Creative Stamping

Sneak peek – See who’s inside issue 68 of Creative Stamping!

23rd February 2019


Sneak peek – See who’s inside issue 68 of Creative Stamping!

Hello! Crafters and animal lovers everywhere will be thrilled to see what – or who – is inside the latest of Creative Stamping. We have an A4 stamp set of Furry Friends – with a fishy one there too, and a fabulous exclusive Hello Spot stamp set, featuring everyone’s favourite canine chum.

 Take a look at the stamps – we have heaps of inspiration and have filled all the space available with animal accessories and some fabulous sentiments. 

We love these Hello Spot stamps – whether you’re a seasoned stamper creating for young people or the young at heart, or someone new to stamping – we show you how to create fun cards and projects in minutes!

We have so much inspiration, whatever your crafting and stamping level – all you need is your imagination! 

As if the magazine is not full enough, we have extra cards to share with you here, so take a look…

First up, we have a beautiful card showcasing new stamps from from Lili of the Valley, designed by Donna Mosley

Happy birthday friend

white 14.5cm-square scalloped card blank
white & green cardstock
Lili of the Valley Pretty Girls & Sentiment Tags A5 stamp sets
Lili of the Valley Cool Sunset Watercolour Dots 8×8” paper pad
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
Copic markers
Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils
Martha Stewart Crafts Scallop Dot Edger Punch
Polkadoodles Bubbleicious Frame die set
Leanne Creatief Flower 8 Blossom die set
white satin ribbon
3D foam pads
Collall 3D glue gel

How to create
1 Cover the front of the card blank with the watercolour paper and co-ordinating polka dot papers.
2 Punch a border along the long edges of a 15.5x6cm piece of watercolour paper, adding a white punched border to the top and bottom. Adhere a piece of the ribbon across the centre and then attach the whole piece across the centre of the card.
3 Stamp and colour the image then die-cut using the frame die. Attach to the card front using 3D foam pads.
4 Stamp two of the sentiment tags, cut out and attach to the card along with a bow.
5 Die-cut flowers & leaves, then attach to the card, adding pearls to finish.

Top tip
Use a ball tool in the centre of the flowers to give them dimension

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Next, I got creative with a beautiful new die and stamp combo from Altenew. Now I’m a snipper – I’ll automatically reach for my scissors to cut out my stamped images, so having the luxury of dies was a real treat, and my goodness they are precise! In the feature in the magazine I looked at lots of different ways to use the dies and stamps together and had lots of fun doing it.

Hello sweet friend

Altenew Engraved Flowers stamp & die sets
white 5”-square card blank
white cardstock
Shaded Lilac & Dusty Concord Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
ink-blending tool
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints
Clear WOW! Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Ink
white embossing powder
heat tool
paint mixing palette
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Blend Shaded Lilac ink diagonally from one corner of a 4¾” square of cardstock, working towards the centre. Add Dusty Concord in the corner for depth. Press the inkpad onto a glass mat, add a drop of water, then pick up using a paintbrush and splat drops of colour all over the square.
2 Stamp three large flowers in black on spare cardstock and die-cut each one. Thin out shades of watercolour paint in a palette and paint in the flowers and leaves.
3 Once dry, arrange the flowers, starting with the centre one, across the inked background. Trim off leaves which extend below the square and rearrange elsewhere on the design, allowing the flowers to hang over the edge. Affix each element in position using 3D foam pads.
4 Adhere the square panel to the card front.
5 Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of cardstock using clear ink and heat-emboss in white. Cut out and blend Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord to match the card front. Affix to the card as shown using 3D foam pads and add sequins to finish.

Top tip
Allowing elements to overhang the sides of the card front adds extra dimension and shape to the card design

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We love these straight-to-the-point stamps from Crafter’s Companion. Their quirky sentiments cover so many occasions, with lots of references to gin, Prosecco and associated fun times! We loved this bonus card from Linda Fitzsimmons.

Stand tall

white 14.5cm-square card blank
Crafter’s Companion Stand Tall stamp
Sheena Douglass Stamping Card
black cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
yellow ribbon
wide paintbrush

How to create
1 Using Sheena Stamping Card, create a background using Juicy Mandarin, Sunshine Yellow and Green Pickle Sparkle pens, by painting in stripes onto a square of cardstock then blending using a damp wide brush.
2 Sprinkle on droplets of water then dry using a kitchen towel.
3 Trim to 13.5cm square and matt onto black cardstock leaving a narrow border. Add ribbon around the centre and affix to the card blank.
4 Repeat the background colouring on a 9x7cm piece of cardstock and stamp the sentiment then matt onto black cardstock as shown. Affix to the card front using 3D foam pads, add a bow and gems to the corners of the card, stamping stars around the flamingo.

Lastly, but not least, Sarah Gray handles a very sad occasion with sensitivity. The loss of a pet is very hard, they become part of our lives and are family to many.

So sorry

Furry Friends stamp set
white 13.5cm-square card blank
white cardstock
Funky Fossil Heart Confetti stencil
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Weathered Wood Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
ink-blending tool
colouring pencils
heart nesting die
3D foam tape
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Cut a square of white cardstock slightly smaller than the card base and ink through the hearts confetti stencil using the Weathered Wood inkpad and an ink-blending tool. Keep the shading quite light so that the background remains muted.
2 Stamp the pet bed in black and colour in using shades of blue. Add shading in grey around the base of the bed.
3 Die-cut the image using a heart die.
4 Attach the card panel to the card base and attach the heart using 3D foam tape for added dimension.
5 Stamp the sentiment to complete the design.

Top Tip
Using muted shades of blue and grey work well for a sympathy card

You can buy this stencil, which is Sarah’s very own design, and check out her other products for sale, at

That’s it for this issue’s extra cards. We hope you enjoy the inspiration and ideas from our Design Team, and also the showcases from Lili of the Valley, Crafter’s Companion, Uniko, The Paper Nest Dolls and Phill Martin at Sentimentally Yours.

We won’t go without giving you a sneak peak of the next issue’s stamps, which we are sure will put a smile on your face!

If that’s not enough, we also have co-ordinating dies and a fabulous ‘Happy’ die, which just goes with anything! It’s a personal favourite of mine!

You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 68 from when it goes on sale on 28th February. We love to see your makes, so please send your letters and amazing cards to me, or to

Happy stamping!


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