Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 71 sneak peek!

3rd May 2019


Creative Stamping 71 sneak peek!

Creative Stamping issue 71 is on sale from 9th May, but we know you can’t wait that long for a sneak peek at what’s coming up!

You won’t be disappointed, we know, as this issue sees a full A4 sheet of stamps created by Simply Made Crafts,  that’s designer and crafting genius Helen Griffin. Helen has come a long way since winning Papercraft Magazines Designer of the Year in 2016 to having her own brand of stamps, dies and papers retailing exclusively through CraftStash! She tells us all about it inside!

With the theme of love, laughter and happy ever after, these is a romantic vibe about this stamp set, but our talented designers show us that there is so much more, and we have birthday and all-occasion inspiration a-plenty using these beautiful stamps!

You will see so many different ways of using these stamps, with simple to advanced techniques using a variety of inks and colouring mediums. We even have masculine ideas too, with a delightful feature from the very talented Jane Gundry, formerly Jane Roy, to whom we send our congratulations on her recent nuptials!

Jane created a fabulous set of cards for me, with great inky techniques. We just couldn’t fit them all in the magazine so here’s an extra card to inspire you!

Wishing you a special birthday

by Jane Gundry

Love & Laughter stamp set
white A6 card blank
white & orange cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers & Mermaid Lagoon Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
ink-blending tool
alcohol markers
button & twine
enamel dots
3D foam pads

How to create
1 Stamp the sentiment along the bottom of the card blank with the fold at the top
2 Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 10.5x7cm. Create a backing paper using blue ink and stamp the dot pattern all over it. Affix to the card blank. Add a strip of orange cardstock at the top of the patterned panel.
3 Stamp the swans and colour in shades of blue. Cut out leaving a small border and add to the card with foam pads so they ‘sit’ on the orange strip of cardstock.
4 Finish with a button and enamel dots.

Top tip
Use a blender pen to drag out the colour into the white areas of the image when colouring to achieve dimension on the image

We are thrilled to be featuring Picture This – Creative Endeavours in this issue of Creative Stamping. Artist Andi and craft business expert Nigel have brought a new brand of stamps to the crafting world, and we have an extra card created by their designer Modwenna, here. We love this character – notice his very inoffensive weapon. it’s the cute touches like this that bring a smile to our faces! 


Just for you

by Modwenna Humphries
Picture This 024 Musketeer stamp
white 5×7” card blank
white & black cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
alcohol markers
Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass & Wild Honey Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Deco Art Clear Liquid Glass Media
3D foam pads
Crafters Companion Just For You die set
manual die-cutting machine
scoreboard & scoring tool

How to create
1 Stamp the Musketeer onto white cardstock. Use alcohol pens to colour the image. Apply Liquid Glass to peak of his cap, the buttons on the jacket and tips of his shoes, then set aside to dry.
2 Using a scoreboard and scoring tool, score a 6½x4½” piece of cardstock at every ½” point. Turn the cardstock over so the score lines are showing and gently drag different shades of Distress Inks drag down the score lines to create a faux-panelled effect. Adhere the panel to the card front.
3 When the Musketeer is completely dry, cut out. Mount onto 3D foam pads and affix to the card front.
4 Adhere a die-cut sentiment to the card front as shown, to finish

Top tip
When using 3D pads put a little wet glue on the back when you’ve taken the backing off, as it gives you time to place things where you want


Last but by no means least, we have a stunning card using new Parisian themed stamps and stencils from Crafter’s Companion. Created for layering, these stencils make a bold statement and the stamps add the finishing touches. See Lisa Andrews West’s stunning feature on page 32 and checkout her beautiful cards, but we have one more here for you.

La fleur

by Lisa Andrews West

Crafter’s Companion Postmark Paris 3D layering stencils
Crafter’s Companion French Lace & French Floral stamp sets
sentiment stamp
watercolour cardstock
kraft cardstock
Fresh White and Precious Metals Centura Pearl cardstock
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
ink-blending tool
3D foam pads
Vintage Sepia VersaFine inkpad
paper raffia
circle and scalloped circle nesting dies
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Fold the front of a 15x20cm card base back on itself to create a Z-fold card.
2 Use Distress Ink to stencil the iris onto a 13x18cm piece of watercolour cardstock.
3 Layer the panel onto kraft cardstock, then onto metallic cardstock. Wrap paper raffia round the panel and use 3D foam pads to affix it to the card front.
4 Stencil a partial background onto another 13x18cm piece of watercolour cardstock and stamp the fleur-de-lis. Layer as before and affix to the inside of the card.
5 Stamp the sentiment onto a circle of white cardstock and heat emboss. Layer onto a scalloped circle and affix to the top of the card. Add pearls to decorate.


We have a fabulous custom-stamp layering masterclass to share with you, as well as features from Visible Image, Hunkydory, Whimsy digi stamps and a fantastic collage card using Woodware stamps. So much to read! This magazine will keep you busy until the next issue comes out!  We won’t go without giving you another sneak peek of the stamps in issue 72. We have a very special RSPB stamp plate too, of coastal birds, which co-ordinates perfectly with the By the Seaside A4 stamp set. We can’t wait to see what you create!

You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 71 from when it goes on sale on 9th May. We love to see your makes, so please send your letters and amazing cards to me, or to

Happy stamping!


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