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Stretch Your Stamps – Flower Bouquet Vases

Are you looking for ways to stretch your stamps? Sandy Allnock is on the blog today with some really ingenious ways to look at your stamps in a whole new way!

Hello there! It’s Sandy Allnock and I’m excited to be back for one more visit here on the Ellen Hutson blog in 2019! (Can you believe it’s almost 2020 already? I’m old enough to remember when we were suprised by 2000!)
In today’s project, I wanted to share a little about stretching your stamps – looking at the images you already have in your stamp collection that you can use for completely different cards.If you followed along with my 12 tags of Christmas this year, I did a little of that and got so many happy faces that I figured I’d do a different take – and create flower vases out of unexpected stamps!

I started by looking through a bunch of stamp sets and looking for stamps with generally vase-shaped parts to them – since I would be using my set of Tombow markers to do the “inking,” I knew I could be selective in which lines got stamped, so I had a lot of freedom in choosing. Check it out in the video!

The Flower and Foliage sets from Art Impressions are the basis for lots of the flowers I use when creating these – lots of options for types and sizes of flowers. I used the block set from AI as well; the small blocks are much more helpful in using these tiny stamps than big blocks are.

The first vase uses upside down lightbulbs – who’d a thunk?? They make appropriate-sized vases for the AI flowers…

I remembered the Handful set – and tried adding a bouquet of wildflowers into each hand….

And the BIG vases are the rocketship from Space Out and submarine from Subbing In! Just be selective in which lines the ink is added to and you’ve got some nice big vases!

Interested in more about these stamps? I’ve made lots of videos with them, but this one is a Facebook Live video from a few weeks ago – it’s reallly long! 

I also have classes on using the Art Impressions stamp sets that you can try out. Just going to warn you….making bouquets is going to become addictive!

I hope you all have a merry Christmas – and I’ll be back in the new year with more creativity!


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  • Reply On My Desk or In My Heart December 31, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Crazy creative!

  • Reply Irene January 12, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Ellen Hutson and team –
    Thank you for these great emails and tutorials. I really like the water color one using different stamps for vases. Thanks Sandy Allnock!!! Your tutorial is very helpful and fun. Also, as a woman of color, I appreciate it when Sandy’s art works shows different skin tones. Thank you for acknowledging that the world is made up of all shades of people!

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