One Stamp Set….Three Ways!

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Guest Designer for Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty

Happy Sunday, friends…and happy first day of September!  Today I’m standing in as a guest designer for the fabulous Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty.  Mary’s blog was one of the very first I started following when my creative journey started.  I’ve learned so many useful tips from her, and am always inspired by her wonderful use of Stampin’ Up papers, tools and ink.  It’s an incredible honor to be featured on her blog today.  So, before we take a look at today’s post on “Fabulous Shoes, Fabulous Friends” I’d like to say, “Thanks, Mary, for all that you’ve shared with me over the years.”

Fabulous Shoes…Fabulous Friends and One Stamp Used 3 Different Ways

I have a “thing” for shoes.  I think fabulous shoes make a woman feel extra special.  When Stampin’ Up released “Fabulous You” I simply had to have the stamp set.  I made one set of cards for a friend, and then put it back on my shelf.  Does this ever happen to you?  You buy a stamp set that just makes your heart go pitty pat, you use it once and then leave it to languish on your supply shelf. In keeping with Mary’s top 10 ways to keep your Mojo going, I’m adding #11: Pull out an old favorite and use it in at least three ways.  That’s the theme for today: one stamp set three ways! 

Fabulous You #1: Used as a Background

Mary Fish Guest Designer 01  For my first card, I decided to create my own background paper with this fabulous shoe. I created a 5″x6 1/2″ card base from Early Espresso cardstock and then added a slightly smaller layer of Crisp Cantaloupe.  I cut a panel of Crisp Cantaloupe from the In Color DSP and then randomly stamped my shoe all over that panel using Cajun Craze ink.  When I was done, I cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I used the reverse side of the DSP to create a fishtail banner.  I stamped the shoe on the polka dot side of the paper, heat embossed with clear powder and cut it out, matting it with a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe.  So, not only is the shoe the focal of the card, it is also the background.

Mary Fish Guest Designer 02 I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the shoe up off the label, added some ribbon and twine and the front of the card was complete.  I also decorated the inside of the card:  Mary Fish Guest Designer 04  Keeping with the theme, I used the sentiment from Million and one, stamped in Cajun Craze and heat embossed. 

Fabulous You #1 : Emboss Resist

Mary Fish Guest Designer 06  On this card, I used a panel of watercolor paper and simply stamped the shoe, butterfly and sentiment in Versamark .  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sponged my card base with Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Not Quite Navy Ink.  I spritzed the card with water to create a cool watery effect, and then went back in with stencils and Not Quite Navy ink to create the borders.  I used the pigment white ink to add the little circles.  Matted onto a 5×7 Not Quite Navy card base and adorned with a bit of silver thread, and this card is finished!

Mary Fish Guest Designer 08  The interior is adorned with a piece of DSP (Timeless Portrait) and stamped again with the Million & One sentiment because it is just perfect.

Mary Fish Guest Designer 05  I also created a matching envelope.

Fabulous You #3: Girly Grunge

Mary Fish Guest Designer 10  I love a girly card, but it’s also fun to go for “girly grunge” every once in a while.  For this variation, I used Brown Sugar Core-dinations paper to create my grungy background.  The paper was lightly spritzed with water and run through my machine with a texturz plate.  I heat dried the paper, then sanded the surface, which created this yummy grungy background.  The edges were stitched and heavily distressed to add to the  vibe.  I die cut and dry embossed a panel of Early Espresso cardstock, tapped it with Versamark and heat embossed with ancient gold embossing powder.

The shoe was stamped onto a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock in Early Espresso, then heat embossed and matted onto Early Espresso Cardstock.  I used a strip of the wonderful wide striped ribbon that I WISH Stampin’ Up would bring back…how about you?  I tied a strip of brown organza into a bow, added a shabby flower and some stick pins to complete the girly grunge look. 

Mary Fish Guest Designer 09  I also created a matching envelope for this card.

One Stamp Set Three Ways…or 4 or more…

While I was working on these creations, I began to think of other ways to use this fun, flirty stamp set.  It could be fun to try a deep embossing technique with it.  It could be interesting to paper piece the shoe.  It could be amazing to color it with markers….and so on and so on an so on….  Once you get your mind thinking about different ways to use the same stamp, the ideas just begin to flow.  How about you?  What was your favorite style:  Did you like the Flirty Background I created?  Or were you a fan of the emboss resist technique?  Were you like me, and totally into the Girly Grunge look?  Perhaps you had an idea for using this stamp set that I didn’t think of.  If so, I’d love for you to share it with me here.  If you would like to order any of the supplies used in these cards, please let me know.  I’d be more than happy to help you!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  And thanks again to Mary for giving me the opportunity to share my work with all of her followers.  I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me…your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



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11 thoughts on “One Stamp Set….Three Ways!

  1. CM

    Your composition of the chic and shabby for the shoe is just beautiful! I love the colors you chose and the textures compliment your artwork. Thanks for thinking outside the box and sharing your design with us.

  2. Jan F

    Kathy, Thanks for all the tips on ways to get a variety of styles using one stamp set. I like the card with the shoe as both background and focal pint the best.

    And “Congrats!” on being Mary Fish’s Guest Stamper. Great job!

  3. Anita Houston

    LOVE LOVE LOVE shoes! They don’t care if you gain a little weight or even loss it…they always still fit! These are gorgeous even on a! Love the stamp! All three cards are beautiful!

  4. Glenda

    You definitely showcased this set of stamps. It just goes to show you how little differences can change the whole card! I love all of these and would be hard pressed to choose a favorite! Well done dear friend!

  5. Betsy Z.

    Beautiful cards, Kathy! I loved seeing the interiors of the first two cards, too! The one from Mary’s blog, though, your 3rd card, is definitely my favorite! Betsy Z

  6. ncguygirl

    Love all 3 of these designs so much that it is hard to have a favorite. They’re all great! Girly grunge might be my top choice, though. Fun!

  7. Linda

    This is my first visit to your blog but won’t be my last! I love love love the girly grunge card. The colors, the distressing and well, just the grunge! How did you make that gorgeous flower?

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hi, Linda! Thanks for the sweet comment, and I’m so glad you found my blog! The flower is from May Arts Ribbon….it was just perfect for this card!

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