

One way to remove some of that hesitation is to stamp on scrap paper first. Practice. I do that a lot.  I use an old spiral notebook, and I keep it on my scrap desk.  I make sure my stamp is aligned on the handle like I want it, and test it on the scrap paper first.  This works beautifully.

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Another thing you can do is stamp onto another piece of cardstock or patterned paper instead of directly onto your layout. That way if it did not turn out how you liked, you can easily do it over until you get it just right.  In the layouts below, you will see that several of the designers stamped images on different pieces of paper first.

Excited yet?  Let's look at all of the different things you can do with stamps on your layouts!

Stamping Titles and Embellishments

Stamping your titles is a great way to be sure that you never run out of a certain letter.  I know I love letter stickers; however, it seems that I always run out of vowels! With stamps, you will always have what you need to create any title.  Look how Brooke (Scrapbook.com username Brookelien) used these Making Memories foam stamps to create her fun title.  She stamped the letters on different paper and cut each letter out so that she could align her title perfectly. Her title was easy, simple, and fun, and it looks amazing.  Brooke also used flowers from Unity Stamp Co. to create her flower embellishments.  She then added bling to the center of each flower, and they just look beautiful here on her layout!

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There are hundreds of ways to use stamps as embellishments.  It truly depends on what the stamp is-a flower, bird, butterfly, bug, animal, etc.  You get the idea.  There are also countless numbers of colored inks to use which makes the possibilities endless.  I love to stamp something, cut it out, and then use Pop Up Glue Dots to make the stamped embellishment really stand out.

Stamping Journaling Boxes

Journaling boxes are really fun to do with stamps.  Here Chelsea (Scrapbook.com username HapEMomE) created a great journaling box with a stamp from Unity Stamp Co.  She stamped the journaling box, wrote her journaling, mounted it onto another piece of paper, and distressed the edges.  Her flowers are also stamps, and after cutting the flowers out, she bent up the petals to give them dimension.

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In this layout, Lisa (SJ username Lisa Carroll) used stamps from KI Memories to create three journaling boxes (the star and the scallops). Look how she uniquely used the star stamp to stamp on her chipboard letters to dress them up.  This is a creative use for stamps on layouts!

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Stamping Borders
Borders are another great way to use stamps on your layouts.  Here Anne-Marie (Scrapbook.com username muffyvan) used a border stamp from Unity Stamp Co. to create the purple border above her photo.  It is the perfect addition to her page.  She also stamped the arrow and the precious deer and cut those out as embellishments for her page.

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Stamping Backgrounds

Another great way to use stamps on a layout is to create a unique background or your own patterned paper!  Look how Brooke used the Unity Stamp Co. distressed dots background to create a unique background on her page.  All of Brooke's sentiment tags are also stamped for this layout, along with the starfish.

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Stamping on Twill or Ribbon

Another way to add to a layout is to use a border stamp and stamp on twill or ribbon.  In this layout, I used a Unity Stamp Co. border stamp and stamped on the twill.  I then placed it on my layout.  Another fun and unique way to use your stamps!  I also stamped the butterfly, outlined it in Stickles, added some pearls, and used the Pop Up Glue Dots to make it stand out.

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As you can see, stamping can be used on layouts in so many different ways.  Stamps are a great money saver too because they can be used over and over, can be used with different colored inks, and are extremely versatile.  I sure hope you will try stamping on your next layout.  Be sure to post in the gallery so we can all see what you have created. Have fun!

 

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