I can hardly believe 2018 is here! I have a few of personal goals set, like less tacos more yoga, but I wanted to take a look back of the greatest hits of 2017. There were a lot of fun projects we did together, but these were the most popular!
The Year of Embossing!
I learned how to emboss this year, finally, and it changed my stamp life! We learned the basics, and how to emboss on alternative materials like fabric, acrylic & wood.
Felicette introduced its own line of Ink Pads (I still can't believe it!)
We made our own envelope liners!
We even stamped on rocks, on rocks!
Handmade gifts are always the most special. And while you may not be able to sew your own baby onesie for your sister/cousin/ (insert pregnant person here) you can customize one with, wait for it, rubber stamps! (and if you can sew one, you are my idol!)
Felicette's ink pads are multi-purpose which means in addition to paper, you can use them on fabric, wood, clay, and glossy surfaces. You will need to heat set them on fabric and glossy surfaces. Picture this craft at a baby shower! Have an assorted set of stamps and ink pads a bunch of onesies in different sizes and you have a party!
Or you can make a custom layette set, stamp a onesie, a hat, blanket, and burp cloth for a beautiful gift.
A Baby Onesie
Best in Show Rubber Stamp Kit
Mini Ink Pad Set
Select your colors and stamps. I did all of the dogs in Nebula, the Ribbon in Orion, and the trophy in Super Nova. I prefer the mini ink pads for this project because it allows you to put just the right amount of ink on and not over ink it. To use the mini pads with the larger stamps you gently tap the ink pad onto the surface of the stamp. I have a tutorial here, on how to use the mini pads.
I stared stamping with the dogs, and then filled in with the trophy and ribbon.
Once you are finished stamping let the ink dry for a few minutes, just to be safe and then heat set with an iron. Set your iron on cotton and iron for about 15 seconds. This will make the ink permanent. And now you are done!]]>
You learned how to emboss on acrylic in this post. And now you can put those skills to the test by decorating a pencil cup!
Library Stamp Kit
Acrylic Pencil Cup (this one is from Target)
VersaMark Ink Pad
Embossing Heat Tool
After giving your rubber stamp a good coating of the VersaMark, stamp straight down onto the surface and then straight back up. A firm, steady hand is key. If it did slide, immediately forgive yourself, wash off the surface, and try again!
Start with your first color. Your embossing powder is going to try to hold on for dear life to the acrylic, you can thank static electricity for that! After knocking off the loose powder you may have to use a small paint brush to gently "sweep" the areas around your image clean.
Once you have cleaned the area of loose powder, you can now stamp your second image onto the cup and then add the blue embossing powder.
Repeat the same steps of tapping lightly to remove the loose powder and then use a small paint brush to clean the rest.
Now for the heat! Hold the heat gun a few inches away from the surface of your cup. moving in small circles around the stamped image.
Acrylic is VERY sensitive to heat. If you leave the heat gun on it for too long your acrylic will warp, melt or even catch on fire! Be very careful. If you see your acrylic starting to warp turn your heat off and let it cool. It may take a couple passes to get the embossing powder set this way, but so much better than starting a fire!
This blog post is a result of my mom needing a place to store all of her rubber stamps. She would forget which ones she had, and didn't have an organized place to keep them. She and I were at Ikea this weekend looking for something and came across the wooden drawers. (There is also a six drawer set for even more stamps!) Now, one of the great things about Felicette's ink pads is that they are multi-purpose and can be used on wood!
Take your plain box
And all your stamps and ink pads
Then next start stamping the front of the drawers with what stamp will be inside!
By stamping on the outside what you have on the inside you get a colorful and well organized stamp storage. There are few things I love more than organizing! (and stamps)]]>
Rubber stamps can be used as just more than embellishments, but I mean how great are they stamped on your envelope? You can also use them to make your own coloring books. Stamp the pages for your kids or have them do it. Bring them to restaurants for a little quiet time or pull them out on a rainy day!
Assorted Stamps and Ink Pads
Blank Cards for Stamping
Crayons, Markers, or Colored Pencils
Since your cards are already folded in half all you need to do is decide how many pages you want and then staple! I used three cards for my booklet. Staple inside the crease of each book to hold it together.
