I've always loved the collage style of stamping. It's a technique that ebbs and flows in popularity but is always a go-to style when I want to play around in a more artistic way. And a great idea shared at SU convention got me thinking about all the fun you can have using some of Stampin' Up's great background stamps as part of your collage -- especially the ones that are essentially a collage of words.
The projects shared in this post were among the things we made at my August stamp and scrapbooking clubs. The card uses the Gratuitous Graffitti background stamp and I used a sponge dauber and Soft Suede ink to ink up just the word "Gratitude" -- fading the ink out on the images that surround that word on the large stamp. The multi-color images around the greeting are all from the new Extreme Elements set -- a must-have set for me. Those images were all "second generation" -- meaning I inked them up then stamped ink off on scrap paper first before adding them around Gratitude. The panel has been spritzed with a Soft Suede marker using the Color Spritzer tool (item #107066 -- love this for speckles!). The card itself is Dusty Durango with a Soft Suede accent strip -- and this card was essentially a copy of the one showed off at convention.
On this 6" square scrapbook page, I took that collage idea and used the Tres Chic background stamp and the Medallion stamp. First, I stamped the Medallion in white craft ink on Bordering Blue card stock. I heat set that with a heat tool. Then I used a Bordering Blue Craft ink spot (pigment ink) to add color to just a section of the Tres Chic stamp. BEFORE stamping it, I used a sponge dauber and Night of Navy craft ink to highlight a few words so they would stand out as my subtle page title. TIP: On the large background stamps I use the inked stamp with the wood side lying on the table, rubber side up and just place the paper face down over the ink -- much easier than trying to stamp with that large stamp the traditional way. The page is accented with a white Jumbo Grommet and white photo mat with an Eyelet punched edge, dressed up with Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon.
Check out this version! Same stamp -- same process -- but this time I inked up a different section that would make a perfect header for a page about my creative pursuits (important to scrapbook about yourself and what's important to you!) That Navy flourish is an image from Extreme Elements again -- such a perfect set for all different styles of stamping. There are images that can look like everything from extreme sports dirt splatters -- to elegant accents. It's all in the context.