Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 58

30th May 2018


Creative Stamping 58

We’re so excited about our next issue of Creative Stamping when it hits the shops on 7th June, so we are giving you a sneak peek of our brand-new issue, where we’ve teamed up with Sheena Douglass to bring you your beautiful stamp set!

Creative Stamping 58 goes on sale on 7th June, and with this issue we’re bringing you the stunning Serene Beauty stamp set, complete with fabulous castle ruins design from Sheena Douglass. I am so thrilled to be bringing you this issue in which you can work with landscapes, countryside and garden scenes and stately heritage. I hope you will love the inspiration as much as I do, you will be able to create beautiful cards for all occasions, with versatile and very interchangeable sentiments and quotes to uplift and motivate.


We are delighted to work once again with the amazing Sheena Douglass, her artwork is incredible and she has captured the very essence of our rural history with these beautiful stamps. This month our art designer Sarah hand-drew stunning focal features, with a majestic statue, archway and waterfall, perfect scene stealers to go with the background stamps. Or start with the castle or deer and build a scene around them using all the landscape elements.


Look beyond the main stamps and take the trees, always popular stamping images on cards. There are so many possibilities with this set, there wasn’t enough room in the magazine to share them all! And of course we love the tiny stamps! There’s so much that you can do with them, take for instance those tiny flower stamps – we love how Sue Hastead created a beautiful wild flower composition with them


If that’s not enough to get your creative juices flowing, you get ANOTHER Aladine IZINK inkpad with your magazine! This issue’s colour is Thé, French for ‘tea’, a beautiful bronze-brown dye ink perfect for use with the stamps in this issue….and we show you how.


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 Creative Expressions, Claritystamp, Hobby Art and Crafti Potential.

Siobhan Fyffe has created a stunning set of cards in our Technique feature, giving lots of ideas of how to incorporate the stamps in frames and apertures. We have one more of her cards to share here, to inspire you.


Thinking of you

30 minutes


Serene Beauty stamp set

Ivory 6”-square card blank

White & green cardstock

Twisted Citron & Wild Honey Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

alcohol markers

Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black Memento inkpads

Creative Expressions Art Deco Shell embossing folder

square dies

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Cut a 14cm-square frame from green cardstock using a 10.5cm die. Emboss and put to one side.

2 Cut a square slightly larger than the aperture and create a background with ink blending and masking the skyline.

3 Stamp the images you want onto the panel. I used the deer, the tree, sun, birds and some grass and ferns. Colour the images with the markers and add a stamped sentiment.

4 Attach to the front of the card blank. Attach the frame onto the image using 3D foam pads to lift it up off the stamped panel to give the effect of an aperture.


In this issue’s Masterclass, Christine Smith shows us how to make stunning alcohol ink backgrounds and uses the stamps in a whole different way which doubles their versatility. Look how she transforms the detailed castle artwork into a stunning silhouette, for example. Check out her feature on page 20 of the magazine.


Next up, I had so much fun creating designs with the new Crafti Potential cute stamps that I made an extra card, using the same rainbow theme as with the other cards on page 17. This one uses the little girl:


Rainbow of happiness 

50 minutes


white 14.5x13cm card blank

white & purple cardstock

Crafti Potential Sweet Treats & A5 stamp set

Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, & Wilted Violet Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

ink-blending sponges

water spritzer

Tuxedo Black Memento ink

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

ribbon, pearls & glitter

black fine-line pen

3D foam pads

stamp positioning tool

How to create

1 Create a rainbow background panel by blending inks from top to bottom. Spritz lightly and pat with a paper towel to lighten, then stamp the rainbow repeatedly, using the ink colour closest to the colour it is being stamped on. Affix to the card blank leaving a narrow border.

2 Use Memento ink to stamp the girl, the bees and a rainbow on a 9.5×11.5cm panel of white cardstock and colour in.

3 Affix the sentiment stamp onto a stamp positioning tool, ink up with rainbow colours and stamp in position. Without moving it, re-ink everything but the word ‘rainbow’ using black ink and stamp again.

4 Lightly blend green and blue ink across the panel as shown and add a stitched border. Matt and layer onto purple and white cardstock leaving narrow borders and affix to the card front on an angle using 3D foam pads.

5 Add pearls, a colourful bow and glitter to the wings to finish.

Top tip

Use alcohol markers to colour pearls if you don’t have the perfect match in your stash

Don’t forget!

CraftStash is offering a fabulous 20% discount off all Crafti Potential stamps, simply enter the code CS5820 when making your purchase. *Excludes bundles. While stocks last. Offer ends 12th July

Last but by no means least, we welcome Barbara Gray back to our magazine with an update on Claritystamp who are celebreating their 25th year! I remember buying my first stamps way back when I started crafting, and we have all come such a long way since then!

We have one extra Claritystamp card to share. Designer Dee Paramour created this beautiful fairy card for us to share on here


Fairy daydream

80 minutes


white A5 card blank

watercolour cardstock

Fairy Daydream Round Fine Line + Mask stamp

Feather and Script 4×4” stencil set

Tenacious Teal and Indian Jamun Artistry inkpads

two-needle & 6mm Pergamano tools

Perga Liners watercolour pencils

ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Brush marker

mini spritzers

decorative ribbon

Dual-Purpose Groovi Mat

How to create

1 Stamp the fairy image onto a 19x13cm piece of watercolour cardstock then cover with the mask. Spritz the card with a coloured pearlescent ink and let it dry.

2 Add detail to the background of the panel applying Artistry Inks through the stencils.

3 Remove the mask and colour the image using watercolour pencils. Brush over the image with the Wink of Stella pen.

4 Add shading around the image and then blend Indian Jumun Artistry Ink around the edge.

5 Cut a 20×14 cm piece of watercolour cardstock and add perforations round the edges of the circle and the two panels using the two-needle Pergamano tool. Draw a narrow pen line to resemble stitching.

6 Using a 6mm Pergamano embossing tool and the reverse of the dual-purpose Groovi Mat, emboss the stamped circle from behind creating a domed effect. Embellish with decorative ribbon and matt and layer onto the card front to finish.

So that’s all for issue 58, 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 7th June, 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 59 of Creative Stamping, which goes on sale on 5th July. We’re thinking fun in the sun with our brand-new Summer Holiday stamp set featuring exclusive designs from Apple Blossom. Celebrating all the best things about summer, there is so much to inspire birthdays for ladies, men and children, as well as a whole host of fun all-occasions sentiments and scenes to build.

Happy stamping!


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