Monday, March 30, 2015

Stretch Your Stamps

Good morning!  Today Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions asked me to do a Project of the Week and I call this Stretching Your Stamps.  There have been times I wanted to stamp on a banner, tag or die cut and the sentiment I had was too large. So..... I know this technique will take courage - but it's ok - you can do it.  I cut my stamps --- YIKES!!  I promise you, I heard no screaming from the stamps as I cut.

A couple of guidelines:
1.  Use small sharp scissors - save Tim Holtz scissors for other things
2.  The stamp cuts better if it does not have EZ Mount or other Mounting Backing
3.  Cut slowly, sometimes bending the stamp to see where best to cut
4.  Afterwards, I store them carefully together

Here is my first example.  I wanted to use the line in the first stamp, "It's Your birthday" and the second "Let's get together" on two separate banners.   On each example I put the stamp back together on my acrylic block and stamped them just to see if they looked ok.  Can you tell any difference?
Here is another example.  This was for a Valentine card, but my die cut only had room for a small sentiment and I chose "I Love You bunches".

 Here is another one.  I wanted to use only the first line of this Live Laugh Love background stamp for a center piece on a card.
This is my last example.  I have a lot of  tiny die cut tags and love attaching them to cards.  Here I used the word "friend" on the sentiment stamp called Thank you for being a friend.
Now when I buy stamps I often look for words within the stamp that might be used.  I hope you give this a try.  Thanks for looking at my project! Have a happy stamping day!

1 comment:

Kathy S said...

Great Tutorial Joy - I often do "stamp surgery" on my stamps. Get so many new options that way!


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