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Julia S 08-24-2006 05:30 AM

WT75 - Bigger not always Better
This week's Ways to Use It Challenge comes as a request. This week we are going to prove that big is not always better by finding ways to use our small stamps. I know that I myself, tend not to buy small stamps, as when I started stamping, I just could not make them work.Sometimes these stamps can be a bit of a challenge and so they tend to get left in the drawer but I think that with a few tricks, you will find yourself using them more and more. I've done a little brainstorming for you and have a list below with ideas on how to make your small stamps work. If anyone has any other ideas...please! share them with us. As for the size of small stamps, I would guess that anything under 1.5" x 1.5" or 1"x2" would be considered small.

Ideas for Using Small Stamps...
(not all at once:))
- Layout is everything: Use an visually interesting layout so that there is more to look at than just the small image.
-Group small images together in multiples of three or four
-Make a border strip with them
-randomly stamp them to make a background - stamped over canvas or linen is a nice tough
-Use your background stamps to create visual interest and texture to the card
-use a masking technique and make a scene with them
-use them on a tag
-put real or faux stitching around them to add visual impact
-stamp them behind a sentiment
-add texture or embellishments in such a way to draw your eye through the card and draw attention to the image
-use them as an accent to the main image
-mini note cards

As always, please remember to put WT75 in your keywords section and post a link back here. We all want to see your work! Feel free to post as many projects for as long as you wish to this challenge. this is not a race or a contest...just plain stamping fun. Also, please try and post new work to this challenge as it is a challenge to get you stamping more.:)

Sorry that this challenge is posted so late...it seemed as though there were a myriad of small problems to solve this morning, even though I got up early. I can't seem to get my card uploaded :confused: so I will post it once I do.

Happy stamping,

imastampin 08-24-2006 05:30 AM

Me first?

cjf&cjfsmommy 08-24-2006 05:32 AM

very interesting!! need to think on this one. Thanks Julia hope the rest of your morning goes smoothly!

Jeanne S 08-24-2006 05:33 AM

Fun!!! I use my little stuff alot to make backgrounds.

lacyquilter 08-24-2006 05:33 AM

Oh, I am so with you on this, Julia. If it's a set of all small stamps, I just don't buy it. There are always lots of small ones in the big sets. Great challenge. Thanks, Julia.

scrown8301 08-24-2006 05:34 AM

Wohoo! Already have an idea in my head. I love using my small stamps and I just got two new TAC sets that are really small stamps. :D So prefect excuse to use them. It will be awhile before I can upload cause the batteries died in my camera and DH took the replacement ones. :rolleyes:

raduse 08-24-2006 05:34 AM

Thanks Julia. Now to figure out what I'm going to do, besides using that watercolor mini fern.

tggrfriend 08-24-2006 05:34 AM

Julia, this sounds like fun. I have a few things that I have to do this morning and then I will get right on it. Thanks!

Toy 08-24-2006 05:36 AM

Worth the wait, Julia! I can't wait to play.. after my interview :)

Vicky Gould 08-24-2006 05:37 AM

Well, very interesting - can't wait to see all the cards! Thanks, Julia - a good one!

sherristampsalot 08-24-2006 05:38 AM

Cool challenge...unfortunately not much stamping time in the near future :(
Thanks, Julia!

jojot 08-24-2006 05:43 AM

Thanks, Julia, I have a drawerful of the assorted mini sets that rarely get used....this is a grea challenge to get me moving on using those sets I thought were so cute and then never seem to use......thanks for the challenge.......and your great creations which inspire us all.....

Julia S 08-24-2006 05:46 AM

OK...finally managed to get my card uploaded. i really wanted to make a floral card today but needed a masculine so this is what I came up with.

Stipple Shell Birthday


Sandi*S 08-24-2006 05:57 AM

Love your card! I have been a lurker with regards to these weekly challenges. It may be time to get off the pot, so to speak! I have 3 b'day cards to make and 7 cards for the technique swap. this may be a great way to combine them all!! Thanks for ALL the great ideas!

BadSherry 08-24-2006 05:57 AM

Great challenge Julia -- the wheels are already turning. Thanks!!!!!

BadSherry 08-24-2006 05:58 AM


Originally Posted by Sandi*S
Love your card! I have been a lurker with regards to these weekly challenges. It may be time to get off the pot, so to speak! I have 3 b'day cards to make and 7 cards for the technique swap. this may be a great way to combine them all!! Thanks for ALL the great ideas!

