Medallion Squared

Stampin up medallion define your life

Yes, this IS the new Medallion Background stamp–just in a new square "package."  This stamp looks gorgeous no matter how you use it.  It's my hottest seller right now from the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog. 

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  • Stampin up medallion I stamped the round Medallion in Dusty Durango on Very Vanilla. 
  • TIP:  I realize the image is supposed to look a little distressed and perfect inking isn't required.  However, I used one of Stampin' Up!'s sand blocks to gently rub and prep the rubber.  This  improves the ink transfer on most solid images.
  • I gave the round image a square figure of approximately 3 1/8" x 3 1/8".  I matted it on Dusty Durango card stock.
  • The Medallion was inked up and stamped again in Dusty Durango and Not Quite Navy.  TIP:  I flip my big background images face up and apply the ink pad face down.  To save ink, I only inked the center of the stamp, knowing the smaller images would be cropped.
  • Using the 1 3/4" Punch, I cropped the Not Quite Navy Image.  The Dusty Durango image was cropped with a 3/4" Punch.  I anchored the Durango image to the center with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  • The card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", fashioned from Dusty Durango Textured card stock.  It's topped with Very Vanilla Textured card stock.  Can you tell I'm a huge Stampin' Up! Textured card stock fan?
  • The horizontal panel begins with a base of Not Quite Navy, shaped on the bottom edge with a Scallop Eyelet Punch.  Such a delightful detail.
  • I layered Very Vanilla Textured card stock on top and coordinating Dusty Durango 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon. 
  • TIP:  Can't find the Dusty Durango ribbon in the catty?  LOL!  Actually, it's the Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon just flipped over.  This is a neat little trick for when you want coordinating ribbon but the polka dots might not be appropriate for the style of your card or project.
  • The sentiment is from Define Your Life.  It's inked in Not Quite Navy and stamped on Very Vanilla. The layer below is Not Quite Navy.
  • TIP:  The three faux brads are simply Not Quite Navy Textured card stock popped out with a 1/4" hole punch.  I used Stampin' Up!'s retired 1/4" Circle Punch.  However, any 1/4" hole punch will work fine!

DON'T MISS:  The Pals Paper Arts Challenge launched this past Thursday with amazing steam.  Check out the inspiration samples and gorgeous cards by the participants on Mr. Linky.  We would love to have you play!!! 

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Stamp Sets:  Medallion Background (115223), Define Your Life (114950)
Paper:  Dusty Durango Smooth (115321) and Textured (115538, In Color Assortment), Not Quite Navy (101722), Very Vanilla Smooth (101650) and Textured (108693, Neutrals Assortment)
Ink:  Dusty Durango (115654), Not Quite Navy (103008)
Cool Tools:  1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217), 1/4" Circle Punch (retired), Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
The Perfect Touch:  Dusty Durango Polka Dot 1/2' Grosgrain Ribbon (flipped to the solid side, 115609), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


Define your life


  1. i loved your “medallion squared” idea! and yes, this stamp is incredible – i can’t wait to use it…and your idea!! thank you!!

  2. Love your work, Mary! I’ve signed up for your blog updates, too. You are amazing. ;o)

  3. What a great color combo – would’ve never thought to pair dusty durango and the navy – amazing amazing card!!!! I just got my medallion stamp and haven’t inked it up yet – thanks for inspiring!

  4. Very neat. Great colors. I am just going to have to get them stamp set.

  5. Mary you are such an artist!!! I really love the use of the Medallion in a new and different way. Love the colors and use of shapes.


  6. Awesome way to use this stamp, Mary! Truly thinking outside, or should I say, inside the box!

  7. Looks great! And the colors are scrumptious!

  8. I have never left a comment for another stamper before today. I am so inspired by ALL of your projects. I have never been disappointed. Your are one very creative, artistic person and I appreciate you sharing your talents with the rest of us.
    Sue S

  9. Absolutely stunning, Mary! I love the squared look of the medallion. And the colors are beautiful! Everything about this card is terrific. You’re amazing!

  10. Gorgeous, love the colors and the square idea. I fear those large stamps too! Hugs,

  11. I love the idea of squaring it! Einstein would have loved it too! E = Medallion Squared!

  12. colleen kramer

    Gorgeous! I’ve seen quite a few “shabby chic” but I love the clean fresh look you’ve given this stamp set here. This one is on my wishlist, too. 😉

  13. Very cool! I’m always intimidated by those big stamps for some reason.

  14. Beautiful! I like how you took a round image and squared it up!!! nice colors together too!

  15. Love it! It will HAVE to be on my next order for sure!
    thanks for sharing your beautiful works of art-they are always appreciated!

  16. Gorgeous creation! I just made my PPA card today–I love challenges, and this was a fun one to join in on!

  17. Thanks for the sq. idea with the medallion stamp. I just got mine yesterday. I purchased the textured in color cs because I love when you use it on your projects. They just look so professional. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Very pretty! I love that you squared it up…such a fabulous look! {SMILES}

  19. barb hendrickson

    Great use of this background stamp, Mary! Thanks for the idea. 🙂 Really nice card, too.

    Can’t wait to see your new stampin pretty spot. 🙂


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