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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Growing in Unity Wednesday: One Stamp, Three Cards

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It's my half-way day as a Growing in Unity girl, and I have three different cards to share with you today! One clean and simple, one a little more involved, and one holy-moly-it's-a-collage card. :D If you've arrived here for the first time via the Unity blog, welcome! Hope you like what you see. Now, on with the show! 
I decided to use one of my favourite stamps that I've received in grab bags through the generosity of Unity's Friends with Flair giveaways. (I plan to use another favourite later this week.) I wanted to play with the idea of using one stamp in three different ways. My first card is typically clean and simple:



I stamped this bicycle stamp in teal, then debossed a square frame around it using a few layers of cardboard stuck together. High tech all the time around here. :D The simple 'hello' sentiment is also from a grab bag. Someday, I'll learn to match ink to paper instead of the other way around, but luckily this paper went perfectly. Plus, I like how the polka dots echo the bike wheel.
My second card has a few more details to look at:






You can see how I rotated and simplified this layout from Tuesday Morning Sketches, right? The bicycle is stamped this time in pale green, trimmed closely, and popped on cardstock I swiped with the same green ink. The sentiment, in a handwriting I really like, is stamped in a darker green. Again, luckily I had patterned paper and twine to match. Oh look, polka dots to echo bicycle wheels again. 


Then I decided it was time to really mix things up:



Yes, once again I stamped the bicycle first, then went looking for other elements to coordinate. (Full disclosure: I'd stamped this one meaning to make a second card like the first, but messed up the debossed frame. Time to cut out and use the image a different way!) Except for the cloud from my die cut stash, the papers are all from Simple Stories' Summer Fresh pad. And they matched my die cut sun, the washi tape AND the paper tape! This almost never happens. Total coincidence that there are polka dots again. ;)
What do you think -- do you have a favourite? Hope to see you back here again tomorrow for another Unity creation. 

Supplies: (hello) white cardstock, My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Hattie papers, Unity stamps (from grab bags), Memento teal zeal ink, pop-dot tape; (beautiful day) white cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite patterned papers, Unity October 2010 Kit of the Month (Take Time to Laugh) & grab bag stamps, Memento new sprout & bamboo leaves inks, Divine Twine green apple twine, pop-dot tape; (live laugh play) white & yellow cardstock, Simple Stories Summer Fresh patterned papers, Unity grab bag stamp, Memnto rhubarb stalk ink, Lil' Inkers small sunshine & rainbows and clouds dies, We R Memory Keepers washi tape, Basic Grey Oliver paper ribbon, dimensionals

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42 comments:

Jen W. said...

Such a fabulous trio! I love that stamp too although I confess I've never used it... For shame... Love the dotty papers you used. And your collage card is AWESOME!

Kris B said...

Great cards! If I had to pick a fav it would be the last. Love the collage look! Then again, I always love CAS cards!! TFS God bless!!

Chitra Nair said...

Beautiful cards.. Love the collage card a lot, love those bright colors..

Unknown said...

I'm a clean-and-simple gal.... love the "Hello" card!

Unknown said...

Sorry - I guess Google wants me to be anonymous, but I am Laura Holt, who voted for the Hello card!

Denise Bryant said...

I like all 3~ But I'm partial to the first one with the debossed frame. Love aqua too.... it's my favorite color!
DeniseB

Cynthia said...

What a fun idea, Lindsey! I may have to challenge myself to try this. All three designs are cute, but I really like the third design -- it's so happy!

Lisa Angela said...

I love all three....thanks for sharing!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love how you showcased this stamp, great cards! I think my favorite is the first one. I love the color and the simplicity of the design.

Ruby said...

What a way to showcase the stamp. They are fabulous.

Judy said...

I love CAS cards! I also like how you took one stamp and create three very different cards. :)

Gaylynn said...

It's so nice to see this stamp in three different styled designs. You made them all different and unique, especially the last one. :)

Natasha G.P. said...

It always amazes me how different a stamp can look just changing the colors. WOW. Your last one is my fave.

sharon g said...

The washi tape on the last one is a great addition. Washi makes just about every card look amazing. I like how happy this card is--it makes me want to go ride my bike.

Carol said...

Cute cards!!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

SHartl said...

Oh, this cards are so fun and I LOVe that bicycle stamp! Great springtime colors and love the washi tape too.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Pretty!! Love how you used that stamp in different ways and different colors. Gives it a new look every time!! Love it!!
Hugs, Wendy

KC Inspired said...

I had to look twice when I saw 1/2 of a bicycle! It really caught my eye & I love it.
I like how different each card with the same stamp can be. So cool!

cardz said...

When I saw the first one I loved it; blue, clean and simple. And text behind an image is always a favourite with me. But your last one with more colour and more going on is just as lovely.
Three great cards.

Heather

Sue D said...

Love the three different cards using this stamp!

Debbie said...

All 3 of these are wonderful! I really like that stamp!!
Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Barb King said...

Cute ideas, I love the top one the best. I won FWF a few weeks ago, can't wait to see what I get! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

etdevlie said...

Love how you showed three totally different styles with the same stamp. All three are beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!

Riti said...

love, love , love these cards..
My Fav. is the Collage..Awesome.
Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Riti
alilpieceofheaven17.blogspot.in

Jessi Fogan said...

I love that Summer Fresh pad - I'm down to itty bitty scraps now :) So for that reason that one would have to be my fave :) I think they're all fabulous, though - and how awesome that you can showcase the same stamp in such different ways!

Crystal said...

Beautiful cards, I love seeing that stamp used 3 different ways!

StampNK said...

All of these versions are adorable but I especially love the red card! The bright fun colors and playful placement of the papers is just great!

Scrappin' Diva said...

Love how you use one stamp three different ways! My favorite is the green one!

Karenladd said...

This is a fun way to use a stamp to make more than one card. I love the way you can change the feel of the card by switching colors! I love the blue and red ones the most.

Lisa Arana said...

This is one of my faves too. Love how you have used it three ways.

Kary said...

Fantastic job, Lindsey!! I LOVE the 3 cards using the same stamp. My fave has to be the last one. It's fun and I love the bright colours on the card. Great job!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

That is awesome that you showed the same stamp 3 ways (especially a stamp that IMO is hard to show in 3 ways). They all look fab but the collage really sings to me (maybe it's the color combo and the reds--hee hee). Yeah for GIU--you're rocking it!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, you are really rockin' your GIU week. LOVE these!! You know how much I love bikes!

Isha Gupta said...

This is just superb!!! You are ROCKING the GIU Lindsey. TFS

joetterer said...

Those bike cards are too good. Sometimes I struggle stamping bikes! You did well!

Angeline said...

WOW! this is amazing.love your idea on using 1 stamp for 3 different style of cards! Love it!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! These are fun cards! Great polka dot papers used!!! And that last card has some fab layering of washi tape and papers and embellies! FAB!

Dawn said...

Very cute Lindsey! Great use of the stamp in different colors. Thanks for playing with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Lindsey, i must say this is quite a versatile stamp..i really like it..the favorite for me is the red one! Thank you for using our sketch and "green" twist this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Pryn said...

Beautiful cards! I love how you were able to use the same stamp to make such different cards!

Laura said...

Love how you've shown the versatility of a single stamp! Great cards! Thanks for playing at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Melissa Craig said...

Fantastic cards! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.