Stamping with Acrylic Blocks!

Let’s get a little more use out of out supplies today and use something we already have in a new way. If you use clear or unmounted stamps you have acrylic blocks around (if not look around for a scrap of plexiglass or a plastic block to use) and while they get a lot of use as stamp mounts you can use them on their own to stamp too! Look at the squares on this card, they were stamped with distress ink and stamp mounts. The dragonfly stamps are from About Art Accents.

DCF 1.0

This is a fun and easy technique. Experiment with different papers to see what you like best! Watch the video for the how-to and more ideas!

I stamped my samples on glossy photo paper then I stamped a postcard background on green paper and glued it to the back of my stamped photo paper.  Post cards are fun and I don’t send them nearly enough!

DCF 1.0

The other sample was done on watercolor paper, a different look, try different paper for different results! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

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I’m a Crafty MacGyver!

OK crafters, today I am going to show you how you can make a fabulous stamping tool with duct tape, plexiglass, a plastic lid and a Popsicle stick! You can use it to make fabulous backgrounds like this:

 

Check out the video!

Then I realized a better way to use it so I could stamp a background so much faster, by putting many stamps on the block. The stamps need to be the same thickness so stick to all clear, or all cling otherwise the thinner stamps won’t hit the paper.  I really recommend using a larger piece of plexiglass to make it. You can even go to a glass shop and ask if you can buy their scraps of plexi, they will likely just give them to you and the sizes would be perfect!

Here is the Lego page from the video.

I scrapped this at a crop the other day (talk about MacGyver crafting) I think I forgot just about anything I might need at home (letter stamps and stickers) so to make my title I cut 1/2″ strips of cardstock and fashioned them into crude block style letters. Then I used my eyelet setter punch to make small circles and glued them to my letters (seriously, I even had to borrow glue-thanks Lorraine!-I was such a mooch!) but hey, I liked the page and so did the kids and that is the whole point, get the photos in the album so the kids can look at them. My pages don’t have to be awesome (people put way too much pressure on themselves when they scrap) the fact that we are printing out our photos and preserving them is awesome, anything else is great but not necessary. YOU are awesome for just putting the pics in a book!

And this was my first attempt at using my kaleidoscope stamp machine gear thing:

 

Thanks so much for having a peek, I hope you try this fun technique, it will give you so many new looks for the stamps you already own! Til next time happy crafting!

An Oriental Card & Stamping Tips!

Happy Thursday folks! Today I am going to share a card I made a few days ago. I used the sketch challenge at Oriental Stamp Art to plan the layout of this card:

When I saw the simple design of the sketch I decided I would pull out my rainbow ink pad and an Asian Scene stamp from About Art Accents and a die-cut and get to work!

TIPS!

To save space (and money) I do not usually mount my stamps on cling cushion, instead I spread a thin layer of Aleenes Tack It Over Again glue on the back of my unmounted stamps. Then I simply place the stamp on a clear block and stamp on a squishy surface like a silicone mat or mouse pad. Sometimes tho when I have a highly detailed stamp or a stamp that has a lot of rubber like this silhouette style stamp I need a little help to get it to stamp well. I discovered Rock-a-Block stamp mounts (crafter’s companion brand-I got mine at joann.com for 40% off when they had a stamp sale) last year and they work great for stamps like this and the curved surface made inking it up with my Kaliedacolor rainbow ink pad a snap! But, if you don’t have a rock-a-block you can find something similar to use around your house I bet! I have some finicky stamps that are too big for my RABs so I found a curved glass jar that works just as well (it will do until I can afford a Mega-Mount!) and best of all it was free!

Embossed label (without a nestie!)

For the octagon I used my electronic die cutter to cut 2 octagons, one 1/8″ larger than the other. I glued the smaller centered on the bigger one and stamped my sentiment then inked the edges for the trendy embossed label look, best of all you can do this with any shape, you can even cut them by hand if you have no die cutter. Just hand cut the smaller shape first, glue it to a larger piece of the same color and trim that 1/8″ larger and ink, easy peasy!

Got Creative Block? Use a Sketch!

This card came together in minutes because the layout was preplanned. Sketches are great because you end up placing elements in a new-to-you way. A sketch is a great way to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. And for those of you who think it is cheating take a look at the Oriental Stamp Art Challenge blog, you will see that we all use the same sketch but no two are alike!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tomorrow I am going to share my clear/UM stamp reorganization project with you, I do hope you will come by and see! Til then Happy Crafting!

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