DIY: Start Your Stash: Day 5

November 26, 2012

Black ink is a must have basic for every craftroom and I’ve gone through my fair share as I looked for the perfect one! My current go-to black ink is the Clear  & Simple Stamps Perfect Little Black Dress Hybrid Ink that is super versatile and great for any project. The ink is fast drying and has awesome coverage. For those who color with Copics, this ink is also perfect for minimizing the amount of bleed and smearing that your’ll encounter. This hybrid ink is also great for stamping on fabric, which I did in this project.

This one was a toughy to narrow down. I use a variety of inks on each of my projects so naming one “must have” was a difficult decision. Versafine Pigment Inks won out as my favorite because of the awesome coverage and vibrant impression they provide when using clear stamps. These inks also dry beautifully, without the chalky finish that some pigment inks have. Another plus that I love about Versafine? The packaging! Each pad has a hinged lid, so you won’t misplace it if you’re a messy crafter like me! My only complaint is the color selection. The current Versafine Pigment Inks are available in several rich and elegant colors, but I could go for a few more bright and bold shades.  My favorite Versafine color is Habanero…definitely the best orange ink out there!

If ever there was a versatile stamp, the Market Street Candy Stripe background stamp is it. The simple design offers a ton of options for your cards, gifts and more. I love the quality of their stamps and you don’t even need to remove the background image from it’s acetate backing. After lots of thought, I am so happy that I decided on this background stamp as the craftroom “Must Have.” If you’re a beginner, you’ll get tons of miles out of this one stamp. Don’t believe me…here are some ideas for how to use this image.


Though it’s not traditional gingham, this pattern does convey a “gingham” feel. Just stamp the background twice in opposite directions,  to achieve this look. Easy peasy.


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background | Paper Smooches Reflections

Click through for SIX more ways to use the Market Street Candy Stripe Background Stamp…

By cutting the diagonals in strips, you can easily assemble a chevron pattern using the Candy Stripe background!


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background | Hero Arts Everyday Sayings

This simple little card is one of my favorites! Creating a two-toned pattern is easy. Just stamp once in one color, then stamp in another color in between the first background impression. Getting the two impressions to line up perfectly may take some practice, so do a few trial runs on scrap paper!


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background | Hero Arts Everyday Sayings |

This set couldn’t be simpler. Use a piece os computer paper to mask the middle portion of your cardstock, then stamp the Candy Stripe background. Here, I left my project blank to show you the technique, you can dress these up anyway you wish. Add a monogram or a simple sentiment to finish them off.


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background


To create these modern & contemporary cards, I inked half of the Candy Stripe stamp. This allowed me to created diagonals on only a portion of the card. I chose to overlap them to give a modern and abstract feel.


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background | Hero Arts Everyday Sayings

I love airmail envelopes and this stamp makes it very easy to create your own! Using a combination of techniques #3 & #4,  I added a fun border to these otherwise plain jane kraft envelopes!


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background | Papertrey Ink Postmarks

Turn your stamp horizontally or vertically to create a totally new look. Since the full stamp is designed to be used diagonally, you’ll need to create smaller cards for this look to get a full set of vertical or horizontal stripes. No big deal though…the finished set is a great group of mini-cards.


Market Street Stamps Candy Stripe Background | Hero Arts Everyday Sayings


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75 thoughts on “Start Your Stash: Day 5”

  1. Your samples are fantastic! I am in desperate need of a good background stamp. 🙂

    My favorit holiday (and ANYday) move is “The Holiday”! It IS perfection.

    -Annie Rose

  2. I love how you created such different looks with the same background stamp. You are so creative! Everything is gorgeous!!! ^^ I do not watch any movies as of late…

  3. I love how you created totally different looks with just 1 background stamp. You are so creative and also inspiring!! It’s that time for the Polar Express…and lots of popcorn!

  4. I wish I had even a fraction of your creativity, Amber..if I had that background stamp, I would likely just have used it one way. Thanks for encouraging me to think “outside the box”!

    Favourite movie hands down for our family is Christmas Vacation. I think the Griswolds make us feel more normal because our family is sort of similar! But, boy, do we have fun!

  5. Wow! Wow! Your talent is amazing. Thanks for all of the tips. Even if I don’t have that particular background stamp, your ideas can be translated with the ones I do own. My husband and I are watching all of the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman seasons on dvd right now and I could watch the Christmas one again and again.

  6. Love, love, love what you did with that stripe! And without question, our favorite Christmas movie is ELF: “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” I’ve been singing away!

  7. You are right about using some of the items you already have on hand. Never thought of using a background stamp in so many ways

  8. Fantastic tips, Amber… I am in the process of replacing all of my pigment inks and appreciate your having done the research for me! You may just have sole one more of those Market Street stamps. I love the many uses you pointed out for it! Oh, and my favorite Christmas movie? Charlie Brown Christmas, of course. 😉

  9. I would have to say Scrooge the musical version. I love the songs and I aways think that Dickens “A Christmas Carol” has a very good message for everyone.

  10. “It’s A Wonderful Life!” is my favorite movie but when I was a kid I couldn’t wait for my favorite, the classic, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and still love hearing Burl Ives singing “Silver and Gold”.
    Thanks for the great ideas for background stamps, so versatile.

