June 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm (Cards)
Tags: clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, fathers day cards, fathers day crafts, Fathers Day Ideas, rubber stamping crafts, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamping tips, rubber stamps
I have seen many variations of the dressy Fathers day cards – you know the ones I mean, the paper is folded to look like a dress shirt, a tie is added and you have a classy card or gift bag – but what if the dressy, professional look is not your dad? Well, we have come up with a casual card that is made to look like a T-shirt. It is simple to make and very easy to personalize to the likes and personality of your dad.
Here are a few quick tips for making this card. This is a 4×6 card with the fold on the 4″ inch side.
- Make sure that your card folds the long way – meaning that it is hinged on the short side of the card
- Cut a v-shape off both sides to create sleeves. Be sure not to cut the V in too deep or the sides of the shirt will be too sloped and will actually look like a dress rather than a T-shirt.
- For the neck, mark the half way point across the hinged side of the card. Open the card flat and cut a half oval for the next opening. Once that is done, but the back portion down just a tiny bit – no more than 1/8″.
- For the collar simply trace the half oval you cut out and then enlarge that edge – like as though you were going to mat it with a 1/4″ (or maybe a little wider) mat. Cut out the U shaped collar and glue it to the top of your shirt. Add stitch lines or draw in fabric lines as desired.
- Once your shirt is built decorate it using your Fathers Day Clear rubber Stamps. This is an easy way to customize the designs on your card to the personality, likes and hobbies of the card recipient. The card sample above is decorated with the ‘World’s Greatest Dad‘ clear hobby rubber stamp set.
Happy Stamping and Happy Fathers Day to all your Wonderful Dads!!!
December 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm (Christmas, Christmas Cards, Christmas Crafts, New & Promotional)
Tags: christmas card crafts, Christmas card making, christmas card making ideas, clear acrylic stamps, clear rubber stamps, clear stamping ideas, clear stamps
Of course you already know that the clear plastic packaging that we see so much of today with our purchases is a gold mine for creative card making and scrapbooking ideas. Today, we will share a little Christmas card.
This is the finished card. Now I’ll back up and tell you how it was made. First a rectangular piece of packaging was cut and folded in half. The fun part of this card making craft is putting the design into the plastic. For this card, this was done using a cuttlebug and a Christmas embossing folder. Once it is run through the cuttlebug, you have a fabulous clear card already started!
But I like to be able to sign my name to a card before I give it away, so next we will add something we can sign. This is done using a round cardstock disc. It has been embossed on one side with snowflakes, then highlighted with a small gold ink pad.. A hole is punched into the top, and a metallic string is threaded through the hold. Make a small hole at the top center portion of the plastic card and then tie the disc inside the card so that it hangs directly behind the embossed circle. Add a Merry Christmas greeting using clear rubber stamps and you have a finished card.
Above is a view of the card from the back. You can see that there is room to sign your name below the Merry Christmas greeting.
February 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm (Card making Tutorials, Cards, Occasions, Valentines Crafts)
Tags: card making crafts, card making ideas, clear stamps, valentine card ideas, valentines cards, valentines ideas
This card is made up with a template consisting of the word ‘HUG’! It is fun and easy to decorate a big hug to give away to a special someone, and you never know, sometimes it’s just nice to get a hug when times are tough making this card great for more than just Valentines day!!!
Materials you will need to make this card:
- Cardstock 2-3 colors depending on how many layers you wish to make
- Clear rubber stamps
- Paper flowers or other embellishments
To Make This Card
- Cut out the word ‘hug’ using the template provided below (NOTE: you may need to adjust the size to suit your project).
- Using your clear rubber stamps, decorate the word hug to fit the occasion or feeling you wish to create in your card.
- Mat the word ‘hug’ once or twice as desired with the last mat being folded in half to make the card.
- Add sparkly sequins, paper flowers, ribbon etc as desired to finish your card.
- You may wish to stamp a saying or sentiment inside your card to complete the project.
August 6, 2010 at 5:34 am (Card making Tutorials, Cards, Just for Fun, Occasions)
Tags: boat cards, card making crafts, card making ideas, card making projects, clear stamps, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamps
This is a fabulously creative card made in the shape of a sailboat. The part of the card that opens is actually the sail. You can use this card making idea for kids cards and personalize them with your clear hobby rubber stamps for almost any occasion! Learn how…
Materials Needed to Make this Card:
To Make This Card:
- Cut out sailboat pieces from the template. We have cut 2 mats for our sailboat – one in green and one in orange.
