Happy New Year crafty friends!
Today I have created a layout using many Ink Road Stamps, but featuring the Block Party Alpha Outline (and Outline Extra). You will see why I use the outline extra in a second.
- To begin the layout I cut a piece of white card stock to 7.5″ x 10″. I knew I wanted to create my own background for this layout.
- Next I grabbed my Misti stamp positioning tool. This could be done without one, but it made it a LOT easier and quicker to use it. Even though my paper was too big for my Misti, I let it hang out of the Misti. Starting in the upper left corner I started with 1 letter. I picked that up with the door or my Misti and then randomly started placing letters on the door of the Misti, lining them up with the grid.
- I inked the stamps with Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. At this stage of the project, I wasn’t sure if I would be coloring these letters in any way.
- Once I used all the stamps, I inked it up and stamped it on my paper.
- I cleaned off the stamps, and started to position them around the already stamped letters. Once i filled in around the already stamped image, I added the rest of the stamps to my Misti door at random. I repeated this process 3-4 more times to fill my page.TIP: It would have been easier to work in horizontal rows across the paper vs a random “square” on my first stamp.
- Now it is time to start working on the rest of the layout. I printed a picture of my son wearing a Dr. Seuss onsie, which works PERFECT for this background.
- I added a few layers behind the photo using tissue paper. The black polk-a-dots is from some past Ink Road Stamps packaging. I also used white tissue paper, which I grabbed from our gift bag stash.
- I wanted something color to frame out my DIY background and found this beautiful rainbow stripe paper in my stash from a Heidi Swapp collection. I trimmed out a piece to 8.5″ x 11″.
- I pulled out some Catherine Pooler ink colors in Limoncello, It’s a Boy & Tutti Frutti to use on the title I created. I stamped “the”, “you”, and “will” on white card stock using these ink colors and Ink Road Stamps: Block Party Alphabet. I then created a digital die cut file to cut the words “Oh,” “Places”, and “Go”. Next, I cut these out of white card stock and ink blended the same Catherine Pooler Ink colors onto them to match the stamped title.
- Because the background is busy, I added the title to vellum and cut it to the same height as my photo stack.
- After the title, I started working on my embellishments. I stamped the heart images from “Love Wins” and a few sentiments from “Spork”. Using the Catherine Pooler Inks and adding Samba and Lime Rickey to the mix, I painted in the images.
- Finally, I added the hearts and sentiments to my layout, added a little sparkle to the hearts and hid a DIY journal tag behind my photo.
And here are the final results. I just adore this layout and how it turned out.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you were inspired to use your stamps in a different way! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for a project! Don’t forget to tag Ink Road Stamps on Instagram and Facebook. And as always, use discount code LACEY10 at checkout for 10% off all your Ink Road purchases!