Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping Issue 61 is on sale next week!

24th August 2018


Creative Stamping Issue 61 is on sale next week!

Kick-start your Christmas stamping with our fabulous new issue, on sale on 30th August. This time we’ve teamed up with Stamps by Chloe for our Fancy Foliage stamp set!

We are thrilled to be bringing Chloe’s floral delights to you, a combination of festive and fancy stamps for cards for Christmas and beyond. 

If this is not enough, we have a included a bonus flower-shaping tool, and we show you how to use it with our stamps – look for Nicky’s extra video on the blog and we’ll share it on facebook too! Add dimension to your makes – from pinecones to poinsettias, robins and wreaths, make your cards really stand out!

On this card below, we added dimension not only to the flowers, but to the wreath and pinecones too:

Christmas wreath

40 minutes


Fancy Foliage stamp set

white 14.8x12cm card blank

white & red cardstock

gold mirri card

Toffee VersaFine inkpad

Rhubarb Stalk, Cottage Ivy & Tuxedo Black Memento inkpads

Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye & Tattered Rose Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

alcohol markers

flower-shaping tool

foam mat

3D foam pads



How to create

1 Stamp the wreath, rotate the stamp and stamp again, using VersaFine ink. Cut out and add colour using Tea Dye ink then shape by placing on a foam mat and running the round end of the tool around the back to get a good curve.

2 Stamp and colour three pinecones. Cut out and shape by pressing the tool into the shapes from behind.

3 Stamp, colour with ink, and cut three star flowers, using the flat end of the tool to fold each petal inwards.

4 Create a background for the card, blending Distress Ink round the edge and adding stamped snowflakes, pine branches and sentiments using Memento ink. Add the wreath and decorative elements using 3D foam pads.

5 Matt onto gold and red cardstock and affix to the card front, adding gems to finish.

Top tip

Don’t over decorate the wreath so that the twiggy element can still be seen


Sue Hughes brings in the bling for Christmas with a stunning selection of silver heat-embossed cards using Chloe’s designs. We hope you’re inspired by her sparkling feature on page 42. 

Strip back the stamping and get the blues – hues of blue that is, with Sarah Gray’s masculine makes. Style and simplicity are the order of the day here, and we have an extra card that Sarah created for us, to share with you.

Happy Birthday

20 minutes


Fancy Foliage stamps

white A6 card blank

white cardstock

Altenew Glacier Caves Mini Ink Cube set

Post-it notes

3D foam pads


How to create

1 Stamp a pinecone in dark blue ink and stamp it again onto two Post-it notes.  Cut out the images on the Post-it notes and use one as a mask before stamping the pinecone again in a lighter blue.

2 Mask the second pinecone as well as the dark one before stamping the twiggy wreath in dark blue and reinking using light blue before adjusting position slightly and stamping again.

3 Stamp the pine branches and foliage over the masked pinecones before removing the masks

4 Stamp the sentiment in the centre of the wreath to finish.


Top Tip

Masking elements of the design creates visual depth on a one-layer card.  Cut the mask just within the stamped line to reduce the risk of creating an echo round the masked image

This issue’s masterclass is an exercise in colour, with Kim Dellow sharing a selection of makes using multicoloured stamping techniques. 

We have a fabulous Copic colouring masterclass this issue too, with Faye Wynn-Jones giving an-depth guide to colouring hair and skin. Don’t worry if you haven’t got Copic markers, you can apply the principles of shade and shadow to your own colouring medium.

As well as 16 pages of makes and inspiration using your fancy Foliage stamps, we have fantastic features and new products from Visible Image, WOW! and Sheena Douglass.

EXCITING NEWS! Issue 61 heralds the launch of our Papercraft Magazines Designer of the Year competition. See inside this issue for details and catch up with two of last year’s winners, Sarah Gray and Sandy Norton. 

With over £14,000 of prizes plus a spot on our magazine design team, could this be YOUR year?

I’ll leave you to look forward to your magazine, but before I go, here’s a sneak peak of issue 62, which goes on sale on 20th September, with this beautiful Winter Woodland stamp set –

Order your copy of Creative Stamping from when it goes on sale on 30th August. Feel free to send your letters and amazing stamping creations to me at or

In the meantime, happy stamping!

Nicky, editor


  1. Wendy Taylor

    The link to the competitions is not working.

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Hi Wendy, please use .com instead of in the address bar and this will work for all competitions going forward. Best wishes, Nicky, editor

  2. Donna Robertson

    I'm still having trouble entering the competitions. Please could you post the full link?

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Hi Donna, please go to Best wishes, Nicky, editor

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