One Stamp, Many Ways (#4)

Hello! I’m back with One Stamp Many Ways and sharing four projects today as part of this occasional blog series. I’m focusing on an empowering sentiment stamp this time from Tim Holtz’s Way with Words stamp set. It’s one of my favorite stamp sets.  Clicking the blue words under the images will take you to the original posts (often a tutorial).

One Stamp Many Ways

When we buy stamps, or any art supplies, we want to get our money’s worth out of them. I hope this series demonstrates ways to use your stamps over and over again.  There should be no doubt you can use one stamp many ways.

Featured stamp

One Stamp Many Ways - see this stamp used 4X in art journals and on mixed media tags (Marjie Kemper)

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Be an Individual

Let me show you four ways I’ve used that beautiful “Be an Individual” stamp. Keep in mind you can also use just parts of it for cards or on scrapbook pages. In other words, stamp the whole image, and cut out the parts you want.

First up, here’s a tag I made in May of 2015 that included layered stamping on one of Tim’s Sizzix dies. It’s the Chevron Framework Die and honestly, I’ve used it so many times I should probably make a “One Die, Many Ways” series. This tag also includes the little round tag from the Tiny Tabs & Tags.

One Stamp Many Ways - see this Tim Holtz sentiment stamp used four ways - on tags and art journal pages (Marjie Kemper)Be Yourself Tag

Art Journal + Video

This art journal page is from August 2014 and it includes a step-by-step tutorial and a video as well, using Tim Holtz’s Blended Batik technique. If you haven’t tried it yet, please check it out. If you like stamping and embossing, you’ll love it. Follow me on YouTube for my next video if interested.

Art journal with Blended Batik technique - One Stamp Many Ways - see this Tim Holtz sentiment stamp used four ways - on tags and art journal pages (Marjie Kemper)

Video tutorial – Blended Batik art journal page

Next we have a framed piece I made for an auction my friend Jessica Sporn organized in 2014 after hundreds of young girls were kidnapped in Africa. The proceeds went to an organization called Girl Rising. I wish I could share a happy ending but I’m crushed to say that most of the girls are still missing. There aren’t words.

One Stamp Many Ways - see this Tim Holtz sentiment stamp used four ways - on tags and art journal pages (Marjie Kemper)Bring Back Our Girls

One of my favorites

Today’s last project is from 2013. It’s another tag, and also a favorite of mine. I love Distress Inks and the vibrant looks we can achieve with them. On this one I used that same stamp with two timeless Sizzix dies: Elegant Flourishes and Pediments. I’ve included a step-by-step tutorial. Just click the title below the image.

One Stamp Many Ways - see this Tim Holtz sentiment stamp used four ways - on tags and art journal pages (Marjie Kemper)

Be Yourself tag tutorial

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 I’d love to know if you have favorite stamps that you consider timeless. Do you use one stamp many ways? Let me know in the comments. And of course, if you have any questions, leave them there too. I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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  1. Hi Marjie x absolutely love each project and the fabulous techniques you have incorporated.
    Hoping this post will gee up my mojo who is misbehaving at present

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  2. Fabulous to see the different ways you can use a stamp, brilliant samples Marjie xxx

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Brenda. It’s been fun looking back and seeing how many times I’ve used certain stamps, stencils and dies. I might have to go that route, too – sharing the repeated stencils and dies. Hope all is well, and thanks for the visit.


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