Stamp your images inside the booklet to later be colored in. You can stamp them in all black (like regular color books) or use colored inks.
Now your book is ready to be colored in, or save it for later!]]>
Halloween is coming! And while I am a firm believer that the witchcraft kit is for year round use, it really shines this time of year!
Using this kit and a few coordinating stamp friends you can stamp your own bewitching gift bags. Fill them with candy for classroom presents, use them as an advent calendar, give them out to trick-or-treaters, or party guests if you don't want to stamp enough for the entire neighborhood. (that's a lot of stamping)
Witchcraft Stamp Kit
Witch's Hat Stamp
Sitting Cat Stamp
Multi-Purpose Ink Pads (the kit comes with two, but you can ever have enough colors)
Blank Cotton Bags
Decide how many bags you will be stamping, and then start thinking about your color combinations and what you want on each bag!
Mix and match the spells with the cauldron and the wand for more versatility!
And just keep stamping until you have done all your bags.
Give the ink a few minutes to make sure it is dry and then heat set with an iron. Set your iron on "cotton" with NO steam and iron each bag for about 15 seconds. This will heat set the ink making it permanently adhere to the fabric.]]>
Picking a favorite out of my new stamp kits is like picking a favorite child (or in my case cat). Pretty impossible to do, and not to mention unfair to your children. You can't have a favorite child! But if I had to pick it would be Gidget, I mean the Library Stamp Kit.
When used together they make a pretty perfect book plate. But you can also separate them. Feeling minimalist? Just use the "This Book Belongs To," and sign your name under it? Now wanting to stamp in your books at all? No problem, use them to make cards and tags and fun scenes!
Instead of stamping the kit straight into your book, why not use vintage style Library Cards for a really nostalgic look?
Or skip the actual books altogether, add a cat and you have the most adorable stamped scene I have ever seen!
(Wendy & Suki, momma loves you too!)]]>
When I was designing all of the new individual and rubber stamp kits I wanted them to be interchangeable and whole lot of fun to combine! The first set I drew was the Space Cat (of course), but when I got to its atomic age bubble helmet I thought how fantastic would it be if it could go on other stamps, like Dinosaurs, and Dogs, and Alpacas!
First lets take a look at just the space cat theme. Here is the Space Cat Kit with, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Sitting Cat stamps. The kit comes with two mini ink pads in Galactic Charm (hot pink) and Nebula (Aqua). You can find all of the colors here!
When you combine the kit with all of those individual stamps you get a pretty rad space scene!
Here are the individual stamps combined with the stamps of three different kits! The Space Cat's bubble helmet with the Poodle and the Brontosaurus stamp give you never ending quirky stamp fun!
I am so excited to introduce Felicette's own line of Multi-Purpose Ink Pads to you in my own selection of cosmic colors!
Every single one of these are bright, crisp + archival ink for nearly any surface. Paper, fabric, plastic, glass, wood, clay, and metal
They come in two sizes; your standard large 2x3 inch ink pad and your mini 1x1 cubes.
I can't wait to see how you use all these stellar colors and keep a look out for upcoming blog posts with fun stamping ideas using the new ink pads and stamps!]]>
First up we have the ever so useful pencil pouch
Next, what's back to school without new sneakers upgraded by your own hand?
Then, you will need lunch, why not in something fun? Keep the other students guessing on what your next bag will look like!
A notebook to keep track of your lessons
And finally a bookmark, you can never have too many of those!
Have a great year everyone!
Embossing is so good at giving your stamp projects that little bit of extra umph! It says, heck yeah I can make some really awesome stuff, look at how awesome at crafts I am (and no one has to know how simple it is).
Stamp your rubber stamp into the Versa Mark pad, and then stamp onto your tag.
Working over a piece of paper to catch the excess, pour embossing powder over the card until the entire image is coated. Allow to sit for several seconds, then tap off the surplus powder.
