Monday, July 8, 2013

Challenge: A Little Stamping

This week we challenge you to use a small stamp, or use a stamp in some small way on your project. You could finish a project with a bit of stamping on an edge, use a tiny heart stamp, or perhaps you’ve got some small stamp on a set that you’ve yet to use. Now would be the time!
Want to use stamps in a big way too? Well you could! Feel free to run the opposite direction and do a tiny bit of BIG stamping! It’s all good - and we can’t wait to see your stamped creations.

Anna-Karin used tiny stamps and embellishments to make this small shadow box:

I loved the idea of using tiny stamps and since they can disappear on a large project I made a small shadow box, using the packaging of Prima wood icons. The box was dyed with a mix of walnut ink, and tiny texture, word and flower stamps were stamped on top. Small bird and house stamps from Hero Arts My Favorite set were stamped with Cerulean ink and stamped with even smaller sentiment stamps The boxes were filled with Prima embellishments distressed with paint and embossing enamel, wood veneer shapes, and Stampendous mica flakes and color fragments.

"Go big or go home!", is usually Anita's feeling on most things, so tiny stamping proved to be somewhat of a challenge for her.

I often find myself ignoring those tiny images on a stamp set, and nearly always go for the larger, so I really combed through my stash for this challenge searching for the mini stamps that really caught my eye. Finally, I ran across Tim's new Tiny Things Stamp Set, and all of the images are mini, vintage, and just plain fabulous! I decided to use three of them to make the 'time flies' hanging in this altered Idea-ology Assemblage Clock, along with the perfect stamped saying from the Way With Words Stamp Set.

Sandra Mouwen played in her art journal with lots of color and with little text stamps.
It was such a long time ago that I played in my art journal, and I had to give my Gelli Plate another go. It's always a surprise what you get, it's always different when you play with it. This time I used 3 colors Distress Paints, Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed. These Distress Paints work beautifully with the Gelli Plate. I used the positive and the negative of the Bert stencil from Dyan Reavely. For a little bit of stamping I used Script, Dictionary Meanings and Cherish stamps from Kaiser Craft.

Dan thought that Tim Holtz's "Tiny Textures" stamp set lent itself perfectly to the "little stamping" theme.
My first instinct with this week's theme was to use some really big background stamps and cut them down into smaller pieces.  As I looked through my stamp collection I came across the Tiny Textures set and realised that it was perfect for this theme.  As you can see, I still cut them down into smaller tiles.  The dapper gent from Wendy Vecchi's European Art set is one of my favourite stamps and I had a lot of fun chopping him up into differently coloured sections!  A couple of the panels were made with the GelliArts printing plate and I also used Wendy's All Bottled Up stamp.

When Suzz thinks of little stamping she thinks of stamping in small spaces. 
I love using small stamps to add texture in the background or to draw the eye different directions in my design.  This time I used the frames and sections provided by the 7 Gypsies Ticket Journal tags to frame out the images in my tags. I decided to put the tags with sweet images from Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe into a tag pocket.  I created the tag pocket by folding over a manila tag and adding a few stamped rulers from the Measure Twice set.

Tracy created a dimensional tag this week with lots of texture and a surprise element.
This box tag was great fun to make adding wonderful dimension using the Sized Ovals die to create an aperture and I added lots of texture using Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste in conjunction with the Crafters Workshop Templates Mini Letter Chaos and Mini Tile Texture templates. I added bits of stamping using the text stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Classics 9 adding a touch of stamping to the Locket Book too. I had great fun with this piece, challenging myself to only use a bit of stamping!

Candy really took the challenge literally this week when she created this small accordion domino book. 
I had so much fun with this small stamp challenge.  What is smaller than Tim Holtz' Tiny Things stamp set?  I created this little vintage domino accordion book; each panel bearing a different image from Tiny Things; stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.  They are colored using various Distress Ink colors and a Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush. Tim Holtz Chit Chat provide some inspirational thoughts. The edges of the dominoes are covered with embossed Metal Foil Sheets. Renaissance Treasure Gold provides beautiful highlights to the edges of the pages and also the high areas of the embossed metal.

Ashli's birthday, so she used this opportunity to do a little stamping about herself.
Yep! Today is my 35th birthday. What a perfect occasion to do a layout about me and my "now." To get started, I grabbed the adorable Amy Tangerine Draft and Hey There Stamp Sets. Using the Zing Embossing Powder in Blue, I placed those little images all about my page. Once I had my layers of Mint Julep 6x6 papers all in place, I used those little images and prompts for my journaling. This gave me a great way to document where I am today at the big 35! To finish things off, I simply added some Crate Paper Pinwheels and Chipboard stickers. This is a fun layout now, and will be even more fun to look back on one day.

Meihsia loves to use small stamps on her project. This week she use some of them on the background of this layout.

Small stamps always show beautiful details so I love to use them on my projects. On this layout, I sprayed Color Shine and stamped some small text and images using Tim Holtz stamp, Stamendous clear stamp and 7 gypsies cling stamp on the background. This photo was taken on Natalie's 10th birthday so I also stamped the date using
This week we also welcome Melissa Bove to be our guest!
Melissa actually created two cards, and she will be sharing the how-to this Wednesday as well so be sure to tune back in! Melissa is a designer for Simon's other challenge blog (Simon Says Stamp Challenges) where she frequently creates amazing cards and projects. (you can join in their challenges here) and we're excited to have her crossing over here to share with us here at Stamp & Show!

For more inspiration click on our design team's blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects.
As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday July 14 Eastern time.
We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight - a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too!
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.


  1. These are fantastic examples and inspirations! Love, Dagmar

  2. There is always so much inspiration here but I think the team have excelled themselves this week with these wonderful creations. Happy Birthday to Ashli too!

  3. What a fun challenge and such great inspiration pieces this weeks. Thanks to the DT!

    -- Mary Elizabeth

  4. so sorry about the wrong link number 5, froggy ain't letting me delete it at the moment... :(

    gorgeous inspiration from the dt!! =)

  5. Fantastic projects from the DT. Thanks for sharing

  6. I love small stamps, especially wood block ones i buy them and then dont know how to use them. Thanks for the challenge.

  7. Awesome inspirational pieces made by the DT!!!! Thank you for this load of inspiration and the challenge!

    die amelie x

  8. Wonderful creations by the Design Team, thanks for the chance to play along.

  9. I just linked up a couple of cards I made today! For #33 on the linky I used small arrow stamps and for #35 I made a patterned paper using tiny rose stamps. :)

  10. Stunning creations from the DT!

    Hugs, Sande xx

  11. Always great design team inspiration pieces. Love them all! Thanks for the "stamping" challenge!

  12. I enjoyed this challenge, since only a little stamping is my usual manner of working on my artwork. Blessings!

  13. Thank you for another great stamping challenge and for sharing the fabulous DT creations with us hugs Karen

  14. What an amazing contrast of projects from your design team!

  15. Gorgeous DT projects, thanks so much for all the inspiration!! I just couldn't resist joining in on the fun :D Hope my stamping fits in the challenge!!

  16. Brilliant makes by the DT and welcome to the new DT too. Thanks for the chance to play

    Annie x

  17. Thank you to everyone who left comments about the DT's work. Your comments mean so much to us! It makes us happy that we inspire you! <3 Candy


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