Stamp Focus: From The Desk Of

by Aimes


Happy Friday! It's Aimes here today showing you fun ways to use the fabulous, brand-new From The Desk Of stamp set. As soon as this stamp set and the co-ordinating dies landed on my craft desk, I just knew it I was going to have a lot of fun playing with it!


Now this set is totally fitting for decorating correspondence and letters/envies. However, I wanted to stretch this set to create three different cards.

First up I combined the stamp set with the co-ordinating dies to create this card:

With love leaves signature

I simply arranged the stamped and die-cut elements onto a focal point and stamped a sentiment below it using Forest Glades, Coral Berry and Jet Black ink. Easy peasy!

With love leaves close up signature

Now you didn't think I was going to feature this stamp set and avoid that trendy arrow stamp, right? Don't tell the others, but I think its probably my favourite of the set! I've used it on my second card as the main focal point.

Ombre arrows signature

Trendy arrows deserve on-trend treatment, so I inked them up with both Coral Berry and Frosty Pink ink to create a two-tone, ombré effect. Easy, but effective!

Ombre arrows close up signature

I created a patterned card front by heat-embossing the hearts from the stamp sets over the card front, trying to stamp a closer pattern towards the bottom to embrace the ombre effect. Then I went a little ombré crazy  and blending ink on top, making it dark at the bottom and light towards the top to complement the heat-embossed pattern.

My final cards moves from on-trend ombré to an more wonderful watercolour style on my most favourite Altenew Woodgrain White cardstock:

Watercolour heart signaturet

I simply decorated a die-cut heart (die-cut from a left over piece of previous project) with the sentiment and small cluster of leaves stamp. A few splashes of diluted ink add a little more interest to the design. :)

Watercolour heart close up signature

I stretch the trendy arrow to strike through the heart. To do this, I  lightly marked where the heart would sit on the card front and drew a straight line through it to act as a guide. I then stamped the bottom section of the arrow and top section separately following the guide. Then it was a case of erasing the pencil marks and affixing the die-cut heart on top.

Phew! Well there you have it! Three different cards focusing on what I think is an awesome stamp set. :)

That's all from me today, but stay tuned as the winners from the Altenew May 2016 blog hop are due to be announced here later today.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!



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Pam Cook May 20, 2016 - 9:51 AM

What a lovely set! I can see myself using most of it on my scrapbook pages.

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 10:56 AM

I love this set so much, Pam! I think you could create some fabulous, trendy embellishments for your scrapbook pages using it! ;)

Viola Leary May 20, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Lovely cards. Thank you for sharing.

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Thank you for the kind comment, Viola! :)

barb macaskill May 20, 2016 - 10:43 AM

What a great set!! Thank you for showing it in action! I now see how great it is!!

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 10:57 AM

It really is, Barb! I have had so much fun playing with it. I can’t actually wait to set it loose on my envelopes too! ;)

Taunya Butler May 20, 2016 - 11:28 AM

Amy, WOW – cool new stamp set and you have made some fabulous cards with it – looks like another MUST HAVE from Altenew – such awesome things come from there!!

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Thank you so much, Taunya! It’s the fabulous design of that stamp set that makes the cards so fun to create. It’s definitely a must-have set! :D

Marci Snee May 20, 2016 - 11:40 AM

This was the first set I put in my cart during release. This and the script alphabet set to work in conjunction. I cannot wait to get it in my hands….I’m so impatient!!! I ordered last week and it’s still ‘unfulfilled’. I want it yesterday…..laughing. Great cards!

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Don’t tell the other stamp sets, Marci, but this set and the Calligraphy Alpha sets are my most favourite from this release! ;)
Thanks so much for your lovely comment and I hope you get to enjoy playing with your new Altenew goodies soon! :)

Anne Sturgeon May 20, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Really great cards Amy. This stamp/die set has a lot of possibilities! Thanks for sharing. Here’s hoping I win!

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 11:05 AM

Thanks so much for your kind comment, Anne! This set is so much fun to work with! :)

Bonnie May 22, 2016 - 6:08 AM

I absolutely love when stamps have coordinating die sets. I can see that this could quickly become one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing.

Aimes May 22, 2016 - 11:08 AM

I’m completely sold on a stamp set with a co-ordinating die set, Bonnie! It’s ideal for creating fun embellishments for your projects! Thank so much for your lovely comment. :)

Beth Holt May 23, 2016 - 9:14 AM

What a great stamp set! Love your cards!


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