And Yet Another Way to Make Stamps…

Happy Weekend! I hope you have a bit of time to fit some crafting in :) Yesterday I showed you how you can carve your own custom stamps. Today I am going to show you another way to make stamps and yes, I made ANOTHER cameo:

Isn’t she pretty? I used thin stamp material in my electronic die cutter to make this. I found a pretty dingbat font called DB Cameo Busts for $3 from Lettering Delights and used my SCAL software to alter it a bit for cutting. Basically I removed a few nodes (there was a detail cut into the neck of the cameo that would not cut well from this material) and cut it with my Electronic Die cutter (OK folks, I cut it on a Cricut but you can’t buy SCAL for Cricut anymore and I used the Cricut stamp material but I bought it long before Provocraft bullied SCAL into not selling Cricut compatible software, phew, thanks for letting me get that off my chest LOL!)

There are a few things you need to know about using the stamp material:

  1. It is a clear thin (1/16″) film you can cut with an electronic die cutter.
  2. You need a deep cut blade & holder and a brand new sticky mat or the stamp material will shift and move.
  3. Don’t try to cut anything too small or detailed. I had to go in with scissors to clean up this cameo stamp.
  4. This materail is much thinner than traditional stamps so you have to be careful not to get ink on your stamp block because it will easily smudge on your stamping surface.

Keeping that in mind it is a fun product to work with. I bought a pack of 2 6″x6″ sheets for $6 last year from JoAnn Fabric. It was regularly $10 but JoAnn let me use a 40% off coupon (at that time anyway-I’m not sure about now because I have not bought a cricut product since they sued SCAL.) I think I might try and use the other sheet of the stamping material as a faux gelatin printing plate, I’ll let you know how it works;)

Here is another fun tip, I needed a frame to stamp around my cameo and I remembered this Stampin Up sentiment stamp I got years ago, I used a marker to ink only the frame up and stamped it, then stamped my cameo on top. I think I am going to cut that stamp apart now that I see how pretty the frame is on its own!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make varnished paper!

I’ll admit I love the cool varnished scrapbook paper that has been popular the last couple of years. That little touch of glossy goodness is just the right accent for so many projects. Did you know you can forgo the expensive store-bought variety and make your own? Oh, yes, and it is very easy. I used some homemade varnished cardstock for the background of this card:

Stamp Credits: On card(Oriental Tradicng Co.), on bookmark/tag: Bottle cap (Inkadinkado), Alpha (PSX)

 This is simple but perfect when you want a wee bit of subtle glam (subtle glam?!?) to add interest to a card or scrapbook. All you do is use clear embossing ink to stamp a design, sprinkle it with clear embossing powder and blast it with a beat gun. Here is how it looks on plain cardstock. Even though the ink and powder are clear it really shows up well and is guaranteed to match! You could add watercolors over the design too for a neat batik/resist look!

That is just the tip of the iceberg. You can use an embossing pen to color design elements on a sheet of patterned paper and clear emboss of a custom varnish look or stamp designs in color over a subtle patterned paper for a look that is tres chic!

Cool tip: Make your own wheel stamps with texture mats!

I was digging around in a drawer that had some old stamping tools  and I came across my old rubber Sculpey and Amaco texture mats. They are designed to press polymer clay against to make cool textures or to use the Colorbox styluses with it make little custom stamps. Well, the Scupley brand ones are the same size as the Rollagraph/Stampin’ Around jumbo wheels and I happen to have a few dozen blank wheels around so I used double stick tape to attach it to a wheel and that is how I made the varnish background in the first card. I am committed to this idea now so I think I will attach the rubber to the wheels with rubber cement. The Amaco sheets are larger so they would need to be cut down to fit the jumbo wheels. Don’t you love it when you can find 2 uses for the same product?

 

I put a Sculpey texture mat on a blank Stampin' Around Wheel to stamp this background. An Amaco mat is pictured laying flat. Mmmmm, texture ;)

 Another tip I have is to save the cut out parts from pretty die cuts. On both this card and tag I used the leftover inside swirl from the heart die cut from my Decorative Doilies SVG set:

I inked and shimmer misted the swirl on the card and I left it plain on the tag. Also another cheap trick: Place a strip of adhesive along the bottom of you card and pleat a strip of pretty paper along it, notch the ends and you have a cheap & chic border!

Oh, and one more tip! When making a tag for a gift think beyond the one-time use! This tag was purposely made flat so it can be used as a bookmark later.

I hope you can use some of these tips in your craftroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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