Getting More Bang for Your Buck with Stamps

by Wendy Price on February 13, 2012

PRIZE ALERT: Stampendous is generously giving away a Butterfly Post Cling and Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Set! Leave a comment for a chance to winner! Due to shipping restrictions, all winners must have a US/APO/FPO mailing address.

Ever find yourself wishing you had a stamp to match a similar one. Or maybe you’ve dreamed up a stamp and its not even on the market yet. Today I’m going to show you how with a supply of your favorite stamps and some scrap paper, you’ll be able to create your own custom stamps with no stamp surgery involved. Take a peek at my layout and you’ll see running down the left side are three stamped postcard images that I created with the Stampendous Butterfly Post stamp and a handful of other favorite Stampendous images. The Butterfly Post in its unaltered state can be seen on the right hand corner.

I LOVE the butterfly postcard image as it is,  but I was wanting to have a collage of different postcard images on the layout. Since I didn’t have any other postcard images, it was time to get creative. Here’s how you’ll do it.

Supplies Used:

1. Using your favorite ink, ink up just the edges of the stamp. You’ll see I also included some of the text and images on the stamp. I wasn’t overly concerned with it because I was going for that vintage look. Watercolor markers or the new Distress Markers would make inking up select areas of your stamp super easy! Once your stamp is inked up, stamp it on your cardstock.

2. I went ahead and colored the image using a technique I’ve heard referred to as Sepia Stamping. Basically its pulling ink from your stamped lines.  Use a wet paintbrush and run it along your stamped image. The color will lift up and bleed onto your cardstock like watercolors. You may have to experiment with cardstock to find one that works the way you wish.

3. Now you need to create a mask. Stamp your image onto a piece of scrap paper. Using a craft knife, carefully cut the image out. You will be left two masks. One is the actual stamped image and the other is the outside remaining area. Save both pieces because you’ll need them.

4. Line your outer mask over the stamped outline that you previously stamped. With it in place, ink up one of your favorite images that you want to place in your postcard and stamp. You have just created your own custom stamp image!

5. To create the collage effect where the postcards overlap, you’ll need to do some more masking. Using the other mask, place it over your stamped image. Ink up the outside edges of the stamp as we did in step 1 and stamp. Continue on with all the steps to fill the postcard with more stamped images. Be sure to leave the mask in place over the stamped image to protect it.

Here is the finished collage effect. I sprinkled a variety of Stampendous embossing powders on the layout and heated from underneath.

Here is a peek at the original stamped image, Butterfly Post. I stamped an extra butterfly, cut it out and covered it in Stampendous Crystal and Gold Halo glitters.


This challenge is now closed. 

Congratulations! Our lucky winner is jengd. jengd has won the Butterfly Post Cling and Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Set from Stampendous! Due to shipping restrictions, all winners must have a US/APO/FPO mailing address. Please be sure to contact Susanna Boyd within 30 days to claim your prize and be sure to provide your shipping information so we can get that package out to you! And thank you to EVERYONE for playing along!

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Susan @ PaperCrafter's Corner February 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

Wow Wendy, what a gorgeous project! Really great tutorial too!

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Carol B February 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Lovely layout! I, too, love that butterfly postcard!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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Rita February 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

LOVE Stampendous!! Beautiful project and nice use of the stamps!!! Thanks for the change to win!

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terrie February 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

love the outcome of your postcard…thank you for sharing this with us…

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mary walker February 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

beautiful project, Thanks for the chance to win the stamps

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Krissy February 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Wendy, this is beautiful! Great job!

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Lindsay February 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

A gorgeous lay out and a fantastic tutorial, thanks for sharing
Lindsay xx

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Julia Muscari February 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

LOVE this watercolor technique! I’m going to try it this week!

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jengd February 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Absolutely beautiful! The masking and bleeding effect works wonderfully!

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Susanna February 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Congratulations! You’re the winner of the Get More Bang for Your Buck With Stamps masking challenge! Please reach out to me at susanna.boyd {at} papercraftplanet.net and I’ll arrange to get you your free Stampendous goodies! Thanks for playing along!

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Susanna February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Congratulations! You’re the winner of the Get More Bang For Your Buck challenge! Please reach out to me at susanna.boyd {at} papercraftplanet.net and I’ll arrange to get you your free Stampendous goodies! Thanks for playing along!

