Monday, July 6, 2015

Letter Stamping Galore

Today I have two pages from my Traveler's Notebook art journal insert. I'm taking yet another class (I know, I know) on the fun topic of using your alphabet stamps.


I'd shared this first spread on Instagram, but hadn't shared it here yet. At the beginning of the year I had selected the word, more, to be the word I would focus on for 2015, but had decided not to do a monthly project like I did last year. It's always in the back of my mind and putting it onto paper as we're half way through the year seemed like the perfect way to get some letter stamping practice in.

I applied clear gesso to the pages and then started stamping various words that I want to be sure I do more of, now and in the future. Since there was gesso on my pages, the dye inks didn't absorb into the paper quickly and so I had to be careful not to smudge the ink until it had a chance to dry.

As my pages were coming together, I knew that I wanted to add strips of text to some of the words. Using the free font, Impact Label Reversed, I typed my text, cut it into strips, and then adhered them. My last touches were to use Distress Markers and Dylusions Ink to create a watercolor effect and add ink droplets.


For my next page, one of the class assignments was to use 3 more more alphabet stamps on your project. Since my work area was small, I decided to use one set as an embellishment and then two other alphabets to stamp my title.

The yellow scallops around the bottom left corner were made using the letter U and then I put to use my new Alpha Tabs from Sweet Stamp Shop and an older stamp set that has outline and solid letters.

I gathered an assortment of items and the layering just kind of fell into place. There's a SC Project Life card, die cuts from Shimelle {True Stories} and a tab I made with my Cricut Explore. Machine stitching and ink drops finished it off. My journaling will be on the left side which is why I carried the ink droplets onto that page.

Do you like stamping with alphabet stamps or would you rather use stickers or an electronic die cutting machine?

12 comments:

  1. Those are some great pages and I am thinking I could benefit from a class like that. I actually purged my alpha stamps from my stamp drawers because I never use them.

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    1. The class is open for registration through the end of the month over at Studio Calico in case you're interested. I've got another alpha stamp set coming Wednesday. ;)

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  2. Oh I really like those alpha tab stamps and what you did with them. I'd really wanted to take that class. Your art journal page made me smile, thanks for sharing it. Michelle t

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Registration is still open for the class through the end of the month. :)

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  3. I love them, especially the second one!

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  4. These are fabulous pages, Elise! Loving all of the words, along with the comments, on the first set. So cute that your kitty got in on the action too. :) I'm a wee bit nervous about stamping, always afraid I'm going to mess up a finished project. I have to get over the fear because I now have a product stamp that I used on the back of the cards for my shop. LOL!

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  5. Orange and yellow is one of my favorite colour combos! Great job!

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  6. I love how you used your word stamps. wonderful pages x

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  7. Love these pages Elise. And your photobombing cat!

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  8. I love these Elise! Great tip using the gesso and thank you so much for the font recommendation. Love your kitty there...is that Biscuit?!
    Debra www.ourlifeincolor.com

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    1. Thanks, Debra, I love fonts and am happy to share the ones I've found! Yup, that was Biscuit "helping" and of course Pound Cake showed up shortly after to lend a paw as well. >.<

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  9. I love all of the text on your first page.
    I also like the works that you chose, and the typed parts :)
    I equally like your second page. I like that you use the letter "U" as a border or an embellishment.
    I rarely stamp with individual letters, more so whole word stamps or phrases.
    You just love to be a student don't you…good for you :)

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!