Some sets of Banana Frog stamps are fantastic focal stamps that are super when you want to make a wow card or have a layout on the theme of the set -think Kawaii Kokeshi, Hiya Chick or Its Christmas, Deer. Then there are the other kind. The kind that you can use to make up a gazillion patterns so you always have your own patterned paper. The kind that can be the focus too, but it super at supporting other sets and designs. Some people tell me they are scared of this type of set, they are not sure how to use it and although the would love to, they often fall back on the picture type sets. This is a shame because they are really, really easy to use and so adaptable.
Perhaps my most used of this other kind of set is Fireworks (I must add, that it is quickly followed by It's all about Flourishes) and so I wanted to share 4 different cards where the Fireworks set has been put to use. Mainly as background but in such a way that they form the focus too.
Card 1 - Birthday Wish:
This card is one done by Julie Hickey who is also a big fan of Fireworks and it is one of my favourite cards. It is so simple yet stunning. Julie stamped in 3 shades of green in little clusters -a good tip is to start with the lightest shade first and then work through the darker colours. This gives a bit of depth to your background. Julie then die cut her greeting and stuck it over the stamping. To add some typical Hickey sparkle she added some gorgeous gemstones.
Card 2 - Best Friend:
For this card I have simply stamped the fireworks onto a tag shape to use it as the focus of my card. Actually, this card is one that I make time and time again. The elements always work and it always looks effective no matter what colours I put together.
Card 3 - Little Princess:
This card is one that Debbie made and it shows the fireworks as both a background and focal stamp. I love how chunky the fireworks look with the buttons on top against the fine detail of the background fireworks. Debbie stamped the chunkier fireworks on card and then cut them out (you can also punch them out), and then cut spokes round the firework shape leaving a slight edge to add contrast (and of course make it easier to cut out!).
Card 4 - Thanks:
The final card is a fun card that can be adapted to any occasion. It is also a fantastic way to use this set on a layout. I first punched out the circles (I think they are 1.5", 1" and 0.5") and stamped 3 different sizes of fireworks onto the card. I stamped first in one colour (lime green) and then inked the stamp with another colour (orange) twisted the stamp slightly so that the spokes moved and then stamped down again. The great thing about Banana Frog stamps is that they are clear so you can always see exactly where you are stamping. This made it super easy to get the multicoloured flower fireworks. I then used foam pads to make them stand out and put crystals in the middle for a bit of bling.
So, four easy cards using the Firework set. We would love to see how you use the Fireworks stamps so please do link any pictures, upload them to the Banana Frog flickr group or email me.
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