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Old 10-27-2006, 10:32 AM   #1  
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Default Layout ideas for those small stamps in our sets

i dont know how you feel but iam so blocked when it is about to use the small images in the stampsets.

they are often so cute and i do want to use them but as soon i get started i have problems to make a card just with this specific stamp to use it as a main image or focal point image.

do you have any ideas or clever layouts to share?

i wonder if i should use a 4,25 and 4,25 layout?

oh and when i talk small stamp i mean even smaller than the new set where the little monkey holds the kite. i mean like flowers in a pot, a ladybug or the bee out of farm fever. actually i love farm fever but i can see me using only the pic since the other stamps seem to have a difficult size to me.

thanks for your ideas you share
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:08 AM   #2  
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I don't have Farm Fever (yet) but that little bee would be darling on a coordinating-color strip placed above a flower...

Have you checked the gallery? That is where I go first for inspiration on a particular stamp set, and I also check 'todays additions' on a regular basis.

Good luck - can't wait to see what you come up with!
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:13 AM   #3  
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I've used some of the tiny leaves and flowers from various sets to make a wreath, much like the company who makes the little round stamps and sells them in a bunch (can't think of the company). In fact, I bought two little leaves just the other day to add to my collection to make some more wreaths on cards for Christmas or fall.

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There was an SCS "Ways to Use It" challenge about this - WT75 Bigger is Not Always Better.
You can either check the link above to the challenge or search the gallery for WT75.

Hope this helps! Mary Ann
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There was also a "Limited Supplies" challenge that was similar - LSC52. Here's the link for that one:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=123568
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I love to use the little ones to stamp on the inside of the card, or even sometimes to put just a little "something" on the back. You can repeat stamp to create a border. Or fill a layer with multiples and get an effect like you'd used a background stamp...that looks dynamite! Sometimes I use the little 3x3 on cards to make like a "card on card" thing...those small stamps made perfect focal points on the smaller cards.

Then, there's always the envelopes.....
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I use the little stamps as fillers on the flap on the back of the envelope.
While SU style is often "cleaner" than some of the "artistic" stampers, they are also great for using in collage type designs.

They are also good as fillers in a OSW when you are stamping off the edge of the paper just to get that open corner covered up.
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I do a lot of borders and backgrounds with small stamps. Of course, it often helps to know exactly what the small stamps are! For instance, I've had Fall Whimsy for a while and it was my 6 year old DD that told me about 2 weeks ago that the swirl stamp was the wind. I had just thought it was some decorative swirl and had never used it. Now I wonder how I could have been so blind! LOL! Thank goodness for my DD!
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Great thread. We were just discussing this at a workshop last night. For example what do you do with Bitty Boo's or Merry Mini's they are hard to incorporate into a design.
Thanks for the questions.
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How about using a small image on a small tag attached to a card.
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thanks guys.. for all the awesome tips and links
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I like to use the small stamps on top of a larger background stamp. I did a card recently that I CASE'd from someone else here. I have it in my gallery. It's the small single leaf out of Basket Full of Fun. The leaf is stamped over the Canvas BG. I've also used the smaller single flower from Looks Like Spring as a background.

I also like to use these stamps on the inside of my cards & to decorate the envelopes too. Once you get started, it's easier to find uses for them!
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Guten Tag Claudia! Great question!

Christine did not mention what we did with the tiny stamps at the workshop last night, but we used the "faux postage" technique. Check out the directions in the "resource" section of this website. I LOVED this usage of small stamps and plan to make all kinds of stamps all town! LOL!

Glad you could make it last night Christine.
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