Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 66 sneak peek

28th December 2018


Creative Stamping 66 sneak peek

We’re so excited that issue 66 is on sale soon, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!

New Year, New You is the name of the stamp set with issue 66, on sale from 3rd January, and this time we take a gently humorous look at health and well-being, with a little rest and relaxation thrown in for those ladies who like the finer things in life.

We have a fabulous range of inspiration for the images and sentiments on the stamps, which encompasses a whole range of stamping and colouring techniques so that you can improve your skills.

We also have a fabulous masterclass, exploring the bokeh technique, and Sarah Gray has created a stunning set of cards. 

Featuring quirky and funny designs from Acid Drops and Whatnots, with images that are sure to make you smile, we have a really fun idea for a a gift-wrapped chocolate bar. Acid Drops and Whatnots stamps are now available to buy on CraftStash.

This is a very adaptable project and be used for all sizes of chocolate bars or small boxes of chocolate!

It’s a wrap!


Acid Drops & Whatnots AD43 Hour Glass Figure & ADFB4 Square Ornamental Frames stamp sets
white & black cardstock
green spot& stripe double-sided paper
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
Winsor & Newton ProMarkers
Post-it note

How to create

1 Stamp the lady on the scales on a 15.5cm x 8cm panel of white cardstock. Stamp another image onto a post it note and cut out accurately. Create a mask by stamping on a Post-it note. Cut the image out and mask the original image then stamp the medium sized squared frame on the panel card so that the bottom edge is level with the bottom of her slip. Remove the mask and you will see that the figure is now standing in front of the frame.
2 Stamp the first part of the quote in the top of the frame and the second part at the bottom of the white card panel. Colour the image using alcohol markers
3 Layer the stamped panel onto the black cardstock and trim to leave a narrow border.
4 Cut a piece of the double sided paper to 17cm x 21cm and layer it onto a piece of black paper 17.5cm x 21cm, leaving an even border top and bottom.
5 Wrap the layered paper around the chocolate bar and press firmly around edges to mark folds. Remove and the score fold lines. Trim side edges to fit your chocolate bar, leaving an overlap of about 4cm.Wrap around your chocolate bar and fasten.
6 Layer the stamped panel onto the front of the wrapper leaving an even distance from all 4 edges. Add a 1cm strip of black cardstock along the join to neaten.

Top tip

Masking is a great technique to add dimension and interest to a card and it’s not as hard as you think. Just remember that whatever you want to be in the front of your design you always stamp first and then mask.
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Next up we have one of Sue Hughes’ fun masculine makes using the stamps.

Healthy aspirations

New Year New You stamp set
white 14.5cm-square card blank
orange, teal & white cardstock
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Copic markers
circle nesting dies
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Cut two 13cm squares of white cardstock and stamp and colour carrots all over one panel. Adhere onto to a 13.5cm square of orange cardstock. Die-cut a circle just over the edge, as shown.
2 Position the carrot panel over the white panel and stamp the bunny so that he is in the centre of the aperture. Separate the two pieces and colour the bunny.
3 Matt the bunny panel onto a 14cm square of teal cardstock and affix to the card front.
Attach the carrot panel to the card front using 3D foam pads.
4 Stamp the sentiments onto white cardstock. Trim to size and layer onto teal cardstock, leaving a narrow border. Secure to the card front using 3D foam pads.

Top tip

Use two or three shades of orange and green to give the carrots definition and shading

Finally we have a card by Claire Manning, owner of Thirsty Brush & Co, a new craft brand on the block. We spotted Claire’s designs on social media and were impressed by her fresh ideas and pretty designs. Here’s one more of her cards created using her own stamps:

Best day ever

white 5×7” card blank
white cardstock
coloured inkpads
VersaMark inkpad
circle die
Thirsty Brush & Co Amaze Me Botanical Accessories stamp set
Thirsty Brush & Co Best Day Ever stamp set
3D foam pads
masking paper
Metallic Gold Rich Pale WOW! embossing powder
heat tool
manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Die-cut a circle roughly 2” in diameter from masking paper and position towards the top of a 6½x4½” piece of white cardstock.
2 Using four colours, stamp three or four of the foliage images randomly in colour groups to fill the panel.
3 Remove the mask, revealing a space to stamp the sentiment.
4 Stamp the sentiment within the white circle and heat-emboss in gold.
5 Mount the panel onto the card blank using 3D foam pads and add a sprinkling of sequins to embellish.

