Hello, and happy February! I’m excited to be here today sharing some quick and easy shortcuts I often use to add stamping to my Documenter spreads. As you may know, I’m an avid card maker, and sometimes, that love of stamping finds its way into my pocket pages. It can be harder to incorporate stamped images into our albums more than stamped words and phrases, but Studio Calico has literally thought about everything and made the process much easier. Let me show you what I mean.
Almost every month, SC comes out with a stamp set or two whose images coordinate seamlessly with the images in the kits. For example, this month, images from the Floral stamp set designed by Life Love Paper show up on a number of the Documenter cards in the main kit. Having these stamps really allows me to stretch my kits quite a bit by creating new title cards and adding flow and consistency across a page.
I also love that I don’t have to stretch my creativity if I’m not feeling inspired. The Color Theory colors that were used for the kit are written right there on the kit card, and examples of how the stamps come together are all over the kit. All I have to do is pull out the right ink pads and recreate the images as they are presented. Of course, I can get creative and use the images in new ways, but I don’t have to. By doing this, I can create seamlessly stamped cards in the matching colors and tones that look like they were a part of the kit from the beginning.
For the spread you see here, I took the images from the lower left pocket and recreated them on the title card as well as on the far right “US” card. I was able to use the stamp set to tie this whole page together with the floral images in coordinating colors. And it’s a technique that anyone—even those new to stamping—can pull off easily.
I hope you’ll start incorporating some stamping into your Documenter spreads using these quick and easy shortcuts. Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you all create!
Happy crafting! –Carson