February 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Valentines Crafts)
Tags: clear stamps, rubber stamps, valentine ideas for kids, valentines cards, valentines crafts
For Valentines this year we wanted to share with you some of our creative card and Valentine ideas! Here they are:
To create dimensional hearts on your valentines stamping crafts, simply make three hearts for every one heart on your projects. Fold them all in half. Now place one folded heart under the left side of your heart and the other folded heart under the right side of the heart. Glue in place and the heart pops out at you!
Here are some adorable ideas for Valentines that kids can make:
This is a completely home made valentine with a sweet treat in the center. You can even add googly eyes to the sucker and pipe cleaner for antennae. Clear rubber stamps are handy to decorate the wings and add sweet sentiments and sayings.
This adorable flower pop is super simple and fun to give with the suckers being the center of each flower.
Everybody loves superheroes! Especially kids! These valentines are made by simply adding a cape and goggles! Another variation of this idea appears below!
USING GLOW STICKS:
These are fun cards printed on the computer with a glow stick inserted through the back.
The perfect valentine gift for your boys to give. A home made light saber!
These creative arrows are another fun way to decorate glow sticks for valentines.
NOTE: When using glow sticks, have your kids insert the glow sticks into their finished cards the morning of Valentines day in case the glow stick gets activated. That way the recipient can still enjoy it.
Happy Valentines to you all! My you have wonderfully creative ideas for your Valentines projects this year!!!
February 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm (Flower Cards)
Tags: card making crafts, card making ideas, clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, dahlia fold, rubber stamping, rubber stamping ideas
This card exudes a delicate beauty that is delightful to make and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the recipient! It is made with folded circles and swirling flourishes rubber stamped to complement the flowers.
Materials needed to make this card:
To make this card:
- Cut four 1.5 inch circles from your flower petal double-sided pattern scrapbook paper. Follow the folding instructions for the dahlia fold.
- Cut three 1 inch circles from your green double sided scrapbook paper. Follow the folding instructions for the dahlia fold but eliminate step 4.
- Next secure the flower petals inside the green folds from step two.
- Now you can do a test layout. Set your flower buds onto your card face and decide where they will look best with the flourish rubber stamps you have chosen. In the card above we used the flourishes from the Butterfly Beauty clear rubber stamp set. You may even wish to add a butterfly to your design.
- Begin stamping the flourishes where you want them. Be sure to move the flowers out of the way so they don’t interfere with the stamp impression during the rubber stamping process.
- With the flourishes in place, secure your flowers where you desire.
- Add a band of color down the side of your card using the same prints that you used for your flower petals.
- Ink the edges in a coordinating color if you wish and stamp the saying you desire using your sentiments clear stamps. We used the thank you sentiment from the Garden Box clear stamp set.
- Add a thought or wish inside the card and your are ready to give it to somebody special.
February 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm (Card making Tutorials, Random Cards)
Tags: card making, card making crafts, card making ideas, clear stamps, greeting cards, quilted cards, rubber stamping
This is a super simple card to make and it presents a wonderful way to use up the scraps of paper that are hard to just throw away when you are done a project!
- CREATIVE Card Making Template (There is no specific template for the way you use the scraps on your card but this template may assist you in developing your ideas)
- Scraps of pattern scrapbook paper
- Double sided tape or glue
- A zig-zag clear stamp or sewing machine
- A sentiment stamp with the sentiment of your choice. (We used ‘Thanks’)
- Stamping ink
- Paper cutter
To Make this card:
- Fold your card stock to the size of card you desire. We did a 4×6 card in the above sample.
- Cut a piece of solid colored card stock 1/4″ smaller on each side than the finished dimensions of your card (3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ for our card)
- Next using no less than three different coordinating pattern papers, begin placing them on the card stock just cut. Be sure to leave at least 1/8″ between each piece. Continue this process until the paper is completely covered.
- Sew or stamp zig-zag lines around each square/rectangle piece of paper.
- Using a sentiment stamp, stamp your saying onto one square.
- Ink the edges of the card stock and then adhere it to the face of the card.
- Add a saying or note inside the card for a completed card making craft!
