I started to share this yesterday but then The Frugalcrafter blog had a similar project. I didn’t want to share the same project on the same day, it felt like cheating to me. Turns out they were two different techniques and now I am playing with hers to see what I can do with it.
Anyway, I have been eyeing this technique since I found it here. The problem was, I didn’t have “the right stuff”. My stamp collection is so bizarre. I go through it and try to remember why I bought a particular stamp (the real reason – I found it for an amazing price at a garage sale, usually). Stamp shopping feels a lot like clothing shopping to me – way too stressful to find something that’s going to make me happy at a price I am willing to pay.
Well, since I decided it’s time for a good “spring” cleaning of Pinterest, I’ve just set aside all the stress and played. I love how this came out. I didn’t buy anything special and, guess what, it worked. It may not be as glossy as the image in that blog but I don’t really care.
I hate to admit that I lost the pictures. I was typing along and thought I should probably load the pics. They are gone all but the finished one. Grrr. I can tell what kind of day this is going to be.
On the plus side, this is super easy. I used plain ole white card stock. I cut my first piece to give me about an inch border around my stamp. Once I stamped my image, I colored it with my markers (crayola). Cut into “tiles”. Because my image was not very large, I went with 4 tiles. Using a brown stamp pad, I inked the edges. When everything was good and dry, I gave it a good coat of glossy mod podge.
Because I wanted it to have a finished look (and I didn’t know what I was going to do with it), I mounted my tiles on a piece of my original cardstock. I love that it looks like the cardstock is different.
It’s not as thick or shiny as the original concept but I don’t think that’s a problem. I think it doesn’t need to be shinier. To make it stand out more from the background, I could have used foam tape. It has a lot of possibilities and I that I don’t need anything extra.