Thursday, September 17, 2009

paint + "junk" = FUN

It is no secret that I love circles and one of my favorite ways to add circles to my layouts is by stamping them on with paint. There are so many different things you can use to create a stamped circle. The best part is they are just found items everyone has in their home, can you say RECYCLE!! The following pics show you how to use found items to create stamped circles.

A few of the things that I like to stamp with are paper towel and toilet paper tubes, the plastic ring from a tape dispenser, foam cups and bowls and the cap from a spray can (the spray can cap is what I used to make the paint circles on my 1 2 3 Look What I See mini album).

Before I started stamping on my cardstock I sprayed it with some spray ink, just to add a bit of dimension.

Fill a couple trays with a bit of paint (I like to save the left over plastic shells from packaging to use as paint trays) tap your circle, in this case the spray can cap, into the paint and then simply press it on your cardstock. When you press it onto your cardstock you do not need to use a lot of pressure, try not to wiggle it and then lift straight up. If you want another lighter impression simply stamp it again on your page with out dipping it back into the paint. That's all there is to it!

Here is an example using the tape dispenser ring:

If your object is to big to dip into the paint tray just use a foam brush to apply paint to the edge:

When I am using a foam cup or bowl to stamp with I like to punch a small hole in the bottom. This helps me grip it when I stamp so that I can lift it up straight and get a nice clean circle.

The lip on this foam bowl made a unique scallop like impression:

Here is my circle stamped background:

Now that you have some lovely circles and texture on your layout, you can build on them and what better way to do that, than to get out the circles punches! Punch some circles from scrap paper to fit inside your stamped circles:

I hope this makes you want to look around your house and find some things to dip into paint. Have fun and play :)


Karen said...

looks awesome....thanks for sharing one of your techniques.

Tracy said...

That looks gorgeous and so easy to do ... WOW!!! TFS ..

Love, Tracy G

Nickynoo said...

So simple, the kind of thing that makes you go "why didn't I think of that?"!! Thanks for the inspiration xx

Charlene said...

You are just so cleaver :-). Thanks for the demo!!!

Rita said...

Awesome! thank you so much for sharing this technique...

Ady said...

what a great tutorial.. Definitely on the hunt for some recycle stuff. TFS...