May 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm (Tips and Tricks)
Tags: fathers day cards, fathers day crafts
This is just a quick post featuring a fun card making template for dads since fathers day is coming up.
This is the inside of the card. The brown areas are pockets formed to hold tags, memorabilia, or anything important for dad that get folded inside the card.
To make the collar use white cardstock and cut strips about 3/8″ from the top as indicated in the illustration below. Fold the flaps formed to create the shirt collar. Trim as needed
Decorate the inside of the card as desired. You may wish to add a belt to the top of the brown flap below the tie to make the idea of dress pants more realistic.
Decorate the remainder of the card, inside and out, as desired.
May 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm (Just for Fun, Tips and Tricks)
Tags: card making, card making crafts, card making ideas, clear art stamps, clear craft stamps, clear hobby stamps, clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, pressed flower themes, pressed flowers, scrapbook embellishments, scrapbook ideas, vintage pressed flowers
Pressed flowers are beautiful and delightful to use in decorating scrapbook pages and card making crafts. If you love flowers, these wonderful embellishments will appeal to you. They are made simply using dimensional glue as pictured in the photo below.
Tips for making Vintage Embellishments with dried flowers:
- ensure that the flower petals are completely dry before using them
- dry arrange the petals and / or greens on your card or scrapbook page
- once you are happy with the arrangement place a small dot of dimensional glue beneath each piece.
- when everything is secured begin squeezing dimensional glue over the entire surface of the flower petals and leaves if you have them.
- allow this to dry for up to 24 hours (It doesn’t usually take quite that long, but you want to be sure it is totally dry before it gets any papers stacked on it or before it goes into an envelope!)
This techniques creates shiny, dimensional elements on your pages and card making projects!.
Please note that if you bend the paper after the dimensional glue has dried, some brands will crack.
You may wish to enhance the theme of dried flowers by using Pressed Flowers clear hobby rubber stamps to decorate additional elements and add interest to your rubber stamping projects.
April 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm (Clear Stamping Techniques, Stamped Craft Ideas, Tips and Tricks)
Tags: clear rubber stamps, clear stamps, rubber stamping art, rubber stamping crafts, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamping projects, rubber stamping techniques, using clear stamps
This has become a favorite heat embossing technique!!! It involves using 3-5 embossing powders per design. Learn how to do this super simple but absolutely beautiful technique on your own!
MATERIALS NEEDED TO DO THIS TECHNIQUE:
- clear hobby rubber stamp – medium to large design
- 3-5 embossing powders
- heat embossing gun
- cardstock, glass, metal or other stamping medium that is safe to heat emboss on
- embossing ink
- clear acrylic stamping block
- Peel your clear acrylic stamp from the carrier sheet and place it on the clear stamping block.
- Ink the design in the embossing ink and stamp the image onto your surface. If your design requires more than one impression of the image, so all the impressions before proceeding to the next step.
- Sprinkle tiny amounts of embossing powder onto the impression(s). Dump off the excess being careful to not allow the powders to slide around too much. Repeat this step with each embossing color you wish to use, covering a small portion of the image with teach color.
- Heat the powders and watch them blend together with fascinating results.
- With that the embossing portion of your project is complete.
March 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm (Tips and Tricks)
Tags: art for kids, background paper, clear stamps, marbled paper, paper craft ideas, rubber stamping crafts, rubber stamping ideas, shaving cream art
Marbling paper with food coloring and shaving cream is a great activity for all ages! Kids will love this, but for scrapbookers and card makers, this technique will open up a whole new world of background papers. The end result of each project is beautiful and unique and makes a great background for clear rubber stamping projects!
- Shaving cream or foam
- Coloring medium: food coloring, refill inks, water based paint
- Porous paper or cloth
- Stick for swirling colors together
- Cookie sheet or tin foil
- 4×6 sheet of heavy cardstock
TO MARBELIZE YOUR PAPER
- Protect your work surface with newspapers. Next cover the bottom of a cookie sheet with tin foil.
