I have a new favorite set. It's wonderful. The Christmas Memories set. Just wonderful vintage-y goodness. I haven't gotten quite in the swing of Christmas card making just yet, BUT I did find that this set was perfect for a layout!
Over all the layout is fairly plain and simple. But, the details turned out lovely... On the base of the layout, i stamped the starburst image in a similar color distress ink. i found the pine needles matched my cardstock the best.
On white cardstock, I stamped the ornaments and embossed them with gold powder then tying them up with a bit of red bakers twine. Little drops of glossy accents hold the curls in the bakers twine in place. the "Merry Christmas" was stamped in distress ink (pine needles) and cut out leaving a thick border. Tracing the letters in glossy accents really make the color pop.
I also stamped the large santa from the set on white cardstock in fired brick distress ink. After cutting out the santa leaving a thing boarder, i coated the santa with glossy accents. ok, so this takes pretty much forever to dry, but thats ok! the end result is so worth it. the glossy accents causes the ink to bleed a little bit, which totally adds to the vintage look/feel of the image. LOVE IT! i would LOVE to see this santa (or really the whole set) in mini versions!
The whole layout comes together with just a few layers of hambly screenprints under the photo and a bit of foam adhesive.
I find that i do not stamp much on layouts other than creating a textured background or maybe a phrase here and there. Using so many stamped imaged to create pretty well all the elements of this layout got me thinking. i should use stamps more. simple thought, but i think its worth thinking about.
do you use stamps often in your layouts?