Now that I'm trying not to buy new craft supplies, I've started to look twice at everything I want or like to see if I can somehow recreate the product or look without having to spend money. I recently saw a set of Tim Holtz stamps while on-line window shopping that I taught where really great. The stamps were a collage type image and ran around $10.00 each on Amazon and $14.99 in craft stores. I was sure I could duplicate the general theme for no money! So I went through my stamps and got started.. The stamp on the left is the original Tim Holtz stamp (copied from an online add) and the one on the right is my version.
I started with a script design stamp from Stampin Up for the background. Then using three Inkadinkado stamps I created the central bouquet. Using another Inkadinkado stamp I added the flowered border in the upper left and lower right corners. To finish the image I inked the various areas to mimic the original. The only image I could not or did not duplicate was the butterfly. The layer stamping is quite simple, somewhat time consuming but eventually very satisfying ... especially since it saved me money and opened my eyes to what I can do.