Stamp Slicing Tutorial

Hi and welcome! Today I have one card for you with a mini “tutorial” on a technique that I like to call “Stamp Slicing.”

Now there are a few different techniques that you can use to accomplish what I am going to do here, but I think stamp slicing is the easiest for the larger stamps. I will be using this adorable tree stamp from the Go Green stamp set by My Cute Stamps, and what I would like to do is easily use multiple inks while stamping: the heart in red, the leaves green, the trunk, brown.

Other techniques you can use here are using stamp markers and coloring in each different part (this is probably the easiest technique with smaller stamps), or masking, where you cover part of the stamp with a sticky note between inks. For this particular stamp, stamp slicing was the quickest and gave me the best turnout. Let’s get started!

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After laying out the stamp onto a cutting surface (I used a cutting mat, not shown), I cut around the trunk first with a craft knife, careful to avoid slicing the raised part of the stamp (where the ink goes). The cut does not need to be pretty so long as the raised part is in tact.

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Next, I cut out the little heart from in between the leaves. Again, the cut does not need to be pretty, but be careful not to slice the raised parts.

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So now I have 3 separate stamps that I can easily place on my acrylic block and press onto ink pads only inking the parts I want!

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I actually ended up using a stamp marker for the leaves here because I liked the color, but in a different card, I simply pressed the leaves right onto my ink pad and it saved a ton of time.

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When I was all done with my stamp, I pieced it back together like a puzzle and stored it in it’s original packaging! Here is the finished card I made with the stamp:

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Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next time! Stay healthy!!

Stephanie 🙂

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Healing the Family

Sick little ones this week are putting off the craft room time!! My poor things should be healed and happier soon. I will be back on Tuesday. Hope everyone is having a healthy week!

Stephanie

SC Copper Mountain Card Kit

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Well I finally got to crack open my January Studio Calico Card Kit, “Copper Mountain” and it is so much fun!! This month’s kit came with craft dies as well which was a special treat for me, as I finally got a traditional die cut machine. I bought the Big Shot from Sizzix and its been nothing but ease from the start. It has been a blast trying out new dies too and my daughter has been having fun helping me turn the handle! 🙂 So here are a couple cards I put together this week using the Copper Mountain kit. >>

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Now this kit came with a die for the whale as well as a matching whale stamp, but I opted to just use the die in this first card. I die cut the whale in pattern paper with the craft die and my Big Shot, and then I cut the anchor using a digital die with my Silhouette. Lots of layered stamping and a gorgeous strand of gold string later… and I’m done! Isn’t that gold string amazing? I definitely need more of it. Here is the next card: >>

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For this card I used the whale stamp and created a pattern on white cardstock. When adhering the cardstock to the kraft card base I left space without tape to allow my tag the ability to slide in and out between them. I attached my sentiment on the tag and let play a little hide and seek with the card. I thought this was a fun little twist on this trendy pattern.

Be sure to check out the entire Copper Mountain kit and check out the Sneak Peeks of February’s kits, Sugar Rush. See you next week!

Stephanie

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This Calls For Cake & Candles

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Happy 2014!! I hope everyone’s start to the new year has been a great one! I am starting the year off fresh by thinking about birthdays, so today I have a few birthday cards for you mainly using one stamp set from Studio Calico’s card kit. Let’s get to it! >>

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For this card I started off by stamping the candles on white cardstock and using gold glitter to accent the flames. I topped the whole of the candles off with glossy accents and set them aside to dry. Next, I trimmed a piece of lavender cardstock and stamped the sentiment in the upper right corner. I added the strip of gold striped washi tape and used dimensional adhesive to adhere the whole strip to the card base. I placed a short strip of gold glitter tape underneath and attached my candles to the left side of my lavender cardstock strip at the very end. For the inside of the card I used another sentiment from the same stamp set in black.

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I had a CRAZY difficult time photographing the color of the sentiment on this card so please forgive me. To make this one I started off by stamping a pattern on the bottom of a kraft cardstock base and then rounding the bottom corners. I adhered one of these lovely pink flowers centered in the stamped pattern. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and adhered it with dimensional adhesive and finished the card off with some of these fun white stars. For the inside of the card I stamped candles in color and the sentiment on top in smokey grey.

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For the last card I started off by making a stamped candle border around the outside edges and adhering a piece of white cardstock on top. I stamped a separate set of candles to another piece of white cardstock, cut them out and adhered them to the card. I stamped the sentiment, trimmed, and adhered it on top of the candles. For the inside of the card I used two sentiments put together from a separate stamp set.

And that’s it for today! Be sure to check out Studio Calico’s latest kit and I’ll see you next time. 🙂

Stephanie

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Warmest Wishes All Year Round

Happy New Year everyone!!

I have a fun winter card for you today using Studio Calico’s digital die cuts and fun glitter cardstock from Die Cuts With A View. Let’s get to it! >>

For this card I started out by die cutting the snowflakes out of glitter cardstock on my Silhouette in different sizes. I adhered them to a trimmed piece of white cardstock and added a couple gems in the middle for added sparkle. I stamped the sentiment with smokey gray ink in the bottom left corner and adhered the cardstock to the card base with 3D adhesives. I kept this card nice and simple with a lot of white for a winter wonderland feel. >>

For the inside of the card I used a special Christmas sentiment that I also stamped in smokey gray.

Well that’s it for today! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe New Year’s Eve!

Happy Holidays!

Steph

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