Good morning, Joy Clair Friends.  Cathy on the blog today with an idea for stretching everyday stamps to work for a holiday.  I don’t have many Valentine images anymore, so this idea came from a genuine need!

Stretching the everyday stamp set, “You’re A Gem” turned it into a Valentine card.

Stretching Everyday Stamp Sets

Today’s  card feature’s Joy Clair’s You’re A Gem stamp set. I needed to look through my stash to make a card for Valentine’s Day.  When I looked at the variety of images and sentiments included with this set, I thought it would make a great non-traditional looking Valentine card.

Pairing the cut agate slice image and the “rare find” sentiment with a simple Valentine sentiment made the perfect combination!  I did an internet search for images of painted agates to guide my coloring.  My next decision was what to use for coloring and I traded my Copics in for colored pencils to give a more textured look.  Colored pencils also allowed me to add little pops of unexpected colors in a few spots.  A little die cutting, framing with patterned paper, and embellishments ensured the agate stayed the visual focus of the card.

I hope I have inspired you to look through your stash and think of stretching one of your everyday stamps to use for a holiday card.  Thanks for stopping by the blog!  ~ Cathy

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