Creative Stamping

Sneak peak – Creative Stamping issue 55 is on sale on 29th March

23rd March 2018


Sneak peak – Creative Stamping issue 55 is on sale on 29th March

This month’s issue of Creative Stamping goes on sale on 29th March, why not treat yourself to this brand-new issue, where we’ve teamed up with Stamps by Chloe to bring you your exclusive free stamp set!

Creative Stamping 54 hits the shelves on 29th March, and in this issue we’re bringing you the fabulous Bright and Breezy stamp set, complete with 10 amazing designs from Stamps by Chloe. With the feel of a blustery spring washing day, this stamp set covers all occasions from celebrating new babies to male and female birthdays, and is ideal for creating stunning designs for thank you cards, friendship cards and so much more, with a few witty puns thrown in for good measure!


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 Visible Image, Sheena Douglass, Stamps by Chloe and Pretty Quick.

In this issue, Sue Hughes adds pattern and detail with pretty papers to get even more form your free stamps – check out her feature on page 46 of the magazine. Sue enjoyed paper-piecing with the clothes in this set so much she even designed an extra card just for us!


Happy Birthday

45 minutes


free stamps

white, green & yellow cardstock

First Edition Hey Baby 6×6” Premium paper pad

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Copic markers

Crafter’s Companion Sara Signature Birthday Party Collection Balloon Trio

My Favorite Things Die-namics Lucky Stars & Pierced Circle Frames dies

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine


1 Attach a 14.5cm piece of green cardstock to a white 15cm-square card base. Stamp the Happy Birthday washing banner into the centre of a 13cm square of white cardstock. Colour with markers and adhere to the middle of the card base.

2 Mount a 13cm square of balloons patterned paper onto yellow and white cardstock leaving narrow borders between each layer. Die-cut a circle from the centre to create an aperture then attach to the card base with 3D foam pads.

3 Die-cut a circle frame the same size as the aperture from patterned paper. Place around the aperture on the card front and secure with 3D foam pads.

4 Die-cut three balloons from patterned papers and attach two of them near to the top left corner of the card front and the remaining balloon in the opposite corner. Die-cut three stars from yellow patterned paper and attach two to the top right and one to the bottom left of the circle frame on the card front.

Next up, Sarah Gray celebrates the arrival of spring with a set of bright 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.


Happy birthday

25 mins


free stamps

white 17.5×12.5cm card blank

Onyx Black VersaFine ink

Spectrum Noir Aqua pens


How to create

1 Use black ink to stamp the birthday banner in the centre of the card front then colour the remaining images using Aqua pens and stamp as shown.

2 Soften to stamped images by adding water then add more leaves and touches of colour to the blossom and flowers as shown.

3 Use Aqua pens to colour the birthday banner then use black ink to stamp the birds on the rope as shown to finish.

Top tip

You can also create a watercolour effect by inking the stamps with Distress Ink or Distress Markers and spritzing with water

If you’ve already checked out your magazine you’ll have seen the fabulous cards created with new stamps from Visible Image, on page 37. Their talented designer Veerle Moreels created another stunning project in the form of a tag that we absolutely must share with you here…



90 mins


black cardstock

white watercolour paper

Visible Image Bloom and Grow, Fibonacci, Glimmer of Light & Father Definition stamp sets

Watering Can Archival inkpad

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Ochre & Warm Sepia Winsor & Newton Watercolor markers

Menthol Violet & black Kuretak Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour

Neutral Tint Sennelier Watercolour

Chinese Ink Derwent Inktense Pencil

fine metal wire

plain plastic sheet

scrap bandage

heat tool

stamping tool

water spritzer

3D foam pads

How to create

1 Cut a 10.5x21cm tag from watercolour paper and a slightly larger tag from black cardstock.

2 Lay down a little of the Menthol Violet watercolour on the plastic sheet, spray a fine mist of water on the watercolour tag then push down the plastic on the tag to colour it. Repeat if you’d like more colour or dab a little off if there’s too much. You can dry in between two layers to prevent the different layers of colour mixing up or moving around too much.

3 While the tag is drying, stamp the fingerprint and the sentiment onto a piece of watercolour paper and trim to size. Layer onto black mats then wrap a length of wire around one of the sentiments and mount onto 3D foam pads.

4 Stamp the moth using a stamping tool, colour using watercolours then cut out. Some watercolours can take away some of the black in the lines as they can be semi-transparent or opaque. When you’ve finished colouring position it back into the stamping tool and stamp over the same lines again to make them all black.

5 When the background is completely dry stamp a few square from the Fibonacci stamps using Watering Can ink then partially colour in to create depth. Splatter drops of colour where desired.

6 Cut a piece of bandage, colour using black watercolours and dry using a heat tool. Adhere the fingerprint and add a little shading around it using the Inktense pencil.

7 Adhere the sentiments and the moth using 3D foam pads then attach the watercolour tag onto the black mat to finish.

Top tip

When your watercolour paper is curling, lay it underneath something heavy while you are working on other sections of the project – ensure it’s completely dry before doing so to prevent removing watercolour

To see Visible Image’s full collection of awesome stamps, and for easy online ordering, go to

Last but not least, we were amazed and inspired by Kim Dellow’s DIY stamp carving masterclass. Go to page 20 to see how she created her own stamps with the most surprising of products, with a helpful step-by-step visual guide too.


Phew! That’s all for issue 55, you can order your copy from when it goes on sale on Thursday 29th March, and feel free to send your letters and amazing stamping creations to me at or


And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for issue 56 of Creative Stamping, which goes on sale on 19th April and comes complete with a bumper stamp set featuring exclusive designs from Joanna Sheen – A Good Sport, featuring a huge selection of sports accessories and equipment, perfect for sports fans of all ages.

Happy stamping!


  1. Patricia Hill

    I am looking at your Issue 55 and want the template for the Pretty Pastels baby dungarees that is says is here...WELL no such luck. Can you please help me find it, so I can make the cards from your magazine and use the stamp set included with it. Thank you.

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Hi Patricia, I have just gone onto that blog post and the template is there, I don't know why you can't access it, it's a technology thing! If you still have no luck, I am happy to email it to you if you would like to receive it, shall I use the address provided with this message? Best wishes, Nicky, editor

  2. Karen

    Do you sell back issues of craft magazines. Looking desperately for issue 55 creative stamping Thank you

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Please visit but it's unlikely they will have back issues going that far back, very sorry. Best wishes, Nicky, editor

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