Creative Stamping

Creative Stamping 93 sneak peek

19th February 2021


Creative Stamping 93 sneak peek

We’re really looking forward to sharing issue 93 with you! With the beautiful Mindful Moments stamp set, in support of our charity partner Mental Health UK, is in the shops from 25th February, and it’s jam-packed with inspiring and uplifting projects to boost your creativity.

The stamps are perfect for taking time out and being in the moment with colouring ideas for all levels of stamper included. You’ll discover a beautiful paper pack inside the bag too, 32 pages of ready-inked backgrounds for you to use on your projects – and of course we show you how!

We have a stunning selection of cards and projects to share with you, including this beautiful make from new Design Team member Ruth Hamilton, combining the papers with easy watercoloring.

You’ll also find inspiring upcycling ideas too, such as this decorated tin from Vanessa Hodgson – perfect for keeping maybe your biscuits or your embossing powders safe! We love this idea! Upcycling is a great way to get something for nothing.

We couldn’t quite fit all the projects in this month’s magazine, so here’s an extra card from Sarah Gray, showing how to stamp on the papers for stunning results.

Open your mind


Mindful Moments stamp set & paper pack

white 14.5cm-square card blank

white cardstock

gold mirror card

VersaMark inkpad

Rich Pale Gold Super Fine and Clear Sparkle WOW! embossing powders 

Abandoned Coral & Fossilised Amber Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink 

heat tool


3D foam pads

square nesting dies

manual die-cutting machine

How to create

1 Stamp the paisley and flower motifs randomly over the white card blank using VersaMark ink and heat emboss with clear sparkle powder to create a subtle background.

2 Die-cut a piece of the patterned paper using two square dies to create a frame. Position the dies on the paper to ensure that the die cut has your preferred combination of colours showing.  Adhere the frame to the card front.

3 Stamp the elephant twice on to white cardstock and gold heat-emboss. 

4 Blend over one of them using Abandoned Coral and Fossilised Amber ink to create a graduation of colour, similar to the background paper. Wipe over with kitchen paper to remove any ink from the gold line art. Apply a small amount of water with a paintbrush to each eye and blot with kitchen paper to lift the ink.  

5 Cut the head and trunk section of the blended elephant image out and adhere it over the white elephant image using 3D foam pads.

6 Adhere the elephant on top of the square frame. Heat-emboss the sentiment with gold powder, trim and layer on to gold mirror card.  Attach that to the bottom of the frame using 3D foam pads.

Top tip

Heat embossing images with clear or sparkle powder can be an effective way to add subtle background interest on a clean and simple design

In addition to all the beautiful projects using the stamps in this issue, you will find new releases from Crafts-Too, showcased by John Lockwood aka John Next Door. We are thrilled and privileged to be sharing the very first Lou Collins TEXT{ures} collection, plus you can win it in our exclusive reader giveaway!

Talking of prizes, we are so excited to be bringing you the 2021 Cardmaker of the Year competition. Do you wish you could design for our magazines? Now’s your chance to show what you can do! See the details in the magazine plus find out about the £19,000 prize haul that you could win a share of!

That’s all for this issue, don’t forget we love to see your cards – email your makes to me, or tag us on Instagram. We have our Creative Stamping Facebook page plus a brilliant Readers’ Gallery over on – check it out and join in!

Happy stamping!

Nicky, editor

  1. CrafTina

    I am trying to download the template for the stepper card but keep being sent round in circles. Can you please help. Thank you

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Hello, our apologies, the link has been fixed and you should be able to download your template now Best wishes, Nicky

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