Challenge: Big Stamp

Whether it is a background, large image, pattern, or maybe just a big stamp pad – this week the challenge is all about the big stamp.

Dan’s starting point for his imagination this week was the psychiatrist’s booth from the Peanuts comic strip.


I can’t recall ever having been given bad financial advice and I don’t think that all bankers are clowns, but there must be something bubbling in my subconscious this week because this is what I came up with. The big stamp I’ve used is the Wide Stripes Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. It’s a full 6″ x 6″, such a useful size. In general I prefer large stamps, you can do so much more with them. Obviously, with this theme I was always going to find something useful on the Big Top stamp set and the Chemist stamp came in handy too.

Andrea repeated one of her favorite big stamps to create visual interest in the background of her Hope collage.

I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to finally see signs of Spring. I love the kaleidoscope of colors and sense of renewal that this time of year brings. I wanted to pull those Spring feelings into this collage, but I also wanted to keep it grounded. The perfect solution? Wendy Vecchi’s big Vintage Pricing Chart background stamp. I used it with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink, which I thought contrasted nicely to the softer tones of the Prima Sunrise Sunset paper I used as my base.

Anna-Karin loves large stamps since they are so versatile.


I too was in a spring mood and made a mini-book with some spring memories. I used large background stamps from Darkroom Door, Distress Paint and my Gelli Plate to make my own background papers. The papers were stamped with more images and textures, fitting with the theme. I embellished my pages with Kelly Purkey washi tape, Tim Holtz tissue tape and die cuts by Simon Says Stamps and Sizzix.

Mona loves to create backgrounds and add faux texture to her projects using big stamps.

I was so excited because the big stamp challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to ink up both of the Tim Holtz Cracks & Specks big stamps. I added texture and design to the canvas background using the Specks big stamp along with Picket Fence Distress Paint and Jet Black ink. I added a faux crackle appearance to the die cut and painted Artful Dwellings using the Cracksbig stamp along with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Tracy has taken BIG to a whole new level this week with her quirky canvas.

I decided to use the large ruler background stamp from Tim Holtz Artful Tools stamp set. However just because we are using large stamps this week does not mean we have to use the whole image, so I decided to use a large stamp in a small way, adding it to my background on my canvas, stamped with Black Arcvhial Ink. Big is beautiful this week showcased with my HUGE Tattered Floral cut from corrugated card for added texture and dimension, cut using the wonderful Jumbo Tattered Floral Die. I love the mix of elements and layers on this piece!

Ashli decided to put a new stamp to the test for her card this week.

With a new little one, I am lucky to be needing lots of thank you notes these days. So, I decided to put this adorable girl from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Stamp Set to use in a big way as the feature on my thank you card! Using Spun Sugar, Broken China, and Pumice Stone Distress Inks, I was able to create a soft and lovely image with this fabulous stamp! A little hand crafted prize banner of scraps, finishes off the first of many thank you cards that I have the pleasure of needing to make.

Suzz has folded up a card featuring many big stamps.

I love big stamps and wanted a project that would allow me to use a variety of big stamps in an unusual and fun way. My card looks small but unfolds into a mix of patterns. The focal point of the card is a birthday celebration using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive – Happy Every Day. I accented the cover with stars cut from the Simon Says Stamp – Large Holiday Shapes and tissue paper curled and colored using the pretty Heidi Swapp – Citron Color Shine. This card is already on it’s way to a teenager celebrating their 17th birthday.

Michelle tried to look at her stamps in a new way.

I explored using my stamps in a new way and created a mixed media college in my art journal. I used the Drawn Heart Background and Tiny Flower Clusters stamps as a means for creating marks rather than images. It was a refreshing experiment in utilizing white space.

Emma used a big text stamp to create her background for this romantic shabby chic card.

My card is a celebration of love and friendship and I couldn’t think of a more fitting stamp to use than the Friend Definition background from Hero Arts, stamped onto Manila card which was inked with various colours of Distress Stains. I added a metal die cut and embossed heart from the Tim Holtz Love Struck Die set by Sizzix, complete with the Idea-Ology Sprocket Gears and spinner attached to the centre. The crinkle ribbon is dyed with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain to match my heart perfectly and to complete the card, I stamped the wonderful Wendy Vecchi quote from the Lovely Art stamp set.

Sandra Mouwen is ready for the summer

When I saw the big and beautiful Joy Bloom stamp from Prima Marketing it reminded me of a song from the band Reef called Summer’s in Bloom. I started with covering the pages with Gesso and began playing with my Gelatos. I love the drippage effect. I made some dimension in it with the Chevron and Bubbles Stencils. The arrows are made with Gesso I colored black. It was a bit to thin, but I love the effect.

Meihsia created a wall hanging using a big stamp this week.


I altered a large heart shaped wall hanging with Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp to remind myself to be a fearless individual. This chipboard was covered with Heidi Swapp Serendipity Cardstock Collection and stamped with Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black. The Tim Holtz Arrows Adornments Metal Charm, Prima Flowers and Say It in Crystals were attached on this project. This wall hanging reminds me to amaze myself everyday.

Tune in Wednesday for my big stamp tutorial!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday April 27th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

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