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!

Earth week day 5

OK I’m gonna be straight with you, I am in a creative rut, I had a very productive week last week and made loads of cards and scrapbook pages and even banged out an article but this week I have been just plain flat, like an old can of soda! So I started to clean, and I found an old {worthless} comic book, I was about to toss it in the recycle bin but then thought “Hey! I can make something with this!”

It ain't the greatest but it's something...

I know these cards will not win any awards but I think the best way to break through a creative rut is to push right through it, well, it sure beats cleaning anyway! I used my Cricut and scal software to cut the solid robot out of the Cricut Cuttables stamp material {be sure to use a brand new sticky mat and follow the directions on the package!} using the free font EFON. I welded the head to the body with a rectangle in scal. I used some cute stamps from Basic Grey and a diamond plate embossing folder on the other. I love the screw top brads, they are by Creative Imaginations but other companies have them too. Well the present in the photo is for a birthday party we are rushing off to and one of the cards is too!

Thanks for listening to my crafting rut rant, til next time happy crafting!

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