Inspire Me Monday: Turnaround Stamping

Howdy and happy Monday everyone!  I'm Allison Cope and I'm your hostess this week for Inspire Me Monday. I hope you had a great weekend and took some time to create.

One my favorite parts of stamping is finding fun uses for all the smaller images surrounding the large and glorious images on a stamp set.  Sometimes I think these images are forgotten about.  So today we’re going to get lots of littles inky!

Today’s tutorial is all based around the a new stamping trend in the market, a turnabout stamp. These are large format stamps that include a variety of stamps all attached to one another and are designed to be inked up and  rotated to produce a fun back ground image.

I wanted to show you that you can create your very own version of a turnabout stamp by using a grid system and multiple smaller stamp images.

So come and join me at my crafty desk and learn about how to recreate this fun technique!  Grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage and I’ll meet you there!

This is the first turnaround back ground I stamped in my video.  I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored everything in using Copic Markers.

Stamps Used: Fully Stocked (bell), Bough Wow Wow (knit snowflake), Merry Littles (Peace, mug, tree), Wreaths Plain & Fancy (reindeer), Botanical Tree (poinsettia), Artful Display (plate)

I split my large 6x6 panel into two equal sides and created these 2 cards…

Added Sentiment Used: Holly Golightly (Love * Joy * Peace to You)

Here is the second panel I stamped on the video using a variety of fun colored inks. I chose to only color in the odd item on the panel and I also added some fun Stickles for some holiday shimmer and shine.

Stamps Used: Merry Littles (bow, candy canes), Wreaths Plain & Fancy (church, Joy, Warm Thoughts), Action Santa (hillside, snowflakes), Fully Stocked (mistletoe), Bough Wow Wow (heart)

I managed to create 3 cards using this 6x6 panel as I decided to die cut some of the elements or at least use smaller pieces of the back ground on my cards.

Off camera I created this fun sentiment stamp only back ground using my grid technique.  I had a ball finding fun sentiments that fit like puzzle pieces together and using some bright festive holiday colored inks.

Stamps Used: Wreaths Plain & Fancy (Happy Holidays), Heaven & Nature Sing (Be Joyful), Botanical Tree (Peace, Merry Christmas), Action Santa (Sending a Flurry), Bottlebrush Holiday (Falalala, Warm Wishes), Cozy Cupfuls (Good Tidings), Holly Golightly (Love * Joy * Peace to You) 

I created two fun holiday cards using this sentiment panel.  I die cut some the edges into fun shapes.

Stamps Used for the Red Back Ground: Merry Littles (large poinsettia), 
Botanical Tree (small poinsettias)

I decided to keep my final panel quite simple and only use one shade of blue ink and add just a slight bit of shading using a single shade of Copic Marker.  So simple but so pretty!

Stamps Used: Artful Display (plates), Wreaths Plain & Fancy (candle),  
Action Santa (Snowflakes), Merry Littles (poinsettia), Botanical Tree (card sentiments) 

Here are the two holiday cards I created with this last panel...

I thoroughly enjoyed creating all these fun turnaround stamped back grounds for you today!  Don’t forget to try this with embossing powders too… you could get a very cool effect!  Think shiny and shimmery for the holidays.
Take a quick moment and visit my personal blog today for a fun birthday card version of this technique.  Click here!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today.  I'd love to hear what you think about this fun technique... leave me a comment! Ta ta everyone!

~ Allison Cope ~

Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), My Favorite Things (vellum) 
Patterned Paper: My Favorite Things (Painted Prints Smitten 6x6, Tiny Check Brights 6x6), Simple Stories (Very Merry 6x8), Doodlebug Designs (Frosty Friends 6x6), Crate Paper (Falala 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Winter Knits 6x6, Winter Plaid 6x6
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Catherine Pooler Designs (Rockin’ Red, Grass Green, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, It’s a Girl, Something Borrowed), Versamark, Copic Markers, Sakura (Pen-touch Gold, White Gel Pen
Dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Rectangles STAX 2, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Scalloped Ovals), Spellbinders (Curved Borders 2, A2 Scalloped Borders 1, A2 Curved Borders 1, PageMaps On the Edge), Pretty Pink Posh (Mini Tags) 
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear 6mm, 4mm)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (Detail White)  
Ribbon: Offray (Thin Green)
Other: Sulky Thread (Metallic Gold), Christmas Twine (Michaels), Stickles (Star Dust)


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Wow, these are all amazing! You really went hog wild with the technique and you really added to your holiday card stash! TFS!

Essie said...

These are so clever!! Can't wait to give this a try!

Esther Asbury said...

I've always been a bit puzzled when it comes to how to use little stamps, but these are some beautiful cards created with your clever background stamping! Great idea!

ChristineCreations said...

Ally - great job showcasing so many awesome ideas! You’ve showcased Power Poppy with this turnaround theme beautifully! I especially love the words and the sharp!

Berina RGA said...

Wow! This is genius! Can't wait to try it.

Berina RGA said...

And your cards are stunning!! Thank you for sharing this Allison!

CherylQuilts said...

Wow! Ally, you are amazing, and I love this technique! I'd never heard of it before, but you surely took the mystery out of it and did a fabulous video tutorial! I LOVE the designs and the beautiful cards. And I do love how perfectly you used the sentiments. Sweet blue cards too that are so dear! Absolutely in LOVE with this idea, and Power Poppy stamps are perfect for this...all those darling bitty stamps that feel ignored!! Hehe! Thanks so much for sharing your gifts and's out of this world! Hugs and love! xoxo

Marcella Hawley said...

Absolutely OVER THE TOP WONDERFUL, Ally!! You've created and shared so many ideas and variations here, I don't know which one inspires me the most!! AND A VIDEO TO BOOT! What total fun and playfulness, such a great way to combine stamps from various sets!! Then paired with incredible skills - you always take things into the next level to inspire us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Ally.

Susieq said...

Fabulous video Ally.Susieq2

Joy, USA said...

Thank you for taking time to make this video and doing all that work! It is fabulous! I learned something new and am encouraged to try it the next time I can sit and stamp for an hour or two.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

That's a fun technique !

Bunny Dobbie said...

Thanks so much Allison! What a super tutorial!

Marianne said...

Creating your own grid template is such a clever idea, and your backgrounds and cards turned out great. Cannot wait to try this myself.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for adding a new technique to my stash. And a new and challenging way to use my misti.

Bev Polen said...

Ally, this is the first that I have heard of turnaround stamping, and I assume it is your creation. It's very creative and I LOVE IT! I have to try it! You created some gorgeous cards from your panels with remarkable layouts! You are so creative, Ally! Thanks so very much for sharing this wonderful technique!! It would be a great one to share on SCS!! Your video is thorough and fantastic!

Bev Polen - Guneaux Designs

Barbara (C) said...

A great tutorial showcasing a super way to make better use o f all those small stamps in our stashes. Thank you!

Cindy said...

Ally this is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing this great technique as well as your wonderful instructional video!

Janet D. said...

I think I am dizzy but I will try it, because it is amazing!

Trina P. said...

So late to this post, but this is pure brilliance! Stretching small stamps... customizable... saving $! Awesome video and cards! x

kReN said...

I just stumbled upon your tutorial and I am in awe. I have been wondering how all this turnabout stamping worked and how I could try it with my own teeny tiny stamps. You have solved my problem. Hoping to create my own grid and give it a try. Thanks for sharing! kReN@afourthlife