Alongside alphabets, numbers are one of my most favorite ways to include stamping in my projects.
Numbers can be used to organize your content/story ( such as by creating lists) and are also an awesome story lens/way of identifying stories - think counting the number of times you do something or the number of dolls a child has, etc. Number stamps are one of those products that I love having in my stash because they are super universal and can be used again and again.
We've offered a variety of number stamp designs with past product collections and will offer more again in the future. We've got a fun outline number set coming up with the Week In The Life™ collection later this month.
A few things to keep in mind related to number stamps that came to me as I was working on these projects:
- I love creating contrast by using a combination of large and small number stamps. You really can't go wrong with big numbers on a page.
- It's okay to change your mind. This is actually one of the awesome things about stamping - in the case of today's main project I changed my mind on the colors I wanted to stamp and it was easy to simply re-stamp them using new colors.
- Embossing is a fun option to create additional texture. I generally pull out my embossing stuff in December for December Daily® but it was fun to get it out today and play with embossing on vellum. If you've never embossed before make sure to check out my process video for a quick how-to towards the end of the video.
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Here's a look at how I played with some number stamps today:
And here's a look at images of those projects:
This bright and colorful 2-page spread (12x12 + 6x12) includes a page for photos and a page for journaling.
In today's video you'll see me change my mind a number of times while bringing this story together. That's what's real when I'm working on any project around here.
I started off by printing out 7, 4x4 photos of Anna from the last month and arranging them onto a 12x12 piece of white cardstock. I cut a second piece of white cardstock in half to use as a page to hold large number stamps and my journaling. I love having one page for my photos + embellishments alongside one page for my story - it helps me to make sure my story gets told (vs. waiting until the last moment and adding just a tiny bit of words onto a project).
Next up I used a small number stamp set and a 1 inch circle punch. Those circle punched numbers were added onto metal rimmed circle tags that were adhered on each photo. Originally I did them all in red and then went back in and changed them to follow the numbers I stamped along the left edge of the 6x12 piece of cardstock. In addition to the small number stamping on the photo page I also stamped a large 11 and used a 3 inch circle punch to punch that out as a title.
I ended up re-doing the stamping on that (as you'll see in the video) and added the "currently" and "closing my eyes and giving thanks" on top. The background circle is from my "stamp off" extra page and was punched using a 3.5 inch circle punch. Foam adhesive pops it up a bit off the page.
For my journaling I paired stamped numbers (in a fun rainbow of colors) with two other stamps: "currently" and "adore this season." I used a Precision Pen to add my journaling.
My final addition included three stickers from an emoji sticker sheet (I think that was an add on for the Tech kit).
This totally reminds me of one of my favorite layouts of Anna from a number of years ago now:
I'm really not kidding when I tell you I'm a fan of repetition. And I will always love using full page photos as a foundation for my projects.
- White Cardstock
- Metal Rimmed Circle Tags
- 1 Inch Circle Punch
- Inks: Rose Garden, Pendleton, Tillamook, Honeyman, Olympia, Willamette, Deschutes,
- StazOn Black Ink
- 3 Inch Circle Punch
- 3.5 Inch Circle Punch
- Number Stamps
- Just Thankful Stamp Set (digital version here)
- Pattern Paper Options
- Seasons Stamp Set
- Prompt Stamp Set (digital version available here)
- Tim Holtz Scissors
- Precision Pen
- White Dot Vellum
For the next entry into my Art of Noticing Las Vegas notebook I decided to create a "shaker pocket" using a piece of vellum and an older pattern paper from Studio Calico. Before stitching the vellum to the pattern paper on my sewing machine I used a large number stamp + Versamark ink + Ranger White Embossing Powder + a heat gun to create the embossed number 2 on top of the vellum. Check out the video for that process.
I stitched three of the sides (don't adhere to the notebook until the end) and then added some star sequins and wood veneer stars before stitching the fourth side to close it up.
On top of the embossed 2 I added a word phrase sticker from a past kit.