Tags, Techniques

Three Stamp Challenge

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tag with fairies, flowers and word background created by using three randomly selected stamp sets

My kids do this thing called the Three Marker Challenge, where they randomly choose three markers and have to color or draw a picture using only those three markers.

To help inspire me, I took a page from their book this weekend. I pulled three random stamp sets out of my bins to make a tag. I knew I was choosing a background, a floral and and a misc stamp set. I did not randomly choose the colors I had to use, I intentionally picked the yellow and the blue. I think that would be a fun thing to add to this challenge in the future.

All the sets are retired Close To My Heart stamp sets I have in my stash.

These are not sets I would have ever used together, but I am happy how it turned out.

Second Generation Technique

The flowers, I think they are daffodils, are a fun layering stamp. I stamped the solid base of the flower by doing a second generation stamp. Second generation is done by inking up the stamp and stamping on a scrap piece of paper first. Then without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image on your project. The image will be in a lighter shade.

I then stamped the second layered stamp on top of flower base in the same color, but as a first generation. You can see the lighter yellow and darker yellow on each flower. This was done with the same ink pad.

The flowers were randomly stamped on the back ground of the tag and three were stamped on scrap paper and fussy cut.


In addition to the flowers, the background also has a small decorative swirly stamp, from the fairy stamp set, that I stamped in blue. I stamped the words in black over the top of the flowers and swirly.

I have actually never used the word background before! There is another background stamp in that set I typically use. I thought the words like “together”, “embrace” and “devoted” went very well with this fairy couple.


The fairy couple are part of a stamp set that I got when I first started paper crafting. This is one of my first, and still one of my favorite stamps! I used Spectrum Noir TriBlend Brushes to color them.


It is hard to tell from the picture, but the fairy couple and the flowers are attached using various thicknesses of 3D foam adhesive strips.

I certainly think I will try this three stamp challenge again. It helped me feel more inspired and work with stamps I wouldn’t have normally used.

It is a good way to practice trying new things and creating out of my comfort zone. Next time I may do three random colors on any stamps sets of my choosing, or maybe even doing both three random stamps and random colors!

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