Thursday, May 14, 2009

Making Your Stamps Work For You!

Happy Thursday Everyone!!

I am excited for a lot of reasons today!! First is because I am still off from work!! Woo Hoo!! Second is because it is Hip Hop Thursday over at the Unity Blog and I hope to be inspired by all the talent that gushes out of those DT members! And third is because I get to spend the day with my best friend in the whole wide world... my friend Tiffani!! Tomorrow is her birthday and since I am heading out of town for the weekend, we decided to celebrate her birthday today!

What better way to celebrate a person's birthday then to shop at IKEA, have lunch out, pick out the Nestabilities I am going to give to her for her birthday and spend some time doing some crafting??

It sounds like a perfect day to me! But any day I spend with Tiff is a great day!! The card I made for her is going to be posted on my blog starting tomorrow. It will be up for the whole weekend as part of Unity's Kit of the Month Blog Hop from May 15th through the 17th! Be sure to check it out! I will give you the links tomorrow so that you can participate!

I don't have a new card to share today, but I did want to share with you a little tip on how to make your stamps go farther for you.

Remember this card that I made earlier this week?

Well I knew that I needed a branch for my Owl (by Kim Hughes from Cornish Heritage Farms) to be perched on, but I didn't have a branch stamp that was big enough to work. So after mulling it around in my head, and looking through some of my stamp sets, I realized that the Tree stamp from Unity's Eco Chic stamp set actually could be altered to look like a branch!
Here is how I made my stamp work for me...
Gather your stamp, ink and paper.

Stamp your image.

It looks just like a tree facing upright doesn't it?

But see how by turning it on it's side it looks more like a branch?

Color just the portion of the stamped image that you need to use.

Cut out the image. Close the opening from the piece you cut off using a fine black pen.

Walah!! You have a branch instead of a tree!! You are ready to add your image to your project!

Keep this in mind with your stamps and I think you will see that there are more uses for our stamps than we think!!

Now head on over to Unity's Blog and start Hip Hopping!

It's Hip Hop Thursday at Unity!!

Have a wonderful day and may your bucket overflow with new ideas on how to make the most out of your stamps!


Heather the Mooselover said...

Kelly- how cool! I never would have thought to turn that tree stamp and make it into a branch. Great idea! I love to get multiple uses out of 1 stamp.

Jessica G. said...

Very clever! That' the 'outside the tree' thinking I need to practice!!