Using Stamps Out of Season


If you’re like most people, you have a lot of stamps for different occasions. And a lot that you bought specifically for winter, or Christmas. I get it – they’re all so cute, you just need to have them all, right?! Well, good stamps are an investment, so we need to get the most use of them – not just at specific times of the year. So I like to try using stamp out of season; that is, for other non-seasonal cards. Today I’m using the gorgeous Penny Black Snow Trails stamp.


First, cut a panel of watercolour paper, and wet it with your brush. Create a watercolour wash background by loosely applying your paints, to the right side of the panel. I used my Daniel Smith watercolour paints in Quinacridone Gold, Cadmium Yellow and Green Apatite.  Allow the paint to air dry, or use a heat tool to speed up the process.


Using Stamps Out of Season

Next, set your watercoloured panel into your MISTI, or other stamp positioner. Because the Snow Trails stamp is so large, I couldn’t use my magnets to hold it in place. So, I attached a piece of Thermo Web Purple Tape to the back of the panel, and stuck it onto the paper liner. Now, ink up the stamp in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, inking only the side that will be stamping on top of the watercolouring. Press the image onto your watercolour panel. Because  you’re using your MISTI, you can stamp again, to ensure a nice dark, crisp image.

After removing and cleaning your image stamp, now line up the sentiment from the Penny Black Sentiments Collection stamp at the top left of the panel. Stamp it in the same Versafine ink, or use Memento ink. Again, you can stamp twice if needed, for a nice dark stamp.

By stamping just half of the complete stamp, and using colours for your background, you create a different feeling with this image. Now, it looks like a field with an extending fence line towards the evergreen trees. If you wanted to, you could take the extra step of colouring in the line trees in the foreground.


Using stamps ‘out of season’ not only stretches your crafting dollars, it also stretches your creativity! And that’s what it’s all about, right? Having fun, getting inky and creating.

Using Stamps Out Of Season

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to stamp and create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a 3D item, or a card, or scrapbook page - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you stamp and create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “Using Stamps Out of Season

    1. That’s so nice of you to say, Susan! Since not using SU! DSP for backgrounds anymore, I’ve really had to stretch my creativity!

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