When I first started stamping and paper crafting, I didn't really think about how I would use my supplies beyond "ohhhh it's pretty, I want it"! Haha. Because of that, my stash has a lot of these big design stamps that I never really knew what to do with.
I've always loved this pretty stamp from Hero Arts. But because it's just one big stamp, I never really knew what to do with it. Do I stamp it using one color? Do I sponge it? Do I use markers? Meh...I'm kind of a lazy crafter and all of that sounded like a lot of work.
But this weekend, while taking a break from my work, I thought about using this stamp to make a card. I knew I wanted the birds to stand out so I grabbed a gorgeous blue rubber stamp marker. But what about all those little flowers and leaves and stems? That takes a lot of work to color using markers.
Instead, I decided to use daubers and a neutral colored ink. That worked out really nicely. I daubed the background first and then colored in the birds and sentiment with the Taken By Teal (Stampin Up) marker.
I stamped it on a white base. Then I used my Nestibilities to die cut it into a frame. Used Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it a vintage look. Added a little bit of ribbon, a little bit of contrasting paper, and voila! A card is made.