23 Feb

Creative Stamping 54 sneak peek!

This month’s issue of Creative Stamping goes on sale on 1st March, why not treat yourself to this brand-new issue, where we’ve teamed up with Hot Off the Press to bring you your amazing free stamp set!

Issue 54 of Creative Stamping hits the shelves on 1st March, and this issue we’re bringing you the fabulous Life’s an adventure stamp set, complete with 8 amazing designs from Hot Off the Press. This stamp set is ideal for creating stunning designs for male and female birthdays, retirement, thank you and good luck and so much more!


Our fabulous Design Team has been hard at work to bring you inspiring projects using your free stamp set, plus you’ll see a selection of brand-new releases from your favourite stamping brands, including designs from Hunkydory, Lavinia Stamps and Woodware.

In this issue, Christine Smith demonstrates how to paper-piece with your free stamp set to create perfect patterned designs – check out her feature on page 33 of the magazine. Christine enjoyed paper-piecing with the set so much she even designed an extra card just for us! 


*Enjoy your birthday*

40 mins


free stamps

white 12cm-square card blank

white cardstock

First Edition Paradise Crush 12x12” paper pad

Jet Black, Wild Rose, Pink Flamingo, Celery Stick, Merman & Peacock Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Premium Dye inkpad

circle dies

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue

Woodware Fine Tip Glue Applicator Bottles

detailed scissors

black fine-line pen

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Stamp the campervan onto white cardstock then stamp again multiple times onto different pieces of patterned paper.

2 Trim around the edge of the image stamped onto white cardstock leaving narrow borders, then select which patterned papers you’d like on the different areas of your image.

3 To minimise fussy-cutting think about the patterns in layers, so the bottom layer can cover most of the image, then as you go on with the patterns cut away more of the image to give smaller sections. Layer all of these pieces onto the white cardstock image as shown.

4 For the background select a few of the stamps along with ink that co-ordinates with the patterned papers and create texture using first and second generations of ink as shown.

5 Stamp the sentiments onto white cardstock and doodle a sketched border around the edges. Trim the sentiment panels to size and use 3D foam pads to adhere to the card front along with the campervan to finish.

Top tip

Decant a little glue into a fine tip applicator bottle to avoid applying too much onto tiny pieces


Next up, Sue Hughes showcases the versatility of the bicycle stamp to create female birthday and all-occasion cards.  Head to page 10 in the magazine to check out the rest of her feature, but while you’re here, feast your eyes on this delightful extra design.


*Enjoy your retirement*

25 mins


free stamps

white 18x13.5cm card blank

white, yellow & pink cardstock

Rose Bud, Morocco & Cantaloupe Memento Dew Drop inkpads

Toffee VersaFine inkpad

How to create

1 Attach an 18x12cm piece of yellow cardstock to the centre of an 18x13cm piece of pink cardstock and adhere to the card front.

2 Stamp the sentiment at the bottom of an 18x11.5cm piece of white cardstock. Measure 2.5cm up from the bottom and draw a faint pencil line across the panel. 3 Use Morocco ink to stamp a bicycle on the pencil line in the centre of the panel, stamp another bicycle using Cantaloupe ink on the right-hand side and a third bicycle using Rose Bud ink on the left-hand side.

4 Erase the pencil line once the ink has dried then attach the panel to the card front to finish.

Top tip

To help position images and sentiments draw a faint line with a pencil and rule which can easily be erased once the ink has dried


If you’ve already checked out your magazine you’ll have seen the fabulous fairy cards created with new designs from Lavinia Stamps, on page 46. Designer Amanda Branston was kind enough to create an extra card that we thought we’d share with you here…



10 mins


white 13.5x18cm card blank

white & coloured cardstock

silver mirror card

white Lavinia Stamps Multifarious Card

Lavinia Stamps Fleur Silhouette & Background Script stamp sets

Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet & Fired Brick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink

Nocturne VersaFine Clair inkpads

White & Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen

grey marker pen

Post-it notes

How to create

1 Cut a 9.5x13.5cm piece of Multifarious Card. Add Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick then Wilted Violet inks directly to the Background Script stamp and stamp onto the panel. Use Nocturne ink to stamp the fairy into the centre of the panel.

