Creating Elegant Designs with Affordable Supplies | Stretching Your Stamps and Dies

Hiya Friends! 
As promised in this post, I'm here to share a few tips on how to get the most out of your  value stamps! Maybe you have a pile of these that you never use because you just can't seem to get them to stamp nicely. Or perhaps, you see super cute designs but always pass them up because you know they'll just sit around and never get any use because their quality is lacking. Either way, I hope my post today helps give you a new take on all those wonderful little stamps and dies!

My project today features sweet little hearts - which I have been using a LOT lately. You can see them here and here. These are hands-down one of my favorite value stamp/die combos and for $5 they have been worth every penny. Don't you love when you stumble upon something that makes you smile and is easy on the pocketbook? I thought I'd focus my post today on showing how easy it is to craft up a fun project with these really inexpensive supplies.
Although quality-wise, value stamps will not be as sturdy as photopolymer stamps, they still work really well if you pair them with the right supplies. My recipe for success: use Ranger Archival Ink  for crisp impressions (you can read more about this fab ink here), and don't be shy with Versa Mark ink and embossing powder. With these two techniques, your modest little stamps can work a ton of mileage and look just as crisp and beautiful as higher quality stamps. Just be sure to alter your technique a little and press your blocks more gently than you would with photopolymer stamps. Going a step further, you can invest into inexpensive stamp/die combos such as my sweet scalloped heart and word above, which will give you plenty more options in creating beautiful things. 

To make my little tags today, I used the PTI Folded Foodie tag die, and then added a floral oval to the front. I used my inexpensive stamp/die combo to heat-emboss and die-cut this little heart on kraft paper, followed by a stamped and die-cut sentiment from the Hero Arts Thanks stamp+die combo. I love that both of these sets include dies, and both stamp beautifully when paired with the right ink and techniques. I hope this gives your stamps and dies a new life! 

Thanks for joining me today, Friends!
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  1. What a super cute tag design Ivana.

    Hugs Diane

  2. Great tips and lovely tag. I love reusing and repurposing items.

  3. What a super posting! I’m all for using value stamps and dies as I just can’t keep buying, buying, buying! I LOVE what you make and this is equally gorgeous, thank you 💝

  4. Beautiful work on these bag tie/cards Ivana!So so pretty. And while I'm not a huge 'stamper' I think I need to 're-think' it! I have soo many stamps and your tips are reminding me to give them another try~ : ) Love your work and thank you for the details too. Hugs, karen o

  5. I love this scalloped heart with those sweet little blooms! The floral paper is a wonderful backing that brings an airiness to your design. Very pretty tags Ivana!


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