Friday, August 25, 2017

With One Stamp: Painted Harvest

When I first started stamping, I didn't have very many supplies. I would work and re-work the stamp images I had, using them for backgrounds, design elements, etc, mostly in ways that the stamp wasn't really intended to be used. I'm not talking about word stamps necessarily, although there are MANY uses for random word stamps. Once I had my interesting design, I would find a word stamp that worked with the design. This makes for a great way to stretch your stamps and get your creative juices flowing. I am planning on making this a regular feature on my blog. All products Stampin' Up!

Today, I'm going to show you three ways I used the largest flower stamp from the new Painted Harvest set, available in the new holiday catalog on September 1st. The top layer of each card is watercolor paper. 

For the card above, each image was stamped three times on top of each other to deepen the color. I used Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay inks. Then I spritzed it with water and let gravity do its job. I thought the sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set worked perfectly for this. Sometimes the design "tells" you which words you need!

For the card above, I only used Bermuda Bay. I stamped it repeatedly using, first, second and third generation image stamping. (sometimes called "smack down technique") Basically, you are stamping the image three times before inking it up again. I love the way the color kind of feathers out. The sentiment is from Painted Harvest. I added a tiny bit of bling to this card. 

For the above card, I randomly stamped the image all over the background, not really paying any attention to placement. I stamped it until I had the color I wanted and then spritzed it with water at the top of the page and once again, letting gravity do its job. I used Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist inks. The sentiment is from Painted Harvest. 

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Artfully Yours,


  1. Absolutely stunning way to stretch a stamp! I love them all and am definitely going to case these as they are gorgeous and you could really stamp quite a few cards in a small amount of time. Love these!

  2. Beautiful cards, I am going to try this technique.

  3. Kim this is such a great article, it's something I tell my customers and downline all the time. You simply don't need to have every set in the cattie, you simply have to use what you do have. These cards are amazing and although I've been trying hard not to buy the Painted Harvest your thinking out of the box usages of these stamps is giving a strong tug in that direction. Simply beautiful and appreciated.

    1. You NEED the Painted Harvest set! It's wonderful. (and thank you!)

  4. I love all your cards and the different way you used this stamp set. It's on my to buy list.

  5. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this technique! Can't wait to try!

  6. Kim, I had reached a point where I'd decided enough is enough. I need to use just what I have from now on, as honestly, I have some stamps I haven't even used. But after seeing your post I may have to purchase the Painted Harvest stamp set. What you have done with it blows me away! I just love watercolour & each of your cards are stunning! You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  7. I love your cards. I have Painted Harvest & I'm going to give your method a try! Thank you.


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