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Lynn Brown February 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

What a great idea! The butterfly stamp is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this economical idea!

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Yvonne Weber February 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Great tutorial. Wish I could be that creative.

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Deb February 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Oooo, I love the effect! Nice work, Wendy!

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Ummaro February 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Lovely page! Thanks so much for sharing this with us…and for the chance to win the lovely stamps!

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Cibele February 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I love how you project turned out…very soft and very vintage looking. Beautifully done!

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Tater February 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I love this technique! Especially that it allows me to be flexible and use what I happen to have on hand. Economy stamping helps introduce newbies to this craft and brings them in gently!!! Thanks for sharing.

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NancyS (momsnack) February 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Great instructions! Thanks for the lovely idea.

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Rexann February 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Oh my Goodness!! Love the postcard and love the way it was made!! TFS!!!

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Denice Metz February 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

love stamping ideas hope i win

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Misty February 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Wonderful tutorial. You are very creative. I love your project and stamps. Thanks for a chance to win.

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Eileen McClean February 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

thanks for the tutorial and for the chance to win such a beautiful stamp.Eileen

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kren February 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Love, love, love this treatment using the butterfly collage stamp. A real winner! kren

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Linda February 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

What a great inspiration! Love the technique. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing. Thanks for the opportunity to win the stamps.

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Marlene Willis February 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Beautiful colors. I like this idea, especially the butterfly postcard. I think I try combining more of my stamps.

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Tory Anders February 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

This is just beautiful! I love using the masking technique!

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Ad K. February 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Thanks for the tutorial, such a soft and pretty project. I’ll be pulling out some stamps to try this.

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Janet Smith February 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

What a great tutorial and an awesome project . I had heard people mention “masking” but never fully understood it. Thanks for the explanation!
Big Blog hugs, Janet

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Mary Tilman February 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

A spectacular page design that would lend itself to a variety of photo subjects. Thanks for sharing this beautiful layout and painting technique. Love the Stampendous stamps!

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Luci February 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I have to get a postcard stamp. I like your ideas.

Luci

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FrancineB February 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Wow, gorgeous layout. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m always on the look-out for ways of stretching my stamp collection.

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Patti aka NW Lady February 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

What a fabulous looking end result, thanks for sharing the technique.

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Linda February 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Love the stamps

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Sue C February 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Pretty layout, love the stamps!

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Sharon Pagel February 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

The lasyout of the page was perfect. It takes on a look of being antique with
the beautiful colors chosen. And with your stamps you used it also looks manly. I have a hard time doing that.Wish you were here.
Sharon

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Madeline February 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

So beautiful. You give us all inspiration to try.

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Donna Phelan February 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Beautiful layout, wonderful technique! I love the look of a collage, it’s so vintage and lovely! I really NEED tomake 2 scrapbooks, 1 of Florida and 1 of Europe……I get your newsletters, you would think I would get cracking with all thishandy information & inspiration! :) TFS!!

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Silverbutterfly February 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Just absolutely beautiful, but then anything with butterflies on it is my cup of tea. I have hundreds of them around my house and cars..also more butterfly jewelery than I can count. Every gift I get from my friends and family is butterflies, LOVE IT!!!!

Silverbutterfly

Wishing You Butterfly Mornings
And Wildflower Afternoons……..

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Karen Conner February 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

That is awesome looking postcards! I forget about masking. Thanks for the reminder.

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kshuffler February 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I love the butterfly stamp. Yes butterflies are my most favorite thing. I put a butterfly on all the cards I make.

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Pat D February 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Beautiful!

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Katie Butler February 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Great tutorial!!! I love when an artist really steps out how they made a project. Thanks!

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Diana February 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

What a beautiful project.

TFS

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Evelyn February 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Love your ideas…the post card is especially nice. Thanks for sharing.

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CathyH February 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Great techniques. Love the look and being unemployeed, using what i have is of utmost import… ch

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lisa808 February 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Great effect!

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Cathy Yosha February 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Just the kind of thing I love! Thanks for the tut

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Jana T. February 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Love this! Oh so beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial too.