January 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm (Scrapbooking)
I have had a lot of fun scrapbooking with kids. It is the perfect party activity and everyone goes home with a very special keepsake that they will treasure for years to come.
There are a number of ways you can tackle an activity like this. If you are working with young children ages 6-10 you might find it best to pre-assemble little books where they can just add photos and stickers to each page.
If you have children that are a little older they might enjoy designing their own scrapbook pages. These children will enjoy not only using colored and patterned papers, but they will also love using clear rubber stamps, tags, glitter, brads, eyelets and ribbon. You might choose to teach them specific techniques such as embossing or how to use double sided tape. Either way they will LOVE creating and designing their own party pages.
A scrapbook party can be designed to build a book for the birthday girl or to give each party guest a take home memorabilia. If you choose to build a birthday book for the birthday girl, have each guest bring a picture of herself or take pictures of each guest and the birthday girl individually and let them scrapbook those pictures. Encourage them to journal some of their favorite things about or memories with the birthday girl. This will build a book for the birthday child that will be uniquely personal and remembered.
Scrapbooking is not only great for kids but it is great for you to – so next time YOU have a birthday, throw yourself a party and invite your friends to come and spend some time scrapbooking with you!!!
January 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm (Just for Fun)
If you were to put all your goals and hopes into one word, what would you choose? Any specific goals or hopes for the upcoming year?
Some time ago I was introduced to the concept of choosing a word rather than making resolutions for the new year. I began to pick a word that would guide me throughout the new year. It would be my touchstone. It would remind me of living my life at the level I want to BECOME. It fills my life with action and has had greater results than any time that I set resolutions.
So this is what I do. Once I pick a word, I let the creative part of me go crazy. I find a way to display it for the year. That is where I love having my clear rubber stamps handy. This year I will share a few different methods of displaying those words to help you get started!
This first one is done on a card. Clear stamps are used to decorate the background papers with swirls and designs. The bird is a stamped image using the Songbird Silhouette clear rubber stamps. The word is assembled with chipboard letters over a hinged piece of cardstock. If you lift the word you will find room to journal your thoughts or goals for the year.
The next idea is a chipboard book made to encompass all that your word describes for you. Each page can reflect a portion of your word including quotes, pictures, scriptures, a definition or even a word cloud that helps you define and clarify your goals and desires for the year.
This next idea is one that builds from year to year. Each year stamp or stencil your word of the year onto a block of wood. As each year passes, add the next word of the year to the stack of blocks. This method of display is an awe inspiring view of all your goals and dreams and helps you remember not only what you want to accomplish this year, but also helps you review the things you have already worked on accomplishing in years past.
Once I have chosen a way to display my word of the year I look for fun ways to pop that word into my life. Some of the ways this can be done are:
- Write the word on one random calendar day of every month. Program these days into your computer or on your phone so you get an instant notification when the day comes. Spend 5 minutes on those days reflecting on your goals.
- Write the word on several pieces of paper and then hide them in your journal, books you are reading or in your stamping corner where you will stumble upon them throughout the year. Let them remind you of your dreams and goals for the year.
- Hide the word around your house in places like the Christmas decoration box, your sock drawer, amongst your scrapbooking memorabilia, in a kitchen drawer or in the tool shed where you know you will stumble upon it at some time before the year is out. Let it be a surprise and a joy to find your word that reminds you of the progress and goals you have been working on.
Sometimes those hidden words pop up more than a year down the road. They are delightful to come across and present a wonderful time for reflection.
December 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm (Christmas Crafts, Stamped Craft Ideas)
Tags: cd crafts, cd holder, clear art stamps, clear rubber stamping ideas, clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, rubber stamping ideas
CD’s and DVD’s are such an easy and relatively inexpensive Christmas gift to make and give that we thought we’d share some fun ideas for making your own, custom designed CD holders that can be personalized specifically to suit the recipients favorite colors and themes.
A favorite Christmas music CD holder can easily be decorated using an assortment of winter and snowflake clear rubber stamps. The above CD holder is easy to make just follow the instructions below for a quick and delightful project.
MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 colored cardstock – letter size
- clear rubber stamps of your choice (we used stars from the Stars ‘n Stripes clear rubber stamps
- 3″ of string or narrow ribbon
- sewing machine
- embossing ink and powder
- heat embossing gun
- eyelet and eyelet setter
TO MAKE A CD HOLDER (Instructional pictures below)
- Tear a 6 1/8″ x 11″ piece of paper from the card stock. Fold up the bottom edge 3 1/4″. Next make the fold for the top flap by inserting a CD into the fold you just made and measuring down from the top. The top flap will be approximately 2 3/4″.
- Using your clear rubber stamps decorate a border along the bottom edge of your top flap using embossing ink and powders. It is fun to use a variety of colors in your embossing to give a little more interest to the project. (You can find the technique for mixing colors in heat embossing at the following link – Embossed Metal Pieces. The technique is the same for metal as it is for paper.)
- Decorate the bottom portion of your CD holder using similar clear stamps with larger designs and pictures. Stamp with embossing ink and emboss with the color combinations you used in step 2.
- Next fold the bottom flap up into place and lay the top flap open. Sew up the sides of the holder using your sewing machine. Be sure to set the stitches fairly far apart to preserve the integrity of your seam.
- Set an eyelet in the center of the top flap about 3/4 of an inch from the edge. Secure a string or narrow ribbon through the eyelet tying a knot or small jump ring on the back side of the flap to prevent the string from being pulled all the way through the eyelet.
- Using a secure foam tape, secure your button to the bottom portion of the holder so that the ribbon can wrap around it to the closed position.
- Add a printout of the song titles you have included on the CD. Put the name of the CD on the outside of the holder and embellish with handmade paper, stickers, eyelets etc. to complete your project with a personal touch.
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That is it! Happy stamping!!!
August 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm (Card making Tutorials)
Tags: card making crafts, card making ideas, clear art stamps, clear rubber stamps, clear stamp, clear stamping crafts, clear stamping ideas, clear stamps
Such a fun and easy card making idea, this swivel card provides a delightful way to discover the special sentiments contained therein.
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS CARD:
TO MAKE THIS CARD:
- Cut solid colored circles 5″ and 31/4″ in diameter. Cut light colored circles: two 3 3/4″ and one 2 3/4″. If a clear textured sheet is desired cut it the same size as the smallest circle.
- Stamp a happy birthday border around the edge of the largest circle with your Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamp and ink the edges.
- Using the Beautiful Butterflies clear stamps stamp and emboss a butterfly flourish in the center of one of the largest circles. Adhere to the center of the largest disc. (We will call this part A) On the other circle of the same size stamp and emboss flourishes around the edges. (We will call this disc B) Ink the edges of both circles.
- Ink the edges of the last two circles. Using the Beautiful Butterflies clear stamps, stamp and emboss a smaller blutterfly flourish on the light colored disc. Using the end of the butterfly flourish add decorative flourishes to the edges. Adhere the two discs together with the solid color matting the butterfly flourish disc. (We will call this section C)
- ASSEMBLY: Place disc A right side up on the surface in front of you. Cover the center with disc B. Secure near the top of Disc B with a gold brad. Swivel this much open. Place section C on top of B with the image upside down to you. Secure near the bottom of the image of section C with a gold brad. If you are placing the textured clear sheet over this section secure it with the same brad as well. When swivelled completely open each section will be right side up.
- Personalize your card with a special message written on the back to the recipient.
July 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm (Card making Tutorials, Flower Cards)
Tags: card making crafts, card making ideas, card making layouts, card making templates, card making tutorial, clear rubber stamps, clear stamping crafts, clear stamping ideas, clear stamping tips, clear stamps
This summer fold out card is actually twice as big as it looks!!! When you open it – it doubles in size!!! It is super easy to make and fun to give to the special people in your life. It is decorated using clear hobby rubber stamps and made using the DELIGHT card making layout.
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS CARD
TO MAKE THIS CARD
- Follow the instructions for assembling this card making project using the DELIGHT Card Making Template.
- Decorate the tan cardstock using the Bold Geraniums clear hobby rubber stamp set as desired.
