Overstamping with Sailing Home

I don’t have any problems saying “no,” but I’ve simply not found it in my heart to ever say “no” to Louise Sharp, my adorable friend from Australia. When Louise asked me to design and film a card class for her annual Stamping by the Sea Retreat, I agreed and never looked back. Here’s a look at the lovely group who were able to enjoy Louise’s wonderful weekend retreat:

Louise Sharp's Stamping by the Sea Retreat (Fiesta theme)That’s Louise in pink (as always) in the front. Here’s a shot of the ginormous face that greeted them on day two of their weekend adventure:

Brian King at Louise Sharp's Stamping by the Sea retreatThe retreat featured a Fiesta theme, but Louise asked me to make projects with the Come Sail Away Suite. Today I’m sharing one of the projects I shared with them – you can bet you’ll see the other projects soon. ♥


Remember when you first started stamping? The sample you were recreating probably had three snowflakes or three little flowers, but you loved stamping so much that you stamped seventy eight snowflakes to cover all that uncomfortable white space. Remember that? You’ve certainly grown in your style since then, but sometimes we just want to stamp. That’s why I created this fun card with the Sailing Home stamp set:

Sailing Home, Overstamping, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sailing Home Bundle. The Sailing Home Bundle (complete with a lighthouse, boats, anchors and nautical ropes) is the star of the Come Sail Suite of Products. Featured on the front of Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog, the Sailing Home Bundle is one of the first must-haves from the new book. Here’s a look at the Sailing Home Bundle:Sailing Home Bundle, Stampin' Up! 151066My card features only two images from the stamp set – the compass and the coordinating sentiment “You are my true north.” I love both.
  • Overstamping. To create a fun texture on this card, I stamped the compass over and over and over to achieve an abstract pile of compasses. I inked up the stamp once and stamped it down three times across the band to yield a variety of blues. Here’s a closer look:Sailing Home, Overstamping, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingIt’s kind of a mess – but there’s beauty in that mess. I’ve coined this technique a “overstamping,” but it might have other names. It’s something I pull out every once in while – and it’s a great way to get a week’s “stamping fix” in just a matter of minutes. Here are three samples of this overstamping technique from the past (you can click on these projects to see the original post for each):Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAvant Garden, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingSeaside Shore, Thoughtful Branches, Stampin' Up!, GDP047
  • Color Combination. Do you ever wonder how I pick the colors for my cards? My original design for this card featured Navy Blue and Sahara Sand, following the colors in the Come Sail Away Suite. When I checked in with Louise before gluing it all down, she informed me that she had LOTS of Blueberry Bushel and Crumb Cake cardstock. And that’s the story of how this sweet card was born. If you like this combination of Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Blueberry Bushel, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Blueberry Bushel

Stamp Sets: Sailing Home  Papers: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Blueberry Bushel  Accessories: 1-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

How fun is that?! What images are you going to “overstamp” with?

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  1. Looks like fun on both continents!

  2. Love how this simple technique adds so much texture (without a lot of work). Beautiful card and I adore the photo of Louise’s class!

  3. Awesome phrase you coined..awesome just like you my friend!

  4. Now that’s a WINNER of a card my friend.

  5. How sweet of Louise to get you involved in her fun retreat. Love your card and can’t wait to see others you made for her. Have a wonderful day!

  6. What a great technique to introduce new stampers to the hobby. Love the result and thanks for showing other cards with this “technique”. I think I may steal your technique to do the next class with the ladies at the nursing home when I go to CT in October. It will impress them and they will be able to do this with little to no assistance. Love it and thanks Brian.

  7. Brian I love the way your brain works! Brilliant made simple should be the theme name of this technique. I bet this was a big hit at the retreat.

  8. Being a card maker for over 10 years, I’ve never seen this technique. I appreciate that you’ve shown this to me.

  9. Where is that cute little shell stamp from on the You’re in my thoughts card? Did I miss it in the Sailing Home set? Thanks!

    • Hi Linda – that was a link back to an old post that features a similar technique of overstamping. The shell is from a retired stamp set call Seaside Shore. ♥

  10. The smooshy stamping looks fabulous! So fun to join in a half a world away!

  11. I will have to try this technique. I think my card class folks will LOVE it! So clever my friend!

  12. I’ve never seen this technique, but I like it. You are so smart for creating it. Brian, I love your blog, and the way you always appear to be having fun with your stamping.

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