February 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm (Stamped Craft Ideas)
Tags: alphabet rubber stamps, clear rubber stamping, clear rubber stamps, clear stamping crafts, clear stamping ideas, clear stamping tips, paper mache books, rubber stamping, rubber stamping crafts, rubber stamping ideas, rubber stamping tips, rubber stamps crafts
This project was so much fun to make, create and of course display. It uses a paper mache book which should be available for purchase at any major craft store. This craft will also work with a wooden book, though the end results will vary somewhat.
To make this project you will need 1 paper mache book such as the one pictured below. Paint, paintbrushes, ribbon, clear rubber stamps for design as well as clear alphabet stamps, ribbon, double sided tape, and embellishments.
Begin by painting your book. We painted ours black with the page edges gold.
Once your paint has dried, choose an image design which you would like to emboss onto the bottom portion of your book cover. The smaller the design, the easier it will be to get a good impression if your book cover is anything less than perfectly flat. Before stamping in embossing ink, lay a strait edge or scrap paper over the areas you do not want the design to cover. Begin stamping your design. Add embossing powder and heat to emboss.
In the next step you will use your clear alphabet rubber stamps to add a title to your book. Before stamping be sure to lay out the letters in such a way that you know they will fit across the cover. Stamp your word in embossing ink, dust with embossing powder, tap off excess and heat to emboss.
Your last step to completing your paper mache book is to add ribbons and embellishments as desired. In addition to the ribbons and charms we added to ours, you might light to add a custom made tag, sequins, gems, quotes or more to perfectly customize and personalize your completed stamping project. When you are done, you are going to love displaying this treasure that can easily be filled with trinkets or treats!
January 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm (New & Promotional, Tips and Tricks)
Tags: clear stamps, hobby rubber stamps, rubber stamps, rubber stamps crafts
The main reason why rubber stamping is such a great hobby is because it is so simple to create beautiful things with the least amount of equipment and supplies. That is how it starts! However it can soon develop into an all consuming passion that ends up with every waking hour and every spare cent being devoted to the art of stamping. With so many ‘must have’ items, what started as a low cost hobby can soon end up costing a lot.
Here are a couple of tips to help save you money in your stamping hobby:
Stamp with Versatility – It can be surprising how many different ways there are of using a single stamp. A wispy border on a Christmas stamp can have many applications. Take it out of the Christmas setting and it becomes an embellishment for any theme page. Halloween themes can easily be created with bare branches or a Halloween sign can host any saying or sentiment. Use your imagination, and think “multipurpose”.
Alphabet Stamps – There are many different styles of alphabet stamps available which allow stampers to stamp their own unique greetings, sayings and sentiments. You may find this a little fiddly and time consuming so choosing a short sentiment might be helpful! Currently there is a trend away from perfectly aligned text and images allowing you to be creative with letter placement. Mix and match alphabets for an even more creative look.
Shop Sales – Watch for promotions and sales on your favorite hobby stamps. When you see an opportunity to save on a set you like, seize the moment.