On Wednesday I taught an "Intro to Clear Stamps" class at our shop. I don't sit down and play with our clear stamps a whole bunch but I really do love the working with them. The images stamp so nicely and because they are clear, it is even easier to position the stamp *exactly* where you want it.
Don't be fooled. There are a *lot* of new clear stamps on the market... and some are not made of the highest quality. For best results, look for clear stamps that are made in the USA. The durometer (the hardness) of these stamps is closest to rubber and will give you the best stamping results.
Here are 3 of the cards we did in the class.
For the first card, I created the background with our scalloped oval background stamp using a technique that Julie showed me a few years ago. I had forgotten about this but when I saw the topiary trees, they remind me so much of the tall skinny trees in Italy that I wanted to create a little scene showing a bright blue sky and a bit of landscape in green.
To get this effect, I inked the upper part of the scalloped oval background in CB Chalk Ice blue. Then I inked up a sliver on the bottom in CB Chalk Lime Pastel. You can ink over the lighter color (blue in this case) quite easily without harming your ink pad. Presto - landscape!
I love to give gift cards - they are the perfect solution to gift giving for someone like me that doesn't have much time to shop. Also, our school participates in SCRIP as a way to raise $ and so it's easy to buy a gift and support the school at the same time. This fun pocket card is a great solution for giving gift cards. I added a tag so that I can have a small area to write a thank you note or birthday greeting - whatever the occasion.
To make this pocket card, I folded one of our Cabana blue notecards inside out. Then I cut off 1.75" with my paper trimmer and then made a scallop edge with my Clouds scissors. Adhere the sides of the "pocket" to the back and then fold the edge of the pocket over and ahere it with double-stick tape. You can also add some brads to each end of the pocket for decoration and to ensure that the folded edge stays put.
Folding the card inside out gives you a nice white canvas for stamping!
This is a FAST and easy card to make once you've mastered the "mechanics".
For the 3rd card, we used our new! large polka dot monogram letters. We stamped the 'f' for friendship in CB Lime pastel and then closely trimmed with scissors. I added a pretty little paper (Summer paisley collection) and little ribbon and forever friends.
That's all for today folks! Look for more of my card designs in this week's a-muse-letter. Mmmm.... coffee!
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