Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Stampers Best - Logo Stamp Set




(Welcome, Skippers! Did you come from Pam's Place?)
 The Birthday Bash continues for Operation Write Home this week with some goodies from Stampers Best! Wow, they have a whole truck load of stamps for OWH and donate $1.00 per each set sold to us... isn't that awesome!? I bet that you will see lots of their focal point stamps along your hop today, but I'm here today to show you another side of things! (Does this surprise you? No, it should not.) :)

My favorite set from Stamper's Best is this one:
The Logos Rubber Stamp Set for $8.99


When first the name changed from "Cards for Heroes" to "Operation Write Home", we all got the free little red rubber stamps for the backs of our cards! You can read up on the history here, if you want. It's a fun story. You can also still, thanks to Stampers Best, get one of those freebie stamps here! If you haven't done this yet, and you participate with us, please, make this important step! Stamping the backs of your cards to label them clearly as coming from Operation Write Home is such an important finishing touch. If your cards arrive to your shipper already stamped, it is such a huge help!

Now then, about that freebie. My very first freebie stamp remains to be the one and only stamp in my collection that I have almost lovingly used to death. I use it so often that I have given it a little place of honor. I'll share that with you later. My freebie stamp was used so much that I decided to supplement it with the Logos set from SB. I have always been so glad that I did! It's fun to have a little variety and options for my card backs. These are all cards that I have shown here on my blog in the recent months. You've already seen their pretty faces. Now it is time for me to show you a little behind the scenes? Are you ready, cards?

Aboooooout... face!!
(There are lots of them, so I made them small. You can click them to zoom in if you like.)


The logo stamps in this set are slightly larger than the freebie stamp. I like this, and I love that the little "Thank you for your service" message is included. It's such a nice touch.


Sometimes, especially with my patriotic cards, I like to get a little bit fancy and color my stamps with markers, to make the logo in red and blue. 


Here you can see two cards made on a kraft base. Stamping the backs of these can be done with a dark colored ink, or, you can use the label method. I bought a sheet of label paper - the kind that you might put through a printer - and stamped several logos onto it and cut them out. I keep these on hand for labeling the backs of dark colored cards, so that our OWH logo is still very easy to see!


This is another card made on a dark base. This card is more formal and elegant on the front, rather than cutesey and fun. I used gold embossing powder to stamp the logo on the back of this one. Now isn't that fancy?


The stamp set includes two little stamps that say simply, "OWH" instead of the whole title, "Operation Write Home." When using these ones, it is best to also include the circle part that says, "Thank you for your service - operationwritehome.org" That way, there is no confusion over what the "OWH" stands for. I do love that this part includes the URL, so that the sender, or recipient of this card can easily look us up and see what we are all about!

Now then, as for my old freebie, I gave it a place of honor. I picked up a self-inking stamp at the office supply store and mounted it carefully inside. It comes in real handy when I have multiple cards to stamp after a card party. If you love this idea, you might like to know that you can order your favorite logo stamps this way too, over at StampXpress. They are more expensive to order them individually this way. For my needs, Stampers Best was the way to go, because I love the variety of looks that I can get for the backs of my cards with this one, great set. 


Hey, thanks for stopping by today to see my favorite set - and thanks to Stampers Best for their awesome support of Operation Write Home!

Your next skip stop is Beth's Place, so hop on over to BunnyScrap and see what she's got for you today!
(Or, you can start at the beginning of this blog skip, over at Stars & Stamps.)
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54 comments:

Sandy Allnock said...

I love your post Nancy - you made me giggle! What great ideas...I've never actually done multicolor on that stamp, and totally wanna do it now - maybe on the front of an Anyhero card sometime. LOL! Great job!

Erika said...

Focusing on the backs of the cards is a fun idea. I use a address label but your stamp ideas give them a personal touch. Nice ideas.

Jenny said...

Thank you for "addressing" the backs of the cards. I recently had a shipper tell me NOT to use a Stamper's Best stamp from this set (Just the OWH one) because it wasn't "Google-able.) I usually use the OWH for the middle an my own blog URL for the circle around it. Now I know I'll have to reverse it. But I DO want to mention that perhaps that stamp set is retired or revised to avoid confusion in the future. After all, I bought that stamp set to USE for OWH and to SUPPORT OWH... and then to be told I'm doing it "wrong" was very disheartening. Thanks for listening!

Diane Loughrey said...

I also like to use red and blue for my stamp on the back. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Ann Usey said...

I love the idea of putting the little OWH stamp in a re-inker - smart!!

Thanks for sharing your story!

Kelly said...

The backs of your cards are so impressive!! They look so good it has inspired me to try some of those stamps on the front of the cards!!!

Andrea T said...

Thanks for sharing ideas for using this set. Good information.

Alycia said...

I like your focus on the back on the cards. It brings attention where there usually is none. :)

Michele Cunningham said...

love the gold embossing on the back of the card. That is such a great idea for a darker background. Plus is makes it much more special.

Annie Wills said...

Love you favorite stamp set from SB...I had no idea I'd take away so many good ideas for the back of my cards today. Very creative use of the logos.

Marsha said...

What fun to see all the different OWH stamps and how you have used them. The self inker is a super idea.

Cheryl said...

Thanks Nancy for the back inspiration, so work goes into the front, we should pay a little extra attention to the back too!,

WhoMom said...

