The Lazy Stampers Guide to Layering Stamps

Hi friends, are you curious about (or frustrated by) layering stamps? Today I will take out some of the mysteries and help you decide what kind is best for you or if they are for you at all.

I will try and find links to the products I used or similar ones if they are retired. I keep and use my stamps for a long time so often they are unavailable when you are watching my video. There are new beautiful stamps being released every day so feel free to follow along with what you like! Affiliate links will be used if available.

Type of layering stamps:

Rubber-These were the first layer stamps I ever used. Stampin’ up made these on wood blocks and they were called “2-Step Stampin’.” To get perfect alignment you could use a stamp-a-majig (best $12 you can spend if you want perfect placement for ANY stamp. wood block or clear) but the best thing about these designs was that you didn’t need to stamp them perfectly for a beautiful result. My favorite stamps of this genre come from Rubbernecker. You can still get some of the old-style rubber stamp (the layered poppy I demonstrated is still available) but they have transitioned over to clear photopolymer for easier alignment (and to work with the new style hinged stamp positioners like this) and so they can be used with metal dies. Rubber stamps can use any ink or water-based markers to get excellent results. The downside to the rubber layering stamps is that they are harder to find and you don’t get photorealistic designs from them. They are the most durable kind of stamp and give the best impression in my opinion. They also tend to be on the expensive side.

Photopolymer: These stamps are clear, and easily stain, but give an excellent impression. You can use dye ink, pigment ink and water-based markers on them as you can with rubber stamps however you want to avoid harsh chemicals and inks such as solvents. Since they are clear they are easier to line up well and can be used in a hinged stamp platform to make lining up and making multiple of designs easy. Altenew has a great selection of photopolymer layering stamps including the Amaryllis stamp I used. These stamps are made by a process of exposing a gel to UV light and can also turn yellow or even be damaged is stored near a window so I recommend storing them away from light for longevity. The macaron stamp set I used is from Impression Obsession but it seems to be discontinued however some other sweets stamps from the same designer are 50% off right now! I did find a similar macaron stamp from Crafters Companion. Photopolymer stamps give a great impression but are a bit expensive and you need to take care of storing them and be mindful of what ink you use. Also never stamp them on ink jet photo paper as it may fuse to the stamp and ruin it.

Silicone stamps: These clear stamps are my least favorite but the cost is much lower than the other two options. You usually only see the silicone stamps in big box stores from large manufacturers because they need to order large amounts to make it worthwhile. silicone stamps are made, usually in China, by pouring silicone into a mold. They often do not stick as well to clear blocks (but sometimes come fused to the packaging!) and dye inks tend to bead up on them is there is a large solid area. Markers do not work well on this kind of stamp because marker ink is too thin. Pigment ink works best on silicone stamps. I like Versafine Clair but that can be pricey so you might want to choose a multi pack of mini cubes to get more variety at a smaller cost and less need for storage space. If you have trouble with ink sticking you can rub the stamp with an eraser prior to stamping.

I hope you found this helpful and it inspires you you pull out your layering stamps and make a card! Happy crafting!

Look what came in the mail!!!

Hi friends! Looks what came in the mail!

I was featured in Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine! They did a whole article!

It’s been a while since I have submitted anything for publication since many of the American craft magazines have dried up over the years so when this British magazine reached out I was thrilled!

The magazine is available in a print version or a digital subscription version on Amazon but the cool thing about a print version is that you get stamps and dies with it! Usually craft stores like Joanns and Michaels sell this magazine as well as big bookstores. It’s issue 216 if you are looking for it. Look at the cute stamps and dies you get. I found it on Craft Stash for a few dollars less that my local bookstores sell it for too!

That’s all for today, I just wanted to share my excitement! Happy crafting!

Rustic Textures in Soft Pastel (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today we are breaking out the pastels to create this painting of an old weathered door.

This was so fun to draw with soft pastels. Soft pastels are sticks of pigment, binder and clay and feel like a very pigmented chalk as opposed to oil pastels that can feel like lipstick. I know it can be confusing to know what kind an artist is referring to:) You can watch the timelapse of this demo in the player below. There are a lot of tips and tricks for working in soft pastel. If you prefer the 2 hour and 17 minute narrated real time tutorial it’s up now in Critique Club.


Supplies (affiliate links used) *I used a variety of pastels on this painting. Below I will list my favorites as well as getting started budget picks. I will link to Amazon and Blick, check both places as often prices fluctuate, and if you are buying a large set of pastels the savings can be big.

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I hope this inspires you to give soft pastels a try! Til next time happy crafting!

Give Your Dollar Tree Candles a “Glow Up”

Hi friends! I love the looks of botanical inspired d├ęcor but it can be pricy. Today I’ll show you how to turn inexpensive pillar candles into a beautiful rustic natural looking accent that would be perfect for an outdoor party.

Heck, I think these would be pretty snazzy as a wedding table place setting/favor. Pair it with a mason jar of seasonal wildflowers for a trendy (and thrifty) celebration!

Supplies can be found at most dollar stores but I have also linked similar products to Amazon with affiliate links)

I’m looking forward to having parties again and these just might have to be one of my decorations! Happy crafting!

Smoke on the Water…

Let’s paint this misty lake!

If you ever wondered what in heck to use pastel watercolors for this tutorial will give you some ideas!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

If you would like to learn more about watercolor landscape painting check out my watercolor landscape class!

Happy crafting!

Cards for Dads and Grads (Use what you have!)

Hi friends, as you know I love mixing old and new supplies to make cards. To be honest there aren’t too many stamps out there that can pull me away from my tried and true collection amassed over decades. If you don’t have a big collection and want to get something new there are lots of options!

The real inspiration of this card were some pretty metal look stickers I found at the dollar tree a few months ago. I thought they would be great for father’s day, graduations and vintage themed birthday cards. Feel free to use the techniques I share in today’s video in your next card!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

I hope this inspires you to dig through your stash and play with older supplies! Til next time happy crafting!

Another Alcohol Marker Cupcake! Rainbowy

Hi friends! Here is a colorful cupcake for you!

Watch the video and learn how!

Supplies (affilate links used)

I hope this art cheers you up! Happy crafting!

Do You know What Your Water-based Blender Can Do?

Hi friends! Today I am going to share many ways you can use a water-based colorless blending marker.

I’ll show you several ways to color with it, how to refill it and also how you can use it for embossing! Watch the video to see how! Oddly enough the technique I didn’t think would work well was my favorite!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I did a similar video on using the the clear alcohol blending marker too. You can check it out here. What was your favorite technique? Happy crafting!