  11. I LOVE Christmas movies…Miracle on 34th. St. is perhaps my all time favorite too! But nothing makes my house sing with laughter like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!!! It’s a family tradition! 🙂

    Your projects blow me away…every time!! I love these Favorite Stash entries…very helpful!

  12. I shouldn’t say I’m amazed – everything you do is amazing!! I love this series. There are 3 must “sees” every Christmas-Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Conn & It’s a Wonderful Life. This just makes the Holidays for me.

  13. We watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation every Christmas Eve. Even though we know all the gags in the movie, it’s more about family time and being together that makes it a special family tradition.

  14. So far this year I’ve watched “ELF” three times … and it’s not even December yet! I love to pop in a movie while I’m crafting.

  15. I could watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” – I never get tired of it. Love your ideas & tips for using this background stamp – so very versatile!

  16. Sorry, Christmas movies… got side tracked by the cards… The Christmas Card was filmed in my hometown (see Hallmark Movie Channel), so that’s always a chuckle…

  17. So glad I found your blog. Best ever projects and ideas. Been seeing your work for a long time and now I can see more. These ideas rock.

  18. Hi,
    I just love the versatility of cards you’ve presented. I love your philosophy that you don’t need an enormous stash of supplies to create a lot of different patterns and cards. It is friendly for my husband’s credit card, too 🙂 🙂

    About Christmas movie: I’ve watched Letters to Santa lately, it is last year’s new and very warm. I loved it because it is set in Poland (Europe) and the director is from my country. I recommend it very much! 🙂

  19. You WOW us with every post! Fantastic ideas for great stamp. I highly recommend the lesser talked about movie “The Bishop’s Wife” starring Cary Grant. The movie is so touching. Cary Grant is irresistible.

  20. Wow, great projects! I don’t like to watch movies over and over, with the exception of The Sound of Music. Not really a Christmas movie, but they always play it over Christmas break.

  21. I love holiday music & movies, too! Every year I’m trying to find new ones and add on my holiday movies list. “Miracle on 34th street” is always one of top and also never get tired of watching “The Holiday” & “Love Actually”.
    This Candy Stripe background stamp looks lovely! I wanted to have stripe border like #4 for my holiday card, but since I didn’t have one, I used my Chevron background stamp. The result was unsuccessful…4 corners didn’t match well, so I changed the whole design. Thank you for introducing great product!!

  22. Such a versatile background stamp. Love the samples and so many good ideas. It feels a bit early but I do enjoy the Holiday music.

  23. You amaze me with your creativity. I agree that stamp is super versatile. As far as a movie I can see over and over again at Christmas – I would say it would have to be White Christmas

  24. You so are so creative! I wouldn’t ever think to use one stamp so many different ways. Oh, and for the movie I watch over and over, I watch A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life at LEAST two times a year! I love them!

  25. I love Christmas movies, so picking one is so hard. I do really love Elf and National Lampoon’s. There’s also a made for TV movie (I know, right?!) called The Christmas Card that I watch over and over.

  26. Hands down is a Christmas Story! My favorite part in the movie is the double dog dare to stick your tongue on the cold lamp post. I mean, come on…a double dog dare? How could you chicken out?

  27. I am in L.O.V.E. with that background stamp!!! so darn cute and versatile. My fav holiday show is Rudolph it always reminds me of my childhood days, of putting the tree up and drinking hot chocolate. 🙂

  28. It’s a Wonderful Life never ceases to make me cry. I think it’s such a great Christmas spirit movie. But I have this weird tradition of wrapping my presents while watching Bell, Book, and Candle. It takes place during Christmas and was my Dad’s favorite movie. It makes me think Christmas.
    I am so impressed and intrigued by your many uses of that one background stamp. Wow, Amber!!

  29. I don’t have a favorite Christmas movie, but I would watch the good old Rudolph, Charlie Brown, or Frosty if they came on TV. I love what you did with the stripes, I never would have thought of all those ways to use them. Thanks for sharing all your crafty ideas!!

  30. I haven’t seen this stamp but it’s wonderful and so versatile! Don’t know that I would have come up with all those ideas but thanks to you I’m jonesing to win it! 🙂 My favorite movie would have to be A Christmas Story. So classic. Fra – geel – ay… 🙂

  31. Oh, WOW!!!! What an amazing assortment of things you made with one stamp!!! I’m amazed! And thank you for this suggestion for black ink – I’m constantly trying to find one I really, really like!

  32. Who know you could get so many looks from one simple stamp? The movie is It’s a Wonderful Life, of course. 🙂 My Mom’s favorite is A Christmas Story.

  33. Aww, I don’t know how I missed this fab post 🙁 Well, I’m here now! My daughter and I watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol – it’s tradition now.

  34. THIS IS AWESOME!! I love all the cards you created with just that one background stamp! I need to get one of those for sure, it would be awesome to win!

  35. I am falling in love with your blog. I have been so inspired by what you have done. I had this idea and needed a basic straight line stamp and when I saw this background stamp I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for. Yet I can not find it anywhere. Any ideas?

  36. Wow thanks for sharing the ideas about using 1 background stamp . As for a Christmas movie… growing up we always watched The Muppet Christmas Carol and played Norwegian Christmas songs while making our traditional cookies.

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