Nancy,
Thank you for the ideas for the back of the cards. I've never thought about embossing or using two colors on them-now I have some thoughts about the backs, not just the fronts.
Great!
Lyn

Susan said...

I love having the different options to note the back of my cards! great suggestions for how to use those stamps!

Jen R said...

Great idea for the back......I had mounted my OWH freebie on the back of a wood mount but I like your idea better!!! Thank you for sharing the different ways of using the OWH set!
radloffjen at cableone dot net

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Nancy I love your clever post about using the logo stamps! It's great to call attention to the back of the card and this set has so many good stamps to choose from. I love all the clever ideas you've shared and especially the one of the re-inker!

postalorphan said...

Great ideas for adding color to the logo stamps! I just have the one little OWH stamp, but with markers I could add a pop of color to that one, too!

Pat Kinkaid said...

I had no idea the logo stamps could be used so creatively. Wow!

Lee Mae said...

Nancy, your post really gave me a chuckle! Love all of your creative ideas for the OWH stamps! Love the colored stamps for the backs!

Ann said...

Thanks for showcasing the "behind the scenes"! I love using the different OWH stamps from this set on the backs of the cards!

Diane said...

I love the embossed logo- makes for an elegant card! Sometimes- the stamping of my logo feels like a boring chore- but your ideas and passion made me re-think this! I am going to stamp my logo with pride and maybe try something a little more fun!

Ava Oxley said...

I never thought to do gold embossing powder for my stamp on the back of the cards. That makes the card so plush! Love the idea. Thanks!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Thanks for the ideas. I have a favorite OWH stamp with my name in it that I use for every card. It's getting a bit old but then, hey, so am I. ;-)

Lucy Schmidt said...

I always look at the backs of cards to see what people (or companies) might add as extra "gems." You've made an impact with the variety you've shown. Love the embossed one and the colored one. Great idea to mount the stamp to a reinker.

Kay said...

Just received my freebie but after seeing the backs of your cards I may have to consider ordering this set!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Nancy! What a great idea to highlight the fab OWH logo stamps by Stampers Best! You've given us all some great ideas.

Kathy said...

Love the way you put your freebie in a self-inker. Thanks for all the great ideas for using the logo stamps for the card back. I've been using address labels.

AllisonG said...

Nancy, your posts always make me smile! I feel like you are just sitting hear beside me chatting away (like the paint chip tutorial post - what a hoot!). Thanks for sharing a "different" side of Stampers Best stamps.

Paula S. said...

This post is funny, informative and insipartional all rolled into one. You never cease to amaze me!! By the way I was thinking I didn't really need this stamp set but I think you've proven me to be totally wrong. :)

KindleLover said...

I never thought to emboss with the logo stamp! I have the whole set, too, and I enjoy using the variety. Thanks for showing us all the different ways to stamp the backs!

Julie said...

Nice backs, Nancy! LOL - cannot believe you heat emboss the back. THAT is the sign of a serious card lover. You rock, girl!

Heather C said...

Love your focus on the logo stamp! Love the story of how OWH came to be!

Linda said...

Thank you for your ideas on these stamps.

Debbie Caldwell said...

I never give the back of the card that much thought, but those other stamps make OWH really stand out, and of course that's what we want isn't it. I am inspired to order the other set, I like the round one. I like the idea of a self stamper!!

Velda said...

I haven't used this set for a long time. Thanks for the reminder to dig it out and use it. Great ideas for making it stand out more.

Patti J said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Rebecca King said...

Love this post. Like the stamp in muticolors.

Cindy's Card Co said...

Great idea Nancy, this should help out our little shipper girl a lot!!

croppinmama said...

Wow-another 'aha moment'-never thought of sprucing up the logo stamp so spiffy! Great way to call attention to OWH and make the logo stand out.

Marie W said...

I just received the OWH logo set. Getting ready to stamp and send!

Rufus said...

I too put my original OWH stamp into a self inker. I've about worn the poor thing out. I'm thinking maybe I do need that set of OWH stamps! Love that you focused on the BACK of the card!
R/

Sherry Butcher said...

I've been stamping in light colors on dark cards, but I could use labels just as easy. Thanks for the ideas.

Seongsook Duncan said...

What such a great post! You are awesome, Nancy! I like the gold embossed one. HA! Thanks so much for sharing.

Colleen said...

Great idea for adding color to the backs. Love the embossing too!!

Samantha said...

Clever! I need to try the multi colored stamping! Awesome job on all those backs!

SuzAnn said...

Attn-chun! Awesome post, Nancy! Thanks for highlighting an important step and the great variety of OWH stamps. I had to smile at your gold embossed stamp; very fancy schmacy!
Thanks for supporting OWH.

SuzAnn
OWH Board Member

Sue D said...

Great post on stamping the back of cards--thanks for all the tips and the visuals.

Emily said...

Nice ideas for jazzing up the back sides!

Kathy S said...

OH MY GOODNESS, I never even considered making my OWH stamp colored or embossed. DUH. Thanks for the great suggestions. I have a load of embossing powders. LOVE IT.

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

I like paying around with my OWH stamps too... plain ole black gets so boring!

Mary Ellen Driggs said...

Thank you for showing us the back of your cards.

It's a great reminder for us to stamp the back of our cards for OWH.

Hugs

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rscholz said...

What a great idea to show us the back of the cards. The back is important too. Thanks for sharing.

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