Making the Most of Mini Stamps - Part Two

Making the Most of Mini Stamps - Part Two


If you saw my post on Wednesday you'll see I started a little mini-series on making the most of mini stamps.


For todays project I've used just one stamp and die set - the You're a Classic Mini Delight from Altenew.   This is a really classic little set - perfect for masculine cards or for the girly petrol heads in your life.


My technique for making a big statement with a mini stamp this time is to use the same stamp in a neutral colour to make a matching background for your mini focal element.   Doing this really emphasises your smaller element and makes the coloured image really pop.

I started by masking off the back of my card with some post-it notes and then stamped the main body of the car using Evening Grey ink from the Warm Grey ink cube set also by Altenew.  As I knew I wanted to go with classic red for the focal image, I opted for a warm grey but you could use any colour you like - even a very light version of the focal colour (3rd generation inking is often a good technique for backgrounds) works well too.  I added the tires, lights and seats using Morning Frost - the palest ink in the same set.   You may notice I did a bit of a boo-boo on the lights - there are two sizes of lights - bigger for the lights closest to you and smaller for the ones further away.   I didn't notice the smaller lights until after inking my background but I just left the mistake in as it's not too noticeable!


For the focal image i stamped the car again in Heart Beat from the Tea Party Ink Cube set.  I used a fineliner to draw over the steering wheel and the bumper which didn't work in red for me but it's easy to draw over the lines.  I coloured the bumper in with a silver pen to get a chrome look.  I added the seats using the grey, tires in black and the lights in Warm Sunshine from the Summer Afternoon ink cube set.


I die cut it using circle infinity dies and used the next size up to give it a matching red mat to oomph up the colour contrast from the background.  The sentiment is from the stamp and die combined - I added silver miri to tie into the chrome bumber and cut it again from black to give it a 3D look when offset.


Hope that's added another technique to your arsenal for making a big statement with a little stamp.




Our Waffle Flower delivery is in transit now so will be in store this week.

Mama Elephant's release should hopefully be here this week too.  


Happy Crafting.