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Hero Arts Stamp Your Story Blog Hop — part 2!

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Hola! Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Stamp Your Story blog hop!  You should have arrived here via Michelle Wooderson’s blog — hi Mish! If you’re just joining us or you encounter a broken link you can head back to the start at Hero Arts.

I’ve got four one layer cards to share with you today, all featuring one of my favorite sets in the Stamp Your Story collection:  Stamp and Build. This set may not look like much at first glance. But oh, the possibilities. They are endless.

Hero Arts Stamp and Build (LP282)

One little trick I wanted to share:  if you plan to use a stamp positioner like I did, mark the side of the square and rectangle that goes against the positioner with a bit of washi tape.  The edges aren’t perfectly even, so this will keep you from stamping it the wrong way like I did! Ooops! (Triangle tape preferred if you have it, ha!)

Now on to the cards! First I had to play with the triangle — because I’m really into triangles at the moment. Have been for a while now, as evidenced by my pinterest board. (Come back and check it out after the hop for lotsa ideas.) I wanted to make a card that would cure the summertime blues — ha! — so I used a whole lotta blues, including neon!

The Cure for the Summertime Blues by Lisa Spangler

(Colors used: soft sky, soft granite, navy, cornflower, stone wash, neon blue, and silver.)

This was so easy to do! I just broke out my trusty stamp positioner, then stamped a bunch of rectangles in the background. Then I overstamped them with triangles. There’s something relaxing about using a stamp positioner and blue inks. (Either that, or maybe the heat is getting to me ha!! — it’s been HOT here in Austin, Texas!)

The Cure for the Summertime Blues by Lisa Spangler

The message on the side reads “you’re the best…in the west”. Just love that! It’s from this Hero Arts/Studio Calico set. These are two separate stamps — I added the “…” with a black pen. :)

And I just had to use a silver metallic triangle on the neon blue square. Just because.

The Cure for the Summertime Blues by Lisa Spangler

Next, that sentiment gave me the idea to make the card again, but using southwest colors. Something like you’d find in a hip boutique here — and pay like $25 for a set of 4 cards. :)

Southwest Triangles by Lisa Spangler

(Colors used: pale tomato, soft peach, wet cement, charcoal, soft sand, mint julep, neon orange, gold.)

But this time? This time I gave that mint julep rectangle a gold triangle.

Southwest Triangles by Lisa Spangler

Love how the Hero inks smooth into the paper and blend together. It’s almost like suede.

Next I decided I wanted to use the square stamp, and play with overlapping colors. So I came up with this:

Hello There by Lisa Spangler

Hello There by Lisa Spangler

(Colors used: butterbar, cornflower, mint julep, tide pool, fresh peach, pale tomato.)

You can really see how the inks overlap to form new colors on this one! Note I didn’t use any green or orange inks —  those stripes you see were made just from the overlapping colors! And the sentiment is from this set.

And I still couldn’t stop until I used every last stamp in the set. As I was pondering what to do, I was thinking about how triangles look like mountains, and came up with this one. It reminds me of Mt. Fuji!

Hope to get back there someday when we can stay longer and hike the whole way to the top. :)

Fuji-san by Lisa Spangler

Fuji-san by Lisa Spangler

On this card, I used the kissing technique to give the skinny rectangles a little texture. It’s really easy to do — first I inked the skinny rectangle with soft sky and then I inked the envelope pattern stamp with navy. Then I kissed the skinny rectangle to the envelope pattern stamp and finally stamped it on my card front. So cool.

Then to get the little snow cap on top of Mt. Fuji I used my stamp positioner to stamp it twice. First I inked the triangle with cornflower and navy inks and stamped it. Then I cleaned it off and inked it with silver and stamped it again.   Really love how this came out, so peaceful somehow.

Sure hope you liked my one layer cards! In case you haven’t heard, I issued a one layer card challenge over on the Hero Arts blog HERE! It runs now through July 15th — hope you can join in the fun! And if you need some more triangle inspiration, check out the CASE Study Challenge blog this week for two more cards from me (using different supplies, ha ha) and amazing cards from the DT! :)

Before you go, be sure to leave a comment — Hero is giving away a great prize pack with the winner chosen randomly from all the pool of comments left on all the blogs in the hop. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. Woo!

Now then, on with the hop! Your next stop is the amazing Kristina Werner — I just can’t wait to see what she’s made! (I know it will be awesome — just like her.) Take it away, K!

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322 thoughts on “Hero Arts Stamp Your Story Blog Hop — part 2!”

  1. I have so many geometric shape stamps but never thought about using them this way. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. Love these awesome one layer cards which are anything but boring. Great use of these simple shapes and color-inspiring!

  3. I have some geometric stamps in my stash that I just had to have, then didn’t know quite what to do with them. Thanks for the amazing ideas. I love 1-layer cards and every single one is impressive. Thanks for the tips, too.

  4. You always have the best ideas! I love the rectangles overstamped with the triangle stamp. Beautiful graphically. :) Reminds me of something I would have done (but with a press) in my printmaking class in college. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  5. I am so very very enchanted by your cards – they are pretty and modern, clean lines, nice colors – altogether a very nice packet of art. I would happily pay for them, but more likely I will use them as inspiration and do some of my own. So, now your are my muse! (and I’ll be following your blog. This was my 1st visit and thoroughly enjoyable)

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