Here’s a simple design for a congratulations card created with stamps.
I cut out a heart shape from a piece of scrap card and laid it over the area where I wanted to place the heart. Then with some red ink I used a set of edging stamp designs to fill in the heart shape. I found that stamping closer together produced a more defined heart shape.
Here’s a lovely alternative idea for a father’s day card. Some pull out “Happy Father’s Day” bunting. I found the original idea on pinterest which links to the instructions on this site www.modernparentsmessykids.com but I think it’s a good design for us big kids to make for our Dad’s too.
I made this little soft toy robot for a friend’s first baby and I was inspired to make the card to match. I’ve added some images showing how to make the toy robot below.
The robot was simply made of 6 sewn cubes. For each cube stitch together 6 squares on the reverse leaving one side open for stuffing. Turn right side out and stuff. Close the open seam with a hidden stitch.
Make 4 small cubes for the arms and legs one large cube for the head and a medium cube (slightly smaller than the head) for the body. Attach the arms legs and head to the body. First securely sew the body to the head. For the arms attached them along one edge so they can move but for the legs attach along the 4 top edges so they remained in place.
Here’s a collection of cards I created using my custom made candle stamp. I’ve found that it’s a really useful stamp to have as it can be used to quickly create simple birthday card designs. Also it I think it works really well with coloured stars made with a star shaped punch.
I knitted this little puppy from a pattern I found on Pinterest. It’s called Pupster, was created by FuzzyMitten.com and can be purchased on Ravelry.
It was a really quick and simple pattern to follow. I decided to embroider the eyes open as I made it as a gift for a new baby. The original pattern has instructions for a jumper but I decided instead to give him a green scarf to keep him warm which was simply a length knitted in sticking stitch. I also decided to make him all one colour apart from his snout. The original pattern has instructions to have different colour patches on his hands, feet and tail also. Due to the simplicity of the pattern it was easy to make this change so not only is it a good pattern to follow but also a versatile one.
This was my first attempt at carving my own stamps using the Undefined stamp carving kit by Stampin’ Up. It was a very welcome gift and a fab addition to my stamping equipment.
This is what the kit contains in the box and my first creations. A pair of owls and a candle. The kit has some designs to attempt so for my first stamp I used one of those which is the speech bubble pictured.
It is a really simple process. On some paper draw around the included wooden backings to get the bounds for your stamp design. Then with a pencil draw your design within those bounds. To transfer your design onto the foam you can then place the paper onto the foam and rub on the pencil. Then using the tools carve out the rubber where there is no pencil. I found it was good to start with the fine v shaped tool to go round the edge of the design then scoop out the large parts with the u shaped tool. Before sticking the foam to the wooden backing I stamped the wood with the design. The foam has a sticky backing so can then be simply cut out and mounted to the wood. And that’s it. A custom made stamp ready to go.
As the kit was a gift I then used my stamps to create a thank you card. Woot! Since making the stamps I’ve found that the candle design has been really useful for making simple birthday cards.