Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Shared Stamping

Welcome to my post for the CKCB Master Forgers' Blog Hop - you may have joined me from Kim, or just happened by - in which case, feel free to catch up with previous hops by starting at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  This month's hopping is sponsored by one of the Master Forgers, Sherri, and her Etsy Shop selling Ippity Stamps.

I've just returned from the most brilliant weekend away: scrapping with friends old and brand new!!  My UKScrappers team is part of a "house" and a bunch of the girls from our "house" teams got together for a meet up near Birmingham.  A few of us had done classes & challenges to share and the weekend was packed full with creativity, chat and chocolate ... plus 3 meals a day with NO washing up to do!  Heaven!!!!


One of the classes was given by my good friend Claire K.  I knew in advance that it would be perfect for this post as she was sharing a stamping technique which is surprisingly quick and easy to do and creates a really effective decorative frame for your page!  I saved some of my September Counterfeit Kit especially for this and, with Claire's permission, I took photos of my page as the class progressed so that I could share with you.
  1. Choose a decorative CLEAR stamp, ink, a photo and base card or lightly patterned paper.
  2. Decide what shape you want your stamped frame to be: circular, square, oval ... or something else entirely??? Cut the shape from scrap paper (I used the back of some unloved old stash but others used the inserts from page protectors). 

    I've used Kaisercraft Christmas Bauble stamps from their Silly Season line
    It's worth practising the next steps on some scrap paper before you try it on your decent stash ... or have a go on the back of your page first!
  3. Lay your scrap paper shape into position and keep it there with repositionable glue/sticky tak/paper clips/magnetic posts/paperweights/a third hand.
  4. The stamping around the shape will almost certainly leave a gap or an overlap, so work out where you can conceal this with an embellishment cluster, title letters or a journalling block.  Start stamping from this point, around the edge of the scrap paper shape - with part of the stamped image on the scrap paper and part on your background paper or card.

  5. I lined up the centre of the bauble along the edge of the circle with adjacent images just about touching. 
    It didn't always work exactly, but nobody but me will really care!
  6. Remove the scrap paper shape to reveal a crisp outline frame.

    Gold Stazon (lent by Claire) was really effective on my cardstock
  7. You can now use the paper shape as a template to cut patterned paper to fill the centre of the frame if you wish.  (I decide to mix it up and just use a partially curved strip of paper across the bottom of my circle)
  8. Place photo, title, embellishments journalling blocks etc onto your page, not forgetting to conceal that gap/overlap in the stamped frame.
Claire suggested using ric-rac/ribbon to outline the frame shape for added definition (or if your stamping has been less than perfect).  Mine was good enough for me, but with 20/20 hindsight I did wish that my join had been a little higher up the page.  I had to make quite a large embellishment to cover it up yet leave the page balanced.

As you can see I got carried away with another bauble stamp on my background and also used it to help make layered petals for my "flower".  I toned down the Quickutz Blossom die-cut title lettering by overstamping with an Artemio dotted circle stamp.


Many, many thanks to Claire for a great technique (and allowing me to share it today) and a special thank you to a class-mate, Karelyn, who lent me her circle-cutting system for my photo mats.  Aren't scrappers just the best, most generous people?!?!?!

The keen eyed amongst you may notice that I have supplemented my September Counterfeit Kit supplies with red cardstock and fancy ribbon ... but those pearls were in my kit, honest!  I just attacked them with a red Sharpie pen!

Oh and I have one more stamping thing to share with you before you hop over to Margie for more stamping surprises ... a free e-zine of The Best of 2010 from Craft Stamper - a seriously lovely UK stamping magazine.  Hurry though, as you only have until October 1st to download it!

ETA: Challenge combining as ever .... this is loosely based on Kaisercraft September Sketch #3, ties in with A Trip Down Memory Lane's "D" for Daughter and fits in with Scrapbookers Anonymous' stamping challenge - how many birds have I killed with this page? :P

28 comments:

Ali said...

What a great class, and you've made a fabulous LO, such rich colours and embellishments - coveting your bauble stamps, and love how you stamped on the title.