- Fold the corner of the white cardstock over so that it is large enought to cut out the large sail. Place the long side of the larger sail on the fold and trace. Cut from the folded edge outward on both edges to prevent buckling of the cardstock.
- Trace templates onto pattern paper and begin securing them to the orange sailboat mat. Secure the boat base, small sail and flag.
- Take the folded white cardstock and stamp the birthday sayings onto the top side of the sail. Alternate ink colors as desired. We have used the happy birthday words from the Garden Box Set Clear Stamp set and the birthday words Clear rubber stamp. Add a geometric shape as desired. Fasten the large sail in place and secure it well as this is the interactive part of the card.
- Using a large button, position the button just to the side of the edge of the folded sail so that when the button is fastened to the card it will hold down the sail. Punch the holes through the paper and secure the button in place with wire (twisted shut on the back) or with string.
- Add additional buttons as desired to embellish the card.
- Stamp or write your personal note inside the sail and mat the card with the green sailboat shaped cardstock. Place inside the envelope and it is ready to give to someone special!
That is it – a fun adorable card creation! Happy Stamping!
July 6, 2010 at 12:46 am (Cards, Embellishing Tips, Tips and Tricks)
Tags: card making, card making ideas, clear stamps, corrugated paper, rubber stamping, rubber stamping ideas
Corrugated paper is a heavy paper made to resemble even rows of valleys and mountains. Most cardboard boxes are made with corrugated paper as it adds strength to the box. In card making and crafting projects, corrugated paper is a great paper to use when you want to add textural interest to a card or scrapbook page.
While corrugated paper is a strong texture on paper crafts, one can magnify that effect by filling in the valleys with microbeads. To create a strong texture on your card making and scrapbooking designs, be sure to use a fine tip adhesive to fill in the valleys on the corrugated paper. Then fill them with microbeads. If your glue tip is not fine enough, try filling every other valley as in the example below.
The background on the above card is created using the Little Petals Clear Stamps giving almost a patchwork look to the card.
Corrugated paper also offers an interesting background for card making projects. You can easily enhance the corrugated effect by lightly brushing pigment ink across the surface of the paper. This enhances the natural shadows, as well as the effects of light and color on your design.
In the card above, the corrugated paper is not only enhanced with ink, but it also serves as the background to decorative elements such as ribbon clips and sequins. With the way the light hits this card, there are lots of darker shadows, sparkles and light areas to add interest and texture. A stamped sentiment from the Little Petals Clear stamp set finishes the card.
Corrugated paper is can add a special effect to backgrounds for rubber stamping designs, photos, or memorabilia which you wish to use. With the shadows alone, you will create interest and draw the eye to the element which is set on the corrugated paper.
Clear stamps used in the above card are from the Campin’ Discoveries Clear Stamp Set.
Corrugated paper is a great solution for adding dimension to rubber stamping, card making and scrapbooking projects. Try a dimensional project soon.
June 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm (Card making Tutorials, Cards, How To Articles)
Tags: card making, card making crafts, card making ideas, clear stamping ideas, clear stamps, rubber stampind, rubber stamping, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamps
This card emanates feeling with it’s “Full of Life” words as a background. Add to that the pocket full of treasure for today and you have a beautiful card ideal for any season of life including graduation, family changes, friendship and more.
- Blank 5 x 7 card
- Clear rubber stamps
- Clear Acrylic Stamping blocks
- Pigment ink
- Cardstock for the pocket (about 7″ x 5″)
- Complementary pattern paper for pocket liner – 3 1/2″ x 5″
- Double Sided tape or glue
- Sponge dauber for antiquing the edges of the card
First create the background of your card by using the Live Well Clear Rubber Stamps and a Medium Square Handle and begin arranging your choice of words to fill the block. Once your are happy with the arrangement begin filling in your card face. Ink the stamps in a dark pigment ink and stamp the first image in the upper left hand corner. Stamp a second time off setting the stamps diagonally downward to create a shadow for the letters. This adds depth and detail to your design. Once you have filled the card face, ink the edges using the sponge dauber. Lightly ink over the suface of the card to add a hint of color throughout the design.
Make the pocket by taking the pocket cardstock and scoring down the center to form a 3 1/2″ x 5″ card. Fold, then lay out flat on a cutting mat and cut diagonally across the front side. Begin cutting at the top of the crease angling away to the right hand side of the paper.
