Some of my favorite stamps to use, ones that I pull out over and over, are the Scrapblocks line from Cornish Heritage Farms. If you’re not sure what these stamps are, they’re like background stamps on steroids! 6×6 inches of red rubber goodness. The great thing about Scrapblocks is that you aren’t limited by directionality. If you use them on a card, they are perfect on larger square cards9my fave), and horizontal card designs as well as vertical. I love stamping them on scrapbooking layouts as a place to anchor my photos. I love stamping them to create custom embellishments.
I’ve been having some fun doing some stamp designing lately and am really excited to have CHF releasing Distressed Circles this Friday. I can’t wait to share the other designs I’ve created but that will have to wait another month, and beyond. I’ve had a lot of dreams come true over the past few years and being able to design stamps has been one of those distant dreams that is now here.
release date: 20th
The main idea behind this Scrapblock was creating my own “patterned paper.” I love being able to do this and it’s a fabulous way to match up your design. Seriously…you are only limited by the ink you have on hand. One look I really like that really makes your stamping look like patterned paper is to use multiple inks on the surface or your rubber. My daughter has seen a lot of stamping in this house but she seriously thought I had used some purchased paper to create this design. I used two shades of Versamagic Chalk Ink for ink up the block. I find that by using chalk ink you get a much subtler blend of color and it is much less likely to get muddy on you. I covered my stamp with the lightest color first to prevent staining on my ink pad and then added a few dabs of the darker blue.
Quick Tip: If you don’t have enough of the same size rhinestone stickers to create the look you want…vary them. For this card I started small and increased the size to create movement. Another idea would be to alternate small and large in a pattern.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
distressed Circles Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Little Gal (Kim Hughes Line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: chalk ink by Clearsnap, Black Stazon by Tsukineko
Paper: Simply Smooth white cardstock by Prism Papers
Other: Clear Card Sheet by Cornish Heritage Farms
rhinestones by MAMBI, chipboard letters by American Crafts