Do you have any sets with stamps that you're just not sure how to use? My stampin' friend Sue Berker recently posted about this very dilemma, and she solved it by checking out the PTI gallery (which I've done before myself.) The other day, however, I had First Fruits from Papertrey out on my desk and realized that the wheat flourish-bracket-y stamp intimidated me.
Well, it's just plain silly to let a lil' ol' stamp intimidate me, so I pulled out a piece of copy paper and played around a bit. This is a very easy way to cut loose and experiment with those stamps that are blocking your creativity. This simple one-layer card is what I came up with.
Keeping it simple, I used the stamp to frame a sentiment. Nothing cosmic, but I like the results. Unfortunately, I didn't get it vertically centered quite right, so I trimmed 1/4" of the bottom off the card, rounded the corners, and there you go. The "to you" stamp is from Gracious Vases, while the "blessings" is from First Fruits.
Have you ever just played with a stamp on cheap copy paper or cardstock to get a feel for what it can do?
ink: SU more mustard, Memento rich cocoa
paper: PTI vintage cream
accessories: not a blessed one