Work With What You’ve GotWork With What You've Got The Stamp Coach

Work With What You’ve Got. How often do you grab your new craft supplies and neglect product that is sitting on a shelf, in a or on your dining room table? (My hand is up for the dining room!). When you have limited storage space, limited imagination, or limited budget, you want to make the most of your purchases and supplies. So, let’s work with what we’ve got!

Let’s challenge ourselves to use what we have and supplement with new Some new products, of course! Otherwise the sun might stop shining! Here are a few ways to find inspiration and challenge yourself to use what you have:

  1. Think about the purpose of your project. Do you need a birthday card? Thank you? Dig through your stamp sets and find a sentiment. Or, order a new one!
  2. Look at your designer papers. Which one speaks to you? How do you want to use it? Frame it for a wall? Use it on a scrapbook page? Other home decor? Greeting card?
  3. Think about the recipient. What does he/she like?
  4. What is the occasion? Are there specific colors, images, or sentiments that fit?
  5. Is there a particular product that you want to use? Or a technique you want to practice? Many people start with stamps, some people want to heat emboss,and I sometimes start with a ribbon.

When buying new product, which is always fun to do, you can…

  • consider what you already have.
  • look for product that has multiple uses and applications.
  • find items that coordinate with product you own… Stampin’ Up! is great for its coordination.
  • look at products that complement your collection.
  • try to round out your collection.
  • remember to replace Basic Black card stock. (my hand is up again!)

Stampin’ Up! recently supplied demonstrators with tips and instructions for making good use of supplies while adding variety to our projects, so I want to pass the ideas on. The examples are made with a single stamp set – Moving Along, a few sheets of card stock and a paper cutter (have you tried the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer?) You can take their ideas to create unique designs to use stamps of every size from your favorite set.

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These three quick and simple cards use the Moving Along stamp set. Use this set to wish your friends happy travels with this whimsical, transportation-themed stamp set. Great for children or adults. To create depth and dimension with your images using Two-Step Stampin’, stamp the silhouette image in the lightest color of ink. Then stamp the detailed images in darker colors.

For all of the cards, start with:

  • The Moving Along Stamp Set
  • Stampin’ Pads (ink): Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Real Red, Smoky Slate, and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Smoky Slate card stock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • Whisper White card stock: 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″
  • Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper in Smoky Slate” 3″ x 5″

Cut the card stock. Score and fold the Smoky Slate card bases, prepare designer paper layers, and be ready to stamp on the Whisper White. 

Helicopter Card
No trimming needed! Stamp on the Whisper White card stock, use Stampin’ Seal to adhere the Designer Series Paper to the Smoky Slate card base, then attach the stamped card stock using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Car Card
Cut the Whisper White card stock into four squares measuring 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ and stamp. Attach the Designer Series Paper to the Smoky Slate card base with Stampin’ Seal, then adhere the squares to the Designer Series Paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Train Card
Trim the Whisper White card stock into three strips measuring 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ and stamp. Attach the Designer Series Paper to the Smoky Slate card stock with Stampin’ Seal, then adhere the stamped strips to the Designer Series Paper using Dimensionals. 

Moving Along Stamp SetMoving Along Stamp Set The Stamp Coach

Here is another Stampin’ Up! sample from the Moving Along Stamp Set. I can also envision a slider card with cars and trains moving across the card. What could you make with these stamps? 

What else can you do with this stamp set? How can you make the most of your craft collection?

Here are the Stampin’ Up! product used to make the three cards above: Work With What You’ve Got. Click on each image to learn more or to purchase in my online store.

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Stamping regards,
Linda K, The Stamp Coach