National Stamping Month: Using Small Stamps in BIG Places

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As part of our National Stamping Month celebration, we have two exclusive stamp sets that are only available through the end of the month, the My Acrylix® A Dash of Joy and My Acrylix® Giving Thanks. Both have over 30 individual stamps each. They are super cute, on trend, and just right for the upcoming fall and Christmas seasons. You may have noticed that most of the individual stamps within each set are also really small.

To get us all thinking outside of a one-inch square that most of these loveable little icons and sentiments were designed to fit into, we have a few simple ideas that showcase just how versatile a small stamp can be by also effectively being used in much bigger spaces.

First, let’s talk about backgrounds. This one seems to be a pretty common idea that we tend to easily forget. Take a look at how we used our small stamps to create the following three pieces of artwork:

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On this Christmas page, we created subtle tone-on-tone patterns on the photo mats and all three colors of the background cardstock. (In this example, we paired the Mink stamp pad with French Vanilla cardstock, the Peach stamp pad with Peach cardstock, the Pewter stamp pad with Pewter cardstock, and the Green Apple stamp pad with Green Apple cardstock.)

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On this So Thankful page we wanted to create a partial background. You can do this with sentiments, like we did here, or with clusters of small icons down the center, off-center, down one side of the page, or even just in a corner.

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This card is an example of how to use small sentiments to create a full background. Turn the sentiment at an angle and stamp it over and over again until your background is completely covered. The trick is to start by stamping partially off your base to achieve the cutoff look.

Another way to use small icons in large spaces is in borders.

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Combining three of the leaf stamps from the Giving Thanks set with two green stamp pads we were able to create this beautiful fall scene for the memories on this page.

This last idea, one of our favorites that really gets you thinking outside the norm, is to create your own shapes out of smaller ones.

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The gorgeous wreath on this page was created using several of the small stamps from the A Dash of Joy set and nothing else.

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We kept it simple by making a circle to illustrate the idea, but the truth is you can create many other shapes and designs using small stamps—a tree, a snowman, a pumpkin, a star, a house—whatever you dare try.

With the right combination of stamps and inks, the possibilities are endless.

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We really do love these little sentiments and icons and want everyone to have a chance to create with them, too. In the next 24 hours, we will be giving away 5 Share the Seasons Stamp Set Bundles, which include one My Acrylix® A Dash of Joy stamp set and one My Acrylix® Giving Thanks stamp set. If you want to be entered in the drawing, make sure you are subscribed to this blog and leave us a comment below sharing with us how you use small stamps in big ways. Winners will be chosen by 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 18, MST) and will be notified via email, so keep your eyes on your inboxes friends!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

***THIS DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! <3 *** 

 


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Dash of Cheer Page
CC9191 My Acrylix® A Dash of Joy Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6031 Green Apple Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3563 Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3554 Pink Taffeta Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3562 Silver Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.01)

12″ x 12″ So Thankful Page
CC9192 My Acrylix® Giving Thanks Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6033 Paprika Cardstock, X9007 Min-in Paper Packet, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8000 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pigment Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.01)

4¼” x 5½” Grateful for You Card (Horizontal)
CC9192 My Acrylix® Giving Thanks Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4221 Mink Twine, Z4242 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

6″ x 8″ Grateful Page
CC9192 My Acrylix® Giving Thanks Stamp Set, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3569 Sangria Ribbon, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.01)

12″ x 12″ Merry Christmas Page
CC9191 My Acrylix® A Dash of Joy Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6512 Evergreen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z3557 Cool Mint Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Medium Flat Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, 1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-thin Dots, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.1)

 

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110 thoughts on “National Stamping Month: Using Small Stamps in BIG Places

  1. I love to make cards and using small stamps will give more design opportunities. And your ideas for scrapbook pages are so creative and so also enhance scrapbooking opportunities.

  2. I love using small stamps when making gift tags, candy wrappers, treat bag toppers, and place cards. These two stamp sets look wonderful! Also love the other ideas for using them.