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Sharon H February 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

WOW!!! This is an awesome tutorial! I’ve never tried embossing from underneath and think it would be a great way to keep the powder from blowing all around. It really looks great on this page!

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Fernanda February 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Would love to own this buuterfly stamp-thanks for a chance to win!

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Christina February 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Thank you for the tutorial! I’m always looking for new ways to use my stamps and get more use out of my supplies! Thanks again!

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Sue February 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Gorgeous images. Great layout.

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Mary February 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

What a great idea and Lovely LO

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Edwina Brown February 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thank you for telling how to get a vintage look. I love the old post card look you created. I enjoyed stopping by. Thanks again. Edwina Brown edwina.brown@live.com

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Pam Holman February 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Love the page, beautiful effect, thanks for the instructions!

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Mimi R February 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Wow! This is really beautiful! Thanks for showing me how to do the masking a different way. I just love it! Mimi

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Marion February 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Love the butterfly postcard!! Thanks for the tutorial.

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Joanne February 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Absolutely beautiful project! TFS ! I am so anxious to raid my stamps and find some that go together and give this a try!

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Pam February 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Love this project. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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Tee February 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I’d love to win either set but it gives me BUTTERFLIES to think I might win the Butterfly postcard!
Great tutorial !!
Tee

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Penny Hanuszak February 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Wendy this is absolutely beautiful and I loved the tutorial, makes it sound so easy to do! Thanks for the inspiration.

Penny
Indio, CA

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Gigi February 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

What a great look ! It’s fun to use stamps in many different ways!
Gigi

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Josie Hancock February 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

These are lovely stamps and so versatile. I love what you have used them for. The tutorial was great and very inspirational.

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Teri February 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Wendy – this is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!!

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m February 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Great Tutorial! I have always wanted to try the masking technique, and now I have the directions. Thank You!

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kathy February 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

very nice !! that is the look I really like, but have not
had much luck with. so, thanks a bunch for the tute.
I think I’ll go and give it a try right now—kathy

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Tina J February 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I love stampendous products. I always get great results with them. I have not tried masking in this manner but I cannot wait to give it a try.

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Barbara Bryant February 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

This so beautiful Im going to try this thank you for the tutorials.

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LEE ANN February 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

This is a beautiful page. It made me think about all the stamps that dont get used & a new way to put them to use. I love your creativity!

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Janet Nelson February 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I love the looks that masking can create. Have you ever thought of doing a video tutorial. I’m one of those visual people who “get” it better when they watch the technique. Thanks.

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Denise Bryant February 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
DeniseB

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Darlene J. February 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Thanks so much for a great tutorial, will definitely try the Sepia stamping. Love, love the soft vintage look. Would love to win the beautiful stamps.

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Deborah345 February 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

What a beautiful layout. The background is gorgeous!

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Nancy Dees February 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Wow. I feel like you just doubled the amount and variety of stamps I own. As usual, when someone comes up with a great idea, I think to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” I’m just glad you did and shared it.
Thanks
Nanc

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Betty Moore February 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for the tutorial love the effect

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Jo February 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Very nice! Looks like one stamp. Love it!

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Melissa February 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

Wow! What a great idea! I am bookmarking this!

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Robin February 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

Thanks for all the ideas! Wonderful creativity. And thanks for the opportunity to win.

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Tracy Fabian February 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

Wow! This looks amazing and seems like even I can do it! I’ll definitely be trying this on a layout soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Alison Day February 16, 2012 at 1:27 am

Oh what a beautiful layout! I LOVE those postcards!! Great way to stretch your stamps. Thanks for the tutorial.

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Paulette S February 16, 2012 at 1:35 am

Absolutely beautiful! Stampendous stamps are wonderful.

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Tammy M February 16, 2012 at 1:59 am

This is so great gave me alot of things I can do now Thank You

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vestamc February 16, 2012 at 2:07 am

What a lovely layout! The background is just beautiful. That is an awfully nice stamp!

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Margaie Meadows February 16, 2012 at 2:23 am

This is such a great idea – love the way you used the other images and the masks. I just finished a card today using masks and was amazed at how well it turned out. I am definately going to try this out! Love your layout.

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Juliana T February 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

beautiful job! I love the vintage look.

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Laura M February 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

How fun! It’s been too long since I’ve had my stamps out… time to dig them out and try this! Thanks!

