Double Flower and Pearls Handmade Card

This fun card was made with 3 different stamps: a flourish from Autumn Leaves, a small flower and a Thinking of You stamp. There are a lot of plain stamped cards out there when you go for a look around the net, but why not spend an extra minute and make your card exciting?

I stamped the small flowers on the card and then again on the patterned cardstock, cut them out, and used foam dots to place them above the flowers already stamped on the card. Then I added a few adhesive pearls to jazz it up a bit. I also added a little matching decorative flap to the envelope to make a fun matching duo :).

Are Acrylic Stamps Best For You?

Acrylic stamps have been out for quite some time, but a lot of crafters still haven’t tried them. I love them myself and that’s mostly what I use, but like any other product, there are pros and cons.

The most obvious pro is that you can see through them so it’s a ton easier to line up the stamp the way you want it. They are also unmounted, so it takes a lot less room to store them. The cling is built in, so a dirty stamp just needs washed to renew the cling.

Some cons are that the images aren’t as detailed as traditional rubber stamps. If you have a long border, it may also be difficult to place it exactly straight on the mounting block.

Whether you choose acrylic or rubber stamps and care for them properly, they will each give you years of enjoyment. You can find out more details about acrylic stamps here: Acrylic Stamps: Are They The Best Choice For You?

Make a Christmas card with leaves from your yard!

This card was a happy accident 🙂 I saw a gorgeous leaf card on a blog the other day and thought the lady had really used a leaf to make it. The leaf she used was stamped in silver and it looked phenomenal.  Well, I don’t own a big leaf stamp but I figured it was worth giving a real leaf a chance and see what happened!

It was so much fun experimenting! I also found a way online to dry my leaves quickly — in 30 seconds! So hopefully you can grab a cup of coffee and watch my little oak leaf card video below 🙂

You don’t need much to make your card, just a swirly stamp and ink, some gold embossing powder, gold stickles and bling if you want.

Using acrylic stamps

I love stamping my projects because there are so many ways to use stamps. You can watercolor the image, emboss it, color it with pens, paint it, leave it plain, chalk it, cut it out…the options are truly amazing!

Stamps are truly versatile and my favorite kind of stamps are the clear acrylic stamps. Why, you might ask? Well, I for one, am not good at lining things up when I can’t see exactly what I’m doing. And another reason is that acrylic stamps are kind of like wash & wear hair lol…use them, wipe them off with a baby wipe, put them back on the plastic. No fuss…as a busy mom, I sure can appreciate things that are easy!

If you’ve never used acrylic stamps before, here are some easy tips to get you started!

How to use acrylic stamps

Autumn Leaves Bird Acrylic Stamps

Bird acrylic stamp

Have you always wondered how acrylic stamps work and what you need to get started with using them? Here are a couple of informative articles that will explain their use.

Acrylic Stamps

Using Acrylic Stamps With Acrylic Block

Hope you find these articles to be helpful and have fun on your scrapbooking adventures 🙂

Belated Birthday Birdie Card

Birdie Belated Birthday Card

 

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This sweet birdie is wishing a friend a happy be-lated birthday. You will need:

Red Card

Birthday or matching patterned paper

Small piece of blue paper

Small piece of beige paper

2 brads

paper flower

red ink pad

iridescent snowflake embossing powder

gold embossing powder

Double Scroll Stamp

Birdie Stamp

Glaze Embossing Pens (Blue, Green, Yellow)

Red Chalk

Pop Dots & Glue Stick

Red pen to write greeting

Instructions:

Cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than card front. Stamp a double scroll in red ink- length ways towards the left side of paper and emboss with iridescent embossing powder.

Adhere a red paper flower with a pop dot.

Stamp Birdie on a beige piece of paper and emboss with gold embossing powder. Color in the birdie’s head & body with blue ink, the wings with green, and the beak with yellow. Cut a rectangle around birdie and chalk the edges with red chalk. Adhere birdie slightly over the flower with a pop dot.

 

birdie-chalkedMake a small greeting tag with the blue & beige paper and place a brad on each end. Adhere greeting to the bottom front of card with pop dots.

For the inside of the card, stamp a birdie in red to one side. Make corners by cutting out triangles from your left over paper and write a greeting “hope you had a “tweet” day” with your red pen.

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