3 looks | 1 stamp

I’m totally in love with this Penny Black stamp. IN. LOVE. I’m also struggling with ways to make cards that I like.

I purchased this stamp with the thought that I could color it, stamp it onto a blank card, and be done. Guess what? It totally works. Today I’m going to share how that came out – and how I used distress inks + this stamp to make three stamped cards in less than 30 minutes!

All of the cards use distress colors in some way, and all are stamped onto the card. I really enjoyed tweaking what I did just slightly, but creating the same look on each card. Now let’s look at each one more closely:

Card #1: color the stamp with distress markers, then mist lightly with water and stamp onto blank card. Mist card with water, then perfect pearls mist, and edge (use blending tool) with seedless preserves distress ink.

Card #2: This is by far my favorite. Stamp the image onto the card with seedless preserves, then coat in clear embossing powder and use heat tool to set. Now color in the stamped image with distress markers. To finish, mist card with water and rub distress stain (milled lavender) around the card background. Edge with seedless preserves distress ink, then mist with water again to further blend.

Card #3: Color stamp with distress markers, mist with water, stamp, and then dry totally. Then stamp again (close but not exactly on top of first stamp) with embossing ink and coat with clear embossing powder. Heat set it. To finish rub distress stain or markers over the card, then mist with water to blend and add spots.

I got some creative play time, some lovely cards that could be given as a gift or used for any occasion, and I tried out some techniques too. Can’t beat that combination! Here are links (just click images) to the supplies used today:

Everything seen today can be found at – and today’s post is also sponsored by – Simon Says Stamp!

With great shipping rates, fast service, and all the inky goodness I want it is one of my favorite online shops to frequent. They sell all things Tim Holtz, and have a great selection of inks, stamps, and so much more.  Simon Says Stamp is also a great source of inspiration – with a shop blog and two challenge blogs that host weekly challenges (with gift certificate prizes!) there’s always something happening.

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25 thoughts on “3 looks | 1 stamp”

  1. All of the cards look lovely- my favorite is the 3rd one. Thanks for sharing how to make the same stamp look different by using the products differently on it.

  2. Lovely cards May. I haven’t done that in awhile, but love how using the same products with different techniques really highlights the differences – perfect creative warm-up!

  3. That is a gorgeous stamp! Thanks for showing us alternate ways to use our stamps!

  4. Gorgeous! I need to run out and get that stamp too! Absolutely love the second card too. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

  5. These three creations are SO stunning May!!! I cannot wait to try this with a similar flower stamp that I have!!

    Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  6. I love this. This is so beautiful. I think they would look amazing next to each other, in a triple frame -hung on the wall. It’s truly artwork. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

  7. I am totally in love with the 3rd card! All of them are gorgeous but the 3rd one, Oh La La! Love it. I will definitely try that techinque.

  8. Love the look from the same stamp- 3 very different effects. My favorite is the first, soft watercolor look to it.

  9. Cards are so hard for me, but I agree with Rebecca #3 is my fav and off to try … love how you splattered paint on the first one, I can never get it to look accidentally cool like that! Great inspiration!

  10. Love the cards in all those lovely shades of purple. The third one makes me want to eat cake for some reason. 🙂

  11. These cards are beautiful. The first is my favorite. What I love the most is you have reminded me that beautiful cards can be made is a very short amount of time. I tend to overdue my cards, spending an incredible amount of time. Yes they turn out beautiful, but I could have made several beautiful cards in as much time. May, I think you should say goodbye to your dislike of cards that you make ( or is it the process of making them) because you have made a number of really great cards recently.

  12. Cards are not my strong point either and I have a difficult time with the stamps.So today is a 2-fer for me,love it!

  13. Those are so pretty May. And I got my Distress Markers so can play around too. I really like the stamp you used – perfect as the centrepiece of a card!

  14. Lovely cards! Can hardly wait to be back with my scrap/project materials! Of course, I’m having a lovely time soit’s not too hard to wait, LOL. Great ideas here to try, thanks.

  15. These are all so beautiful. Purple is my favorite color, and you’ve gotta love that Seedless Preserves. =) It looks so great on the edges of these cards. I can’t wait to try some of these techniques!

  16. great cards May – the one with the embossing was my favorite to try! I have them all up on my blog and will try to get them in the gallery @ BPC tonight!

  17. I don’t own many supplies, but I actually have this stamp and I can’t wait to try the different techniques you showed and maybe even come up with a few of my own!! I love when you can find multiple uses for an item you have and I think we all tend to forget to play and create and come up with fresh new ideas. Thanks for reminding us with this camp to do that very thing!

  18. Thanks for the reminder about the different techniques. All 3 are very pretty, but I agree with card 2 as being my favorite!

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