Let’s talk about how you can stretch your stamp sets by using them to make a variety of different cards. Often we get “stuck” using a stamp set in just one way but the beauty of sets is that there are a number of images and greetings that you can use in so many different ways!

Pick ONE Stamp Set to make some cards with then…

  • Stamp your favorite image multiple times and cut it out with different punch or die shapes
  • Try different color layers of card stock behind your main image
  • Add ribbon or other embellishments
  • Use with different patterns of paper as your background
  • Flip over your embossed card stock. One side has a raised pattern while the other side has a “debossed” pattern. Use both sides for different looks!
  • Change the direction of your card. If you’ve made 3 horizontal cards try making the next one vertical.

Let’s take a closer look at 4 cards made with the Every Good Wish stamp set

Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Red checked paper: 4″ x 5-1/4″
White Label: 2-1/2″ x 3-3/8″

First, I stamped “Be Merry” in red, then I pulled out my dies to find a shape that would fit nicely around it. The winner was a Lots of Labels die, however my main image was stamped too close to the edge of the card stock.

That’s what we call a “happy mistake” because it leads to creativity! I simply cut a straight edge down one side and taped my greeting to the right edge of my card front. To add the ribbon, poke a hole through the entire card front with your Paper-Piercing Tool and thread the ribbon through, wrapping it around half of the card front.

Real Red card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Quilt Top Folder
Whisper White Label: 2-1/2″ x 4-1/8″
Garden Green Label: 2-7/8″ x 4-3/4″

AFTER I cut my main image out with a label die then I stamped the two holly images so that they fit nicely. Add a label mat in another color and use dimensionals to pop it up.

Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Real Red: 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Quilt Top folder
Circle Size: 2-3/8″

Don’t stop with just one shape! For this third card I cut my main image out with a circle die. See how it coordinates with the embossed circles in the background?

To make the fat tinsel ribbon lay flatter on this card, lay one piece across the embossed card stock and tape the ends to the back. Then take another piece, tie it in a bow and use a glue dot to attach it to the card front.

Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Real Red: 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Holly Folder
Whisper White: 3″ x 4-1/4″

Finally, pick another image from the stamp set to use as your main image. While I often find that there are one or two stamps in a set that are my favorite, we need to give the other stamps a try as well!

Rectangles are a shape too. If you don’t have fancy paper punches or dies, we all have to start somewhere and the easiest shape to make is a rectangle with your paper cutter. Even when we do have all the fancy punches and dies a nice basic rectangle makes a quick and beautiful card.

Now it’s your turn. 

Grab ONE stamp set and make at least FOUR different cards with it. Let your creativity shine!

Handmade cards make a great gift so add envelopes, put them in a card box or simply tie them up with a bow.

Happy Stamping!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Every Good Wish stamp set and other products retiring from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog are only available while supplies last so grab them now while you still can. Shop Retiring Products

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