Altered Stamps: Changing Shapes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Part of the appeal of stamps is how simple it is to alter their appearance. I’m big on changing things up, I often prefer to come up with new ways to use something but I also like to keep it simple. Let me show you two easy ways to create a different look for a shaped stamp!

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This cute “Hello” stamp with a speech bubble can be used as-is, but I don’t always want the speech bubble shape, so I’m going to transform it easily with a few quick cuts in my paper trimmer.

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Line up the image and cut off the edging and the speech bubble “tail” for a square image that’s ready to mount onto a card or scrapbook page. Add a color coordinated mat or just leave it plain.

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For a shaped image, you can stamp over a die-cut, cricut shape or punched shape.

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If your shape is light colored and your workspace is too, place a scrap piece of dark colored cardstock under the shape before stamping. This helps you see the edges of the image better and line everything up perfectly.

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I recommend a two-handed hold when placement is crucial, don’t use one hand like I’m doing here (unless you’re holding a camera with the other hand, then it’s okay).

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Don’t forget to use padding when stamping a bold stamp like this one. I’m using the foam sheet that comes in every Close to My Heart stamp set. The padding allows your stamp to make full contact with your paper, to avoid missing spots or uneven inking.

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Goodbye speech bubble shape, hello new shape!

Have you tried this technique before, or do you have any favorite ways to alter a stamp shape? Leave a comment and let me know!


Anita said...

What cool tips!

Tresa Black said...

Thank you Anita, I'm glad you enjoyed the ideas!

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