The More the Merrier! Stamp a gang!

Hi friends! Do you have stamp sets that have several related characters? Today I’ll show you how to combine them using the masking technique so you can turn a solo stamp into a party!


I have seen many cute stamps recently that will have a gaggle of characters grouped together like this but with those stamps you only get one option but if you have a set of single characters you can group them however you want giving you more bang for your stamping buck! Watch the video to see how and remember to save any masks you cut for future cards.

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Variations on a theme…

  • Draw or die-cut a Polaroid frame and use this technique to make a “selfie” themed card.
  • Use this technique when you are making a card from a  group of people, such as “Happy retirement from the gang!” or anytime you are going to have a group of people sign a card. People will have fun matching the stamped critter to the person in the office LOL!
  • You can get a more elegant look by using butterfly stamps and coloring the with jewel tones.

Whether you like cute or quirky, elegant or sassy you can get more bang from your stamping buck with this masking technique. Give it a try on your next card and til next time happy crafting!

How to make a starburst pattern on a card & WOYWW!

I have the habit of falling in love with stamps that are unusual. Sometimes these stamps can be hard to use. I couldn’t resist the Isle of Aud stamp set from Lost Coast Designs and I finally found a great way to use them:


I have been wanting to try a starburst background on a card or scrapbook page but there seemed to be a lot of measuring involved and I was not about to put that kid of time into a card but then I saw a pretty card by Amy Heller on Pinterest and she simply cut strips of paper from corner to corner and pieced them together, no measuring, genius! Here you can see the background in progress. I let the edges hang off then I trimmed them flush with the paper after the glue was dry.


Also since it is nearly Wednesday this is my desk for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, actually it IS Wednesday in Jolly Ol’ England where this challenge originates from. You can check out other craft desks at Julia’s blog. Here are some close-ups of today’s creations:


I used party streamers for the rufffle on the bottom of this card and the fringe on the other card!

I sponged ink through a stencil to make the animal print background.

Since the animal stamp was too large for this card I simply punched out the head, make it work people! I colored the image with watercolor crayons, blended with water and added details with watercolor markers.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The “print and cut” bookmarks are up!

If you were waiting for the printable version of the bookmarks I posted Saturday you can get then here. Feel free to share them with teachers or anyone who does craft projects with kids. Print them on cardstock, the file should fill a 8.5x11sheet. All 3 animals fit on one sheet. I’ve updated Saturdays post so the link to the file is there too. Enjoy!

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