Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 79 sneak peek!

29th November 2019


Creative Stamping 79 sneak peek!

We’re always excited to share new issues with you, and especially this month as we have teamed up with out friend Christina Griffiths to bring you a fabulous A4 stamp set, alphabet stencil and letter masks with issue 79.

As usual the magazine is overflowing with ideas for using the stamps and stencil together, as we really wanted to share a whole host of ideas for personalised cards and gifts, so your projects mean even more to the special people in your life! I don’t know about you but I have always loved personalising cards and gifts, and whenever I have received something personal from a crafty friend, it has made my day! Also, if your children or grandchildren have names that are even slightly different, finding a personalised gift or card for them is impossible! I know this from experience!

Check out our bumper stamp plate! We have a whole alphabet and a range of icons for you to use – and look carefully in the magazine to see each one being used. You’d be amazed what you can create with a musical note!

In the package, you will also find a fabulous 6×6″ stencil which matches the letters, so you can do all sorts of crafty tricks with the this, and use the individual letters as masks. We love it!

Let’s kick-start the sharing of the bonus cards with these two beauties from Christina, firstly, this card making full use of the corner stamp. It’s so clever!


Happy thoughts

Make It Personal stamp set
white A6 card blank
white & black cardstock
Dusty Concord Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
colouring pencils
white gel pen
3D foam pads

How to create
1 Cut a white panel of cardstock smaller than the card blank. Stamp the corner flourish, rotating it each time to create a pattern across the whole panel. Colour in the leaves and buds using pencils.
2 Stamp ‘YOU’ and ‘Happy Thoughts’ on to this pattern and then layer onto black cardstock and affix to the card front using 3D foam tape.
3 Add highlights to YOU using the white gel pen.
4 Dot with sequins to complement the colour scheme

Top tip
Vary your colours for a more masculine look to this simple-to-make card

Christina has also created a beautiful baby card – it’s so inspiring!



Make It Personal stamp set
white A6 card blank
white & navy cardstock
patterned baby cardstock
Tumbled Glass & Blueprint Sketch Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad
colouring pencils
blue organza ribbon
3D foam pads
Card Making Magic Quatrefoil Trellis die set
Creative Dies Stitched & Pierced Ovals dies
manual die-cutting machine

How to create
1 Adhere a trellis die-cut onto white cardstock, trim and lightly blend Tumbled Glass ink over them. Layer onto navy cardstock.
2 Cut a rectangle of patterned cardstock onto navy and affix over the panel as shown, then wrap with two lengths of blue ribbon.
3 Stamp the word ‘BABY’ in Blueprint Sketch ink onto white cardstock then cut each letter out.
4 Create a rectangle banner and ink lightly with Blueprint Sketch, then affix the letters using 3D foam pads.
5 Layer onto navy cardstock, add the word and add to the ribbon using 3D foam pads.
6 Stamp the rabbit on white cardstock and colour, then die-cut into an oval. Layer onto a navy oval and affix to the card front. Add gems to finish.

Top tip
To create a layer for the rabbit oval to sit on simply cut a navy oval using the same die and cut it in half, then arrange around the stamped oval to leave a little border


We have another extra card from Lou Sims. Does your partner or friend have a special song? Turn it into a card, like this one!


Make It Personal stamp set
white A6 card blank
white & black cardstock
Black Shadow, Safari Green, Poppy Red, Marble Statue & Amber Ochre Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid inkpads
alcohol markers
ink-blending tool
3D foam pads

How to create
1 Stamp out the word first on to white card. Trim and mount on to black cardstock.
2 Use the word panel as a guide to the placement of stamps onto the card front. Stamp trophies across front of card base and colour.
3 Stamp the shooting stars using Amber Ochre ink and the musical notes in Marble Statue ink.
4 Stamp music notes in different colours round the design.
5 Partially ink the star frame stamp in Marble Stature ink and stamp around the corners of the card front to finish. Add the sentiment to the card front using 3D foam pads.

Top tip
If you stamp directly onto the card front, use the masks with a little bit of repositionable tape to cover them when blending ink or stamping over the top

Vanessa Hodgson created a card for a special little boy- these stamps and stencils are perfect for this!

Birthday boy

Create special bespoke designs

Make It Personal stamp set & stencil
white 21×13.5cm card blank
white & black cardstock
London Fog Memento inkpad
Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink
colouring pencils
masking tape
ink-blending tool
silver glitter pen

How to create
1 Cut white cardstock to 12x20cm, arrange the letters that you want to stamp so that they are evenly spaced and stamp them using Jet Black ink.
2 Stamp the rabbit so that it is sitting on the last letter then stamp the sentiment and stars as shown. Colour the rabbit and the stars.
3 Place strips of masking tape around the edges of the panel then lightly blend London Fog ink around the edges of the tape. Remove the masking tape and matt onto black cardstock then adhere to the card blank.
4 Use a silver glitter pen to outline the letters and the stars.

Top tip
Use the stencil to draw neat outlines around stamped letters

We have some AMAZING content in this issue. Check out Effie Cho’s amazing cards, from The Ton Stamps. We have new designs from Sentimentally Yours, Marianne Design and Lavinia Stamps. Oh my goodness – the cards created by Amanda Branston are beautiful! We have one more to share here:


white 20cm-square card blank
Lavinia Stamps Multifarious cardstock
parchment paper
Lavinia Stamps Rory, Ollar & Dragon stamps
Antique Linen & Evergreen Bough Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Nocturne & Shady Lane VersaFine Clair inkpads
clear embossing powder
Stardust & White Sakura Gelly Roll gel pens
water spritzer
fan brush
4” circle gel press
black fine-liner pen
ink-blending tool
heat tool

How to create
1 Load up the brayer with Antique Linen ink and roll it on to the gel press. Load up the brayer with Evergreen Bough and roller it half way across the gel press.
2 To create a large moon, mix Moss Green Brusho Powder with water and use the fan brush to pick up the liquid and splash directly a 17.5cm piece of Multifarious cardstock over the gel press and rub over with your hand, lift off and dry.
3 Stamp the dragon using Nocturne ink over the top half of the moon. Stamp Rory so he’s looking up at Ollar.
4 Divide the card into quarters. Add one of each of the dragons from the Dragon Set in each corner, using Shady Lane ink.
5 Stamp ‘Dreams’ onto the parchment and coat with clear embossing powder. Heat to set.
6 To make the backing panel, brayer Evergreen Bough diagonally over a 19cm square of cardstock, starting in the corners and working into the centre.
7 Finish off the panel by adding highlights to Rory and glitter to Ollar. Affix the parchment strip over the bottom-left corner and affix the panel to the card blank to finish.

Top tip
Ensure your backing paper matches perfectly by making it yourself using one or more of the inks you have used for the card!

That’s it for extra cards, but what a selection we have this issue!

Look out for Creative Stamping 79 in the shops from Thursday 5th December. The stamps are on the front, the stencil and masks are in the package, and it looks like this:

We won’t go without sharing a little of what’s up next, with issue 80 on sale on 2nd January 2020. In this issue you will receive stunning Art Nouveau stamps, featuring stamps from Hot off The Press. –

That’s all from me for this issue. You can order your copy of Creative Stamping 79 from when it goes on sale on 5th December. We love to see your makes, so please send your letters and cards to me, or to

Happy stamping!







  1. debviv7

    Got my first issue today and I'm loving it! Thanks for making this wonderful magazine available to those of us in the USA!

    • Nicky Gilburt

      You're very welcome, enjoy! We are very proud to be stocked in Joann's Michaels and Barnes & Noble across the USA. Best wishes, Nicky

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