Last week I shared a card (view here) that was my first attempt for a demonstrator swap using the Heartfelt Wishes stamp set. As I said then, I wasn’t thrilled with that creation, so I decided to make another one to see if I liked it better. This is the card that I created instead, and I absolutely love how this one turned out! I made 11 copies of this card and shipped it off to the swap host, and they are now in the hands of swap participants. I hope that they like this card, too.

For the background I used one of the easiest stamping techniques called Stamping Off. I really like how it looks like I used some patterned paper, and I created it myself! No special tools are required for this technique, and it is a great way to stretch the colors in your ink arsenal. Here are the instructions to do this technique:

  • Ink your stamp
  • Stamp it on scrap paper to remove some ink
  • Stamp it on your art piece like normal
  • If you have really dark or strong ink, you can stamp off twice before stamping on your art piece

The biggest risk with stamping off, especially when you are doing multiple images, is forgetting to stamp off for one of the images. I had this happen a couple of times, and I had to flip the paper and start over on the other side. Thank goodness that there are two sides to the paper! It is so easy to ink up and automatically stamp and when you’re doing it a bunch it is inevitable that you’ll have this happen. I made sure that I was doing this stamping on a Saturday morning after I’d had my second cup of coffee so that I was at alert as possible.

The Heartfelt Wishes stamp set was one of the items from the July – December catalog that I wanted as soon as I saw it. I like the variety of the greetings, the script is so pretty, and it reminds me of the old-timey “Wonderful Words” stamp set that Stampin’ Up! offered ~17 years ago. I still love the pretty script for those greetings and they are nice and wide so they are perfect to go across the front of a card. I think my nostalgia was triggered for the time when I started stamping by these pretty greetings. I hope that they are exciting to today’s stampers, too!

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