Turn on the heat tool and point it directly at the stamped design. Holding the heat tool about 2 inches above the surface of your card, move it over the image in little circular movements until the powder is uniformly melted. Allow to cool for 30 seconds. The top tag is before the heat tool and the bottom tag is after.
A fun material for embossing and the final post in our introduction to embossing is fabric. When you choose your fabric pick one that is a natural material, such as a linen or cotton. Any of the fabrics with polyester or nylon are likely to melt (or catch on fire) when you put the heat gun on them.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are using a pigment ink (like colorbox) they are slow to dry on paper and give you a lot of time to emboss, but dry quickly on fabric. If you are using a pigment ink pad you will just have to work quicker, and don't stamp more than three impressions at a time before you put on the powder and then the heat gun.
Butterfly Rubber Stamp
Stampable Cotton Bags
Two pieces of scrap paper
Tear off a piece of paper to go inside of your bag. This keeps the VersaMark or other ink from going though the fabric to the other side. Lay your Bag with the paper inside on your second sheet of paper. This is to make cleaning up the embossing powder easier.
Ink up your stamp and then stamp it on the bag.
Put on your embossing powder.
Knock off the loose powder. There will still be some hanging on. and you may need to tap the back or gently blow on the fabric. If you don't get off the extra bits they will also melt into your fabric and distract from your design.
This is how your image should look before you put the heat gun on it. With the loose powder cleaned off. Be sure to remove your piece of paper inside the bag before you set the powder. Just incase of a fire.
Put on the heat gun, and you have just embossed your first gift bag! The color will be a little darker; or in the case of a gold powder, brassy, on fabric than it is on paper. I also don't recommend this process for all of your fabric stamping needs since it is so time consuming. Normally I would just say to use a high quality multi-purpose ink pad, but sometimes you just want to be fancy!
Embossing is not just for paper. In this post I will talk about using embossing powder on both wood and acrylic. Now if you have read the previous intro to embossing posts you may be thinking, "I bet she is going to stamp on a slow drying ink, dust it with some embossing powder, and then heat set it." And yes, my very smart friend, that's exactly what's going to happen! If you need a refresher on "How to Emboss" see the introduction here.
Being able to emboss on different surfaces can really open up your stamps to a whole new craft world. Think ornaments, acrylic tags, keychains, pottery! All with that glossy texture that is so wonderful about embossing.
Lets start with wood, easier to emboss than acrylic, but still with its own challenges. Wood is very porous, and will try to soak up your ink a bit. Just work a little quicker than you would embossing on paper and it will be fine!
When stamping on acrylic, or glass, the surface is very very smooth and your stamp is going to want to slide on the surface. My biggest tip with stamping on slick surfaces is to be prepared and know ahead of time that your stamp isn't going to be very cooperative. Hold that sucker tight! Stamp straight down onto the surface and then straight back up. A firm, steady hand is key. If it did slide, immediately forgive yourself, wash off the surface, and try again!
Another tricky thing with acrylic is the static electricity. Your embossing powder is going to try to hold on for dear life! After knocking off the loose powder you may have to blow on it to get the rest off.
Acrylic is also VERY sensitive to heat. If you leave the heat gun on it for too long your acrylic will warp, melt or even catch on fire! So be very careful. If you see your acrylic starting to warp turn your heat off and let it cool. It may take a couple passes to get the embossing powder set this way, but so much better than starting a fire!
Clear embossing powder is a great tool to keep in your rubber stamp tool kit (totally a thing). And you can ease into the embossing powder world without dropping bags of money on lots of different powder colors.
Use clear embossing powder with the clear VersaMark on colored paper and it has a subtle & elegant spot gloss!
Use different color inks and then you essentially have different colored embossing! Here I used a dark blue ink with the clear powder.
One fun way to use the clear embossing powder is as a resist, which means most paints and chalks won't stick to it's glossy raised surface. Try painting over the top with watercolor paints! Or use the lines to contain the paint to give a sharp edge to your projects.]]>
Take your rubber stamp crafts to sparkly new heights (and textures)! Embossing creates unbelievably high-end professional looking results that is easy on your budget.
For this introduction to embossing I will be making monogramed stationery.