Hunkydory’s latest Birthday Bonanza release features in this issue, and Natalie Muspratt has created extra cards showcasing the stamps and dies in this set.

A Birthday Wish

For The Love of Stamps Birthday Wishes stamp and Moonstone die bundle
For the Love of Stamps Birthday Bonanza 8×8″ Stamping Pad
For the Love of Stamps Beautifully Bright Perfect Backgrounds Stamping Pad
heavyweight acetate
Dove White Ink Me! A5 card blank
Ink ME! Professional Stamping Card
Clear Prism embossing inkpad
Bright White & Silver WOW! Super Fine embossing powder
3D foam tape
Moonstone Straight Edged Circle Nesting Dies
manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Cover the card blank with a panel of colourful cloud paper leaving a narrow border. Cut a slightly smaller piece of Ink Me! cardstock to fit, leaving a border and die-cut a circle as shown using the second largest die.
2 Position this above the coloured panel to mark the position for stamping the ‘Birthday’ greeting. Stamp in clear ink and heat-emboss in white.
3 Using the clear inkpad and silver embossing powder, stamp and heat-emboss ‘Let’s celebrate’ and small star stamp around the outside of the aperture.
4 Adhere a square of acetate to the back of the aperture. Place a narrow strip of 3D foam tape around the edge of the circle and also around the edge of the panel. Add a small handful of sequins in position where the aperture will be and affix the panel to the card front.
5 Die-cut the ‘Wish’ sentiment twice, once from Ink Me! cardstock and once from a purple sheet from the Perfect Backgrounds Stamping Pad. Adhere together to create a shadow and affix to the acetate to finish.

Top tip
Use fine embossing powder to get clearer results when embossing words

Birthday splat

For The Love of Stamps Birthday Wishes stamp and Moonstone die bundle
Dove White Ink Me! A5 card blank
yellow & red Adorable Scorable Matt-tastic cardstock
Ink ME! Professional Stamping Card
Prism Watercolour Pencils
Clear Prism embossing inkpad
Silver WOW! Super Fine embossing powder
Heat tool
3D foam tape
yellow brads
3D foam tape
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Cover the card front with yellow cardstock. Trim a diagonal strip off an A5 piece of white cardstock as shown, and trim an A5 piece of red cardstock to give a narrow diagonal border.
2 Using Red Brick, Crimson and Rose watercolour pencils, use the ‘splat’ technique to create large splats on the white panel, by applying a waterbrush to the end of the pencil to activate the pigment then flicking the brush down onto the cardstock.
3 Once dry, layer this on top of the red panel using 3D foam tape.
4 Die-cut four Birthday sentiments from white cardstock. Adhere these together to create a stacked die-cut then affix over the splats.
5 Stamp and heat-emboss the ‘Happy’ sentiment and scattered dots in silver.
6 Add yellow brads to tie all the colours together and adhere the panel to the yellow card front.

Top Tip
Splat closer to the paper to create bigger splats. There are lots of hints and tips on using watercolour pencils in the Prism Crafting Handbook Vol. 2

Oh my goodness, what a lot of cards we have to share this month! That’s just about it now. Although we won’t go without giving you another sneak peak at the next stamp set coming your way, on 31st January. This is the beautiful Vintage Collage set, featuring designs by Crafty Individuals.

You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 66 from when it goes on sale on Thursday 3rd January 2019, and feel free to send your letters and amazing stamping creations to me, or

Happy stamping!







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