I rarely make 6×6 cards, but I should! I made this butterfly birthday card using a sketch from Simon Says Stamp. Since I wanted to have many layers, I knew I was going to need a bigger card.
Custom address stamps have many uses besides marking your outgoing mail. When you have a gorgeous address stamp, like the ones from Simply Stamps, you will surely want to use it for more than just your bills.
This post was sponsored by Simply Stamps. All opinions are my own.
A friend of mine made me a beautiful journal. I keep all kinds of crafty notes in it. I have lists of my Cricut Cartridges, stamping ink colors, and border punches that I own. I also have a running wish list, because a girl can never have too many craft supplies.
I stamped the inside of the first page with my name and address using the Angie Square Monogram Address Stamp by Simply Stamps.
With more than 600 custom address stamps to choose from, there is surely a stamp that fits your personality.
After marking my journal, so it could be returned in case I lost it, I thought of a few more items that I would want returned if I misplaced them. One of them is whatever book I’m currently reading.
I know almost everyone has a Kindle, but I still read old fashioned printed books. It’s usually a paperback that I stick in my purse, so I can take it with me when I have appointments. I’m pretty good at keeping track of my belongings, but on occasion, I leave my book behind.
Since I use bookmarks, instead of dog earring my pages, I decided to make a personalized bookmark using my address stamp.
That’s all there is to it! It’s a super easy project. These would be great to make for your kids. How often are they misplacing their library books??? You could laminate it to make it more durable and keep the ink from bleeding.
Now I need to make some personalized tags to mark my scrapbooking totes. I can’t wait for a rainy day to work on them.
I hope I’m not the only one who forgets birthdays! I made a handful of Cricut Belated Birthday Cards to keep on hand for all of the celebrations that I forget.
How could anyone get too upset for missing their birthday if you sent them a Cricut Belated Birthday Card with this adorable bumble bee on it???
This cutie is from the Cricut Create A Critter Cartridge. That cartridge has the most adorable animals on it!! Provocraft has released a Create A Critter 2, but I haven’t bought it yet. I wonder if the critters are as easy to assemble as with the original Cricut Cartridge?
The Designer Paper is from a Stampin’ Up 6×6 stack that I got last year during Sale-A-Bration. The solid papers are all from Bazzill. I love the texture and weight or Bazzill cardstock!
I cut the bee at 3″. Because the critters don’t have many tiny pieces, you can cut them fairly small. They are adorable on party favors and cupcake picks.
The sentiment is from the Even More Punny-licious set from My Pink Stamper. To see more projects using My Pink Stamper Sets, visit My Pink Stamper Stamps. To see more projects using the Create A Critter Cartridge, visit Cricut Create A Critter.
If you’d like to see a list of all of the critters and icons on this cartridge, visit Create A Critter.
This sponging and Masking Technique makes gorgeous backgrounds for handmade cards. You can try different color combinations to get different types of scenes like water, fields, and sunsets. This handmade card has a sunshine background with a silhouette stamped in black. The contrast of the black against the bright orange and yellow is very striking!
Craft rubber stamps for card making come in every shape and for every occasion you can imagine. The most common use of craft rubberstamps is for making handmade cards, but they are also used for other paper crafting projects and can be used for texturing polymer clay or stamping on nonporous surfaces like metal, glass, and plastic.
Rubber stamps can add a decorative touch or provide words or sentiments to a project. For every holiday, season, celebration, and occasion there are rubber stamps for making a fun craft.
I have been rubber stamping for over ten years. I have quite a collection of shaped rubber stamps and also sentiment rubber stamps that I love to use. I make cards, party favors, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts.
One of my favorite places to go to learn about Rubber stamping techniques is Lindsay the Frugal Crafter on YouTube. Her videos are so informative. She gives wonderful tips!
The first thing you need to understand about how to use rubber stamps is all of the different names for them. Rubber stamps is a generic for any type of stamp that you use for crafting. Just like all tissues are called Kleenex, all types of stamps are called rubber stamps even though they may be wood mounted, clear acrylic, foam, or digital.
Wood mounted stamps are the original rubber stamps. They are made from rubber and mounted onto a block of wood so that you can hold them. There is usually a layer of foam between the rubber and the wood so that you can get a nice crisp image.
