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I post a lot over on the Stamping Mad Forum, and this month the ATC theme was ‘Dots’. Having just bought a set of Scallop Nestabilites dies and needing an excuse to use them I made the following ATC

Inks; Ranger Adirondack Dye ink; Willow, Pink Sherbert, Watermelon. Versafine; Onyx Black. White gel pen

Stamps; Anna Griffin Rose Background, Rose motif

Nestabilities; Large Oval Scallop


I applied the inks using Cut n Dry foam from Ranger, the shading around the edge of the scallop is created by applying addtional layers of the light ink until desired shade is created. The dark edge is the watermelon ink. The background was created by sponging on Willow ink to colour the base card, then the background was stamped on using the same colour of ink. I edged the card using the Watermelon ink. The Rose motif was from a clear set of Anna Griffin stamps from QVC, these are perfect for smaller cards as the images are scalled down from the full sized woodmounted stamps by Anna Griffin.

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Today’s article is all about stamps. I am going to give you a list of the sorts of stamps and elements that make for good design. Exactly what images you buy will be down to personal taste, as will be how you use them.

My favorite designer is Anna Griffin, and from her I have learnt that a good card/page design is made up of a few essential elements.

  • Background; create an overall pattern as a background to your main images
  • Cartouche; Frames
  • Salutation; Wording/ text for greeting etc
  • Motif; This would be your main image
  • Boarder; use for edges or frames
  • Embellishment; extra feature to enhanse the appeal of your project.


For many years I collected stamps based on ‘Ohh that’s nice’ and I bought it. The problem with that approach is without at least some planning you end up with a large collection of images that simply do not go with each other. This was brought home to me most obviously when  I started taking part in swaps over on the Stamping Mad Forum www.stampingmadforum.co.uk As soon as I tried to make a card/ATC/Moo to a theme I realised that my images simply didn’t go together! Ahhhh. Once I had collected some of Anna’s stamps it was incredible what a differrence using images that were designed to compliment each other made on the finished cards. 

From then on, whenever I buy any image it is definately with a mind as to what it will go with. I have mentioned before that I take a ringbinder of photocopied images from the stamps I have, with me when I go shopping. That way I can see if the image I am considering will ‘go with’ what I already have. It can also help if you like a particular designer as collecting images from a range by them are more likely to co-ordinate.



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Billie xx

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For those of you who know me from http://www.stampingmadforum.co.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl you will know I am a big fan of a stamp designer and paper crafter Anna Griffin. This is a bit of an irony as I am such a tom boy kinda girl, that the floral style of Anna Griffin shouldn’t really appeal, but I adore her botanicals range of stamps.

Today’s book was made on 4th June 2008, as you can see given the learning curve I am writting stuff for the blog ahead of publishing dates. This book is another in the longstitch bindings, and features a wrap around cover, which I created using the Scor It board.


Long stitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped cover. 


Here is a closer look at the longstitch itself. I bound this one using a lighter Barbour thread of 25/3 cord, which I coloured using the same Adirondack ink that I had used on the cover, Pink Sherbert. I then waxed the thread to keep the colour sealed in as the dye ink would run without this.


Long stitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped cover. 


Since this book has such a feminine stamped image, I decided to add a Pink organsa ribbon to help hold the book closed and add interest to the cover.


Longstitch book with wrap around cover, Anna Griffin stamped background. 


My book is A7 in size and features ivory pages, which I cut using the handy Dream Kuts machine. It will be going to my Auntie for her birthday in September. For details of where you can find out how to learn longstitch for yourself see __LINK TO PREVIOUS POST__


If you have any questions or comments please use the box below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie 🙂

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