Have you ever kept scraps from a collection that you loved, but without using it because you had not enough left? Or have you ever sighed after your unused stamps and inks, without ideas about how to use it on your projects?
Then, these ideas are for you!
I love to match stamps with leftovers, because it helps me to stretch a collection's scraps (I usually only buy a few sheets from a collection) AND it makes me to finally use my inks and stamps... I should do it more often!
I usually start with a multicolored pattern from the collection, and I look for inks with this color palette. Then, I look for stamps that match well (here, flowers and leaves were a good option)
The easiest way is to use a small stamp several times on a strip, like I did with the dark blue flower on the card below. (I also used watercolor pencils to color it).
I was inspired by the tag sketch from CREATE (the -free- september 2014 issue by Scrapbook Generation).
Or you can of course stamp a larger piece! On my layout, I chose to stamp on a cream paper with a very subtle pattern (it's almost a solid color). I started by the biggest stamp and finished with the smaller ones to fill the spaces.
I used the september sketch from the free digital magazine CREATE.
Here is a close-up pf my homemade patterned paper:
Finally, I also used my stamps to embellish my layouts: I stamped, colored the white stamps with alcohol markers and fussy cut them...