Sep 22, 2013

Just Add Ink: Big Pattern, Small Scale

Hi It's Tyra and I'm here to share how to use your stamps to create big pattern on a small scale.

I love the idea of creating patterned paper using stamps, however I am just not good at getting the end result looking anything close to symmetrical or just pleasing to the eye when I stamp over a large surface.  I find that stamping onto die cut shapes or any smaller scale blank shape removes the concern of stamping precisely across a large surface area.

Let's jump right into an example.  I am going to use a card I previously created as the inspiration piece:

I like the balance of elements in this card so I used the same die cut shapes and stamps from Color Wheel and Triangle Style to create my own patterned paper.

This is the card I created using my custom embellishments:

This technique is a great way to make your own custom card and memory keeping embellishments. 

 So get out some blank paper and your die cutter, nesting dies or plain old scissors and create to your heart's delight! Share your creations on our Flickr page! Join our Facebook group and share your thoughts on creating big patterns on a small scale.  I think I'm off to punch and die cut everything in sight!

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  1. Wow, I love those colourful clouds, they look amazing! x

  2. Fabulous idea!!! Love your take on this and am pinning it! Will try it first chance I get!

  3. What an intriguing technique! Big stamps on small scale is something new to me; adding to my 'must do' list! Hmmmm...maybe a similar approach with the oodles of 12 X 12 sheets I'm not sure what to do with. I feel a die-cutting episode coming on! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. Amazing cards!! I looooove the idea of scaling down the sizes!! And your layering is just gorgeous! Wow! Awesome!

  5. Seriously jaw dropping awesomeness!!

  6. Tyra, what a great post! I love the idea of stamping your own backgrounds and die cutting them...leaves some room for error (and I sure do that at times!)! Great fun card!