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.
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.
Here’s a simple silly birthday card that I made with coloured pens, googly eyes, coloured card and some red cord.
I drew two copies of a simple monster with a thick outline, cut them out and stuck one on the front and the other on the inside. On the front of the card I cut out the eye holes and then covered them with a pair of googly eyes.
On the inside I coloured the eyes back and glued some red chord to them and the other end of the cord to the back of the googly eyes making sure the cord was long enough for the card to open fully.
Finally I added the speech bubble. I stuck this on with a foam square to add some dimension.
So the recipient gets a monster surprise when they open the card.