Creative Stamping 60 sneak peek
We’re looking forward to the next issue of Creative Stamping arriving in the shops on 2nd August. It’s a treasure – Autumnal Treasures to be precise, packed with seasonal images and stunning artwork for you to create beautiful projects.
We’re so excited to share these gorgeous stamps with you. This issue we feature designs by Hot Off The Press. Arachnophobes beware…but he’s only tiny! We love the cute spider and the bats and webs are fabulous. As well as fun Halloween projects you will be able to create cards that are just that little bit different with these!
We’re sure you’ll agree, the inspiration in this issue shows just how incredibly versatile these stamps are. Our amazing designer Kay has designed images to colour, a wealth of small stamps to create wreaths and autumnal arrangements, and amazing contemporary leaves with so much potential… we can’t wait to see what you create with them. Add in the quotes and fabulous scripty sentiments and we think you will be very busy indeed!
Designer Tracy Evans joins us this month and brings her mixed media style to the magazine. We love how she incorporates fabric and fibres into her contemporary projects.
In a more traditional style, we combine the stamps with warm autumn papers for cards for all occasions.
Jane Roy creates cards for men using bold, bright colours and white heat-embossing on the bird stamp – this card is one of my favourites, the image is so striking!
Don’t miss this month’s Masterclass. Ingrid Vichova shows us how to incorporate acetate into our stamping, with fabulous projects and perfectly clear instructions!
This issue, Christina Griffiths tells us what she has been up to in our Diary feature. Christina’s latest Card Making Magic range works perfectly with her sentiment and verse stamps, and she shares two designs in the magazine. Don’t forget that Christina shares her wealth of knowledge on her YouTube channel, watching her demonstrations should come with a warning as you might well lose hours and burn the tea, so inspiring are her videos! Check out her channel here. Here’s another of Christina’s cards that she created just for us:
Thinking of you
white A6 card blank
white and pink cardstock
Card Making Magic Layered Florals stamp and die sets
Card Making Magic Quatrefoil Trellis die set
Spellbinders Venise Lace Hemstitch Rectangles dies
Broken China & Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Bamboo Leaves & Rose Bud Memento inkpads
pearl flourish & centre
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine
How to create
1 Die-cut a panel from white cardstock using the two largest rectangle dies.
2 Stamp the flower and four leaves from the Layered Florals set onto spare cardstock.
Colour in and cut out. Use these as a guide to stamping leaves onto the white panel and colour these in to match.
3 Stamp “Thinking of You” across the panel using Broken China ink
4 Lightly stencil the background with Worn Lipstick ink through a handmade stencil, die-cut from the Quatrefoil Trellis die.
5 Add the coloured flower over the stamped leaves and arrange the other leaves around it.
Stamp another sentiment and die-cut it into a circle and add to the card front using 3D foam pads.
6 Add the pearl centre to the flower and arrange the pearl flourish around it. Layer the panel onto a larger pink rectangle and then to the card front, leaving a small border.
Add some shaping to the flower and leaves by pinching them in the middle and add with 3D foam pads to give dimension
Don’t forget to watch Christina’s amazing demonstration videos for her own products, and all of our magazines too, on her YouTube channel, which you can access by clicking here. Watching Christina should come with a warning – you could lose hours enjoying her demonstrations. Don’t blame us for missed appointments and burnt dinner!
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We are delighted to welcome Honey Doo Crafts to our magazine this month. Amanda Fletcher’s designs caught our eye and her Design Team has created so many beautiful cards with her latest releases that we need to share more here!
First up, Julie Tidey created two stunning cards using vellum overlays, and the instructions are here:
white 6”-square card blank
Honey Doo Crafts Blooming Flourish & Happy Birthday stamp sets
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Crystal Clear & White White Honey Doo Crafts embossing powder
Honey Doo Crafts mica powders
ribbon & gems
How to create
1 With the fold at the top, stamp the Blooming Flourish onto the card front. Add clear embossing powder and heat-emboss.
2 Fold a 12×6” piece of vellum in half over the base card. Dust with an anti-static pad and stamp the image with VersaMark ink, lining it up over the black image on the card front behind and heat-emboss in white. Stamp and heat-emboss the sentiment.
3 Place a small amount of mica powder into a palette and mix with water to form a paint. Colour the image on the base card (not the vellum) and allow to dry.
4 Place the vellum over the base card and put two holes in the crease. Thread ribbon through and tie a bow, adding a gem to finish.
Use dark colour mica powders as these will show up best through vellum
Julie used the same technique with the beautiful Honey Doo Crafts Butterflies Flight stamp, finished with a sentiment from the Happy Quotes stamp set:
Secondly, Clare Wharton created this beautiful birthday card using Honey Doo Crafts own stencil:
white 20cm-square card blank
white & black cardstock
Honey Doo Crafts Ornamental Flourish & Happy Birthday stamps
Honey Doo Crafts Mesh stencil
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Crystal Clear Honey Doo Crafts embossing powder
Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
White Opal & Candy Floss, Lemon Sherbet, Sour Grape, Peppermint Cream, Blue Raspberry Bon Bon Honey Doo Crafts mica powders
3D foam tape
How to create
1 Sponge different shades of Distress Oxide Ink through the stencil onto white cardstock and use a heat tool to dry.
2 Use VersaFine ink to stamp the Ornamental Flourish onto the background, cover with clear powder and heat-emboss.
3 Use the mica powders mixed with a drop of water to paint the flowers.
4 Trim the panel down to 10.5x20cm and mount onto black cardstock, leaving narrow borders either side and affix to the card front as shown using 3D foam tape.
5 Stamp the greeting onto white cardstock and heat-emboss as before then cut a fishtail banner before mounting onto black cardstock. Trim and affix across the bottom of the stencilled image. Add co-ordinating gems to finish.
Mix different mica powders to create new shades, drop a sprinkling of each into a paint palette, add water and mix!
Check out the rest of the Honey Doo Crafts Design Team feature in this issue, and don’t forget to visit their website www.honeydoocrafts.co.uk to buy these stunning stamps and stencils.
Phew! I think that’s just about all from me this month. You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 60 from www.moremags.com/cs60 when it goes on sale on Thursday 2nd August. Don’t forget, we love to see your stamping creations too, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com, or send us your letters to the address in the magazine! We love receiving cards to share in the magazine!
Here’s a first look at the stamps coming with issue 61, which will be on sale on 30th August. Kick start your Christmas crafting with these beautiful designs by Stamps by Chloe, and of course we’ll show you how to use them for birthdays for men and women too, and much more!