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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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Masked Florals for Mother’s Day

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi from the blog Blue Scallop Creations.

There are some really fun techniques for stamping out there, but by far, my favorite is masking.  I love that you can have the look of depth and volume on the front of a card, but still have it lie flat for easy mailing.  For my project today, I’ll be doing a simple masking technique using a floral stamp from Hampton Art’s Clear Layer Flower Amaze.

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Ask the Experts – Washi Tape & Adhesive Remover

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  What can I do with Washi Tape?

A:  There are many things that can be done with it including adding stripes or other design to a card, using it for a border or even use it as a background.  It’s fun to play with it and create your own uses for it, too!

Q:  I need something to remove the adhesive from my project after I put it through my Xyron machine.  Is there anything I can use to make this job easy?

A:  An adhesive eraser is made just for that.  You use it just like a regular eraser, but when the edges will no longer work, you just cut that area off and it’s ready to use again.

Q:  I have a stamp on a wood block that is lose.  Is there any way to fasten it down again?

A:  You can use rubber cement on the back of the stamp to attach it back to the block.  It will not harm the stamp.

Q:  Do I need a specific sewing machine to sew on a card or layout?

A:  No, any sewing machine you choose will work.  Remember, though, if you also want to sew with it you will need to change the needle.  Paper can quickly dull a needle so be sure to have an extra on hand.

Q:   I want to add a message on my card, but I don’t want to stamp it and am not sure what else I can use.  Is there anything?

A:  There are many choices that you can use such as stickers, punches, stencils and rub-ons.  Also, remember that many patterned paper kits include letter stickers, as well as, patterned paper that letters and words can be cut from.

Ask the Experts – Stamping & Embroidery

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner



Q:  I wanted to highlight some places on my card with glitter so I used my glue pen over the top of the stamped image and now it won’t work.  What can I do to glitter stamped images?

A:  Before you go over the image with your glue pen be sure that the ink is completely dry.  It is best to use an ink such as Memento which is made to dry more quickly and becomes water resistant which prevents it from clogging up the glue pen as it is rolled across the surface.



Q:  I’m trying to color my stamped image, but having trouble with my ink smearing.

A:  You want to use an ink such as Momento ink and even with it it is best to allow it to sit for a little bit so that the moisture evaporates out of it.  Using a heat tool will help speed up this process.


Q:  I just can’t get the hang of stamping first and then die cutting around my image.  Is there an easier way?

A:  A stamp positioner will help you.  You can first die cut your image and then use the positioner to line up the die cut with the stamp.


Q:  Even with using an Anti Static Pad, I still get areas where embossing powder sticks.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  Try to handle the paper as little as possible especially after rubbing it with the Anti Static Pad.  Oils from your skin will also attract and hold the powder in place.


Q:  I would like to do a little stitching on my cards, but am not real good at sewing.  Is there anything I can use to achieve this look?

A:  These embroidery kits are the perfect way to achieve the look.  They come with everything you need to get you started.  They come complete with a template to use to get a variety of images and looks.

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