Polymer stamps stick to acrylic blocks without the use of adhesive. This type of stamp is very popular, because you can see through them and see where you are stamping. They are great for sentiments and two part stamps that require precise placement.
There are two types of foam stamps. You can buy inexpensive foam stamps for crafting projects. They are usually pretty thick, and the images are large simple shapes. They are wonderful for using with craft paints. The large chunky shapes are great for kids to work with. You can stamp shapes on T-Shirts, Tote Bags, flower pots, wood, and much more. The other type of foam stamps are smaller and are for card making a paper crafting. They are more detailed and cling to clear acrylic blocks. They can either be shapes or sentiments.
Digital stamps or digis are very popular with tech savvy crafters. You purchase them online from the designer and download them to your computer just like you would a photo or other file. With the growth of technology, websites and blogs now offer a huge variety of these stamps. You send payment by credit card or Paypal, and download the images you purchase are emailed to you or you download them. The advantage is that they are inexpensive, take up no storage space, and they can be resized to fit your project. The designers often have a design team to showcase projects using their digis to help inspire you. Many websites offer free digis.
Rubber Stamps have been around for years, but with the boom in the scrapbooking and papercrafting industry in the 1990’s, stamps have become very popular for card making. There are stamping conventions in major cities and craft stores have a good selection. They can be purchased from tons of online stores, Amazon, and Ebay.
Amazon and Ebay have a huge selection of stamping supplies for card making, with very competitive prices. Ebay also sells used rubberstamps, which are wonderful for beginners or adding to your collection.
Craft stores is another outlet for purchasing craft rubber stamps. I do not recommend buying inexpensive products that are often offered in big box stores. The rubber is not deeply etched, and you end up with a lot of ink around your impression. Oftentimes, they don’t leave a good imprint.
Home party businesses like Stampin’ Up and Close To My Heart are a great way to purchase products and to learn about rubber stamping. Consultants have lots of ideas and can help you select the correct supplies for your projects.
Ink Pads can be purchased wherever craft rubber stamps are sold. For good results, purchase good quality stamp pads. There are tons of different types of inks. To get started, choose a water base or dye ink. It is the most popular and generally comes in the most colors. If you are using a stamp that needs to be colored, like the angel in this card, use black ink. I like Tuxedo from Momento for a good quality black ink.
There are many ways to color stamps. I used brush tip markers to color the image of this pretty garden angel. Water color pencils and blending pens is another way to color images. For soft colors, you can use chalks or ink and a water brush.
For beginners, I recommend a set of brush markers in a wide variety of colors. They are wonderful for coloring images, but you can also color directly to the stamp instead of using an ink pad. If the stamp is large or if you are coloring it more than one color, you will need to “huff” on it before stamping. Huffing is putting it to your mouth and breathing on it. It helps to rewet the ink, so that you get a nice image. Many marker sets come with a brush tip on one end and a thin tip on the other end that you can use for coloring small areas or for writing.
Home party businesses like Stampin’ Up and Close To My Heart are an excellent way to learn about stamping supplies. Consultants hold workshops to teach you how to use supplies and can help you select the correct materials.
First let me say…..I have been stamping for over 10 years, and I still don’t always get a good impression on the first try! Be patient. You may be a natural, or it may take you some time to get the hang of it.
When learning how to use rubber stamps, it is important to learn how to properly clean them so they will last a long time and produce good results.
If you are using dye ink, rubber stamps are very easy to clean. You can purchase spray stamp cleaner and a cleaning pad or stamp scrubber. It has a velour type texture which helps get into the grooves of the stamp. You spray the cleaner on one side, rub your stamp across it until the ink comes off, then rub it on the other side to dry the stamp.
Some people use baby wipes to clean their stamps. This works well especially with light colors of ink or as a temporary cleaning until you can clean them properly. Do not use the type of baby wipes that have lotion in them though, and do not use Clorox wipes.
You can purchase a large cellulose sponge to keep on your work table. Rubbing a stamp across it makes for quick clean up.
Some manufacturers make roll on or spray stamp cleaners that work well too. Whichever you choose, you want to make sure you get the ink out of the crevices. Most craft rubber stamps will eventually become stained if they are used often. This is only cosmetic and does not effect the quality of the image.
I hope these tips help you get started. I can’t wait to hear about your rubberstamped projects! Sign up for my newsletter for lots of crafty information!