Hello Altenew friends! Norine is back with you today, sharing three handmade cards featuring the mini stamps released in March. These mini stamps were included as free gifts (for a limited time) and are now available in the Altenew store.
Small stamp and die sets like these are wonderful to have in your stash – easy to store, with cute, basic designs that don't require layering or fancy techniques to use. And they're a perfect choice for making sweet little A1 or 4bar cards. But, they can also be tricky to use; when the image is only 2 inches tall, it can get lost on an A2-sized card (or bigger projects). I have 3 suggestions for you today, for using mini stamps on big(ger) cards.
How to Use Mini Stamps on Handmade Cards
In March, the mini stamps released were the Bouquet Basket, the Dainty Watering Can, and the Floral Boot. Each one is a sweet little image that colors up quickly and can be used for virtually any occasion!
Card #1: Bouquet Basket Mini Stamp Set
The next step was to use the coordinating die for the Bouquet Basket, and position it in the bottom right corner of an A2-sized panel of Kraft cardstock, die-cutting the basket, and flower-shaped opening.
Then, I sandwiched the Kraft cardstock with the die-cut opening into the Deck Planks 3D Embossing Folder and ran it through my die-cutting machine. To emphasize the texture of the embossed cardstock, I lightly ink blended with Milk Chocolate Crisp Dye Ink and a large ink blending tool.
I used the “thanks” stamp in the Bouquet Basket set to stamp a sentiment strip on coordinating brown cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
The all-over design of the woodgrain, plus the addition of a few enamel dots extending the eye beyond the stamped image itself, gave the small stamped image more visual weight and made it enough.
Card #2: Dainty Watering Can Mini Stamp Set
I stamped the Dainty Watering Can image onto more white cardstock with Permanent Black Ink and colored it with alcohol-based markers.
Then, I used a stitched rectangle die from my stash to die cut a small card panel and frame the stamped and colored image. This left room below to add the greeting included in the Dainty Watering Can stamp set.
TIP! If you don't have a stitched rectangle die, you can use a straight edge ruler and a needle to poke holes all the way around, giving the same look like the die-cut.
I popped the stitched panel up with Instant Dimension Foam Tape and matted it with a piece of dusky blue cardstock.
Finally, I searched my patterned paper stash to find just the right piece to compliment the stamped and colored image. I trimmed it slightly smaller than A2 size and adhered it to a folded card base. Then, I adhered the small “framed” panel onto the patterned paper panel.
The busyness of the patterned paper, extra detail of the stitched die-cutting, and the dimension of the foam tape gave one small stamped image a more significant impact than it would have all alone!
Card #3: Floral Boot Mini Stamp Set
Once again, I stamped the Floral Boot on white cardstock using Permanent Black Ink and colored it with Altenew Artist Markers. Then, I die cut the stamped and colored image. Although, if I had a plan from the beginning, I'd just have stamped it on the card panel and been done with it. But the set comes with a matching die, and I like to use all the pieces included!
Without the “frame” and dimension used on the last card, putting the colored boot onto any kind of patterned paper was a competition for attention. I knew I wanted some kind of pattern, but nothing very busy or visually demanding.
The tiny heart stamp is included in the Floral Boot Stamp Set, so I used it to stamp a very loose all-over design, which I then colored with alcohol markers again. I left a space to add the tiny sentiment strip – also included in the stamp set. Using the tiniest strip of patterned paper for a mat around the edges of the card is all that's needed to give the card a finished look.
In all of these cases, the cards demonstrated that each one is indeed greater than the sum of its parts! This is what mini stamps need to be — simple yet impactful. I hope these card making ideas gave you some ways to look at your mini stamps differently or consider adding a few to your stash!
Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!