Season's Greetings - Papertrey Ink + Altenew | Stretch Your Stamps

Happy hump-day! Today I'm back with the second post in my Stretch Your Stamps Series, focusing on how to use non-Holiday stamps for the Holidays! We all have a stamp or two we absolutely love, and kind of feel a little sad to put away when the season is upon us. But I'm here to say, you don't have to! With a few tweaks, most stamps transition pretty well into many seasons.

My floral stamp is a perfect example! I picked up this sweet little stamp from PTI's Buy it Live event a little while back, and I've been wanting to use it for months! When I finally cracked it open, I realized, a little bit of tweaking might be in order to make it 'work' with the current season. 

To start this card, I first eyeballed where my floral cluster would be, and then stamped the top sentiment, in Aqua Mist using Altenew's Modern Deer stamp set.  

I then started working on my floral cluster. In order to make it seasonally appropriate I knew I would need to do a couple of things. So here are my top two tips for how to transition your Summer stamps into Winter!
The first and easiest, is to switch up the color palette! For summer, I would typically not use super dark green ink and I would likely stay away from so many 'icy' colors, such as the aqua + forest green mix. But here, it works wonders to help make this floral cluster more Seasonally-appropriate! 

Including just one pine sprig here, adds to the whimsy and seasonality of this card! It's amazing how well this works. I don't have a before photo, but prior to this tiny little change, the florals still looked a bit Summery! It also helped a lot to add some twinkling details around the cluster, such as the sweet stars from PFS' Great Joy stamp set as well as a few little rhinestones and sequins for some Holiday sparkle.
If you're inspired to try this switch-up and stretch your stamps, feel free to share your take!
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  1. Gorgeous colors, your flower really stands out on the card. Thanks for all your wonderful comments.

    Hugs diane

  2. Really beautiful, Ivana--love the stamping & soft blue!


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