Whether you have just purchased a new stamp set or already have one previously purchased waiting to be used, it can be overwhelming getting started with new images you haven’t used before. Over the years of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and purchasing hundreds of new stamp & die bundles I realize I have a process for “breaking in” a new bundle. Today we are going to practice this breaking in process with the Beautiful Balloons Bundle. AND I’m going to walk you through a very fun activity: Stamped One Sheet Wonders! Keep scrolling through the post so you don’t miss out on four templates you can use to create your own OSW cards.
Rewatch the video tutorial where I walk you through both breaking in a new bundle ideas and creating stamped one sheet wonder templates! Then download the pdf to help you create with templates!
The first thing I always do with a new stamp set bundle is what I like to call my homework. Perhaps it is the teacher in me, but I feel strongly about creating a reference sheet for each bundle that will make it easier to use the images and dies over and over again. It’s like a gift for your future self!
Steps for Breaking in a new Stamp Set & Die Bundle
- Do your homework! Create a reference sheet for the images and dies in the bundle. Any information that you might need to create more easily the next time should be added to the reference sheet including measurements.
- Stamp and cut out all the dies.
- Connect the dies to the images – see what goes together.
- Investigate which images and dies can be used by themselves.
- Practice using the main images one-by-one to create backgrounds. See how they stamp, and how they need to be inked.
- Next create focal points with each of the main images and use the dies to cut out if needed.
- Take notes on any inspiration that pops into your head while you are creating for future cards.
I used the same process to work through the images and dies in the Cheerful Daisies Bundle. One by one I used the images and dies to create backgrounds and focal points. Just keep creating backgrounds and focal points with all the images to help you learn about the bundle.
Here are some practices I do all the time and never get tired of:
- Stamping images in White Craft Ink on dark cardstock to create a background
- Stamping images tone on tone = same color cardstock and ink color
- Use greetings as backgrounds.
- Collage backgrounds using all the images in a stamp set layering them over and over.
Stamping One Sheet Wonders – Templates to Love!
But there’s MORE! You can actually cut up your beautifully stamped OSW in different ways depending on how many cards you want to make! All of the samples I shared above use Cutting Template #1 to make 4 cards out of my stamped OSW, however there are lots of options!
Oh, my friends! I hope you can use some of the ideas I’ve shared today and will find some bundles you have to “break in” and USE! I wish you so much stamping fun!