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Favorite Go-To Stamps: Cathy’s View

Queen Bea

By: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5" x 7"


“Bea” (fairy) (Sweet Pea Stamps)

Lacey Circle Border (Stamping Scrapping)
Honeycomb Background (Bella Rosa)
“It’s Good to be Queen” (Zim Prints)
Solar White (Neenah)

Olive Green (Bazzil)
Arroyo (Bazzil)
Eclipse Black (The Paper Temptress)
Patterned Paper-Le Romantique (Graphic 45)
Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves and Desert Sand (Tsukineko)

India Ink Black (Stewart Superior)
Copic Markers (.too)

E00, 11, 35, 49, 53, 59
R20, 22, 32
YR09, 20, 21, 24
C4, 7
Chalk (Pebbles)
Nestabilities Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders)
Banner Die (Papertrey Ink)
Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine (Spellbinders)
Stamp Press (Fiskars)
Double Sided Adhesive (Scotch 3 M)


The theme this month is Favorite Go-To stamps.  I knew immediately that I was in trouble.  I don’t know if this makes me an odd stamper, but I couldn’t think of any of my rather large collection of well-loved stamps that I would pick as a favorite.
So, I decided to look through my file of scanned cards.  I usually scan or take a picture of all the cards I make for a record.  I figured that by browsing through this file I would discover which stamps were my “go-to” stamps.  Nope.  Apparently I really don’t have any go-to stamps.  There didn’t seem to be any stamps that were used regularly-other than “Happy Birthday” stamps and I don’t really think that’s what the challenge means.
I then drew upon the lucky fact that Stamper’s Quest has always allowed the artist flexibility in interpreting the themes as she/he wishes.  While I don’t have an absolute favorite stamp, I do have favorite types of stamps.  I love background stamps.  I also love fairy and other fantasy type stamps.  And lastly, I’ve become rather addicted to stamps that coordinate with dies.  So I decided to make a card featuring all three of these types of stamps.  Finally, although not a stamp, one of my go-to resources for inspiration is sketches and I used a sketch from Card Maps to help design this card.

  1. Stamp the “Bea” image.
  2. Color her with copic markers and cut her out with a circle die.
  3. Cut a larger circle out of white card stock and stamp the lacey border stamp with green ink.  I used the stamp press for this to help align the stamp with the circle.
  4. Make card base out of arroyo cardstock.  Mat with a slightly smaller piece of olive green cardstock.  Make a second mat with a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper.  Adhere the mats to the card base.
  5. Cut the largest scallop circle from the black cardstock and layer the border stamped piece on it and the colored stamped piece on top.
  6. Since my main image is bee themed, I searched through my stamps for a honeycomb image.  The only one I had is a rather small stamp for a background stamp.  I prefer large stamps that cover an entire background in one go, but fortunately this image is not one that requires perfect alignment, something I find difficult to do even with a stamp positioner.  So I stamped it multiple times with desert sand ink.
  7. Cut a rectangle out of the stamped area and mat it with a slightly larger black rectangle.
  8. Using the banner die, cut a strip from white paper and stamp with sentiment.  I chose my sentiment based on my image, but this is an older stamp that I have used several times.  So perhaps you could call it a go-to stamp.  I like its attitude.
  9. Go in search of your own go-to images.  Or, if like me, you don’t really have any, make something from your favorite type of image.  Don’t forget to sign your work!

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3 Responses »

  1. Love that card! Awesome!! That's the cutest stamp and you made a great card with it! Cheers, Holley

  2. I'm with you, not an easy task to narrow it down to just one thing. Your card is wonderful. 🙂

  3. Very nice Cathy! I love her eyes!