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For today's projects, I decided to focus on the Christmas Collage background stamp in the Holiday Mini (page 20). This gorgeous stamp is more than just a background stamp though. You can also use small parts of it to add fun touches to your projects. Enjoy!
For the first card, I did use it just as a regular old background stamp and added a vintage looking tag. To get the stained edges on the tag and the Crumb Cake card itself, I pressed Clear-Mount Block D directly into the Crumb Cake Ink Pad and then lightly pressed it randomly all over the tag edges and the edges of the card itself. See, even our Clear-Mount Blocks can be used in different ways than their intended purpose!
Uses Christmas Collage background stamp and Bells & Boughs Clear-Mount Set plus Clear-Mount Block C, Clear-Mount Block D, Crumb Cake Card Stock, Always Artichoke Card Stock, Very Vanilla Card Stock, Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, Brayer, Blender Pens, Cutter Kit, Ticket Corner Small Punch, Antique Brads, Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding, and Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim.
I only used a small portion (the number 25) on this next card. I just inked it up with a Marker and then punched it out. The way-cool ribbon flower framing the number is a new technique called "Melted Ribbon Flowers" that I learned at Diva Day (an incentive event my upline offers) last weekend. Just cut a piece of ribbon with our Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die and then heat the edges with the Heat Tool until they start to melt and curl. Then adhere the ribbon to a circle cut from our Sticky Pages. How cool is that!?
Uses Grateful Greetings Set, Full Calendar Set, and Christmas Collage background stamp plus Old Olive Card Stock, Real Red Card Stock, Whisper White Card Stock, Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, 1-3/4" Circle Extra-Large Punch, Glimmer Brights Brads, Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Heat Tool, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Multipurpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pads, Extended Cutting Pads, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sticky Pages, and Stampin' Dimensionals.
I just inked up a small portion of the stamp with VersaMark Ink and then embossed it before rubbing on Always Artichoke Ink for this next card.
Uses Christmas Collage background stamp plus Always Artichoke Card Stock, Cherry Cobbler Card Stock, Very Vanilla Card Stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, VersaMark Pad, Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Powder Pals, Heat Tool, Stamping Sponges, Alway Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding, 5-Petal Flower Extra-Large Punch, Glimmer Basic Brads, Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Sticky Strip, and Stampin' Dimensionals.
Again, I only used a portion of the stamp on this next card. I inked up the scroll work framing the empty box with a Marker and then stamped it and trimmed it out. It's hard to tell in the scan, but I did add a light shimmer to the various layers with Shimmer Paint and a Sponge Dauber.
Uses Four the Holidays Set and Christmas Collage background stamp plus Crumb Cake Card Stock, Always Artichoke Card Stock, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponge Daubers, Bone Folder, Deck the Halls Designer Fabric, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Multipurpose Platform, Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber, Standard Texturz Impressions Pad, Perfect Details Texturz Plates, and Stampin' Dimensionals.
Here's one tip for using this stamp - before you mount it to the wood block, find your Craft & Rubber Scissors and cut out some of the excess rubber around the number 25 and in the open rectangle. Now when you ink up your stamp, you won't get a big blob of ink in those flat spaces that might show up on your stamped image. Of course, the easiest, fastest way to ink up a background stamp is to roll an inked up Brayer across it a few times!
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