- Spray the shaving cream over an area that will cover your paper (this will depend on the size of paper you are using. Make the shaving cream layer about 1″ thick.
- ADDING COLORS: If you are using food coloring, as illustrated,begin dropping bits of color over the shaving cream. You can use 1-4 colors as desired. (If you are using water based paint, thin it down, then you can squirt bits over the shaving cream. You can even use a paint brush to make designs if you wish. If you are using refill inks, you can either squirt lines of ink into the shaving cream or you can add the ink the same way the food coloring is added, drop by drop.)
- Once you have added your color, use your swirling stick to lightly swirl the colors together. You want your colors to be sharp and vibrant so be careful not to overmix the colors. Also the colors should stay on the top of the foam as much as possible.
- Next lay your porous paper (or cloth) over the marbled design. Press the paper or cloth down lightly. Paper can be lifted off after a few seconds, cloth must sit on the surface for 1-2 minutes to allow the colors to penetrate fully.
- Lift paper off the shaving cream mixture.
- Next scrape the shaving cream off your paper (or cloth) using the 4×6 heavy cardstock. As you remove the shaving cream you will find that you are revealing the wonderful swirled art that is delightful to use.
- You can do this repeatedly with the same shaving cream mixture as desired. The more mixed your colors get the more muted the marbling will be.
- Allow your paper (or cloth) to dry. Use your marbleized paper to create fun cards or scrapbook page features. These designs make wonderful backgrounds for rubber stamping scenic art!
January 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm (Tips and Tricks)
Tags: clear rubber stamps, clear stamping ideas, clear stamping tips, clear stamps, craft rubber stamps, hobby rubber stamps, organizing stamps, rubber stamp organization, rubber stamps, stamping and organzigin
Christmas is an exciting time with much anticipation and preparation involved. I find that it is not uncommon to discover that once the flurry of Christmas preparations are past, that I have a number of new items to organize into my craft room. Some I receive as gifts, but many of them are purchased to make a special gift for a loved one. Clear alphabet stamps are a wonderful solution to keeping your craft room organized.
Clothes pins are an easy and attractive way to keep things organized. The clothespin above is labelled organize and is a quick convenient way of making sure that you get things put away especially if you don’t have time to do it right now. Clothes pins can also be used to label small paper scraps, color, paper projects etc. They can also be labelled with the name of a child or event. Once labelled they can help you keep memorabilia organized until you are ready to construct the scrapbook pages.
Papers can get rather bulky sitting in baskets. This is a fabulous way to organize memorabilia specific to one person that you wish to scrapbook in the future. A sticky label can easily be stamped on with clear alphabet rubber stamps to create an easy to read, uniform and attractive way to organize your craft room.
When new supplies are purchased you may need to label a new box or container specific to that project. In the above photo, clear alphabet rubber stamps are used to create a bold and beautiful label for this box of supplies.
Clear alphabet rubber stamps can even help you organize your kitchen! Above you will see a label made for snacks, making it easy to see and know what you have currently on hand in your cupboards. Using this method, your kitchen cupboards coordinate and you will be delighted every time you open the cupboard door.
Of course clear hobby rubber stamps are so much easier to use when they are organized into categories. At Clearly Rubber Stamping, stamps are presorted into categories by color, but the photo above shows a wonderful way of decorating clear dividers with easy to read labels that help you find exactly what you are looking for when you are creating a new rubber stamping project.
Have a very Happy New Year
June 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm (How To Videos, Tips and Tricks)
Tags: clear stamps, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamping tricks, rubber stamps, stamping tips, using clear stamps
We are excited to introduce to you one of our favorite techniques for coloring in designs made with clear hobby rubber stamps! It only uses pigment ink and water. With a small brush, you are set to color to your hearts content with fabulous results every time. To watch this video simply click on the play icon and you will be directed to You Tube where you can sit back and learn a fun new technique!