  3. I like to use small stamps to create wreaths for different occasions as card fronts. Loving all the new ideas and will have to start incorporating those as well.

  4. I love using small stamps randomly stamped as a background for cards & now after seeing your scrapbook pages. I will try that too!

  5. I love small stamps! Borders on cards or layouts, icons on gift tags, or clustered to add interest, there is no limit to where I use them!

  6. Small stamps make a big impact when they are used on a card front that has been left plain – with just one image and a sentiment to convey your message. (They also make a cute addition to the inside of a card when stamped there along with the message. I have used a small extra image to cover up a boo-boo ink smudge!

  7. I use these mini stamps for background and for additional sentiments on cards and scrapbook pages, but mini stamps on the wreath shown here just blew me away. Can’t wait to give it a try myself!

  8. I like to use small stamps to make inchies and then use 4-6 on a card front. I also use them to make borders by repeating the same stamp over and over. I use them for gift tags and 3×3 cards. I will have to try the wreath idea you showed, it’s so clever! Thank you for the chance to win these wonderful stamps.

  9. My favorite way to use the small stamps is to random stamp the paper to make my own b&t paper. Always fun to do and you can match any color combination.

  10. I love the versatility of smaller stamps in that you can fill things with them. You can fill the background for a scrapbook spread, use them on a solid stamp to create a different look and I use them a lot with all my paperdolls. My most recent thing is decorating the clothing and cowboy boots used on my holiday cards.

  11. I love small stamps!! I’ve used them on tags, as well as on the handmade labels that I make for the bags of homemade cocoa I sell at our county craft fair… 🙂

  12. I love being notified about your new ideas, as I live a long way away from where you are. Little stamps are great for making toppers for cards, especially when you group them together down the side of a card and multi mat them, to make them POP!

  13. I use small stamps to accent a card sentiment, fill in too much white space, and on little candy treats. This is such a great set. My daughter is in love with the fox, and so am I!

  14. They are great on small 3×3 cards. I also love that I can personalize the inside of my cards by putting a little icon on the lower corner. Making homemade embellishments would be so fun with these. I love them. Thank you for the chance from 🇨🇦

  15. To be honest, I am lost when it comes to using stamps small smaller than a 2×2 block and so I try to avoid them when I can 😪 I don’t usually go out of my way (or comfort zone) to buy them. Yet, I absolutely love the artwork I often see, including the ones shown here. Thanks for the great tips and encouragement to play a bit and just have fun doing it 💝

  16. Love the smaller stamps! They help fill that little space that ” just needs something”! My grandaughter loves using them as they are easier for her small hands to handle.

  17. Wow as always Close to my heart love love those smaller stamps for all my cards they are absolutely awesome so many ideas for them cards scrapbooking good luck to everyone on winning one and of course thank you so much Close to my heart for the opportunity to win one

  18. Delightful creations with these small stamps! I use small images for backgrounds, but your post inspires me to try some different things with them! I absolutely love the images in the awesome sets you’re featuring! Fingers crossed!

  19. Little stamps are fun to use for backgrounds and clusters of images on cards and scrapbook pages. Love the wreath layout! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win!

  20. I used small stamps to change the look of a plain mat from a photo that I was framing. First I sponged the mat to make it a better color and then gave it texture with small stamps in the same color and one in the same family but a bit darker.

  21. I haven’t used small stamps very much lately, but they were my favorites for random stamping in the past. Since I am mainly a scrapbooker, I really like the examples you shared here for scrapbook pages. Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. I hope to be making 50 Christmas Cards for my 88 year old Aunt for her to send out this year! She will be experiencing her first “warm” Christmas, as she will be staying with her son in Florida! I can think of many ways to use these small stamps to make her cards!

  23. would use the same idea(inspiration) of the layout with a wreath, but making the wreath for a card it would be so awesome adding some glitter and sequins!!!

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