Hey everyone, it’s Elsie here! I love stamping so I’m excited to share this layout with you all today. The stamp set from Oh My Heart is so versatile as it’s great for planning, making lists and journalling, but it was so much fun to experiment with this page by creating some of my own patterned papers using the stamps. Let me show you how…
First off I used the stamps in the simplest way, just by using them with coloured ink. I picked colours which matched the Oh My Heart collection and randomly stamped them onto some white cardstock. This is a great way you can practice stamping if you’re not too experienced as there’s no pressure to get the stamps absolutely perfect! You’ll see in the video below I made quite a few mistakes, but I just embraced the imperfections as I do love that ‘handmade’ look.
I love using embossing powders, and if you haven’t got some in your stash I really recommend picking some up. I always feel like some sort of wizard when I can change an image from sprinkled with some ugly brown powder, into a beautiful shiny gold image. It’s really addictive to watch transform!
And voila, you’ve created your own specialty paper! I really wish I had a copper foil embossing powder to match the Oh My Heart collection (think I’m going to have to add it to my scrappy wish list), but I like the look of mixed ‘metals’ so I’m fine with the gold, copper and silver combo!
Another way I used the stamps to create my own specialty papers was by using a slow-drying coloured ink, like a pigment ink. This means that you can sprinkle some embossing powder over the stamped images, heat set it, and then you have a slightly slick or shimmery image (depending on what type of powder you use). I experimented with some holographic and black powders and I love the look of both, although only the black dotted paper made it to the layout.
Another way I incorporated stamping into my page, was by using the dot grid stamp to create some extra texture on my background. This is super subtle, but it really helps ground the cluster of cassette tapes. I chose some lavender ink which brought some more purple into the page because, in my opinion, you can never have enough purple on a page!
I love the cohesiveness my custom papers bring as the core of my cassette tapes. This meant that what ever colours I chose for the outside, all of the patterns and colours matched with each other! You could experiment by stamping over the patterned paper too, but I chose to use white cardstock just for the simplicity and ease of experimenting with the stamps!
Have a great week, friends!