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Kathleen February 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

What a fabulous Project, and easy to follow instructions, think I will try this, and I am saving this one, it’s fab…
Hugz Kath…

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Holly Mira February 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

What a beautiful layout and a great tutorial.

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Carolyn Hasenfratz February 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

I do a lot of masking, but have never combined it with giving a watercolor effect to the stamped image. Great look – I tend to be pretty tight, a technique that helps me loosen up would be a great exercise to try. Thanks for the idea!

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Polly Lewis February 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

Thanks so much for this tutorial and for showing us a way to better use the stamps we have. I need to think more out of the box.

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Janice February 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

WOW, loooove that butterfly, great project, thank you for the tut.

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Kathy T February 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

Wonderful use of the stamp. Love the butterfly but I am drawn to the bird in the background.

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Penny Douphinett February 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

What a great idea – wish I’d thought of it. I already know which stamps I’ll use to try this out. Thanks for a great technique!

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Debbey Kouri February 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

Great tutorial…..TFS. I’m going to go thru my stamps…..

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Diana February 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Love this tutorial, and the vintage look.

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Lori Podolsky February 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

So beautifully designed! I love the butterfly image. TFS the wonderful tutorial. Will try it.

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Jeanne d'Arc Allard February 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Wow very cool technique. I love the idea and I’m sure I will use it with ton of different background stamps. Thanks for sharing!

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Candy February 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

It’s a fantastic technique that everyone should learn to make the most use out of their stamps in creative ways.

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Teresa February 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Wow, love the vintage/watercolor look to the stamped images. Thanks for the tutorial…I will have to try this technique. Hugs, Teresa

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Suzanne February 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This is such a clever way to to create a new look.
My mind is buzzing with ideas now for my stamps,
which I will look at with new eyes.
Mahalo Nui Loa, SuZ

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Dani February 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

BOOYA!!! I’m a vintage freak, one more technique to add to my obsession.
Holy Cow, I’m going to need therapy!

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Teri February 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I so love this I really want to spend some time re-reading this and trying it

Thanks,
Teri

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Cathy P February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Very pretty layout and a great idea.

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virginia February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thanks for the idea. Another way to make something more unique.

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Maxine D February 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I am inspired – thank you!!!!
Blessings
Maxine

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Lynn Lipchak February 17, 2012 at 1:51 am

Lovely technique. Great to be reminded [and shown] about masks. Love the softness of your design.
Appreciatively,
Lynn L

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Marshia February 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love the distressing technique you described. “Basically its pulling ink from your stamped lines. Use a wet paintbrush and run it along your stamped image. The color will lift up and bleed onto your cardstock like watercolors.” It’s new to me and I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you.

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Lynn (toomanycrayons) February 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

Wow, what an instructive post. Fascinating to see your work here and I can’t wait to try myself.

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CLM-cindylu2u February 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thanks for the great tutorial, a great way to get a custom look with what you already have. Your LO is soo super nice, thanks again!!

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Susan B. February 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Loving the vintage style of this card,would love the chance to win the stamp sets.Thank you
Susan B.

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Rupa February 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

What a gorgeous stamp and card! Looks very different.

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kimmieb February 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm

What a pretty project! I love it!!

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Beverly Gisclair February 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

Always love to find new ideas and a fresh look at things. Very pretty.

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Patti L February 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

WOW! I just love this idea and am going to get out some of my stamps and give this a whirl. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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Michel E February 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Love the layout. Thanks for sharing.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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Charlene Becker February 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Very cool technique! I love the vintage watercolor effect. So pretty!

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jeanette February 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Beautiful work love the way you use the stamps differently and thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win some goodies :)

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meta rausch February 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

Inspired by the attention to detail that “looks” random in the final project. Just fabulous.

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Marianne February 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Love this vintage/shabby chic affect!

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Sheila February 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Wow just loved the layout. I am going to try this but I am sure it won’t turn out as lovely as yours thanks for sharing.

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Eileen February 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I think I’d like to see a video of this technique, it looks intriguing!

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Kathy February 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Very pretty blend of media.

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Carol February 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Wonderful & what a fun idea!

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Carol February 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Great Look! Thanks for the idea!

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