Thursday, 27 October 2016

Throwback Thursday!

Welcome to the Craft Stamper Throwback Thursday!
Every Thursday we showcase a tutorial from a vintage Craft Stamper... sharing wonderful inspiration from one of our back issues. Something new for our recent readers, and a nice reminder for those who have been with us a while!
Today, we're sharing a fabulous shaker card by R Maria Sabina, first published in our October 2014 issue.

R Maria says....

"There are so many fun ways to decorate a card. One of my favourite ways is to add an eye-catching feature. Why not put the the one layer cards aside for a moment and dare to experiment more? You can fold the paper in different ways, add secret pockets or make a shaker card like the one I have created here. Interactive cards can be suitable for everyone, for any occasion.

I like to recycle as much as possible, so this project gives me a fantastic new way to reuse a clear plastic bag as the basis for a cute Halloween card. When you’re making yours, be sure to remember to cut your stamped cardstock panel so that it is slightly smaller than the clear bag. This will allow the sequins and beads to move around more freely. Don’t add too many sequins and beads inside the bag. We want this shaker card to shake, not to get stuck. For the same reason, always use 3D foam adhesive to mount the frame over the bag, otherwise it will get squashed and the beads won’t move around"

Stamps Maria used...
Stampotique: Owl Tree

Other materials...
Cardstock: black, brown, white
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans; Fired Brick; Walnut Stain
Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black; Cantaloupe; Tangelo
Sizzix Framelits dies: Stars; Ovals
Craft Concepts Embossing Folder: Woodgrain
Cellophane bag
3D foam adhesive
Ink blending tool or sponge

Step By Step instructions:

Step One: Stamp the main scene onto white cardstock. Colour in the background using the Distress Inks and a sponge or ink blending tool. Keep the edges darker and the centre lighter.

Step Two: Flick drops of water over the cardstock at random, allow the drops to sit for a few seconds on the ink, then blot them with a piece of kitchen roll.

Step Three: Die-cut a few stars from white card. Colour these with Cantaloupe and Tangelo inks as for the main card image.

Step Four: Insert the stamped and coloured card inside the clear bag. Add a few sequins, the die-cut stars and some beads inside the bag too and seal it well.

Step Five: Cut a panel of brown card slightly larger than the bag – allow approximately 1cm extra along each edge. Die-cut an oval from the centre, then emboss the frame with the Woodgrain folder. Cut and fold a black card base the same size as the frame. Add adhesive to the back of the bag and mount it onto the front of the card base. 

Step Six: Place strips of 3D adhesive foam along each edge around the clear bag. Mount the embossed frame over the clear bag. 

The sequins and die cuts will move freely inside the bag, giving great movement!

We love this, it definitely has that Halloween feel going on!
Thank you for the inspirarion R Maria!

See you back here next week for another blast from the past :)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Submissions Wanted: Ready Set Stamp!

THANK YOU so much for all the fabulous cards submitted for our last art call, it was so hard to choose just a few to publish! We can now announce the next theme.....
We are looking for submissions for our Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for our March issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!! 

Colours: Fern Green, Bark, Sage, Leaf Green.

Deadline for submission: 22nd November 2016

· Please email your submissions to:
· Please put 'Ready Set Stamp' followed by the theme in the subject line
· Please note that due to the number of submissions it's not possible to contact every entrant individually - if you have not heard from us within one week, your submission has not been successful. Please try again with a different card!

· Please make cards only for this gallery.
. NEW work only please, we do not accept cards that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission.  
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
. We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital imagery for this feature. Digital imagery is welcome, but  MUST be used in conjunction with rubber/polymer stamping to qualify.
· Cards which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK.
· This call IS open internationally.
· Note that we do choose artwork as it arrives, so please don't wait until the last minute to submit if your cards are ready.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics to any of the schemes. The ideas given are simply that, ideas, and do not have to be followed to the letter!
· Text for this article is required (don't worry - it is short!) and should be entered into the document provided – this will be sent to you if you are selected.

We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful designs!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Throwback Thursday!

It's Thursday... time for a little Throwback!
Every Thursday we will be sharing a wonderful project from a past issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.... a full step by step tutorial for you to feast your eyes upon! As a new project for our newer readers, or a reminder for those who have been with us a while... it's sure to inspire!

Today we are going back to August 2014, and a brilliant tutorial from Kay Carley.
Kay creates the most amazing backgrounds, and this Autumal hued card was no exception...

Kay says...
It took me quite a while of playing around to get the card to match what I had in my head! I knew that I wanted to use these wonderful stamps by Lavinia with Distress inkpads but I wanted to introduce ‘prettiness and lightness’ into the equation! In the end I managed to achieve this by stamping with white pigment ink and embossing with Crystal embossing powder.
 I also took into account the type of ink that I was using, as well as the type of stamps I was working with. Lavinia Stamps are clear polymer, and therefore if you use a dye based inkpad on them you will find that the ink can ‘bead up’ on the surface of the stamp. This will not provide a nice crisp image when stamping it out. However (most of the time) I didn’t want a nice crystal clear image, so I was able to use this to create subtle variations within my stamping!

