A Simple Heart Stamp Five Ways

Rubber Stamp Plantation heart stamp

(Heart: Rubber Tree Stamps)

I’ll bet somewhere in your stamping stash, you’ve got a heart stamp. These popular designs are happily found in stores (both online and off), especially this time of year. And if you don’t have one, they are also easy to create using an eraser and linoleum cutters (or even craft foam for that matter!) Want some ways to use them beyond simply stamping them once as a central image on a card?

In my January 31st post, I looked at seven ways to use a cedar branch rubber stamp design. Let’s do something similar using a heart. This particular heart is a solid design from Rubber Tree Stamps, but solid heart stamps from lots of different stamp companies can be used very similarly. And if you have a heart stamp that is patterned rather than solid, give it a try too!

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One Stamp Seven Ways . . . plus Stamp Surgery

Magenta Cedar Branch Stamp

Some stamps are pretty much designed to be used in one way . . . but do you have to confine yourself to its intended purpose? When you are choosing stamps, or even later when you get your new acquisition home, take the time to really explore its uses. You may be surprised at how many ways you can use it.

I purchased this Magenta stamp a few days ago. The stamp’s price sticker labels it as “Cedar Branch.” I blogged about using it to create the look of “frost” on a stamped window in my January 30th post. Obviously, the stamp was designed to represent a tree branch, but let’s look at seven different ways that we might use this deceptively simple image.

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Stamping Like Jack Frost

Jack Frost Window

(Window – Stampington & Co., Tree – 100 Proof Press, Text – computer generated)

This very cold winter morning I discovered frost on one of my kitchen windows. We don’t usually get frost inside but I cooked a big steamy pot of soup for dinner last night and got condensation on the inside of the window. Then it got down to three degrees last night (hence the soup) and so Jack Frost came to call. So this afternoon I was inspired to make a card showing frost on a window. This simple card took me all afternoon to get right, but I kept fiddling with it until I got it the way I envisioned it.

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