Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Still Kicking It Old School With A Stamp & Go!

I call these two numbers my Stamp & Go cards.  I call them this because I make them out of previously cut and stored die and off cuts only.  In other words, I don't specifically pick out the die and paper and cut it just for the card du jour, but simply gather die cuts (sometimes already embossed) from my stash and stamp on them if feeling a little stampy, glue 'em down and off I go.  Seriously, it's just that simple and simple sometimes is just the ticket.  I really enjoy Stamp & Go cards when I am not feeling particularly creative and rather low on mojo, but am still after a little pick me up that papercrafting often gives.  I approach the card making session a bit like one would a puzzle.  I essentially just ink up a stamp that caught my eye or I thought would be fun to use at that time and gather other scraps and beautiful items that called to me just at that moment.  I like the challenge of assembling something from the off cuts or other previously prepped bits and bobs that didn't end up getting used in a past crafting session.  Fundamentally,  Stamp & Gos are a little papercrafting game that can perk me up, don't add pressure, and often leave me pleasantly surprised with a fun, easy creation.

Thanks for visiting and allowing me to share a little bit about my sometimes unorthodox papercrafting processes as I continue to trundle along joyously on my crafty journey!

NB:  The only downside to Stamp & Gos made from stuff squirrelled away in your stash, I find, is it can be hard to recall where the papers originally came from.  Not a major problem in the greater scheme of things, but can tend to highlight my vagueness, in particular, when trying to list the exact supplies used.  Oh, well.   You'll forgive me this one indiscretion now, won't you?  

Typewriter Card:

  • Stamp:  Hero Arts My Type Cling
  • Paper:  Papertrey Ink Kraft and Rustic Cream, Pink Paislee Father Christmas (polka dots) PP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug, VersaMagic Cloud White, Distress Ink in Pumice, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye
  • Accessories:  Tim Holtz Alterations Die in Baroque, Papertrey Ink Bookprint Impression Plate, Rustic Twine

Old Telephone Card:

  • Stamps:  Cavallini Papers & Co. Inc. Vintage Office
  • Paper:  Misc. Yellow and Orange C/S, Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream C/S
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo White, Adirondak Chilli Pepper, Distress Ink in Pumice, Old Paper, and Vintage Photo
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestabililities Standard Circles, Scalloped Circles and Label Seventeen, Papertrey Ink Linen and Canvas Impression Plate, WRMK Corner Chomper Scallop


Kim O'Connell said...

Your unorthodox papercrafting process creates masterpieces! I'm amazed by the end results! So artsy-fartsy! ;)

Mad for Paper said...

Nice cards. I love those stamps. the phone is very cool.

Amy Kolling said...

What a fun concept!! I have such a pile of scraps from things gone awry that usually my dd gets in there and picks out things and wants to use them on one of "her" cards! I may need to go to my own pile and make a card!! Sounds fun!
Jen, I'm really enjoying your blog's so fun to read your posts!!

Cathy Weber said...

Once again, you have a great idea. I agonize about every detail on every card. Sometimes takes the fun out of it. Love the typewriter card.

Monica K. said...

Jen, these cards are very cool!! Thanks for sharing your process. I think that's such a neat idea. I might have to try that the next time I'm needing some inspiration to get going!