Dina Wakley Countdown: Stamps!

Hey everyone! Our Instructor/Designer Sara Case Strickland is back this week for the Dina Wakley Countdown, here she is again…


In the past, I’ve had a hard time stamping on my scrapbook LO’s. Since I’ve added stamps more suited to mixed media, it’s gotten a little easier and way more fun!

I actually have quite a large collection of stamps in this genre but my favourites at the moment are:

Dina Wakley for Stampington & Company (these are singles and they’re all good!)
Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous Mixed Media
Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Company Art & Possibility
Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Company Empowered Words

The Paperie can order all of these in and I actually used them all on the LO for today’s post.

I started by playing in my Art Journal to try out the new Dina Wakley stamps I just got at The Paperie last week. When I stamped Lonely Girl, she didn’t seem lonely to me, she seemed to be tough and strong and have lots of attitude:

photo1 - be strong

She was perfect for my friend who just got married. She and Lonely Girl are both full of strength:

photo2 - be strong - girl

The journal page didn’t turn out as I originally envisioned but that’s the way of an Art Journal, I guess! It did, however, lead me into my LO. I thought Lonely Girl and the phrases from the two Donna Downey sets were perfect for a LO with my daughter.

For extra interest, I stamped the girl on old book text and cut her out:

photo3 - go your own way - lonely girl

I stamped the words in a repeating pattern going up the side of the LO, but I only inked them once for an ombre effect:

photo4 - go your own way - words

And I stamped one of the Mixed Media background stamps to anchor the photo, using the same stamping off technique as the words:

photo5 - go your own way - background

Which all led to this LO – no patterned paper, just lots of stamping:

photo6 - go your own way

I say to class peeps all the time, “You can’t do it wrong,” and I really mean it. A stamp mistake can be covered up, and all ideas are good ones – even the ones that don’t turn out as expected! As proof to my point, while I was putting together this LO, my 5-year-old daughter wanted to play too so she stamped and cut out Lonely Girl, and made her own page:

photo7 - mollys page

If she can do it, I know any of you can too!

Try some different stamping techniques on a project this week and see what you think. Then get some of the great stamps I mentioned above and be ready for Dina Wakley to show you how they can add fun, dimension, and interest to your work. I can’t wait to see what she teaches us about mixed media stamping!


Sara teaches all kinds of fabulous classes for the Paperie, including our popular Yearlong Album class! She is also a Design Team Member for the new Paperie Card Kit and she is on the Simple Scrapper Design Team. She is thrilled to have had her work published in both Create and Cards magazines, as well as Creating Keepsakes. Sara writes about scrapbooking, silly kids, her crazy life, and more on her blog, sarathings.

Find Sara online:

Blog: http://sarathings.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/saracees
Instagram: http://instagram.com/saracees
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarathings/

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