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Highlighting Stamped Images

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

Sometimes a stamp is just so pretty it can stand alone simply being stamped with black ink.  I do this sometimes with my stamps and I love the look.  I do like to add pops of color here and there though for highlight.  This stamp from Inkadinkado called Fancy Fauna is perfect for this technique.

I chose the butterfly from the set, stamped it twice across a 4.25x 5.5” notecard with Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  My stamp platform helped me get a crisp impression.

To add my color, I cut two circle masks from scrap paper using 2 sizes of circle dies and gathered 3 colors of Distress Oxide Ink.  I really like this color combo of Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry.

I then simply blended the ink colors over the butterflies using the masks.  I connected the larger circle and smaller one and then left another smaller circle by itself for better flow.

I didn’t want to cover the entire butterflies with the circles—just parts of them.

I chose a sentiment from a Hampton Art stamp set, but trimmed it so it would fit in the area I needed.  I do this a lot and you can easily put the stamp back to where it was and it will stamp like you didn’t even cut it.

Here’s a final look at my project.  I hope you’ll try this technique with some of your favorite stamps.  You could even try different shapes like squares or triangles.  Thanks for joining me today!

Easy Stamping with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

There are many reasons I love rubber stamps.  The artwork on the front, how they make a really great stamped impression, and the old-fashioned feel you get when you use one.  The only difficulty can be when you want to place the stamped image in a certain spot on your project, but cannot tell if it’s going to be where you want it to be.  Unlike clear, acrylic stamps, you cannot see through the top to know where your image will stamp.

That’s where the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig comes in.  This handy tool is so easy to use.  For today’s project, I’m going to be using one of my small wooden stamps to create a background on the front of a note card.  I’ll show you how I get perfect placement every time.

The first thing you want to do is line up the plastic sheet that comes with the tool into the corner of the tool.  Be sure you have the smooth side facing up.

Then, using a dark ink, stamp your stamp up against the corner on top of the plastic sheet.

Remove the stamp and the tool, and place the plastic sheet on top of your card arranging the image where you want it.  In my case, I used a 3.5”x 4-7/8” (4-bar) note card.  I used some Post-It Tape to mask off the back of my card to prevent ink from getting on that part.

Line up your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to the corner of your plastic sheet……

….and replace the plastic sheet with the inked stamp.

Repeat the process again, with the plastic sheet moving it to the next area you want to stamp on the card.

Continue on creating your background, placing the image at different angles and off the card for interest.

When you are finished, peel off the Post-It Tape and color in your images.  I used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers because they do not bleed through the paper.

The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is such a fun tool to use and it’s useful for all sizes of wooden stamps.

Thanks for joining me today!

A Winter Card Featuring the Grid Technique

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Add some color and dimension to your backgrounds using the grid technique.  It’s a great way to make a main image stand out and a way to create a background that matches the theme of your card.  This winter themed card is a great way to show off this technique.

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Winter Woodland Card – Using a Double Embossed Layering Technique

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Would you like to make it look like it’s snowing over your first embossed image? Want to make a layered wood look?  This double embossing technique is a great way to achieve a layered look for any of your cards.

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Thanksgiving Sentiments

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Thanksgiving is almost here and time is running out to send out your cards.  Remember to send one to those you know who may not be getting together with family or friends this year.  Let them know that you are still thinking of them with this wonderful and easy to make card.

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Haunted House Card with the Galaxy Sky Technique

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

It’s time for one last scare of the year and this creepy card scene is the perfect way to do it.  The Galaxy Sky Technique helps add the eerie darkness to this card.  Head off to your craft rooms and create one last Halloween scare of your own using this easy to follow tutorial.

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Ask the Experts: Stamping & Adhesives

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I can’t get my tape runner to add any tape.  Is there something wrong with it?

A:  If it’s a new runner and you know it’s not empty, first check that you are holding it correctly so the end that has the tape is down on the paper.  It’s easy to grab them and have them upside down. Next, check to make sure there is tape on that area of the roller.  Sometimes used tape runners will have an open spot where there is no tape.

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