How to get the best value from your stamp sets – Video Series ft Painted Rose by Concord & 9th, Day 4

How to get more value from your stamps

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Welcome to Day 4 of this seven part video series!  Yesterday we explored ways to get the best value from your stamp and die sets.  If you missed that video, you can check it out HERE.

All week I will be featuring the gorgeous Painted Rose stamp set by Concord & 9th, showing different techniques and ideas to get the most from this flexible stamp set (and matching die set). The only stamping I used in this project was black ink on white cardstock and you could use any of your lovely sentiments to create a crisp background like this.

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In today’s video I’m going to show you how I used Distress Ink dipping with the rose outline stamp to create a paper pieced fussy cut feature rose. I also took away the need for a neat matted sentiment by creating the background using a single sentiment stamp.

How to get more value from your stamps

LESSON 4 – When you can’t find quite the right background for your feature stamp, why not turn the background into a great big sentiment with repeat stamping to create an all-over design! You could create a stack of sentiment backgrounds for a variety of different occasions, add them to card bases, and create quick cards by pairing them with colourful die-cuts, stickers or stamped images that you coloured earlier. Sometimes I like to colour on the go, and this is the perfect way to use those images, because you don’t have to colour match them to anything!

The first thing I did was make a mess with Distress Inks and a spray bottle … my goodness that was fun! I will show you how layering up Distress Inks can create a fun background for your outline stamps (and how I put a little shimmer in it).

The second thing I did was to create a custom background using a single sentiment stamp from the Painted Rose stamp set. This was one of those times I said thank you to past Dawn for buying me a stamp positioning tool … it was really helpful to get the words lined up just so.

How to get more value from your stamps

I wanted to see how this looked in a landscape orientation with a different colour scheme, and I learned an important lesson whilst doing the sentiment background panel.  I’ll share that lesson in the video, and you can find photos and the materials list for the bonus card a little further down.


Stamps: Painted Rose, Concord & 9th
Dies: Painted Rose, Concord & 9th
White card base (A5, folded in half)
White cardstock A6
Ranger Archival Jet Black ink pad
Mini mister spray bottle with water
Perfect Pearls, Perfect Pearl
Stamp positioning tool (mini Misti)
Double sided tape, 3mm
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Ranger Glossy Accents
Nuvo Crystal Drops, Morning Dew
Aqua brush (filled with water)
Distress Inks
Leaves: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn
Rose: Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Candied Apple

How to get more value from your stamps

Distress Ink pads (mini or full size)
Leaves: Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage
Rose: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet

Now that you’ve caught up with my next tip for getting the most value from your stamps, it’s time for the movie!

Thanks so much for joining me for this video series … tune in tomorrow for another hot tip to help you get more bang for your buck from your cardmaking supplies.

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