Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tutorial: How To Use Stamps To Create a Shaped Focal Point

This napkin from IKEA sparked an idea yesterday.

I had been playing with the stamp set Christmas Faith (Papertrey Ink) and thought "Why not use the images to create a Christmas Tree?"

So I did! And today, I'm here to show you how to create a shaped image using stamps!

To begin, I cut out a simple triangle tree shape from scrap paper and placed it on my cardstock in my MISTI tool. This will be the guideline for where to place stamps.

Next, I placed the stamps onto the triangle shape, filling in gaps to form the tree.

When I had all the stamps in place, I closed the lid of my MISTI and pressed so that all of the stamps would stick to the lid.

Now the stamps are ready for inking! I removed the scrap of triangle tree paper from the top of the card stock, and I was ready to stamp.

When all the stamps were inked, I closed the lid and pressed.

And voila! You have a Christmas Tree, created using nothing but small stamps!

I had two small stamps remaining from this set (both berry clusters), and I used these to fill in any white space holes in the design.

Finally, I adhered the panel to a card front, stamped the sentiment, and done!

Truly, I do not use my MISTI enough, but when I do, I fall in love with it each time. This great little tool made quick work of this card, and I was able to make multiple cards in no time. This would be a fun project to try with other shapes, too, like a heart for Valentine's Day.

I love the folk art-inspired look of this card! I think this would also look fabulous all in black, just like the napkin. I may try that on kraft card stock later today.

Blessings, cafe friends!


  1. This is so pretty, Mary! I'm going to be copying this! I forget about my Misti also until I make a mistake stamping a sentiment. :-(

  2. Gorgeous! What a great idea, and a beautiful card! M.L.

  3. What a beautiful card! You are so talented and inspire me

  4. Oh, how fabulous! Merry Christmas, Maryrose!