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Repurposed Stamp Sets

Use Stamps for a Title

Design by Mellette Berezoski

Ribbon stamps quickly turn any strip of paper into a ribbon accent.

In a clever twist, Mellette created an oversize greeting on the outside of her card by masking off parts of the ribbon stamps to create shorter segments. Tiny gems draw attention to the letters. The imaginative card closes with a bit of hook-and-loop tape hidden under the flower.

SOURCES Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (floral), Making Memories (green). Rub-ons: BasicGrey (white), Making Memories (words). Rubber stamps: Paper Salon. Ink: Stampin' Up!. Paper flowers: Making Memories (white, yellow), Prima Marketing (pink).

Stamp on Fabric

Design by Nikki Krueger

Despite her self-proclaimed lack of sewing skills, Nikki was inspired to make a gift pouch that shows off the ribbon stamps. To create the pouch, she stamped strips of twill fabric, trimmed them to size, and stitched them to a fabric envelope-style pouch.

SOURCES Rubber stamps: Paper Salon. Ink: Hero Arts (red), Rubber Stampede (blue), Clearsnap (green).

Stamp Your Own Embellishments

Design by Polly Maly

Though Polly Maly's photos showed both the girly and tomboy sides of her daughter, she decided to play up the feminine side of the stamps. Strips of solid paper blossom when they're stamped, looped, and secured in the center with buttons. By stamping on the solid side of reversible paper, Polly made the inside loops of the flower petals more interesting and colorful.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Rubber stamps: Paper Salon. Ink: Tsukineko. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

Stamp on Transparencies

Design by Nikki Krueger

Small acrylic stamps work well individually on stamps and cards or together for a whimsical background or border. As a bonus, each stamp can be reversed for a solid stamped image and then flipped over to stamp a pattern.

Clearly, Nikki's on to something by stamping on a transparent background and coloring the flowers with a pen that's safe for slick surfaces. To tie the greeting and background together, she substituted the "o" with two layered patterned papers stamped using the same design.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Sassafras Lass (stripe), Daisy D's Paper Co. (blue), BasicGrey (red). Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Rubber stamps: Sassafras Lass. Ink: Paper Salon (on paper), StazOn by Tsukineko (on transparency). Pen: American Crafts.

Stamp a Clock Face

Design by Polly Maly

Who needs numbers? Replace them with stamped images for a decorative clock face. Working with an inexpensive clock, shimmy a letter opener between the cover and frame to pry it open. Remove the arms, and cover the face with your own stamped design.

SOURCES Patterned paper, rubber stamps: Sassafras Lass. Additional stamps: Technique Tuesday ("time"). Rub-ons: Imagination Project. Acrylic paint: Krylon.

Design a Background

Design by Mellette Berezoski

Make stamps match your style. Mellette went for a funky, artsy look by combining these twirly stamps with resist techniques. To create her border, she lined up four pieces of cardstock in different colors and heat-embossed the stamped designs. She painted the border with brown acrylic paint, let it dry, and ironed it between sheets of paper to remove the shiny look.

SOURCES Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (blue), Making Memories (green, pink). Stickers: American Crafts (white, brown), Chatterbox (blue). Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations (black), American Crafts (brown). Rubber stamps: Sassafras Lass. Ink: Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Ribbon: Autumn Leaves. Clip, leather flower, brads: Making Memories. Photo corners: Canson.

Embellish Paper Scraps

Design by Polly Maly

Text stamps mounted on wood make long-lasting tools. They're hardworking as backgrounds or journaling prompts, plus they're just as suited for cardmaking as they are for larger designs.

Cards and tags go hand in hand. Polly nestled a die-cut ampersand -- trimmed from stamped patterned paper -- between tags decorated with the "Friends" and "Family" stamps. Letting nothing go to waste, she framed it all with a border trimmed from the leftover stamped paper.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (pink), Dream Street Papers (green). Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Metal-rim tags: Making Memories.

Stamp and then Die-Cut

Design by Nikki Krueger

The "Celebrate" and "Family" stamps brought Nikki's newest family member to mind. She set off a sweet photo of her nephew with stamped cardstock die-cut into heart shapes. Stamping the definitions repeatedly on cardstock before hand-cutting the title gave Nikki's words a subtle pattern.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Elegant off the Internet. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix. Ink: Paper Salon. Ribbon: Making Memories.

Add Stamps to a Tin Box

Design by Mellette Berezoski

Mellette's goal: to decorate her one-of-a-kind tin keepsake box in a way that's simple but still pretty enough to sit on a coffee table, showing off family photos. The definition stamps were a perfect fit for the project. She used a solvent ink to stamp on thin clear acrylic tags and added colorful accents with rub-on flourishes and frames.

SOURCES Stickers: Making Memories. Rub-ons: BasicGrey (white flourish), American Crafts (green border, red flowers). Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Tin: Junkitz. Ribbon: Prima Marketing (floral), Michaels (green). Acrylic tags: One Heart One Mind. Flower: Chatterbox.