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Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina

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I love the look of stamped background on a scrapbook page. Stamping is such an easy way to customize your background as you’re able to choose your own color and image from your stamp collection.

Today I’m sharing how I created the subtle and splotchy stamped background using Big Brush Pens. It looks pretty much like one tone watercolor stamping.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook tutorial by Sasha Farina @

I gathered a few things I thought would use on my layout. In this case, I have my patterned papers, slide frames, stamp set and a few colors of Big Brush Pens.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

My favorite thing to do currently is to cut my papers into sections. This was done randomly, without measurement. Then I lay them onto my background patterned paper like so, to make sure I have space for each of them.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

I chose the stamps and inked them with Big Brush Pens, in different colors. I’m going with green and yellow this time. After inking your stamps, breathe on them to moisten them up before you stamp onto your patterned paper. I find that solid stamps just like the ones I used produce best images. I tried this using outline stamps and you can’t really see the abstract splotchy effect.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

Here’s a closer look of the stamped image. I also stamped green leaves on the top left and bottom right sections of the layout to create a ‘path’ for the eyes to move when looking at the finished piece.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

I rearrange my sections back and stitch them onto the background patterned paper with white and gold thread for added interest. I love adding a little shine to my pages and plan to add silver thread to my collection soon.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

I play around with my layout, until I’m happy with how it looks, then I typed out my journaling with my typewriter. This is another of my favorite. I love journaling with my typewriter, it’s just easier than trying to run a piece of stamped and stitched patterned paper through the printer.

Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina @

And here’s my completed layout. I used the leaves stamps but the possibilities are really endless. Think hearts, triangles, circles and even solid ampersands. I really love the look of this simple technique and I hope you will give it a try!

Sasha lives 10 minutes walk from one of the beaches in Singapore with her supportive husband of 14 years and her two girls who are growing up too fast for her liking. She started this crazy wonderful, amazing, beautiful hobby in September 2006 and has since been swallowed whole. You can say she jumped in with both feet and not a day of regret ever since. She blogs at and posts daily photos on Instagram at sashafarina. She is currently a design team member for Studio Calico and Crate Paper. Besides scrapbooking, she loves to travel with her family, with that
comes photography and good food. She scrapbooks for her self-enjoyment. The memory recording part is a bonus.

10 September 2013

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15 Comments for Subtle Stamping:: A Scrapbook Tutorial by Sasha Farina

  1. June Goh Says:

    I love the stamping technique and the sewing. Of course last but not least the use of the typewriter for journaling.

  2. Paula Says:

    Who knew that typewriters would become useful again! Thanks for the tips on using big brush pens, I have some and have no clue as to how to use them!! Lovely LO.

  3. lil gik Says:

    Great how-to and fab layout, gorgeous as always!

  4. Says:

    How do you get the cursive type font using a typewriter?

  5. Says:

    I love this technique. I have so many stamps now I am always looking for ways to use them ona page!

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    Your work is very lovely and elegant.  Thanks for sharing.

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    It is the perfect item for my college life. We have made the same one with my friends from college. Thank you for this beautiful idea! You are so talented!

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    Its looks like an awesome feed and you describe the making part well. We would like to conduct the Workshop on the Scrap book and Craft activities.

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    Sasha,thank you for this post!

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