Monogram Rubber Stamp
Blank Cards & Envelopes
Heat Embossing Tool
VersaMark Ink Pad
Set your card on a larger sheet of paper. You will use this paper to funnel the remaining embossing powder back into it's jar.
Ink your magical monogram shield (I say magical because this stamp was inspired by a certain wizarding world) using the Versamark Ink Pad, and then stamp onto your paper.
Choose an embossing powder color – I used the Princess Gold Embossing Powder – & sprinkle liberally over the wet ink.
Shake off excess powder onto your paper and funnel it back into the jar. Gently though, you don't want to knock the powder off your stamped image.
Using your embossing heat tool, heat image (holding the gun 3-5 inches from the surface) go back and fourth over the image until the powder has melted into a shiny liquid and rises, approximately 30 seconds. Depending on the embossing powder you used, this will create a raised, glossy or sparkly stamp impression. Gorgeous!
*You want to avoid overheating the powder and burning your paper. This tool gets very HOT!
Allow embossed image to cool before touching it. I know it's beautiful and smooth and you just want to run your fingers over it. But learn from me, it's hot and still soft. You don't want that molten powder on you, or even worse, mess up your card!
For some extra fun, emboss the wax seal monogram rubber stamp to make it look like it is actually sealed with wax!]]>
Another school year is almost upon us, so that means "YAY" or I'm sorry to bring it up. Too soon?
Either way I want you to have cute bookmarks. Make them for your bookclub, classmates, teachers, and most importantly........yourself.
Rubber Stamps (Cameo stamp for a Jane Austen look)
Watercolor Paints (I use this set, but you can use any kind of water colors. Even the set that comes with kid's coloring books)
Blank Bookmarks (these are from A.C. Moore)
Select your tassel and coordinating paint color. I thought the dusty pink would be cute with a mustardy yellow. In hindsight, I should have gone with a light blue.....
Paint your bookmark. You can paint designs, use multiple colors, or fill the whole thing with a single color! Allow your paper to fully dry once you are done painting and then stamp on that design!
Tie on your tassel and your bookmark is complete! Did I hear bookmarks all around!?
Happy Stamping & Happy School Year!
Ready to use some power tools! Okay, it's one drill (or an awl if you don't have a drill) But still there aren't a lot of projects on here that let you use a power tool, but that ends today!
If you make this trivet clock, you’ll have the time of your life! Ha!
Clock kit (make sure it is tall enough to go through your trivet)
2 Pieces of Felt (or one for each color)
Drill or Awl to make the hole in the trivet
First find and mark the center of your trivet using a ruler on the back of the trivet.
Then drill or make a hole making sure your clock piece fits through. I used a 5/16 drill bit.
Now decorate your clock! I wanted mine bright and 80's looking (but I think I got 90's Minnie Mouse) I started by painting the background a pink and let that fully dry.
Then added the stamps as bold details. Use this tutorial to see how to make your own "ink pads" with felt and acrylic paint.
Once your clock face is decorated and fully dry you can now assemble your clock according to the package instructions.
Put in a battery and hang it on the wall! A lot of these clock kits don't have keyholes to hang them with; I used a Command Adhesive strip on the back of the clock mechanism.
Time flies when you are having fun!
It's inevitable, you find the perfect cat stamp and need the perfect color ink pad to go with it. You find the Electric pink of your dreams only for it to only be in a 1x1 ink pad, and your cat is 2x2 inches. Don't lose heart my friend! You can use that tiny ink pad on your big stamp. In fact, the majority of the ink pads in my collection are little. You get more colors for the money and they easily all fit into a drawer.
The only thing your ink pad must have, is a raised surface. The raised surface of the ink pad makes it so you can stamp it onto any size stamp.
I mean it, any! This stamp is over four inches wide.
So what you do instead of the traditional way of inking your stamp, which is holding your stamp and then pressing it into the ink pad, you do the opposite. You lay your rubber stamp, rubber side up, on the table and hold your small ink pad.
Then stamp all over the surface of your stamp with the ink pad until it is fully & evenly covered! It's a lot quicker to do than it sounds.
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