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Saturday, 10 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 9

Welcome back, thank you for taking the time to stop by.

Today I have a couple of ideas for recycling the stamps on your shelves to give them a fresh, modern look by using the images in parts.

You can simply take an image and cut it into strips, uniform in width or like this card, with graduated widths from the centre out. Be guided by the image, it needs to be cut in a way that still makes perfect sense to your eye. I used a bright coloured cardstock to add a bit of zing with the featured image strips raised on foam pads.


With these two cards I went for a softer look and cut the image to draw the eye to the bird, using very small greeting stamps so they didn't detract from the main image. Again the images on white card are slightly raised


On this one I simply stamped the greeting onto the main image then die cut it out with a slightly larger rectangle cut surrounding it, allowing the lilac backing paper to show through. It hasn't photographed well but the main image is raised on foam tape to add a bit more depth.


Finally, one of my all time favourite stamps. I've used so many different techniques with this one over the years and I will share more of those with you another day. But for now I tried to make the poppies really stand out, not just by colouring them, but by die cutting them out from the background with a very narrow frame of black card to frame them.

So, that's all for today - new ways to use old favourite stamps and a different way to use all those dies that lie pretty much redundant on my shelves. Four striking, clean and simple cards which I hope you like enough to take another look at those older stamps in your own stash and explore the possibilities!

All the stamps used here are from Hero Arts and the basic shape dies are all from Spellbinders.

Hope to see you again tomorrow x




  1. These are all beautiful cards Val. I love that gorgeous leafy flourish on the 3rd card! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration since the new year. Off to look back over the others now as I've only seen them on Twitter so nice to look at them on the 'big screen'

    Lesley Xx

    1. Thank you Lesley, I just felt I needed to give myself a push to get back in the groove. Glad to see you get a minute to yourself x

  2. More fantastic frugal crafting ideas, love the poppy card and the first card very much. Looking forward to later tonights post too:-) xxx

  3. Several more techniques with this poppy stamp later in the month. I use Blogsy app for scheduling posts, first seven days fine, mind of it's own past two days, driving me mad so will post manually tomorrow so hopefully on time. Thanks for being so patient and still visiting x

  4. These are all beautiful but I love the tulips and poppies as they are some of my favourite flowers. The look amazing with your treatment here!

  5. Thank you Helen, some stamps are just timeless x

  6. Love the way you have divided the images. Very lovely cards. Hugz