Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 75 sneak peek

16th August 2019


Creative Stamping 75 sneak peek

We’re kick-starting our Christmas stamping in style with our beautiful Frosty Friends stamp set, featuring designs from Clearly Besotted. Issue 75 is on sale from 22nd August, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the festive season and create cards using all of the stamps in this set. Plus, the crafting is not just for Christmas – see how our designers use the stamps all year round, for birthdays, baby cards and so much more!



If cute isn’t quite for you, we have fabulous features using the images and sentiments in such a sophisticated way, to create elegant cards.  Take a look at the full stamp set here:

You’ll love the features in the magazine, guiding you through different styles of cardmaking. As usual, we have far too many cards to fit in the magazine, so here are a few more for you!

Firstly, cute, clean and simple from Christine Smith.

Beary Christmas

Frosty Friends stamp set
white 10x14cm card blank
Black Shadow & Polar Ice Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid inkpads
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamping Platform
alcohol markers
Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens
black Sakura Glaze gel pen
Nuvo Crystal Glaze
black fine-line pen
masking paper

How to create
1 Stamp the penguin towards the bottom of a 9x13cm piece of cardstock, then stamp the elf on his head. Create a mask for the top of the elf’s hat and stamp a bear.
2 Stamp the sentiment in position then use a black fine-line pen to draw a banner and pole behind it. Draw in some ground beneath the penguin.
3 Colour in using alcohol markers.
4 To add a subtle background, stamp the small snowflake cluster using Polar Ice ink all over the sky area.
5 Affix to the card front and glaze the eyes and noses to finish.

Top tip
If you’re not confident with masking, try this on scrap paper first. Why not experiment with a pyramid structure?

For simple silver heat-embossing in such an elegant style, try this idea from Mel Jess.


Frosty Friends stamp set
white 5½”-square card blank
white cardstock
silver mirror card
silver glitter card
VersaMark inkpad
silver embossing powder
silver glitter glue
heat tool
3D foam pads

How to create
1 Stamp and silver heat-emboss the snowflake pattern with silver on the top half of a square card blank.
2 Cut three more layers from the same cardstock, silver mirror card and silver glitter card twice to create two panels, one larger than the other
3 On the larger layer, stamp and silver heat-emboss ’JOY’ at the bottom.
4 Use 3D foam pads to stick both layers on the card blank so the stamped snowflake design shows
5 Fill the sentiment with glitter and a gem plus more gems on the snowflakes.
6 Finish with a large bow and gem.


We love Jane Brown‘s kinetic cards feature in this issue, these little characters lend themselves so easily to movement and interactive cards, and we have one more here to share with you.

Reindeer wobbler

Frosty Friends stamp set
white 6”-square card blank
white cardstock
Noir Black Spectrum Noir Finesse inkpad
Salty Ocean Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
alcohol markers
white Sharpie marker
water spritzer
black thread
3D foam pads & tape
masking paper
Hampton Art Action Wobbles mini spring
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stampin’ Up! Softly Falling embossing folder
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Blend Distress Ink across a square of white cardstock, spritz with water and dab dry using kitchen paper.
2 Emboss vellum in the folder and affix over the top of the card for a snowy effect.
3 Stamp the sentiments on white cardstock and cut out, then at the bottom of the card front, as shown.
4 Wrap black thread around the card front.
5 Stamp seven reindeer, using masks to give them some perspective, so begin either side of the centre (leaving space for a reindeer on a spring) the centre, mask the first two and work outwards. Mask the front row’s heads to create the back row of three. Colour in and cut out, then affix over the vellum.
6 Stamp, colour and cut out one extra reindeer, affix to a spring and adhere the spring in the centre of the line-up. Add Glossy Accents for noses.

Finally we were delighted to showcase Lisa Horton‘s latest Christmas collection for Creative Expressions. Lisa wanted to share one more card with us, and of course, we are happy to share it with you!

Starry night

white & teal cardstock
Creative Expressions Lisa Horton Winter Silhouette Circles stamps
Blue Lagoon Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Cloud Blending Ink
3D foam pads
Creative Expressions Lisa Horton Scalloped Circles & Borderline Collection Starry Night dies
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Stamp the penguin silhouette using Blue Lagoon ink and die-cut into a circle. Die-cut a scalloped layer from teal cardstock and affix together using 3D foam pads.
2 Die-cut and layer a Starry Night border on the back of the card blank, using the ink to colour the background.
3 Trim the right-hand side of the card front to match and affix masking tape towards the right-hand side. Stamp the holly silhouette all the way down the edge.
4 Remove the mask and affix the topper to the card front as shown.


As usual this issue is packed full to the brim with stamping ideas and inspiration. I couldn’t keep my hands off the stamps so I made a card too, using just Distress Ink for all my colouring. Look out for our Creative Stamping 75 video on Facebook and YouTube where I show you how I did it.

Read all about the brand behind this issue’s stamps, Clearly Besotted, in the magazine. We have features from fabulous celebrity crafters Phill Martin and Dawn Bibby, plus an introduction to Bert & Gert’s Merchant Stores. Not heard of them? Definitely one to watch!

That’s all for this issue, We’ll just leave you with a sneak peek at the stamps with issue 76, something completely different, with the a whole stamp plate direct from the USA, and guest designers too, which is so exciting! So many stamps, so many techniques!

That’s all from me for this issue. You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 75 from when it goes on sale on 22nd August. We love to see your makes, so please send your letters and cards to me, or to

Happy stamping!



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