20 Mar

Creative Stamping issue 41 goes on sale this week!

Don't miss issue 41 of Creative Stamping going on sale this Thursday - we're confident you'll love the free stamp set!

 

Creative Stamping 41 hits the shelves on Thursday 23rd March and we’re so excited to share the stunning free Ultimate Crafts stamp set with you we just couldn’t wait until then…

This L’aquarelle Designs stamp set is particularly ideal for all-occasion makes for women and our very talented Design Team created a stunning selection of cards that are bound to inspire you. You’ll even be inspired to make a card for a man too…

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The stunning focal stamps are guaranteed to create a range of makes for the special people in your life. The dragonfly, bird, floral elements, feather and butterfly, to name a few – will definitely be put good to use!

As usual, we had so many amazing cards that we just couldn’t squeeze them all into the magazine. So we’ve got a selection of bonus makes to get you brimming with ideas ready for when the magazine hits the shelves on Thursday 23rd March.

First up, we’ve got a two fab bonus cards from Christine Smith, where she has combined a selection of the gorgeous stamps with her Distress Markers. These all occasion makes are perfect for the special men and women in your life

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Thinking of you

***30 mins

MATERIALS

Ultimate Crafts L’aquarelle Designs stamp set free with issue 41 of Creative Stamping

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers

white 14.5cm-square card blank

white cardstock

Gray Flannel Memento inkpad

Morning Dew Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Crea-nest-lies XXL Double Stitch Square die set

HOW TO CREATE

1 Die-cut the largest stitched rectangle and a smaller one from white cardstock.

2 Use Gray Flannel Memento ink to stamp large and small feathers all over the background panel, then use Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss and Faded Jeans Distress Markers to colour the images. If you work quickly you can achieve a nice blended look.

3 Stamp your sentiment, also in grey ink, onto the smaller panel. Cut a square of cardstock slightly larger than the small square, and use a mix of Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss to colour the edge to create a matching mat.

4 To add a bit of background interest, use the text stamp along with a mix of the three markers to stamp random segments of text on the background and sentiment panel.

5 Scribble some Distress Markers or squish an inkpad (we used the Forest Moss Distress Marker and Gray Flannel inkpad) onto a non-stick surface, then apply some Morning Dew Nuvo Drops over the top. Leave these to dry, then add them to the card front.

Top tips

  • When colouring the background, keep placing your sentiment square on top so you don’t colour where you don’t need to
  • Mount your main panel onto a slightly larger square card blank to frame up the design

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Today is a special day

***25 minutes

MATERIALS

Ultimate Crafts L’aquarelle Designs stamp set free with issue 41 of Creative Stamping

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers

white 14.5x10.5cm card blank

white cardstock

Gray Flannel Memento inkpad

Morning Dew Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Crea-nest-lies XXL Double Stitch Square & Double Stitch Rectangle die sets

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border dies

 

HOW TO CREATE

1 Die-cut the third-largest stitched rectangle from white cardstock, then stamp the dragonfly and sentiment with Gray Flannel ink.

2 Create a distressed background by using a mixture of the stamps from the free stamp set along with Milled Lavender and Faded Jeans Distress Markers. Keep layering up different stamps, using the flourish ones as the dragonfly trail.

3 Once your background is created, place a smaller stitched square die over the dragonfly and run it through your die-cutting machine. For extra texture, place a stitched hillside die along the bottom of the rectangle and emboss.

4 Cut a square of white cardstock slightly larger than the small stitched rectangle, then colour the edges with the Faded Jeans Distress Marker to create a perfectly co-ordinating mat.

5 Add the focal square to the card fromt using 3D foam pads. Stamp a second dragonfly, then colour and cut out just the wings and stick them on top.

6 Scribble some Distress Markers (we used Faded Jeans and Milled Lavender) onto a non-stick surface, then apply some Morning Dew Nuvo Drops over the top. Leave these to dry, then add them to the card front.

Top tips

  • To give a more collaged feel to the dragonfly, stamp some of the stamps used in the background over the image before cutting out the second set of wings
  • Use a fine-line black pen to add a wispy trail to the end of the dragonfly

Next up, we’ve got a striking bonus idea from Kim Dellow, it’s the perfect project to add a fun finishing touch to a gift-wrapped birthday present, and what’s more it explores the use of reverse stamping – we love this technique!

 

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Not older, just better

***20 minutes

MATERIALS

Ultimate Crafts L’aquarelle Designs stamp set free with issue 41 of Creative Stamping

purple & white cardstock

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Elderberry & Sweet Plum MementoLUXE inks

sequins

washable glue stick

threads

3D foam pads

hole punch

manual die-cutting machine

My Favorite Things STAX Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies

HOW TO CREATE

1 Stamp a Sweet Plum-coloured heart block image with Elderberry-coloured details using the guide reverse stamping step-by-step guide on page 52 of the magazine.

2 Use the same techniques and colours to stamp the flourish bar above and below the heart image; stamp the sentiment underneath.

3 Use the second-largest rounded rectangle die to cut out the stamped image and matt it onto a piece of purple cardstock cut out with the largest rounded rectangle die.

4 Punch a hole in the top of the layered panel, then add the threads and sequins to finish the tag.

That’s all for this issue folks, so don’t forget to download the hexagon templates to help you recreate Kirsty Maluga’s ‘Another Year Flies By’ card over on page 14 of the magazine. Click here to download the template now.

And on that note, I’ll leave you to it – so until the 20th April when issue 42 hits the shelves, I think I’ll leave you to it…

Happy stamping!

Becky

Managing Editor

 

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