Many stamp sets today come with matching dies which make it easy to cut out images. This allows you to pop up your stamped designs with foam tape to give more interest and texture to the card. On my card today, I’ll show you how easy it is to cut out images by hand if you don’t happen to have a die set to go with your stamps.
Since starting my new love of making altered journals, I’ve amassed quite a large amount of ribbon and decorative trim. When looking at these cute little skates from Avery Elle’s Holiday Skates stamp set, I thought about the little pom pom trim I had and the perfect way I could use it.
One of my favorite tools in my crafty tool kit is my masking paper. It has so many fun uses with stamps, but you can also create some great backgrounds if you don’t have that perfect stencil. For today’s project, I’ll be using masking paper from Inkadinkado along with nesting circle dies to create a fun snowball background for this holiday card.
In past posts, I have talked about stretching your stamps or thinking “outside the box” when it comes to theme. For today’s post, I will show you how to turn a simple floral stamp into a Christmas stamp. This is great when you don’t have or want to get a huge collection of holiday stamps but still want to create some festive greetings. It is helpful to have one or two holiday sentiments though. I will be using Avery Elle’s Modern Floral stamp and die set as my focal point along with a floral themed embossing folder whose flowers have a bit of a poinsettia look. Even better, would be to use a Christmas-themed embossing folder if you have it. The terrarium around the floral stamp reminds me of a Christmas ornament which is a plus.
If you like to create hand made cards for the holidays, an easy tip to prepare is to make a variety of backgrounds on blank notecards. You can then add a quick sentiment and you have a card ready to hand out or mail.
Lately, I’ve been trying a lot of techniques with my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. These markers are a great way to get a watercolor look if you’re not that comfortable with traditional water coloring with a brush and paint. One of the really fun techniques I tried was stamping with the markers using a layered stamp set. I really like Avery Elle’s Layered Rose set and wanted to see what these markers could do.