Hey friends, it’s Kathleen here again and first of all, let me ask you: aren’t you so excited that there is a new Felicity Jane kit again?? Don’t get me wrong, I had A LOT of fun playing with all of my older FJ kits, but I did miss this feeling I get when a new kit is released, haha ;)
For my project today I got to play with the new, gorgeous Jeana kit, but I also mixed in some elements from older kits (like the die cut roses from the Henley kit, for example). The focus this week is on stamping, so I thought about different ways I could incorporate the pretty FJ stamps into my layout.
I had lots of different ideas, like using my stamps to create my own patterned paper background or doing some heat embossing with them, but they all didn’t fit the photo I was going to use and the look I was going for on my page. Instead, I decided to use some of my stamp sets to create my own kind of phrase die cuts. All you need for that are some stamps, an ink pad in the colour of your choice, some white cardstock and scissors - that’s it.
I like to do that when I don’t want to or can’t stamp on my project directly. It not only adds a nice dimensional element to the layout, it also allows you to place the phrase (or image) on a part of your page where you couldn’t stamp it directly (like a very busy or dark patterned paper, your photo or an uneven surface). And, another bonus, you don’t have to be afraid to mess up your layout because you can just stamp it again if you didn’t get it right the first time.
While I was stamping the phrases I wanted to use on my layout (I used phrases from the Jeana, Reagan and Zoey stamp sets), I thought I would work ahead and create a few more “die cut“ pieces for later projects. I will be adding those to my regular Felicity Jane ephemera pieces so that I will have them on hand when I am scrapping the next time. Because, let’s be honest, I’m often too lazy to a) get my stamps and everything out, and/or b) search for that perfect stamp for my project. Anyone with me on that? ;)
Of course you could adapt these die cuts to your needs by using a different ink colour, or maybe even using paints or markers to colour the die cuts. To cut mine out, I just used some scissors and fussy cut them. If you own an electronic die cutting machine, you could also use that to cut your stamped images out. My only advice for you, if you are going to cut them by hand, is to use a medium weight cardstock - this makes it a lot easier to cut them (especially when they have uneven edges) but still gives them a little sturdiness.
I hope this project inspires you to get your stamps out and make your own die cuts! :)
Thanks for stopping by,