Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 70 sneak peek

12th April 2019


Creative Stamping 70 sneak peek


Hello, and welcome to our blog! This week we are so excited to be sharing fabulous stamps and and a bumper crop of bonus makes from Creative Stamping issue 70.

This issue, we have worked alongside our friends at Crafty Individuals, and we are delighted to be bringing you a Ladies and Gentlemen stamp set! 

We have sophisticated vintage images, fonts and definitions, plus a host of extras for backgrounds – go feminine and elegant, or why not try a bit of grungy steampunk?  The choice is yours, and there is inspiration for all of these styles in this issue.

We have shaped makes with fancy folds, clean and simple ideas, and mixed-media makes, as well as traditional cards for men and fabulous feminine ideas.  Where do we start?

Here are the bonus cards we couldn’t fit in the mag, as our designers were so inspired they just kept creating. First up, with a fabulous masculine make, is Mel Jess with a card:

Vintage Dad

Ladies & Gentlemen stamp set
white stamping card
white & green cardstock
First Edition Sweet Nothings 6×6” paper pad
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
Pumice Stone Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
3D foam pads
circle & scallop circle nesting dies

hole punch
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Score two 6×10” pieces of cardstock at 4”, 6” and 8”. Flip one piece so the score lines go in the opposite way.
2 Cut the ‘zigzag’ by cutting down each side from the last score line (this will be the first on the opposite side but is just before the largest area of card) to 2¼” up from the bottom. Repeat on the second panel.
3 Make a lift tab in one layer. On the largest area, mark ½” at the top and sides and cut leaving the top attached. Score the top.
4 Add Distress Ink to all the sides and stick the lift tab layer on top of the other layer, making sure the zigzag goes down on either side and the lift tab is free to move. Concertina-fold the sides.
5 Cover all the sides with patterned paper and blend with Distress Ink around the edges.
6 Stamp and fussy cut the tag, add a hole and ribbon and adhere to the front of the lift tab, Decorate the inside of the tab with a sentiment and more layers.
7 Create a belly band by scoring a 9¼x1¾” strip of cardstock at 2½” on each side. Adhere the ends together.
8 Cover in patterned paper, adding more ink to all the edges. Stamp the image and die-cut into a circle layer then adhere to the centre.
9 Fold the card closed and slide the belly band over to finish.

Top tip
Before adhering the belly band ends together, make sure it fits around your card when closed in case your layers are thicker and need to adjust the width


We love this stylish card from Ingrid Vichova, perfectly clean and simple.

Happy birthday

Ladies & Gentlemen stamp set
white A6 card blank
white cardstock
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
Stormy Sky & Blueprint Sketch Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
ink-blending tool
masking paper
3D foam tape
Tonic Studios Layering Basics Traditional Hearts die set
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Create a stamped collage on a stamping block by positioning the two roses and two butterflies close together. Stamp the design in black ink all over an A6 piece of white cardstock, rotating the images as you stamp.
2 Adhere a 2”-wide piece of masking paper vertically down the centre of the stamped panel and sponge the Distress Oxide Ink to each exposed side creating a colour gradient. Peel off the masking tape and trim ½” off each side.
3 Adhere the panel to the card base using 3D foam tape and add a stamped sentiment banner on top.

Top Tip
Start stamping your image cluster from the centre outwards so you don’t end up with gaps that you can’t easily fill


Steampunk is a favourite style of cardmakers everywhere, and Shelagh Metselaar certainly embraced it, with these extra makes for her Stamping Style feature. We just had to share these two cards with you for extra inspiration!


Ladies & Gentlemen stamp set
black 6”-square card blank
black, green & cream cardstock
Claritystamp Rainbow River, Northern Lights & Brighton Rock 8×8” designer paper pads
Radiance Blackout inkpad
Fired Brick, Barn Door & Aged Mahogany Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
ink-blending tool
Clear WOW! Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad
clear & red embossing powder
heat tool
copper brads
brass buckle
3D foam pads

How to create

1 Trim half of the card front away and cover the front and inside with cream cardstock. Add a square of patterned paper to the inside.
2 For the front panel, matt a square of designer paper onto black cardstock and attach to the card front.
3 Stamp the globe over a 5” square of Brighton Rock paper with second generation black ink. Tear around the edges then blend over Fired Brick, Barn Door and Aged Mahogany in that order on both sides. Roll down the top corner, attach a buckle using red liner tape and Glossy Accents and add a co-ordinating ribbon.
4 Stamp the penny-farthing in the bottom-left corner and attach the panel to the card front. Stamp again onto cork, heat-emboss and cut out the seat and handlebars. Attach over the stamped image with dots of Glossy Accents.
5 Cut 1¾” and 1½” strips of green cardstock from the long side of an A4 sheet. Using a score board, score at 0.5cm intervals and pleat. Join the ends, add stamped and cut out cogs using the brads to fasten them, then affix to the card front.

