Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Alphabet Stamps



Do you have alphabet stamps?  If so, for what projects do you use them?  I'm really curious what everyone does because I am challenged to find uses for mine.

For a long time I resisted the urge to buy large alphabet stamps.  They were kind of expensive and I didn't think I would use them much.  When I first took up stamping, I typically printed my scrapbook titles for my pages.  Eventually I discovered Thickers and bought a Cricut as well.  But somewhere along the way a couple of sets of alpha stamps found their way into my collection. I still have the hardest time using them.  (Should have gone with my first instinct.) 

I have a card class coming up soon and I thought we might use this set of alpha stamps since we haven't done that before.  I did these two cards. I don't think either is going to work.  I'm not that crazy about the baby card and that is a pretty specific use card.  The other one is to be a back-to-school card. While I really like it, there is a lot of stamping.  So we may do this or I may try to work out something else.  I like for everyone to learn new things and also to have fun.  It is easy for me to create cards that just take too long to make in a group setting with everyone sharing supplies.  It is hard to chat when you are pushing to get something done.



For this second card, I stamped the twill tape as well and then just punch a couple of leaves to go with the fall theme.  For the background, I lined up all the alphas on a large clear block and used markers to color them.  Then I went over the stamped image with a canvas background stamp and distressed the edges.  Yeah, a lot of inks!

Anyway, if you have an idea for alpha stamps, please leave me a comment.  I have 3 sets of large alphas like these and several sets of very small ones.  They are lonely and need to be put to good use.

Thanks!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Fun Alphabet by Inkadinkado; Cherry Hill by October Afternoon
DSP on Girl card:  Stampin' Up!; October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricut

6 comments:

  1. I do have several sets of alphabet stamps that I hardly ever use. Lovely to see your examples, very inspiring!

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  2. I'd also love to know what people use them for... I won a set of alpha stamps (small stamps with a solid block and the letter cut out of that - rather than the letters themselves being the raised bit) waaaay back near when I started to scrapbook with others... I don't think I've ever once used them...

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  3. Wow! These cards are fabulous!!! Love the idea using the alphas.

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  4. Two wonderful cards using your alphabet stamps. Very creative!

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  5. I actually like your baby girl card.
    I have a couple sets of large alphabet stamps and I dont' think I have used them.
    Love how you used them though, I am going to have to try this.

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  6. I love how you used your alphabet stamps! I think your cards are great! I have one set of big stamps that I have only ever used for monograms (very seldom) and I had a set of smaller wooden ones I sold at a yard sale. I also have a tiny set of foam ones I have done initials with.

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