Next Line the back flap of the pocket with a complementary pattern paper and glue in place.
Secure pocket on the right side and bottom. Attach a ribbon across the pocket to embellish it.
Stamp a saying from the Live Well clear stamps on your tag and embellish by stamping flowers and adding ribbons.
Insert the tag into the pocket to complete a fabulous card making idea.
June 3, 2010 at 3:39 am (Card making Tutorials, Cards, How To Articles)
Tags: card making, card making crafts, card making ideas, clear stamps, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamps
This is a quick and easy pocket card project great for all ages.
Cut one of your pattern papers just a little smaller than the width of the card front and about 2/3 as high. Cut the second pattern paper the same width and to the height you desire for the pocket.
Ink the edges of each paper and secure the larger piece first. Line up the pocket for the bottom of the card and secure in place with a piece of double sided tape along the bottom. Set the eyelets.
Ink the edges of your tag and set a matching eyelet into the top of the tag. Stamp the Missing You sentiment from the Word Flower Power clear rubber stamp set and mat it with a complementary color. In the illustration, we used decorative scissors to enhance this element. Insert a ribbon or multiple ribbons and your card is complete.
June 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm (Card making Tutorials, Cards, Flower Cards, Insect and Critter Cards)
Tags: card making, card making crafts, card making ideas, clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, rubber stamping, rubber stamps
A pocket card is a fun way to include a gift or surprise within the card itself. This card features three butterfly stick puppets made with clear rubber stamps and rubber stamping techniques.
To Make This Card:
Score the 6″ x 12″ cardstock at the 4″ mark and the 8″ mark. Fan fold the card.
Fold the front two panels together and with your craft knife cut the desired angle for the card pocket as illustrated below.
Pocket formed will look similar to the image below. DO NOT secure the pocket panels together yet at this stage.
Cut out a square frame from your contrasting paper to fit inside your card. Decorate the frame and pocket edges with the mini ric-rack clear border stamp found in the Ribbons and Rikrack Clear Stamp Set. Using your clear border rubber stamp, create vertical lines on the pocket. Be sure to stagger the placement of the flower as you stamp. To prevent the border line from extending over the stamped rikrack place a post it note to mask areas where you don’t want the image to appear. Using the triangle you intitally cut away, stamp 3 of your favorite butterflies with Clear butterfly rubber stamps to make the stick puppets.
Use the square cut from the frame you made from the contrasting paper (in the previous step) to create a moveable element on the front of the card. Add a matching border on the square using your border clear stamp. If you wish to add glitter to the circle designs in your background take a moment to add it to your pocket now. Secure the corner of the square element with a brad through the front panel of the pocket.We used a tiny piece of the triangle scraps to offsett this element. Stamp a flower using your Clear flower rubber stamps. Color in the leaf and the butterflies as desired using watered down ink from the lid of your stamp pad. (You can learn more about this coloring technique from idea number 5 in the Coloring Rubber Stamped Designs article.)
Cut out the butterflies and the flower close to the edge of each design. Adhere the flower to the center of the square using 3D foam tape. Stamp your sentiment above and below the flower using a birthday saying clear stamp.
Using a clear liquid glue cover the petals of your flower and then sprinkle with the mini micro beads. Please note that your glue needs to be fairly thick to hold them on. Liquid glue will cause pigment ink to bleed a little so take care not to cover the design itself if you can.
Next, using the Mini Bee’s clear stamp set fill in the frame inside the card with flowers and leaves. This will leave your butterfly puppets flying over a lovely flower garden.
Secure the edges of you pocket with double sided tape. Adhere the butterfly puppets to kebab skewers and place inside the pocket. You may need to adjust the length of the stick to complement your card.
That completes your puppet pocket card. These cards are great for kids and can be made up in any theme to suit the child’s likes or personality. A puppet pocket card can even be created to tell a story such as Old MacDonald’s Farm or The Little Engine that Could.
January 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm (Cards, Just for Fun)
Tags: card ideas, card making, card making ideas, clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, flower card ideas, flower rubber stamps, flower stamps, rubber stamps
I love flowers. To me they are the perfect adornment for most anything. Using flowers you can create a feeling of romance, love, caring, friendship, sincerity, or even fun! Flowers are easily added to scrapbooking pages and card making crafts as well as dozens of other fun crafts using clear rubber stamps. Clear flower stamps are easy to use, easy to place, and ideal for storage and convenience. Here are some of the fun things you can do with flower clear rubber stamps!