Vintage gentleman

Ladies & Gentlemen stamp set
cream 6¼x 6¾” card blank
cream, red, fawn, russet & kraft cardstock
cork sheet
Radiance Blackout inkpad
Barn Door & Fired Brick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
ink-blending tool
black alcohol pen
black fine-line pen
Ranger Glossy Accents
3D foam pads

How to create
1 Stamp the gentleman and two butterflies onto a cork sheet and cut out.
2 Stamp a penny-farthing, cogs, butterflies and a sentiment on a 4×5½” piece of kraft cardstock and blend Fired Brick and Barn Door ink around the edges, then edge with a black alcohol pen.
3 Stamp wheels around the edge of a square of cream cardstock. Affix the topper and add extra butterflies, drawing in dashed lines as shown.
4 Matt and layer onto coloured and stamped cardstock and affix to the card front.
5 Add Glossy Accents to gentleman’s monocle.
6 Decorate the bottom of the card with gems to finish.

Top tip
Repeat-stamp the spring to make a funky striped backing paper



We have a superb selection of cards showcasing the new Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers from Crafter’s Companion. Colleen Tyler has created an extra card showing how they work. We love that colourists no longer need to hold a handful of shades while colouring! One pen does everything you need!

Believe in yourself

white 7×5” card blank
Crafter’s Companion Nature’s Garden Peony Collection Layered Peony, Perfect Peony stamp and die sets and Filigree Edge Border die set
Crafter’s Companion Nature’s Garden Peony Collection & Roaring Twenties 12”x12” paper pads
gold glitter card
Crafter’s Companion Believe in Spring stamp set
Flagstone Spectrum Noir Finesse Alcohol Proof inkpad
Noir Black Spectrum Noir Harmony Water Proof inkpad
True Blue, Light Green, Purple & Citrus Blend Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers
Secret Garden Stamps By Chloe Sparkelicious glitter
fine tipped glue pen
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Die-cut the filigree border on the inside of the rear of the landscape card blank. Trim the front of the card so the border is visible.
2 Adhere green patterned paper to the front panel and add a strip of pink patterned paper and a narrow strip of gold glitter card.
3 Stamp a sentiment on a green patterned strip, blend Pine Tree ink over the edges and affix, slightly raised, to the panel.
4 Stamp six small flowers from the layered peony stamp set and one of the Perfect Peony. Colour in using the TriBlend markers. Die-cut and shape the flowers. Adhere to the card front using 3D foam pads.


Last but by no means least, we have one card designed  by a very talented gentleman indeed, Phill Martin. He has created a set of stunning cards in issue 70, using his latest Sentimentally Yours releases,  and we are thrilled to have his work in our magazine, as he has such a creative way with stamps!

Butterfly wishes

Sentimentally Yours Vintage Antiquities Frame & Corner stamp set
cream 21cm-square card blank
cream cardstock
Aged Mahogany & Tea Dye Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Rainbow Crystals Sentimentally Yours Sparkle Dust
Ivory Sentimentally Yours pearls
Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Double Stitched Ovals & Cascading Butterflies die set
Creative Expressions Mini Smoothies
heat tool
3D foam tape
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Blend Aged Mahogany ink round the edge of a 20cm square of cardstock. Stamp the small montage elements around the four corners of a 19cm-square panel using both shades of Distress Oxide Ink. Add second generation stamping for subtle shade differences.
2 Die-cut the oval layers from cream cardstock and blend Aged Mahogany ink over the largest and second smallest ovals. Stamp the montage over the second largest oval and die-cut an aperture from the centre. Stamp the sentiment on the smallest oval and matt onto the coloured small oval.
3 Affix the oval panels to the card front using 3D foam tape as shown. Add Sparkle Dust Glitter round the square panel and round the inked ovals.
4 Die-cut a selection of butterflies and blend ink over each one. Affix to the card front and add a pearl to each one to finish.


That’s all for this month! We won’t go without giving you another sneak peek of the stamps in issue 71. We’ve gone all romantic with our Love and Laughter stamp plate, but you’ll see there is so much more inspiration in the magazine for all-occasion cards too! We can’t wait to see what you create!

You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 70 from when it goes on sale on 18th April. We love to see your makes, so please send your letters and amazing cards to me, or to

Happy stamping!





One Comment
  1. joan bennison

    wow what a great free gift I love mixed media and steam punk so these stamps are right up my street thank you

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