Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 83 sneak peek

20th March 2020


Creative Stamping 83 sneak peek

Issue 83 is on sale from Thursday 26th March but we are bursting with excitement to show you what’s inside our biggest issue EVER!

If the magazine feels bigger, it’s because we have increased the number of pages to 84 so we have more content, more inspiration and more cards to inspire you!

You will also see we have more stamps, with a fantastic double set from Crafty Individuals, and these feature in all our Design Team makes, we all loved using them!

From inky backgrounds and ink-blending techniques to clean and simple makes, we have everything you need to create stunning cards using these Enchanted Woodland stamps.

In this issue we have goodies galore, from a 10% discount at Dies to Die For, who bring us so many US brands, and 15% at Crafter’s Companion when you buy Spectrum Noir AquaTint ink – see in the magazine for details.

Look out for our amazing download post too, with 17 digital stamps from Polkadoodles – and a prize for making a card using them too!

We have extra cards here that we couldn’t fit in the magazine.

Firstly, check out Vanessa’s beautiful make using the owl stamp and more


Happy birthday 


Enchanted Woodland stamp set

white 7”-square card blank 

white stamping cardstock

black cardstock

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Blueprint Sketch & Tumbled Glass Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Chipped Sapphire, Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey & Rusty Hinge Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

VersaMark inkpad

Claritystamp 7×7” circle aperture stencil 

ink-blending tool


water spritzer

masking paper

3D Foam Pads 


How to create

1 Position the stencil centrally over a 6” square of stamping cardstock. Mark the bottom of the circle using a pencil and then remove the stencil and stamp the owl into position. Stamp again on masking paper, cut out making sure to cut just inside the stamped line, include the tree trunk and the two main branches in the mask, then place over the stamped image and moon

2 Secure the stencil back over the panel then blend Tumbled Glass ink off the edge of the mask adding Blueprint Sketch in from the edge. 

3 Spritz with water and blot dry using with kitchen paper, then blend a small amount of Chipped Sapphire ink in from the very edge of the circle.  

4 Remove the stencil and masks and use shades of brown Distress ink to paint the owl. 

Stamp the sentiment in the bottom-right corner of the card and then use Tumbled Glass ink to stamp the stars over the rest of the square. Matt onto black cardstock and adhere to the card base using 3D foam pads 

We also have a card from Terri Koszler for Crafter’s Companion, showcasing the AquaTint liquid ink.

Make your own magic


white 4½” card blank

Snow White Silver Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl cardstock

Crafter’s Companion stamping & watercolour cardstock

Vintage Chic  & Shades of Spring Spectrum Noir AquaTint watercolour ink

Crafter’s Companion Molly Harrison A Summer Day stamp set

Spectrum Noir Watermark inkpad

Jet Black Spectrum Noir Harmony Quick Dry inkpad

clear embossing powder

rubbing alcohol

Ranger Glossy Accents

pink pearls

Stardust Sakura Gelly Roll pen

ink-blending tool 

3D foam pads

heat tool

Gemini Elements Nesting Stitch Edge Square Set 2 die set

manual die-cutting machine

stamping platform

How to create

1 Using ink blending tools add AquaTint ink to Snow White Silver cardstock in a striped pattern, sprinkle with rubbing alcohol and leave to dry.

2 Add a few drops of AquaTint ink to an ink-blending tool and dab onto a glass matt to help the ink spread through the sponge. Ink up the butterfly from the sponge on the end of the tool, then stamp onto a 5¼” square of cardstock. Repeat using different colours and the flower stamp to create a background. 

3 Add ink round the edges of a 5½” piece of cardstock. Adhere the stamped panel to the ink- edged panel and then to the card base. Die-cut through the three layers to create an aperture and adhere the striped inked background to the inside of the card. 

5 Use a stamping platform to stamp the fairy onto watercolour cardstock using Jet Black ink then over-stamp using Watermark ink and clear heat-emboss. 

6 Add colour to the stamped image using AquaTint Ink and allow to dry, then cut out and adhere to the card front. Add Glossy Accents to the dots on the toadstool, then pearls and glitter to the wings. 

7 Stamp the sentiment inside the card in black.

Last but not least, we catch up with Polish designer Olga Heldwein who creates stamps for AALL & Create, and also makes some pretty beautiful cards too. We have one more of her designs here:

Choose to see the good


white cardstock
Craft & You Wedding Garden 12×12” paper pad

AALL & Create Olga Heldwein #273 Unfurling Petals & #280 Enumerated stamp sets
AALL & Create Olga Heldwein  #86 Twirling Tendrils stencil

VersaMark inkpad

white embossing powder

black acrylic paint
miniature paper flowers
Prima Resin Frame 

Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Mixed Media #8 Distress Tags

Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk sticker book

turquoise twine

heat tool

3D glue gel

3D foam pads

1 Trim patterned paper to fit the card blank and a panel behind the tag, then layer onto white cardstock, trimming narrow borders. Stamp a background using VersaMark, then white heat-emboss. 

2 Cover the stencil with Worn Lipstick ink and spritz with water, then press it lightly onto different areas of the panel. Stamp the Enumerated background onto the tag. 

3 Stamp and colour a flower from the Unfurling Petals set and watercolour. Add shade using Polychromos pencil and adhere beneath the frame.

4 Affix the layers using 3D foam tape then add a cluster of flowers towards the right-hand side. 
5 Add turquoise twine to the tag and a sentiment strip. Splash drops of thinned acrylic paint to finish. 

Top tip
For focal points like the frame here you could use two layers of foam tape that will make the elements pop even more

That’s all for now, apart from to share a sneaky peak of the stamps for issue 84. We’re celebrating the best of British, with this versatile vintage stamp plate and exclusive stencil set!

Look out for issue 83 when it hits the shops on 26th March or order your copy online from or more

Please do send us your makes to or We always love to see what you create.

Happy stamping!


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