And this is exactly such a layout and the post that goes along with it. Sweet Libeeti encouraged us to get out our stamps and use them on our pages. I have to admit to being terrified of stamping on my layouts! I'm not a good stamper (don't practice enough) and am always worried that I will mess up. Not that I don't mess up in other ways on my pages but that's not the point. But Libeeti gave me a few ideas about how I could include some stamping while taking away the risk. Simple things like stamping an element on to paper or card and cutting it out before adding it to my page rather than stamping directly onto the layout itself. Doh! Light bulb moment!
Well, this month, I deliberately added some stamps into my Counterfeit kit, Whispers, in the hope that it would remind me to use them and hopefully be able to join in (if late) on Libeeti's challenge. While I'm doing LOAD this is the perfect time to participate in one or two that I missed first time around so I kept Libeeti's idea in the back of my head.
And here's the result:
|Layout #5 from my kit (I'm blogging them completely out of date - sorry!)|
I stamped a selection of leaf images using Tim Holtz Distress Ink - pumice stone onto kraft paper which gave it a subtle effect. And then I used those as part of my embellishment. Love the result and it was a great exercise for me to try out my stamping a bit. I think I stamped more than 10 images to get these five that were ok and not smudged, patchy or clumsy!
And there's that Starbuck's tissue paper again!
Don't feel that just because you are slow joining in on challenge that you give up on it. Whenever you see something you like the sound of, jot it down in your inspiration notebook and then make it when you have time. And don't forget to link up to where you saw the prompt - I know how wonderful it is when someone lets you know they had some fun trying out something you suggested. :-)
Thanks Libeeti for giving me that gentle nudge to give it a go. I adore my layout.