Monday, November 17, 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas

Sometimes, it's fun to play around with stamps that have nothing to do with Christmas for Christmas-themed cards. That's what I did with this Hero Arts map background stamp of the Americas.

After stamping the image twice--once in Brilliance pearlescent thyme and once in Brilliance pearlescent poppy--I cut the images into 1/2" slices, making sure they lined up perfectly in the cuts. Then, I experimented with various arrangements of the strips, alternating poppy and thyme for a festive, holiday effect.

The second card originally had a white border on the right, but it looked oddly unbalanced, so I added the edge strip, which seemed to balance the sentiment much better with its double vertical line that creates a much stronger border.

The slight shimmer of the ink is awesome in real life. Even the sentiment is stamped in Brilliance pearlescent rich and strong a color!

What stamps of earth--maps or globes--do you have that would work with a Peace on Earth sentiment? Why not get them out and play!

stamps: Hero Arts (map), Clearly Besotted (sentiment)
ink: Brilliance
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: glue, quilting ruler and craft knife (for precise cuts)


  1. I'm amazed you did such a great job of cutting and re-aligning. Naturally, I won't be trying this. However, I might try using my unloved map stamp(s) with masking. Pffth, like I could line that up, either. Never mind.

  2. Brilliant, I do love my map stamps! And this is a perfectly peaceful way to use them!

  3. Absolutely brilliant!!!!!! And so lovely!!! Genius!

  4. Very urban looking! Looks like the thumb print you use on the new iphone 6.


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