Mary B said...

ah ha now I know and it is a stunning page and I loved watching it grow. your stamping is superb.

Helen said...

Jemma, this is a great tutorial and you've made a lovely page! I'd never of thought to do this framing! Thanks for the mag info too :)

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

gorgeous layout, fabulous technique.

Emily said...

This is a wonderful technique and I can't wait to try it out! I love the metallic on kraft - this is just a super elegant page.

Sherri Thompson said...

Gorgeous, Jemma! I have never seen this technique before-thank ou so much for sharing! What a great way to stretch your xmas stamps, too-they're beautiful!

Lizzie said...

Fab, fab and FAB! I love this technique - I used something very similar to make my own page border; got my idea here - http://simplyalexa.typepad.com/trimmingthesails/2011/02/woyw-wednesday-16-february.html and made my own version here - http://lizziemade.blogspot.com/2011/02/peacocks-posies-cards-and-cats.html
Happy Tuesday!

PS. No idea why I didn't have your blog on my "Follow List" - I have been here sometimes and certainly "see you around" on other blog comments.. sorry about that - I have now "Followed" your blog too! x

Margie said...

oh, great technique and lovely page!! I want to try that now!!

Sian said...

I love the look of this technique Jemma - I really should force myself to get the stamps out and give it a go. Not sure I could achieve results like this, mind you!

Bethany said...

What an amazing technique! It came out so beautifully on your layout! Love the bits of red, too. :)

Melissa said...

What a wonderful stamping technique - it creates a lovely frame on your layout. I just might have to give this a try.

S said...

What a great technique - I'll be trying this one soon. Lovely layout as a result - too!

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

Thanks for showing this technique - this is another one where I want to run right home and try it right now! Your page looks great.

Tara O said...

This is gorgeous!! Love the technique!

Lisa said...

oh wow! that is a really stunning layout - such a fab technique! I'll be trying this one out for sure. Can't believe you were near Brum this weekend - I was there too visiting family! Small world!

scrappymo! said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the metallic on the kraft paper!

I can't wait to try this technique. You made it seem so easy to do as your instructions and photos are so clear.

I am always amazed at how you manage to fill the requirements of several challenges...you for you.

Lisa said...

hi again - just popping back in response to your comment on my LOAD blog hop - it would be so great to see you over at Scrap Happy to do the LOAD! And of course challenge combining is allowed!!! lots of us do several challenges at the same time - i'll be doing CKC and my whimsical musings as well as LOAD. You coming? :-)

Alison said...

Great tutorial Jemma..must try it..TFS!
Alison xx

Donna said...

That technique looks really good on the kraft paper.

nomorelittlemonkeys said...

Jemma, this is a gorgeous technique!! I am just discovering masking with stamps, and I'm in love! Your page is stunning!

DeeDee said...

Great work! much easier than some of the other ways I've been making "areas" for scrapping on my pages!

Lea said...

WOW!!! How awesome is that stamping! Great take on Deb's mini challenge! Thanks for joining in the fun at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!

scrappingmom73 said...

I love this stamping technique!! It looks so cool. So glad you played along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!
Lydia

Angelfish said...

What a great technique. I love the combination of gold or white with kraft it looks so stylish.

Theresa said...

This is simply amazing. That is a great technique and how you made the circle is awesome. And keeping the photo a circle is perfect. i wanna scrap lift this.. seriously wonderful...
thanks so much for playing along with us and celebrating our birthday month at Scrapbookers Anonymous. =)

debs14 said...

I absolutely love that layout, the method of stamping over the circle in the centre just looks so pretty (must add Gold Stazon to my shopping list)

Lisa-Jane said...

This is wonderful! It gives it an almost ethnic feel like a henna tattoo for an Indian wedding.

Missus Wookie said...

Oh I remember learning this technique from someone.... hmm don't think I want to confess how long ago. Clear stamps weren't around much so we did a paper copy to measure out and then stamped before erasing the pencil marks :lol: I like doing it as a partial frame. Really must get my stamps out a bit more often, have enough of them.

My team on UKS used to be in the green buttons before we gave up and disbanded how fun to actually meet some others!