Tag Archives: Stamping

A Masculine Birthday Card

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

As a card maker, I am drawn to bright, cheerful colors.  Mostly white card bases with pops of pinks, mint and soft yellows.  There are times though, when I need to make a masculine-style card.  This is where the richer colors come in with some darker accents.  For today’s project, I’m using a background die from Avery Elle called Waves for a quick and easy masculine birthday card.  Balloons from Avery Elle’s Balloons stamp set are heat embossed with rich colors that complement the neutral background.

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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!

One Stamp Heat Embossed Multiple Ways

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

When purchasing stamps to add to my collection, I am usually drawn to packages that contain sets–preferably images with corresponding sentiment options.  Every once in awhile though, there is that one single stamp that catches my eye.  Usually, it’s an intricate design or bold statement stamp that makes me want to take another look and consider a purchase.  I do like to make sure I have more than one idea for how to use it so I get the most for my purchase.  For today’s project, I chose a large red rubber stamp and brainstormed some ideas on how use it multiple ways.

This is the Flower Mandala Stamp from Ken Oliver.  It’s a bit larger than the front of a standard A2 size card, but there are many options for it’s use.

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Ombre Print Technique on a Just for You Card

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

We have the ombre look in so many things right now.  We have it in ink pads, paper, tape and more.  Now you can have it in the backgrounds you make for your cards and scrapbook pages.  It’s fun to make and it’s easy!

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Ask the Experts – Adhesives & Mulberry Paper

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

         

Q:  I’m new to card making and I’ve seen cards that have layers to them, but mine always turn out flat.  How can I change that?

A:  Try adding some 3-d adhesive behind some of the layers or even all of them.  For example, if you have a card with butterflies on it, add a 3-d adhesive onto the back of each butterfly to give it the effect that it’s flying.  If you have a card, that has a die cut sentiment on it, add a piece of adhesive to it to make it stand out.

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