- Add a saying or sentiment. We used “Thinking of You Today” from the Roses clear stamps set by Crafty Secrets.
- Tie up your ribbon and it is ready to use!
June 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm (How To Articles)
Tags: clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, paper casting, paper crafts, paper making, paper scraps, rubber stamping, rubber stamping crafts, rubber stamping ideas
Making your own paper has so many possibilities and is a wonderful way to use up paper bits or recycle papers. It is so easy to do that even kids can do it!
There are a few basic things that you need. First off a blender, lots of water, and some large buckets (ice cream buckets work great!) You will also need some screen – the kind that covers your windows, it can be purchased at most hardware stores. If you have the option, choose the vinyl screen rather than the metal stuff as the little metal pieces will poke you as you work and have to be taped with duct tape in order to work with it. Once you have your vinyl screen cut a piece to fit in an embroidery hoop or wooden frame (or both). You will also need a nice absorbent sponge, a sunny day, a 4-6″ deep flat tub and a folding table. Last but not least, of course, you need all your paper scraps!
Wooden paper making frames
In addition to the basics, there are fun things you can use to jazz up your paper. They include glitter, finely shredded paper, colored bits of tissue paper, fabric dyes, confetti of any kind, dried flowers or leaves, pieces of yarn and anything else you would like to experiment with.
Now how to do it:
- Soak your paper bits in warm water.
Blending up the paper
- Put a small amount of soaked paper (it depends on how thick the paper is) into your blender and and 3-4 cups of water. Blend until you have the consistency you desire. If you are using colored papers and want the colors to show up as flecks throughout the paper, do not blend your mix as finely. Not blending it enough will create chunks of paper that take a long time to dry, BUT even larger chunks can make some neat paper.
- Once you have blended up all your paper and put it into your flat bin you are ready to start the actual making of it.
- Now comes the tricky part to explain. If you have blended a lot of paper and your consistency is quite thick you will need to add more water, but it is hard to tell how thick it is until you take a cut of paper (unless you have done this before). The simplest way to take a cut of paper is to take your embroidery hoop which has vinyl screen in it (you may wish to trim the excess screen off so all you have is a nice circle/oval shape to keep things neater). Turn your hoop vertically and slide it down the side of your bin and let it sit on the bottom. The screen should be on the top of the hoop. Now lift the hoop straight up through the water to the surface. Allow it to drip a bit. The paper pulp should not be thicker than 1/8-1/4″ on top of your screen and it can be thinner. If it is simply lift the hoop all the way out of the water and turn it over letting just the screen touch the surface of the water and all the paper bits will go back into the mix. If you paper is too thick add more water.
- To actually turn this pulpy mass into paper you need a folding table that can be leaned against a deck railing or fence preferably outside on a sunny day so you don’t have to worry about making a mess. Now take a cut of paper let it drip a bit and then place the hoop upside down on the slanted table. Using your sponge begin pressing on the screen inside your hoop. This draws out the water (and sends lots running down the table). Keep pressing until the screen will come away from the paper bits. If it is too wet it will take some time to dry so if you want to draw more water out of your paper simply place a piece of screen over the paper and continue sponging until you can’t get out any more water.
- To add the fun stuff: Once you know you have the right consistency you will want to add the fun things to your mix. Simply dump in the pieces and stir them into the pulp mix. If you wish to add dried leaves or petals you can sandwich them between two cuts of paper on your table as follows. Take the first cut of paper and absorb away the excess moisture. Add plant materials where desired. Take a second thin cut of paper (it will need to be transparent) and then place it over top of the first cut with the plant material sandwiched between the two. Dab away all excess water and allow it to dry.
- Allow your paper to dry on the table. When it is dry it will come off easily without tearing (unless perhaps it is really thin). Now you are ready to create wonderful creations with it.
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Decorate your handmade paper crafts with clear hobby rubber stamps for card making, scrapbooking and all your paper crafting ideas.
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If you love making paper you will probably be interested in how to use clear rubber stamps to cast detailed images into your paper creations. To learn how visit our Paper Casting with Rubber Stamps information page.