Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 73 sneak peek

28th June 2019


Creative Stamping 73 sneak peek

Hello, we’re so excited to be sharing a sneak peek of the next issue of Creative Stamping, on sale in the shops on 4th July. We’ve been planning this one for ages!

This issue is a planner and journaling special with 81 amazing stamps to get yourself organised and so much more!  But as well as off-the-page projects we know you’ll be desperate to recreate, we have so many ideas for beautiful cards using this versatile stamp set! 

We loved the planner ideas from Mel Jess, she did too as she created lots of pages inspired by the stamps. We get to see just what you can do with them with these extra pages here:

First, Mel created this handy colour swatch page. What a great idea for colourists to keep a record of what you have in your stash, and which colours go together. Here’s how she did it:

Colour swatch

Let’s Make Plans stamp set
stamps for colouring
downloadable papers
white & green cardstock
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
Spectrum Noir pens
black fine-line pen
computer & printer

How to create
1 Stamp and colour your ‘test’ stamp on white cardstock. On separate cardstock, stamp a banner and four arrow banners.
2 Use the space to add the swatches of colour and write in their codes for easy reference in the future.
3 Adhere the panels to green cardstock, trimmed to fit the page and add strips of patterned paper like Washi tape corners.

Mel’s second extra project is detailed below:

Cooking goals

Let’s Make Plans stamp set
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
Spectrum Noir pens
black fine-line pen

How to create
1 Stamp four frames directly on the page
2 Stamp the dots border along the bottom then mask off the area above the line using copy paper and stamp the flowers.
3 Colour the flowers and create a handwritten title using a fine-line pen.
4 Add stamped numbers and decorative details in the stamped frames before filling in your aims with a pen

Top Tip
If you’re no good at calligraphy, print out or stamp a title instead. Alternatively, look out for Simply Lettering, our fantastic new hand-lettering magazine


We also loved Laura Bradley’s Masculine makes feature in this issue – showing how you can make cards using ANY of the stamps in the set!


Let’s make plans stamp set
white 7×5” card blank
white & black cardstock
Evergreen Bough Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Cottage Ivy and Morocco Memento inkpads
Intense Black Hero Arts inkpad
VersaMark inkpad
Opaque Bright White WOW! embossing powder
heat tool
anti-static tool
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine
circle nesting dies

How to create
1 Stamp the arrow all over a 10.2×15.4cm piece of cardstock using different colours of Memento ink. Blend Evergreen Bough ink from the centre of the panel outwards.
2 Matt the panel onto black cardstock then affix to the card front.
3 Die cut a 7.5cm circle from black cardstock and treat with an anti-static tool. Stamp the sentiments in clear ink and white heat-emboss. Affix to the card front using 3D foam pads.
4 Stamp the corner elements on black cardstock, heat-emboss in white and cut out, then add to the card front to finish

Top tip
Create your own colourful backgrounds using the smaller stamps from the set and a range of ink colours


Finally, we have a card from Nick Roberts for Craftascope. He shares his extra project below:

Happy birthday

Craftascope Floral Harmony & Floral Scent stamp sets
Craftascope Lattice ATC Card and Envelope & Triskaidecagon framing die sets
white 8”-square card blank
white stamping cardstock
blue cardstock
Jet Black, Sunset & Cobalt Ranger Archival Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
alcohol markers
green glitter gel pen
black glitter
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Die-cut the largest die from blue cardstock. Create a set of frames from blue and white cardstock as shown.
2 Use one of the small foliage stamps to fill the smaller white frame, using Onyx Black ink.
3 Use one of the foliage sprays to stamp a 7”-square background and colour all the leaves using the green glitter pen.
4 Secure the frames together. Die-cut a white lattice panel and affix behind the frame. Add to the stamped panel using 3D foam pads.
5 Stamp, cut and colour a selection of flowers and shape the petals.
6 Stamp a sentiment using Cobalt ink, trim and edge using Sunflower ink then layer onto blue cardstock.
7 Layer the large square onto blue cardstock and affix to the card front. Add the elements using 3D foam pads. Add glitter to the flowers to finish.

Top tip
Edging the card with a co-ordinating colour really makes a difference and enhances the sentiment or image


We’re sure you are going to love this issue of the magazine, and don’t forget that our stamps co-ordinate perfectly with the dies from the latest edition of Die-cutting Essentials! We have a crossover project from renowned planner fan Janette Lane using both gifts together!


We also have fabulous features from Julie Hickey, AALL & Create, Clearly Besotted and Daisy Mae Design. We’ve packed a lot into this one! Go to our Download post to get the six extra paper download to create your planners and journals too!

Look out for next month’s issue, with beautiful seasonal stamps, perfect for late summer style and looking ahead to the colours of autumn. With more co-ordinating papers we’ll be keeping you busy crafting for a long time to come! 


That’s all from me for this issue. You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 73 from when it goes on sale on 4th July. We love to see your makes, so please send your letters and amazing cards to me, or to

Happy stamping!













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