Inspire Me Monday: Cut It Out!

Hello Friends!  It’s Christine popping in again today for an Inspire Me Monday Tutorial.  When I stamp Marcy’s images I am always so taken with her art that I want to showcase all of the stamped beauty just as is.  But today I want to show you that these stamps are equally beautiful when you use different methods of cutting the images, creating new effects.  I think it’s a great way to make your stamps even more versatile!  

Cut It Out:  In Panels

A really simple way to give your images a new look is to stamp and colour the image as normal, and then cut the design into panels to separate it slightly, giving it almost the look of a screen.  This can be done vertically or horizontally.  Here I’ve stamped the gorgeous Planning for Magnolias and created a tri-panel design, really showing off that clean and simple style.  Simple details like piercing and enamel dots really give it a bit of an Asian feel.  The sentiment is actually from one of our Christmasy sets, Cozy Cupfuls.  

Cut It Out:  Into Inchies!

Inchies are still really popular in cardmaking and this design is so easy to do!  I trimmed out 1 inch pieces of watercolour paper, then stamped the Azaleas stamp set in waterbased ink onto each square with three different ink colours, using a waterbrush to softly blend the colour a little.  Most of the sections are popped up, but I left a few flat to the card to create some varied dimensional interest.  

Cut It Out:  Showcasing Embossing and Alcohol Inks

This technique only requires a few steps and supplies.  You’ll need some glossy card stock, some reinkers or alcohol markers, blending solution and a clear stamping block.  

Begin by dribbling some reinker colour onto a clear block (or you can just scribble some marker on your block too).  Then spritz a little blending solution onto the block (I used a mini-mister) and immediately smoosh it onto the glossy card stock.   Repeat that step until you have the colour effect you’d like.  

Because I was working with the Poppies set , I wanted to have lots of warm colours in reds and oranges, just like poppies are.   

Then, after I had swiped my embossing buddy on the glossy cardstock, I took some VersaMark ink and stamped the poppies in gold, and then followed that with embossing in white.  From there I just cut larger squares (1 1/2 inches) and placed them on my card.  Isn’t that a neat effect?  A little more abstract, but still a great use of colour and texture.  

A few pretty butterfly die cuts and some Krylon gold edging finish it off.  

Cut It Out:  Split a Design in Two

On this pretty Simply Camellias design I stamped the image onto the deep pink card stock and then coloured the design with white prismacolor pencils adding some greens and pinks over top.  Then I cut the design apart and then cut it so that it would fit within this card base, leaving room for that fun embossed sentiment from Big Scripts.    A few polka-dotted die cut circled give the sentiment a little interest.  

So don’t be afraid to Cut It Out!  


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Really great ideas! I especially love the inchie card with azaleas!

Unknown said...

YOWZA! All are so gorgeous! Love the design ideas, beautifully clever!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous cards and stunning designs Christine
Gr Karin

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Nice idea!! Love the inchies!!
Moxie Craftie

Littlelamb said...

Beautiful cards. Love all of them.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christine, you are amazing and continue to delight and inspire me! WOW! I love each one of these beautiful cards! I've actually done something similar like the first one, but the others - wow! That's going to be a stretch for me - but someday, hehe! Wonderful Inspire Me Monday post, sweet friend! Hugs!

Ann said...

So pretty, and such a fun array of cards.

Sue L. said...

Christina, you are so inspiring! I love Power Poppy stamps and double, triple love the Cut It Out art work with those particular stamps. Can't wait to try it.