"Create a stamped border" is the challenge for this month's Scrapbook Stamping class by Nichol Magourik at Two Peas. Nichol's examples have been using a lot of word stamps. Most of my word stamps - well, all of them almost - are geared toward card greetings. Yet some like this one from Cloud 9 are great for a scrapbook page. In this case it is the perfect saying for friends who have relocated across country.
The real challenge was how to stamp the greeting in multiple colors across a border rather than in a group as is shown below on the acetate sheet. This stamp started out as one text stamp. After several tries with markers, masking, a little cursing and near tantrum throwing. I finally reached for the scissors and cut it up. I've done this before but very reluctantly. I was particularly uneasy this time because some of the script words overlapped the block print and I wanted them in two colors and markers just weren't taking on this type of clear stamp.
I was very pleased with the results! It still took a couple of tries to get a satisfactory stamp and have everything placed where I wanted but was sooo much easier!
Have you cut up a clear stamp before? I wouldn't recommend chopping up your favorite, irreplaceable stamp but you might give it a try the next time you want to get something in multiple colors and markers don't work. Or if you are going for a different arrangement than the stamped image intended. It is just one more way to make the very flexible stamp work for you.
More notes about this page:
The page is also for the Scrapbooker's Anonymous challenge to use stamps to create your own designer paper. The zebra paper is stamped in black ink, clear embossed on white cardstock. I'm not that much of an animal print person so I don't typically have animal print papers in my stash. Actually, do they make animal print papers? Probably, a little animal print can be a lot of fun in fabric so it would be in paper, too.
There are two stamped flowers on each end of the border, the stamped border and...
In honor of the kitty, I stamped a border around the top of paw prints to add a little more embellishment.
Thanks for visiting today!
Ingredients: Stamps: Cats by Inkadinkado; Birthday greetings by Cloud 9; Flowers by Autumn Leaves
Ink: black, Chesnut Roan, Amber Clay by Colorbox; Dusty Durango by Stampin' Up!
DSP: Creative Memories
Stickers: American Crafts and Basics collection by Basic Grey