A while back I shared a photo on Instagram of a bunch of stamps I’d used on my latest project life spread. I had used stamps from five different sets and had been mixing & matching them together to get just the look I wanted. Someone left a comment that they were really into using word stamps at the moment and it gave me the idea to write a blog post about versatile stamps.
I too have found myself using stamps a lot more this year. As I’ve played with my style and experimented more I’ve wanted stamps that are more me. I’ve subbed to Studio Calico for over two years and I’ve received some great stamps but not all of them have really been my style as I don’t like anything too cutesy or flowery.
I had a purge at the start of the year and sold a lot of the stamps that I wasn’t using. The money I made went towards buying some new sets that I thought would be more versatile and more me than the stamps I already had. It turned out to be a very good decision as I’ve got so much use out of the stamps I bought and I love how they all mix & match together.
The following are the sets I bought and a few tips if you're also looking for some versatile sets:
If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know I've got a lot of use out of my stamps from Kellie! Kellie’s 'Epic' Set was the first stamp set I bought this year as the coffee, geek and food stamps sold it to me. Kellie releases new stamp sets each month so I recommend following her on Instagram to hear about her latest sets. Her latest stamp set is called 'Today' and is available to pre-order now. It includes brush script and word stamps so will be great for mixing and matching.
Kelly has designed a range for Hero Arts this year and it includes some great versatile sets. I’ve been after a good foodie stamp set for sometime so her 'Food Coma' set was a must buy for me. I also picked up a few other sets I could see getting a lot of use out of. I particularly like the ‘No Comment’ set as life isn’t always perfect but it’s all part of lives and I still want to document it.
As well as the Clearly Kelly collection Kelly also releases her own stamp sets throughout the year. She has had some great letter sets and it’s worth signing up to her newsletter to be notified when new stamps are released.
I tend to prefer the add-on stamps or sets that come in class kits from Studio Calico as these tend to be more versatile. Studio Calico has been offering alphabet stamps sets the last few months but they sell out fast so you need to be quick. My favourite set at the moment is the one that came with my Mini Details class kit (sadly sold out now) that was designed by Life.Love.Paper. The typefaces used for the stamps are simple so mix well with with the other stamps in my other sets.
Which stamp sets do you find yourself using again and again?