Friday, April 6, 2012

Stamping in Layers

Stamps comprise a large part of my paper-crafting stash, especially since my passion for this hobby began with stamping and grew from there.

Often, I find myself wanting to incorporate more stamping into my scrapbook pages. I even posted a comment on a CHA video, suggesting that Ali Edwards teach a class on the subject, since she designs stamps for Technique Tuesday and uses those in her own scrapbooking.

Awhile back, I signed up for the subscription to Noelle Hyman's scrapbooking tutorial videos at Paperclipping (finally becoming a non-schmo!), and she recently did a video on layered stamping. (You can get all the details on joining up and seeing all of Noelle's videos right here.) I was so inspired by watching her play with her stamps and ink, I had to try layering with stamps myself.

Here is my end result:

(Supplies: Ink by Tim Holtz Distress. Stamps by Close to My Heart, Hero Arts, and Stampin' Up! White card stock by The Paper Company. Light green card stock by Stampin' Up! Letter stickers by American Crafts. Buttons by Crate Paper and Belle Buttons. Pearls by Doodlebug. Glitter by Stickles. Shimmer mist by Mister Hueys for American Crafts.)

I started with blank card stock and the idea of a pleasantly overgrown garden, choosing stamps I thought would contribute to that theme. My first layers were two background stamps, followed by a swirl stamp, then foliage, flowers, butterflies, more flowers stamped with paint, and finally another background stamp on top.

When all the stamping was dry, I trimmed and adhered the photos, writing the journaling directly on the "white space" of the larger photo. Deciding that the design needed a bit of anchoring, I trimmed the green card stock and adhered it to a piece of white card stock.

White flowers with buttons and pearls in coordinating colors, along with white letter stickers for my title and some glitter, were my finishing touches. As the last step, I painted the flowers with shimmer, and called it all done.

Here are a couple detail shots:

Thanks to Noelle at Paperclipping for her inspiration. I love this layout, and when I showed my Mom, she said she loves it, too. I will definitely be looking for more opportunities to use my stamps on scrapbook pages because this was a lot of fun to create.


  1. Oh my goodness Mel, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job with the stamping!

    By the way, you should check out Nichol Magouirk for inspiration about stamping more in your scrapbooking. She did an entire series of videos about it last year that's awesome! Here's a link if you're interested...

    I love watching her create. :)
    - April

  2. Beautifully touching page Mel. Your journaling is so poignant and the stamping is phenomenal!