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. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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… 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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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