Well it's time you join us -- can't *lurk* forever, you miss all the fun!!!

seewah 08-24-2006 06:00 AM

Oooohh, fun challenge! Here are some from my gallery ... I'll do a few more today!

Sole Mates

Just a little something

Celebrate 1

Celebrate 2

Celebrate 3

Celebrate 4

Father's Day golf card


Hey, Cupcake

A Gift for You

Grinning Kitty

Retro Birthday

Wow, I didn't realize how much I love to use small images on my cards until I started going through my gallery! Can't wait to create some more today!

krabearkub 08-24-2006 06:02 AM

I LOVE using my little stamps so this will be FUN!!!

NANCYRUTH 08-24-2006 06:05 AM

here is mine

it is actually a card from another challenge but till I get home to my stampin desk I will post this. I used stipple shells and the tiny flip flop from another set!! And the card is small, it is 4" x 4"!

momtooandz 08-24-2006 06:08 AM

I don't have many large stamps, and almost no backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this one.

I'll have to dust off some of my small stamps too - like the Bitty Bolds that I bought off eBay and almost never use! No time to stamp this morning though - Mom's comin' for supper, so there's housework to be done before that!! lol

Julia S 08-24-2006 06:10 AM


Originally Posted by krabearkub
I LOVE using my little stamps so this will be FUN!!!

Yeah...Kurtis is going to play along too!:)

StampinSweetie 08-24-2006 06:15 AM

I have a lot of small stamps that have been neglected so this a good challenge for me, thanks Julia!

KimberlyG 08-24-2006 06:18 AM

Here's mine!


It is so much fun to have the chance to play again!!! Yippee! Thanks for the wonderful challenge Julia (and the great ideas too!!!)

I can't wait to check back and see what y'all come up with! :)

inkpad 08-24-2006 06:18 AM

This is a great challenge. I was never a fan of small stamps until I forced myself to work with Noteworthy during SAB last winter. Here are some Noteworthy and more recent cards I've been doing with Tag Time:

Tiny Flowers

Irish Linen

Tiny Pumpkins

Just a Note

As you can see my answer to small stamps is often the circle punch!

debils 08-24-2006 06:21 AM

Just finished this one for yesterdays challenge but it fits this one too!!


Off to create one specifically for this challenge

JWill795 08-24-2006 06:25 AM

Sounds like fun! I will have to dig my little ones out of their hiding spots!

Looking forward to seeing everyone's ideas!

reneejul1 08-24-2006 06:26 AM

OK - going to try this one! My card from yesterday fits the challenge too...

tashers 08-24-2006 06:26 AM

Here's mine. Great challenge!
March of the Mini Penguins

imastampin 08-24-2006 06:26 AM

I hope this is small enough. I wasn't sure. It is a very simple card. Tell me what you think.

Small & Simple

kittie747 08-24-2006 06:28 AM

I can't wait to get home and play with this one Julia. I just had to attach a card of mine here that I did last week. I have always shyed away from smaller images as I have never known exactly what to do with them. I finally purchased Happy Winter last week and created an adorable little scene with it. I hope you don't mind me attaching it here but it is so appropraite for this challnege.

Happy Winter

qvande 08-24-2006 06:32 AM

Here are a couple from my gallery. Have some ideas to play with when I get home.



stampkinz 08-24-2006 06:36 AM

Oh goodie! I have some tiny stamps that never get used. Great challenge, Julia!

kthaman 08-24-2006 06:37 AM

Oh this challenge is right up my alley - because I have a hard time doing this...I'm gonna be watching all the submissions for this one! Thanks Julia!

Bastingirl 08-24-2006 06:41 AM

Here's one from my gallery and I hope to make a new one tonight.


StampGroover 08-24-2006 06:56 AM

Heres mine...Thanks for looking :)

seewah 08-24-2006 06:58 AM

Here's another from my gallery:

Reindeer Christmas

DeborahLynneS 08-24-2006 07:12 AM

Sounds like such a fun challenge-- don't know if I can play-- I'm hosting a WOOHOO~SUParty!!!! tonight-- gotta get ready for the gals--

Jeanne S 08-24-2006 07:18 AM

Here's mine:


showmestamper 08-24-2006 07:19 AM

I struggle with those little guys so this is a great challenge!
Here's one I did for a VSN that I was particularly happy with:

debils 08-24-2006 07:23 AM

here is mine


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