Back in June I set myself the challenge of doing three creative stamping layouts. After finishing two projects I ran out of steam and it's only now, with some free time on my hands, I'm completing the final one. Must say I'm quite proud of myself for using nine different Citrus Twist stamps on this page. Granted they are stars, arrows and word phrases but a novice stamper has to start somewhere right ?
I limit my photo block to a quarter of the page in order to give myself lots of room for stamping. Together with the title, this cluster of arrows and phrases form the base of a visual triangle leading the eye up to a series of stars. They don't seem that integrated with the photo block initially until I hit upon the idea of sprinkling some paint spots over the stamping. This works like a charm, really anchoring the stamping onto the page.
Ideas and motifs that I enjoy working with will inevitably reappear. The circles die-cut background on my previous Lavender Notes layout is reincarnated here in the form of a Wycinanka linked-circles chipboard peeping out beneath the photo.
I'm glad this self-imposed challenge is finally completed. Over the course of creating these pages, I've become more confident stamping and throwing ink on paper. There's a ways to go before I can attempt really artsy, free-flowing type designs but these are baby steps in that direction. In the mean time, I'm satisfied with how these techniques have added an element of whimsy to my normally structured design style.
In the mean time I've been looking around at the stamp offerings by different manufacturers. If I do some juggling there might just be enough in my scrappy budget to buy my first few stamps. Until then I'll be sketching stamping ideas in my design journal.
Supplies : Studio Calico (Take Note Flair, Abroad Boarding Pass, Wonderland Tree Farm), Crate Paper Random Graphic, MLSB Lovely Day Easy Breezy, Wycinanka Circles Chipboard, Simple Stories Life Documented Alpha Stickers, Maya Road Transparent Ticket Strip White, Teresa Collins Ty's Star, Webster's Pages Sweet Notes Noteworthy, Echo Park This & That Charming Journaling Card, Citrus Twist Stamps, vellum