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Simple Stamping Tips

One of the things people love best about stamping is that no experience is required to enjoy a satisfying creative experience. Over time, skills build—and meanwhile, everything you do looks amazing!

A favorite beginner stamping hack is known as “stamping off.” (See the leaves on our Grateful for All You Do card for an illustration.) Simply ink the stamp, “stamp off” on a piece of scrap paper, then stamp your image. It’s such a simple trick, yet when combined with darker images it lets you achieve a professional-looking illusion of depth.

Or our Many Thanks card, we used a variation of tone-on-tone stamping by choosing ink with a hue that is slightly darker than the cardstock. You could also use VersaMark ink or the coordinating ink color to achieve a lighter tone-on-tone look.

Our Twinkle card highlights a simple cardmaking classic with its impactful Designer Series Paper background. Looks like a lot of work, doesn’t it? No way! Just add stamped stars plus the whimsical sentiment and you have a make-it-in-minutes Christmas card!

Happy Stamping Charity 



Parts & Pieces: On a Slant
Can we be honest with each other? Some of us have a hard time letting go of our cardstock and Designer Series Paper scraps. They’re too small to use for a card front but too big to throw away. Still, we love them and know we’ll find a use for them sometime.Here’s your chance! You can use these pretty scraps on cards that you can make in minutes.  Simply cut rectangles on a slant and combine them to create a beautiful card front. If possible, you may want to do as our concept artist did: Find cute images in the Designer Series Paper to punch out or die cut for your focal point—then pop them up with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Need to create multiples in a short amount of time? Simply use this card layout as your template. You’ll have a stack of beautiful cards in no time at all!   We used three Sale‑A‑Bration Designer Series Papers—Beautifully Penned, Peaceful Prints, and Penguin Playmates—to create our fun cards. Remember you can get these adorable Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Papers for free with a qualifying purchase. However, you may want to use whatever you have on hand so you can make a dent in that scraps collection . . . that we know you have.  Happy Stamping Charity