2 Create an 8cm mask from a Post-it note and place the mask over the fairy image leaving the bottom of the flower stem showing. Lightly blend Wilted Violet ink around the edge as shown.

3 Remove the mask, colour the fairy wings using the Clear Star pen and highlight the right-hand side of the fairy using the white pen. Use the silhouette to guide you while drawing the highlight lines on the garments and the flower.

4 Use the grey marker to add a drop shadow to the opposite side of the highlighting. Layer the panel onto silver mirror card then purple cardstock and attach to the card front to finish.

Top tip

Once you’ve added the Oxide inks to the stamp, spritz lightly with water to create the watercolour look


Fancy getting to grips with Gelatos? Kim Dellow’s Clean & Simple feature on page 52 is packed full of design ideas to create stunning coloured backgrounds and tones with these water-soluble crayons. She shares one more stylish design on embossed cardstock here.



40 min


free stamps

white cardstock

white 13.5cm-square card blank

Faber-Castell Gelatos

My Favorite Things Die-namics STAX Stitched Circles STAX dies

Kaisercraft Triangles embossing folder

Jet Black & Coffee Ranger Archival Ink

Ranger Inkssentials foam


craft mat

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Use Gelatos and a wet brush to colour individual squares of cardstock. Allow to dry, and then stamp the camper van on each panel.

2 Select a main camper van colour and cut out in full. Cut out parts from the other images to paper piece onto the main image.

3 Scribble a brown Gelato onto white cardstock and rub with the foam. Stamp the signpost and destination words in Coffee ink and cut it out.

4 Die-cut a white circle then follow the ‘Colouring Embossed Cardstock’ technique on page 54 to colour it with Gelatos.

5 Scribble a green Gelato on a craft mat, pick up the colour with foam and smooth it over a large square of white cardstock.

6 Trim and stick the green square to the card front. Add the embossed circle, then fix the signpost and camper van with 3D foam pads to finish.

Top tip

Get interesting textures by rubbing the Gelato directly on the cardstock. Use a sponge or foam to spread the colour into any gaps


Finally, with Easter fast approaching, Debbie Simpson shares some spring-themed floral cards with a contemporary twist. Her Woodware Stamps showcase on page 61 is a real treat, and we are delighted she created one extra card for us to share here, I love the fresh springtime colours and bold designs.


*Easter butterflies*

30 mins


white 12.5x17.5cm tent-fold card blank

white & pink cardstock

Craftwork Cards A Pocket Full of Papers USB

Woodware Circle Flowers clear stamp set

My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 15 dies

VersaMark inkpad

Broken China, Fossilized Amber & Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

alcohol markers

black embossing powder

Sakura Quickie Glue pen

Star Dust Ranger Stickles glitter glue

Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

ink blending tool

Ribbon Girl burlap ribbon

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Use VersaMark ink to stamp the Circle Flowers image onto white cardstock and heat-emboss in black.

2 Use an ink blending tool to blend Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Broken China ink over the flower heads then spritz lightly using water. Colour the leaves using alcohol markers.

3 Die-cut the image into a stitched rectangle then layer onto pink cardstock.

4 Trim a 12.5x10cm piece of yellow tiled paper from the Pocket Full of Paper USB Kitsch Collection and adhere to the bottom of the card front. Wrap a 2cm wide length of burlap ribbon around the card front across the patterned paper as shown.

5 Adhere the image panel to the centre of the card front using 3D foam pads and attach a selection of punched butterflies as shown. Decorate the flowers using Stickles glitter glue to finish.


Phew! That’s all for issue 54, you can order your copy from www.moremags.com when it goes on sale on Thursday 1st March, and feel free to send your letters and amazing stamping creations to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for issue 55 of Creative Stamping, which goes on sale on the 29th March and comes complete with our Bright and Breezy stamp set featuring exclusive designs from Stamps by Chloe!

Happy stamping!


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