Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 57 on sale next week!

4th May 2018


Creative Stamping 57 on sale next week!

We hope you’ll go wild for the next issue of Creative Stamping when it hits the shops on 10th May, why not treat yourself to this brand-new issue, where we’ve teamed up with Crafty Individuals to bring you your amazing free stamp set!

Creative Stamping 57 goes on sale on 10th May, and with this issue we’re bringing you the awesome Go Wild stamp set, complete with amazing artwork from Crafty Individuals. It’s my very first issue as editor and I am so excited to be bringing you this issue packed full with animal magic, as well as stunning savannahs and luscious landscapes. I hope you will love the inspiration as much as I do, you will be able to create beautiful cards for men, women and children of all ages and for all occasions, especially with some of the fun sentiments in the set.

CS57-Backing-Card-Mockup-web.jpgWe are so thrilled with our collaboration with Crafty Individuals, the elephant mother and calf are beautiful and their giraffe was a stand-out favourite among our designers. Our in-house artist and senior covermount designer, Kay, had a wonderful time drawing out the llama, koala, sloth and otter (her favourite) as well as all the additional elements which in themselves create beautiful cards, as you will see in the magazine.

If that’s not enough to get your creative juices flowing, this month there is a BONUS Aladine IZINK ‘Miel’ inkpad with every magazine, a beautiful golden orange dye ink perfect for use with the stamps in this issue….and we show you how in the magazine and on this very blog, below.


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 Crafter’s Companion, Hunkydory and Creative Expressions.

In this issue, Kim Dellow has us seeing double using the free stamps – check out her feature on page 42 of the magazine. We love how she has shared different techniques to achieve a mirror-stamped image of the animals and savannah scenes.


Shelagh Metselaar has created a stunning set of scenic cards in our Stamping Style feature, Shelagh’s step-by-step guide to shaving foam backgrounds shows how easy it is to add a new technique to your crafting. We have one more of her cards to share here, to inspire you.


Giraffe sunset

25 minutes


free stamps

white 7”- square card blank

white cardstock

copy paper

black glitter cardstock

Nocturne & Morning Mist VersaFine Clair inkpads

Blushing Rose, Apricot Nectar, Rosy Cheeks, Fancy Fuchsia, Haystack, Terracotta & Cinnamon Tea Artistry Inks

ink-blending tool

How to create

1 Cut a circle from a Post-it note and place onto a white 6¼” square of cardstock as a sun. Blend Blushing Rose ink over the top of the panel.

2 Tear a piece of copy paper to create a hilly landscape, position one piece over the panel and blend Apricot Nectar ink upwards from the tear and add another layer of ink as shown.

3 Move the copy paper again and begin blending downwards with pink inks to create a misty hillside scene.

4 Stamp the savannah stamp twice across the panel using Nocture ink, then over-stamp with Morning Mist to create a drop shadow.

5 Remove the circle mask and blend Haystack ink to create the sun. Stamp the sentiment over the sun.

6 Stamp the giraffe onto white cardstock, colour with inks, cut out, and affix to the scene. Layer the square panel onto black glitter cardstock leaving a narrow border and adhere to the card front to finish.

In this month’s Masterclass, Christine Smith shows us how to use spray inks in so many different ways. I am going to make time to play with the few I have, as her feature has inspired me to get inky and spritzy, something I don’t do often enough!


Next up, I had so much fun creating designs with the tribal border stamp that I made an extra card, showcasing the stamp as both a frame and a background. Any excuse to play with the bonus FREE Miel IZINK dye inkpad that comes with this issue, I carefully painted masking fluid over the stamped giraffe before stamping a honey-coloured pattern all over the topper, which, once the masking fluid was rubbed off, exposed a clean black and white image!


You’re havin’ a giraffe!

40 minutes


free stamps

white and black cardstock

Miel Aladine IZINK dye inkpad

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

ink-blender brush


Nuvo by Tonic Studios Masking Fluid

3D foam tape

How to create

1 Create a black A6 card blank and cut two A6 pieces of white cardstock. Stamp the tribal design around the edge of one of the pieces using black ink, and the other with Miel ink.

2 Trim 5mm off each side of the Miel border panel, lightly shade the top and bottom with more Miel ink applied with an ink-blender brush, and fix inside the card.

3 Use a blending sponge to add colour to the black border, trim 3mm off each edge and affix to the card blank.

4 Cut a panel of white cardstock to fit inside the middle rectangle and stamp the giraffe. Allow to dry then apply the masking fluid over the image with a thin paintbrush. Allow to set then stamp the tribal pattern across the whole design, lightly inking the edges to soften.

5 Carefully peel off the masking fluid to show the black and white giraffe over the honey-coloured background, stamp the sentiment and matt and layer onto a rectangle of black cardstock. Fix to the front of the card using 3D foam tape.

Top tip

You can have a lot of fun with masking fluid – try random splashes before inking your cardstock, then remove for white highlight splats on your finished creation

If you love the idea of getting inky, don’t forget that CraftStash have 10% discount on all Aladine IZINK products, use the code in the magazine (*excludes bundles. While stocks last, offer ends 14th June)

For the men in our lives (and ladies too, of course!) who love their technology, Hunkydory’s latest For the Love of Stamps range is just perfect. Lilly Fletcher has created a fun set of cards using these stamps, and check out the magazine for the most innovative use of two stamped computer screens we have ever seen!

Check out our other blog post to download Lilly’s helpful template to make the pop-up box card


Last but not least – still animals but not strictly speaking wild ones – we love this feature with adorable digi images of cats. Digital stamps really do have their place in crafting, the ability to resize and compose whole card designs before printing and colouring opens up so many possibilities. We are delighted to welcome Simply Sweet Stamps to our magazine, with their totally purrfect cat designs created for us by Katrina Bufton.


So that’s all for issue 57, I hope you love it as much as we do, and we really can’t wait to see your creations with our new stamps.

You can order your copy from when it goes on sale on Thursday 10th May, 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 58 of Creative Stamping, which goes on sale on the 7th June and see the beauty in our brand new stamp set featuring exclusive designs from Sheena Douglass with her stunningly drawn castle ruins. We’re thinking stately gardens, stunning stonework and luscious rural landscapes with this issue and we’ll show you how to create cards in so many varied styles, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

Happy stamping!

Nicky x

  1. Carol Hornby Clements

    I found there are not enough steps for the techniques. There is a list of Distress Ink Colours but in which order? Some of it is difficult to tell by looking at the samples. On page 43 there is a reflection technique. You cannot make the card without purchasing a wood plank stamp. On the + side the stamp set is fantastic.

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Hello Carol, I suggest playing with your colours on scrap paper if you are unsure of their shading. You also get a good indication of which colours work well together. I love that part when I am discovering new inkpads! I find, when I am blending, it's best to start with the lightest colours first so you don't pick up the darker ink on a light-coloured sponge or blending tool. As for using the wood plank stamp, it is in the materials list should you wish to buy it, but you can use the back of a large stamp for a smooth reflection, as with all the other cards. I am glad you love the stamps, this set was incredibly popular! Happy crafting, Nicky, editor.

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