Frugal Friday checks out Stampin’ Up’s “Artistic Etchings”…One stamp set two very different looks!

Hi All,

Welcome back to Frugal Friday.  Today I’m looking at a favorite set of mine that definitely fits the frugal bill in both price and utility.   To see a full list of frugally priced under $20 stamp sets and wheels check out the lists in my Scribd files or the links in the right hand side bar.  There is a list for the Idea Book & Catalog and a separate one for the Holiday Mini.

I’m a big fan of the new Vintage trend that Artistic Etchings represents.  Lots of possibilities for out of the box thinking and creating.  And when it comes to frugal stamping that versatility is a key factor.  When one stamp set that is moderately priced to begin with can be used in multiple ways for multiple occasions you know you have a winner.

Tip: When looking at new stamp sets I try to find at least 5 different ways to use a set.  If I can accomplish that goal then I know I’ve found a “keeper”.   I also make a point of creating projects (or at least sketching them out) with every stamp in the set when I get it so I can discover the utility of each image.

 Here are two very different looks created by my friend and Stampin’ Up partner Cheryl for some of our recent events.

First up: 

From our September Stamp Camp. Ignore the Kraft looking sheet in the background – I used that for contrast so the Very Vanilla Cardstock would show up on my scanner.

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, En Francais,  Perfect Punches

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler

Punches:  1 3/8”x 5/8” Oval Punch, 1 ¾”x 7/8” Oval Punch

Other: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers (for Crumb Cake ink), dimensionals

While the Thanks image looks like its a combination of stamps or Designer paper it’s really the one image from Perfect punches that creates the awesome background and text all in one image!   A little judicious antiquing with Crumb Cake (AKA – Kraft) ink adds to the dimensionality of the image.   Note:  The circle medallion image was stamped before the texturing with the embossing folder.   Some stampers at the Camp also included other images from the set (Crown, key, etc. some in Marina Mist) that added to the collage feel of the card.  They also had a choice of Embossing folders for different textures.

Note:  If you are looking for other ornament ideas the Crown and the “bar pin” image fit perfectly inside the Ornament punch shape and even the circle medallion looks pretty cool.   If you used an ornament punch shaped stencil you could create a fabulous background paper of scattered ornaments across the page with many of the images from this set.   The key even fits sideways!


And Second a very different look:

Artistic Etchings as a Christmas Ornament!   This particular card is a CASE of Ann Clemmer’s very inventive card – you can see her blog here.  Even though it’s quite simple it still packs a great deal of punch and was a favorite at this months Christmas Stamp a Stack.

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Lovely as a Tree,  A Cardinal Christmas (greeting)

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Versamark, White StazOn

Papers:  Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand,

Other: Modern Label Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Scissors




Artistic Etchings

Clear Mount: #120573,  $14.95

Wood Mount: #118517,  $18.95

An old-world cathedral, a street café in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the stately decorum of a royal palace—these are the types of images invoked by our Artistic Etchings set. Add its vintage look and feel to your cards and scrapbook pages to set a romantic, nostalgic mood. Available both in wood-mount and clear-mount.

Set Quantity: 6

Combines wonderfully with textured embossing folders like Vintage Wallpaper and Finial Press and many more.   I’ve even thought that the round medallion would work to approximate a Mandala (Buddhist mystic wheel image), a Sioux shield maybe placed behind the Buffalo from the In Wilderness stamp set.  The longer lacy image reminds me of one of my Grandmothers favorite pins.   And of course all the images will work alone or together to create wonderful One Sheet Wonders or background papers.

From simple to complex the possibilities are endless.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery:

 *** – Video  – video  – Video for another type of Ornament card


I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at a favorite stamp set.   Kudos to those original stampers who first saw an ornament in a crown and circle image.  I love the creativity of my sister Demo’s.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


One Response

  1. Love the crown upside down. How CCCCLLLLLLEEEEVVVERRR! You are so unbelievable!

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