6 Ways To Use Small Stamps | Skull And Cross Buns | Video

There were lots of great stamp sets in the spring release from Skull and Cross Buns, including the fun Spring Motifs stamp set. It’s a set that lends itself well to using on planners, but I wanted to look at ways of using them on cards. Here are six ways to use this stamp set, or any tiny stamps, on your cards.

Card 1 – Standalone Motif

My first example uses one of the icons as a stand alone feature on the card. (Technically two, as I couldn’t resist adding the trail behind the bee, but the technique still counts!) I first created an ink smooshed background using Distress Oxides in Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade, and Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye. I then stamped the bee over the smooshed background, added a touch of colour to the body with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, and then removed some colour from the wings by dampening with water and picking up with a paper towel. I added a sentiment from Quirky Sentiments, and finished off with some Limoncello Nuvo Drops.


Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

The House That Stamps Built – Things With Wings

Card 2 – Motifs in a Row

The second way of using the icons or planner stamps is again very clean and simple. Using the daisy style flower head I stamped a row of three flowers in alternating shades of purple Altenew ink – Lavender Fields and Deep Iris. It is a good idea to keep the row as an odd number, so three or five works well. I used more purple ink, the darker Midnight Violet, to add the sentiment, again from Quirky Sentiments, below the row. I then finished off with some Sweet Lilac Nuvo Drops in between each flower as well as on either end, and Simply White Nuvo Drops for the centres of the flowers.


Cards Und More – Florals

Inkspirational Challenge – 3 or 5 of Something (I did 3 flowers)

Moving Along With The Times – CAS

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – CAS

Card 3 – Motif Scene

Depending on the particular stamp set being used another way to use the icon stamps is to build a scene with masking and stamping the images together. The Spring Motifs stamp set has flower heads, leaves and stems that can easily be arranged together. I created a simple scene of flowers and leaves leading to a sentiment from the Spring Sentiments stamp set. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, and added some dots of green around the arrangement to add depth to the design.


AAA Cards – One Corner + Optional: Flowers

Crafty Gals Corner – Polka Dots

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Less Is More – One Layer Card + Spots

Mod Squad Challenge – Use A Flower

Card 4 – Wreath Motifs

The fourth technique I’m showing is using the icon images to create a wreath. This stamp set has some great little flower and leaf images that are perfect for this, but wreaths don’t have to be made if flowers and leaves! I used the butterfly and bee images to create my wreath, added a sentiment in the centre and die cut the wreath out with a circle die. I coloured the images and popped up my wreath on my card base, before finishing off with some Limoncello Nuvo Drops.


Butterfly Challenge – Butterfly + H Elements (I used the green)

CASology – Ring

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Card 5 – Random Motif Pattern

Random pattern stamping is a fun technique and great for doing with little stamps like these. I used Ivory Pearl embossing powder to heat emboss my randomly stamped background. I then stamped a sentiment from Quirky Sentiments with Hero Arts Butter Bar ink onto a snippet of white card and popped it up on the card base. I finished by adding Simply White Nuvo Drops to the pattern, which helped to tie in the white of the sentiment strip.


Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes

Card 6 – Turnabout Motif Pattern

The final technique I’m going to show us another great way to use small stamps, and that is to make your own turnabout design. I previously made a video showing the technique I came up with for this, when I wasn’t able to find any examples that already existed. I’ve since refined the technique slightly. I divide the planning panel into quarters from corner to corner before arranging my chosen icons into place. After ensuring they stamp nicely when turned, not overlapping or leaving overly large spaces, I spread the stamps out around the entire panel so that they’re well spaced out but still fitting the preplanned pattern. This gives me the layout for the turnabout stamping, and then the background is made following the usual steps for turnabouts. I used Wisteria, Hollyhock, Melon and Spring Rain inks. I felt the gap at the top and bottom of the card base was too big so I added a border with Black Iridescent Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Offs from Love From Lizi. I then decided to turn the card landscape rather than portrait, and finished off by adding a sentiment from Quirky Sentiments onto the card using Versafine Onyx Black ink.


Seize The Birthday – Birthday and Cover The Card

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Birthday

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Any Occasion


I hope these cards inspire you to pull out those tiny stamps you may have and create with them. I had fun coming up with these ideas. I actually started this video weeks ago and it’s taken me far too long to get it finished! I’d love to know which of the cards is your favourite. You could also let me know which of these techniques you have tried, and if you have any other suggestions on ways to use these tiny stamps. If you’d like to pick up the stamps from Skull and Cross Buns there is currently a summer sale running, which includes 50% off many of the clear stamp sets!


Lady Joyful

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50 thoughts on “6 Ways To Use Small Stamps | Skull And Cross Buns | Video

  1. Love these cards. Just goes to show that you don’t always need a lot of detail to make a lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Digichoosday this time. Hope to see you again next time.
    Dawn xx

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  2. Lots of lovely cards and ideas for using those small stamps for impact. Love the butterfly card and also the last card with the butterflies. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel. Hugs Mrs A.

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  3. Love the simplicity of your “motifs in a row” card. It’s perfect for our STAMPlorations CAS challenge. Thanks for joining us.

    sue n.

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  4. This is an awesome post! We’ve gone to the super big stamps, and sometimes I neglect my smaller ones! Each card is fun, unique, and so colorful! Thanks so much for joining us at The House That Stamps Built!

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  5. What a great supply of fabulous cards – and a great range of ideas for using those smaller stamps too!

    Thanks for playing along at MAWTT,

    Hugz Tinz

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  6. They’re a lovely group of cards. Thanks so much for joining in with our June birthday challenge over at STAMPlorations x

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all of these cards. They are great examples of using small stamp images in an effective manner. Thanks so much for including the Sisterhood of Crafters “all occasion” challenge! Enjoy seeing you in our gallery!

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  8. These are all super cute!! And these are all fabulous ways to use small image stamps! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

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  9. Great use of little stamps! I love your backgrounds! Thanks for joining us and good luck with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

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  10. Love those dainty spring blooms and they nestle so perfectly into the corner of your card. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

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  11. wow, these are so cute! you’re showing so many creative ways to use your small stamps! thank you for playing along with our ‘floral’ theme on the Cards und More shop blog. Lisa xx

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  12. Great use of those tiny stamps. Creative ideas. Thanks for sharing over at Crafty Gals Corner.
    Billie A
    Crafty Gals Corner
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    Always Fun Challenges
    Creations In Pink
    Crafty Catz

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  13. Great post with a lot of card eye candy! πŸ™‚ Love the super CAS card you made for us, all the white space looks amazing. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

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  14. Small stamps = mega impact! These are just such fun; a reminder that something little is better! Thrilled you shared your creativity in the Inspirational gallery!

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