How To Use Every Single Stamp in Your Set

by Virginia Lu

Hello, Altenew friends! This is Virginia here. Are you loving the stunning projects from the Design Team and Guest Designers? Did you happen to notice the new Hello Hydrangea Stamp Set? I am here to show you how I used every stamp in this set.

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In case you miss seeing it, I am excited to share my how-to on using every single stamp from this set. This set comes with beautiful outlines and meaningful solid stamps for sentiments. There are a few cute small stamps that will make your projects a stand-out!

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For the first card, I started with white embossing the hydrangea with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. If you miss part of the embossing, you can stamp the hydrangea with Embossing Ink again as long as you have the stamp positioned in the MISTI. And that is how I ensure that I have clear and prominent white embossing. The String Art Rectangles Die is excellent for framing image and provides subtle edge details.

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I took out the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set and started the coloring process. The key to successful watercoloring is using great quality watercolor paper such as the Altenew Watercolor Paper Set (A2). The paper allows you to layer color and will not warp easily. Thus, it is therapeutic and stress-free!

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I painted an extra piece of paper with the same color as the background (Seashore). After stamping the sentiment, I then die cut it with Featured Sentiments Die. For the embellishment, I added silver Metallic Thread Set. 

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My next card features one of the smaller stamps of the hydrangea. I kept the color combo super simple – just pink and gray.

10082020-Hello Hydrangea Stamp & Die BundleThe Coordinating Die sure makes a difference in this design. The pink hydrangea was stamped in pink (Baby Pink, Rouge, and Rubellite Crisp Dye Inks), and gray (Gray Denim and Cloudy Night Crisp Dye Inks). I lightly colored the image with the Ink Blending Tool. 

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I popped up the largest stamped and die-cut hydrangea flower. It was so much fun to add the splatter (Antique Silver Metallic Spray) and sequins (Satin White).

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To keep the theme cohesive, I stamped the sentiment in Cloudy Night over the pink hearts! Is this card charming?

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My 3rd card has all the smaller stamps in this set. I started with creating my own watercolor paper. The Watercolor Brush Markers are great for this.

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I used  Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers because it has these amazing colors: Ultramarine and Ultraviolet. When the colors are mixed, blended and dried, then magic happens!

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For the focal point, I stamped “thanks” in Obsidian Pigment Ink. After arranging all the die-cut pieces around the sentiment, I popped a few up with foam tape for interest and dimensions.

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To make the images pleasing to the eyes, I aimed for the visual triangle and arranged the pieces accordingly.

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I filled up the tiny spaces with Serenity Enamel Dots and droplets of Liquid Glue.

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I hope that you enjoy today's post and perhaps pick up a few tips to try out. Better yet, treat yourself with this set of Hello Hydrangea. Thank you for stopping by!

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Maureen Reiss October 8, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Beautiful cards!!!

Sharon Gullikson October 8, 2020 - 10:14 AM

This is such a great post. I hope that Altenew will continue this as a series—I would love to see how to use all of my stamps. I new have a lot of Altenew sets, and want to get the most out of them. THANK YOU.

Inkin' Chickie October 8, 2020 - 10:39 AM

This is a wonderful idea. I find myself only using one or two of the images in my sets. I like seeing how to make better use of my supplies. Great share!

Linda BL October 8, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Great cards! I am also one of those who uses one or two of the main images of a set and don’t get around to using the smaller images (one exception to that is the Beautiful Day set). The hydrangea cards are lovely, but so it the last card which has the smaller images. I am going to try to make a point of looking at the smaller images as you have done in that card. I agree with the person above who mentioned continuing this idea as a series. Think it would be a good one and you should be the one to do it. I remembered you mentioning in a post awhile ago that you use all the stamps in a set and me thinking, I sure do not do that!

Ann Ito October 8, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Beautiful cards and love the idea of using every single stamp in the set! I have so many stamp sets where only one image is inked up and I have no idea what to do with the others or I purchase for that one stamp. Sometimes I think it’s such a waste of $. Your ideas inspire me to look at all the stamps in a set and try to use them all! Thank you for the inspiration and ideas!

AnnetteH October 8, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Pretty cards!
Really like how you used every stamp in the set!
{I will challenge myself to do that}

Sue D October 8, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Wonderful cards and thanks for all the ideas using all the stamps.

Cindy C. October 13, 2020 - 10:08 AM

I absolutely love how you used every stamps in the set in these lovely cards!!

tara prince October 5, 2021 - 7:48 AM

gorgeous cards


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