Cutaway Stamped Card

Cutaway-Thank-You-Card

(Thank You: Posh Impressions)

In last Friday’s post about turning a line stamp into a silhouette stamp, I mentioned that the method I used created a flipped image (because the final silhouette uses the back of the stamped image rather than the front.) This of course means that words would wind up reversed.

This morning I got to thinking about working with word stamps and thought I’d try cutting away the stamped text to create a cut-out background instead. In this case, I’m not really turning a line stamp into a silhouette because my text stamp had simple thick solid lines, but I liked the way it turned out. As Robyn pointed out in the comments on my Friday post, if you have a digital cutter, you could use that to cut out a stamp to create this result much more quickly. But if, like me, you don’t have one of these electronic cutters, then a sharp craft knife and a cutting mat will do the trick.

 

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Turn a Line Stamp Into a Silhouette Stamp

(Tulip: PSX line stamp; Text: Verses Rubber Stamps)

Lately, I keep having these weird urges to use my stamps in ways other than they are designed. Hey, call me a rebel! This time around, I took a line stamp and turned it into a silhouette shape.

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1 Solid Stamp + 1 Line Stamp = 3rd Stamp Design!

Solid Plus Patterned Stamp

(Heart: Rubber Tree Stamps, Sun: Stamp Francisco, Bare Trees – Magneta)

Solid shapes are fairly common stamp designs. Their broad areas of rubber invite all kinds of interesting coloring opportunities. But one of the things that is so cool about solid stamps is that you can combine them with line stamps to create an almost endless number of new stamp impressions.

Solid Heart Stamps

(Hearts: Left: Rubber Tree Stamps; Middle & Right: ZimPrints, Lace Pattern: SonLight Impressions, Rose: Kristal Clear Impressions)

These three heart stamps are fairly typical solid stamps. They are all basically a broad smooth expanse of rubber cut into a heart shape. Two have a cutout detail, but mostly it is solid rubber. Ink one up with an inkpad, paint or watercolor markers and you get a solid heart image in one or more colors. But look what happens when you combine it with a line stamp!

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