Stamping in the foreground and background


This is a card I made last night. The background uses the same stamp sets as the foreground, but I stamped the images using Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink so that it would match the color of the cardstock.  I liked how it turned out as it doesn’t distract from the foreground, but is still visually interesting.

The images and frames were colored using markers since I stamped those images on Kromekote card stock which will not take colored pencil. The candy stripe paper was from a pad of 12 inch by 12 inch paper I bought on sale at Michaels.

Note how the images at the bottom aren’t fully on the card. Don’t limit yourself by forcing yourself to include the whole image. Let them go off the sides when you stamp.

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Going through the collection #3


This is one of my favorite Christmas stamps. It was published by Rubber Soul back in 2005 and I bought it from their shop in Redmond Town Center back when they still had a shop there. It closed a couple of years later, I can’t quite remember the exact year, but I was very, very sad to see them go. They still produce stamps, but only sell on-line and this particular stamp is out of print. I’m guessing that it went out of print since the art is by Dave Brethhauer (who started Memory Box and Poppystamps) and the licensing of the image lapsed.

I stamped this on white, 65 lb. card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored in a few bulbs with some Prismacolors just so you can get a look at what this will eventually look like.

The best part about this stamp? There’s no “up” so you don’t have to worry about it stamping it crooked, so a positioner isn’t completely necessary.

I’ve been enjoying going through my old stuff. It’s like shopping in my stamp drawers.

Papercraft: Gift Card Folder pattern

There are many things you can buy to put a gift card in: boxes, little stockings, and special pillow boxes to name a few. What I like to do is make something that incorporates the gift card into the design so that when you pull a tab, the gift card pops out, or when you open the card, the gift card sticks up out of the center of the card. So I’m always looking for ideas on how to do this.

This idea I got from the British magazine Simply Papercraft and I modified it into imperial units and am presenting it in its basic form with as little customization as possible because I want you to make this pattern your own. Round the corners, don’t round the corners, add ribbon, don’t add ribbon, whatever you want to do to make it yours. Then stick them in a stocking or in a mug with cocoa packets or whatever other small gift that you can stick it in.

Here’s hoping your holiday season is a good and crafty one!

Coloring: Polar Bears

Yes, polar bears are white. That doesn’t mean you should leave them uncolored. Here I demonstrate how I did a little coloring of a polar bear before making a card using the image. I only used three pencils: Ivory and two warm grays. As I mention in the video, if you would prefer to use cool grays instead, go for it!

I wish you could still get that string of Christmas lights stamp that I used. Lockhart Stamp Company made it and although some of her images are with Pink Ink now, it looks like the holiday borders are retired. I’m so disappointed.

Anyway, try adding a little shading to your coloring! Start light and then darken as you go. you might be surprised by the result.

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Don’t rein in your outlines

Most of us love our black inks. I have seven black pads myself: Memento, Memento Dewdrop, Brilliance, ColorBox, Versafine, Versacraft and Tim Holtz Distress.  Show that list to any other long time stamper and I’ll bet they’ll nod and say, “Oh, yeah. Me, too.” The list contains pigment ink , dye ink, oil-based ink and solvent ink. Even the two dye inks (Memento and Distress) are different as I’ve mentioned before.  Every kind of black you’ll ever need in order to create an image that you can color in later.

But have you ever considered not using black for that?


The image on the left was stamped with Memento London Fog and the right with Memento Espresso Truffle. I like how these look and I will pair my colored pencil choices to go with the ink I stamped them with.

So break out all of your inks and use them. You’ll be surprised how much you like some of the results.

Materials used:

  • Poppy Stamps Polar Bear Fun clear stamp set
  • Memento Dye Ink:
    • London Fog
    • Espresso Truffle
  • Recollections 65 lb. white card stock

Making cookie boxes


I’ve been trying some box patterns using 12 by 12 inch scrapbooking cardstock. This is a heavier stock than the usual scrapbook paper so I was able to make a box out of it.  The sides are each two layers thick after it was folded up and glued, but the base was only one so I put an extra piece of thick cardstock in the bottom.

Since I planned to put homemade cookies in here I had to also line the inside with parchment paper as the cardstock is not rated for food safety. You could also put food items inside a treat bag and then put it in the box, but I liked how the scent of chocolate and vanilla wafted up when you opened the lid.

The box is a 4 by 4 by 4 cube so it doesn’t hold a lot, but it holds enough and it’s a good way to use up some of the thicker scrapbooking cardstock.  I’m going to have to do a few more of these before I do a video, but I was happy enough with the way this came out that I had to share it.