1+2=3 Stamp Series #001

Do you remember what it’s like to just start a hobby out?  You didn’t have a lot of stamps or colors did you?  I thought it might be fun to think like a first day stamper.  Back when I had a REALLY limited number of supplies – two stamp sets, a few ink pads, one package of matching colors and only my creativity to guide me.  Which let’s be honest – my creativity back then was bare minimal!

So I thought it would be fun to an ongoing series called 1+2=3 or, One stamp set + two ink pads = three looks. 

Now the official rules are going to be the following:

  • Primarily use the images from one stamp set.  Use a greeting from another set if not supplied in the set.
  • You can use a background stamp in your cards – but only one amongst the three projects. (I gave myself this leeway, since that’s what I started with!)
  • You may only use two colors of ink plus a neutral or versamark.
  • Your card stock colors must include either of your the two colors plus white, vanilla or black.
  • You can use basic accessories such as paper piercing, sponges, embossing, pearls, rhinestones, dimensionals and ribbon to accessorize your cards.

Sounds pretty easy, right?  We’ll see about that!  Here goes – I kept project one pretty simple – a one layer card.  Today I’m going to post the first project and reveal the next two over the next few days.  And of course if you’re subscribed to the Creative Tips list – you’ll be sent an extra project tomorrow (June 19th) – so be sure to sign up today!  Hope you enjoy them!

1 – Stamp – For this series I thought I’d choose a stamp set that has been available for over 20 years and is still on the market…the ever popular Stampin’ Up! set Lovely as A Tree.  This works with any large tree stamp.  Since there aren’t any greeting stamps in this set, I used one from the retired set Perfect Words.

2 – Colors – Two colors were used in all three projects: Sahara Sand and Soft Suede by Stampin Up.  For the cardstock in later projects, I only used Soft Suede along with Whisper White.

3 – Projects – while a few are a bit similar, they are vastly different.  Enjoy!

Series #001 – Project 1: One Sheet Mystical Forest:


  • Fold a piece of 4 1/2” x 11” piece of Whisper White card stock in half.
  • Mask off 3/4” around the border.  To see a great step by step video tutorial on how to do this, join the Creative Tips List for free – your first video will show this exact technique.  To see it – sign up to the right!


  • Sponge Sahara Sand around the perimeter and then a smaller soft suede.
  • Mask off mountains to the left and right, sponging in Sahara Sand.
  • Mask off a Moon.



  • Stamp several images of the main Pine Tree image in multi-generational Sahara Sand.  Stamp three images of alternating heights in Soft Suede in the front.
  • Add your greeting and remove your mask!

It’s a rather simple project – has a few steps, and I won’t lie – if you don’t mask it off properly, you can really mess it up…check out how you can turn two glaring mistakes that I made and learn how to avoid them!  Check out the second project here!


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  1. I do not see where to sign up for the creative tips list

  2. Carol B says:

    Very pretty 1 layer card. Love that stamp set it is so versatile. Sent you a question about techniques class, not sure you received it.

  3. Cathy Kemper says:

    I don’t see where the video is on how to do the masking for this card?

  4. Awesome card! Will have to give the technique a try.
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  5. Great card and great ideas! Thank you

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