Whenever I wanted a clear defined image I stamped with Versafine (which is an oil based pigment inkpad which provides crisp imagery) and when I wanted a softer blurred image I stamped with a Distress inkpad (which is dye based). You’ll notice that my ‘focal imagery’ has either been stamped with Versafine/Brilliance or stamped and embossed – these catch your eye first. The supporting imagery has all been stamped with Distress inkpads and although there is a lot of imagery on the cards, nothing is ‘fighting’ with each other! This is due to adjusting the intensity of the imagery with the different types of inkpads and with the use of secondary stamping.


Stamps Kay used...
Lavinia Stamps: Mia; Leaf Trail; Field Grass; Wild Flower; Bluebells; Wild Flower 2 

Other materials...
Smooth white cardstock
Distress inkpads: Antique Linen; Frayed Burlap; Victorian Velvet; Seedless Preserves
VersaMark inkpad
White pigment inkpad
Crystal embossing powder
Versafine inkpad: Toffee
Scrap paper
White Opal Liquid Pearls
Crystal glitter glue
Fine black marker
Sponge wedges
Heat gun

Step By Step instruction:

Step One: Sponge Antique Linen onto a blank piece of smooth white card applying the ink to achieve lighter and darker patches then apply Victorian Velvet around the edges of the panel.


Step Two: Tear a piece of scrap paper to create some hills/mountains shapes. Place roughly half way up the panel and sponge Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet. Move the mask and repeat as desired.

Step Three: Tear a curved edge from scrap paper and use this mask to create some foreground by sponging with Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet and a little of Frayed Burlap.  

Step Four:
Remove the mask. Wet your fingers by dipping them into water or by spraying them with water and flick your fingers over the panel to create water droplets. Allow the droplets to dry.

Step Five: Using Antique Linen, stamp Wild Flowers 2 along the base of the panel then take the tall Wild Flower stamp and Victorian Velvet inkpad and stamp three of these images varying the height.

Step Six: Using Frayed Burlap, stamp Field Grass around the base of the panel angling the stamp in different directions each time you stamp it. Then using Seedless Preserves stamp Bluebells – stamping them twice before re-inking.

Step Seven: Stamp Mia fairly centrally onto the panel using the Toffee inkpad: angling the stamp so that she is flying rather than standing.


Step Eight: Stamp Leaf Trail several times into the top left corner using Antique Linen and repeat with Frayed Burlap. Stamp flowers amongst the ‘branches’ using Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves. Dry all stamped imagery using a heat gun.

Step Nine: Stamp and emboss Field Grass around the base of the panel and Leaf Trail to the top left corner and right-hand side using the white pigment inkpad and Crystal embossing powder.

Step Ten: Apply Antique Linen over all the embossed imagery using a sponge wedge then repeat using Victorian Velvet and a sponge wedge to really ‘pop’ the embossed imagery

Step Eleven: Darken up the edges of the panel by sponging Victorian Velvet around all the sides then flick the panel again with water to soften the edges being careful not to apply too much water to the stamped dye based imagery.

Step Twelve:  Tap a Versamark inkpad around all the edges of the panel and emboss with Crystal embossing powder. Stick the panel to a wider white tall card blank and edge the long sides with a black marker.


To finish the card apply Crystal glitter glue to Mia’s wings then apply dots of this and Liquid Pearls falling from her hands and add Liquid Pearls to some of the flower centres.

So full of detail.... simply stunning!
Thanks Kay!  

See you next week for more Throwback Thursday inspiration!  

Friday, 14 October 2016

Take It Make It Challenge: October Inspiration

Our current Take It Make It challenge is in full swing, with some amazing entries so far!
Just in case you need a little more inspiration, the DT have come up with some more amazing projects to share today :) First though, a bit of a reminder.....

  This month is:
Take A Theme:
Autmnal (or Fall!) Creations 

Use Autumal (or Fall!) imagery, OR use seasonal/earth tone colours: reds, oranges, greens, yellows, browns.
Show us how unique you can be, create anything your imagination cares to dream up! Share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage or whatever else takes your fancy. Your project can be any colour you want... Follow the theme and stamp somewhere, then you're good to go!

We have two prizes on offer, as always. The first is the Sponsor Prize, and the winner of this will be randomly chosen from all the eligible entries of the challenge. To make sure your project is eligible to win, make sure you have followed our challenge guidelines. These can be found on our sidebar over here ---------->
and also in a tab under the banner at the top.
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

That's Crafty

That's Crafty are a UK based, bricks and mortar shop in Romford, Essex. They also have an extensive online shop for those who live further afield :)
Full to bursting with every kind of crafty stash you could ever dare to wish for , That's Crafty is a wonderful one stop shop for all your needs! That's Crafty also manufacture their own range of stencils and surfaces, and have just launched a fabulous stamp line. Which brings me onto the prize....

The prize this month for our randomly drawn winner is the WHOLE SET of eight brand new stamp releases! Yes, all 8 :)
Wonderful stamps, and a wonderful prize!  

As always, we will also have a Design Winner this month!
This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favourite design from all of the eligible entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, (with a 2 page spread of their very own!), they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post! 

I hope the prizes have given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some eye candy from the DT to give you some beautifully stamped inspiration! 

Guest Designer Loll Thompson

Cheremane Smith

I hope you are all inspired to join in! The link up can be found in last Fridays blog post, HERE!