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Favorite Go To Stamps: Linda’s View

By: Linda Selymes, Editor and Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Picking a very favorite stamp is very difficult, if not impossible, for an addicted stamper.  We like all kinds of different techniques, and different techniques require different types of stamps.  Having said that, however, I do have a favorite genre in rubber stamping, which I always turn to when several things happen.  First, if I need a really quick card, and secondly when I want to spread my wings and really challenge my artistic cababilities.  That genre is "Scenic Stamping".  Within the genre I have two favorite line of stamps -- Stampscapes, and Sutter Stamps.  Today I will showcase Stampscapes in two different scenes.  Here's the first one.

Country Chapel (Stampscapes)
Oak Branch (Stampscapes)
Sentiment (Santa Rosa)
Kromekote Glossy White Card Stock (Mohawk)
Black Card Stock (The Paper Company)
White Card Stock (Staples)
All Inks by Memento (Tsukineko)Tuxedo Black
Summer Sky
Danube Blue
New Sprout
Cottage Ivy
Colorbox Stylus and foam tips (Clearsnap)
Paper Cutter
Double-sided adhesive
Score Board (Martha Stewart)


  1. Prepare all your paper first.  Cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of white card stock to  4.25" x 11" and score for card base.  Cut one piece of glossy paper to 4.0" x 5.25", and another piece at 3" x 3.75".  Cut one piece of black card stock to 4.125" x 5.37" and another piece a scant quarter inch larger each direction than the small piece of glossy card stock.
  2. Stamp the sentiment centered about .5" above the bottom of the large glossy stock.  Stamp the chapel on the smaller glossy stock.
  3. Sponge color with the stylus and tips (or a cosmetic sponge) as follows:  In the sky, start with Summer Sky at outside edges and sponge towards the center over the sky and trees leaving the center part of the sky lighter.  Follow with Danube Blue.  For the grass, start with New Sprout, also on the outside edges, leaving the center lighter, followed by Cottage Ivy.
  4. Color the main part of the church with Tombow pen #800.  I left the door, pillars, and steeple white.
  5. Adhere the colored image onto the smaller piece of black card stock.
  6. Here's where I found the "boo boos",one in the center of the sky, and another one up in the right hand side of the sky.  Do you see the black marks?  If you click on the image above, you'll see a larger version and they are quite visible to the naked eye.  I guess I could just leave it alone, because I hadn't originally intended to "frame" the scene, because it was so small.  However, being somewhat anal about my stamping, and knowing how easy it is to fix, I decided to go for it.   This is where my "favorite" stampscapes stamp gets used.  While I've never used this stamp as a focal image, I probably use it more than any other stamp in my scenic collection, usually to "frame" a scene, but often to fix mistakes.  Here is a photo of the stamp.  As you can see, it's a well loved, well used, stamp!
  7. Since my border is black, I didn't even take the black off, I simply inked up the upper portion of the oak branch stamp with Tuxedo Black ink and covered the black spots. Having done that, I decided to frame the whole scene in all four corners with that foliage.  I think it turned out even better than before, as it truly directs the eye to the focal point of the scene, which is the chapel.  I call that serendipity!
  8. Now simply assemble the card by adhering the scene to the top of the piece with the sentiment, then to the large black stock, and the whole thing to the card base.  Don't forget to sign the back.
  9. This particular card can be made in about ten minues, including fixing the boo boo!
There are many reasons scenic stamping is  my favorite genre of rubber stamping.  It can be colored in so many different ways, with inks, as I've done in this post, with copic markers using a different type of paper, with watercolors, chalks, and may other coloring methods.  It can go from simple and quick, as demonstrated above, or as complicated and challenging as you want.  Below is a photo of a scene I recently finished that is 8" x 10" on glossy paper, colored with inks and mounted in a a simple frame I got at Michaels with a 40% off coupon.  All the stamps are by stampscapes, and I will use it in an advanced scenic class I will be teaching in December.



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6 Responses »

  1. Stunning card Linda, and, as a framer I was really happy to see your framed piece! I love framing rubber stamp artwork! Someday I'm going to try Stampscapes. I have some of their stamps, just haven't gotten the nerve to try them, but this is really inspiring!

  2. Beautiful! While your first image w/o the framing is absolutely wonderful, I couldn't get over the change with the addition of the oak branches! I felt like I was peeking through the forest at this hidden church... I am new to stampscapes, having just bought some new tree stamps to get me going, and now I'm fully motivated by your samples! TFS!

  3. WOW! Completely stunning and your thinking out of the box to fix the smudge...genius!!

  4. I love this Linda! You are so fabulous and I love your scenes! I am taking a class on Christmas scenic ornament cards.... Hope I can do it a fraction as good as this. Just beautiful!

  5. Great scenes, Linda, and easy to follow directions.

  6. I like scenic stamping also and agree that Stampscapes and Sutter are probably my favorites. Have lots of their stamps. Edna