Top Five Tips to Maximize the Use of A Small Stamp Set

by Virginia Lu

Hello friends! This is Virginia here. When it comes to using small stamp sets, do you have trouble finding more ways to use them? Well, if so, this post is for you! For me, part of the fun in stamping is to stretch my creativity and use the small stamp to the max. I am using Mini Delight Cactus as my examples. I am breaking down the tips and hopefully, your will be able to use your small sets of stamps effectively.

Tip #1: Look for patterns in your stamp set. If you look closely, every set of stamp set (even floral ones) has some kind of pattern that you can do repeated stamping.

You may have seen this card during our Instagram Blog Hop. I used the lined stripe of the cactus and created a soft blue background.

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Tip #2: Utilize the Coordinating Die of the stamp: I die cut the pattern paper (Essential Rock Collection) and then added the stamped cactus and cement the pieces with Washi Tape ( hidden behind the cactus). This smooth surface makes the overall design even more appealing and interesting.

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Tip #3:  Use pattern paper with your stamped images: I recommend that you examine your paper pads and find ways to use with your stamped images. I bet you will come up with many ideas!
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I was inspired by the yellow watercolor paper ( Celebrate Paper Pack 6×6) To me, this looks like the hot Arizona sun and is perfect with the cactus.

Tip #4: Add  textures with the die: I ran the Round Maze Die (with a tan embossing mat) through my die cut machine. I now have an interesting background for the cactus. This stamp may be small, however, it is impactful with a backdrop like that.

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To ground the cactus, I used a small piece of stamped Checkerboard and Gold Foil card stock.

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I popped up the cactus after adding  Antique Gold Sequins and Antique Gold Thread.

#5. Stamp multiples: since it is a small stamp set, why not create more?  I stamped two cactus to double the fun and impact!

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To strengthen the sentiment, I used “We Stamp With You Stamp Set”. Like the previous card, I embellished and grounded the images with the same supplies.

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All three cards were stamped and colored with the Summer Fun Mixed Media Ink Bundle. I hope these tips offer you creative prompts to use your small stamp set in BIG and IMPACTFUL ways!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

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9 comments

Linda BL August 29, 2020 - 11:25

Thanks for the great tips. I love small stamps but get them and have no idea what to do with them. Your tips really give me some great ideas. The grouping you put together on the kraft cardstock is my favorite. Those two images really make a great impact on the plaid background. I also like your Arizona sun background–really a great backdrop for the one cactus. Thread embellishments–love how you use them.

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Denise Bryant August 29, 2020 - 11:25

Love the Mini Delight Cactus set! Awesome ideas for using these smaller stamps and dies! Great cards!

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conil August 29, 2020 - 11:58

Well done. This is both a fun and informative post full of information on how to create with small stamps. And the cards…let’s just say they are you knocked it out of the park, Virginia.

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Anonymous August 29, 2020 - 13:23

Awesome post! Thank you!

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Carol McCready August 29, 2020 - 19:23

Such cute cards. Thank you for the tips and inspiration.

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dorothyayotte August 29, 2020 - 23:38

Wonderful cards and techniques! Thank you!

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Sue D August 30, 2020 - 08:41

Cute cards and thanks for all the tips.

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Karen Hale August 30, 2020 - 15:54

Thanks, Virginia, for the great tips and ideas! Love that little stamp set.

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jintyoo7 September 5, 2020 - 14:18

wonderful set of tips and instruction, and the cards are SWEET! Thank you, Virgina :-)

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