Papercrafting for Valentine’s Day with Red Rubber Designs’ Stamps
Are you gearing up for a festive Valentine’s Day, thinking about making cards for your loved ones, creating fun home decor items and gifts, or decorating for a party?
If so, then you’re in for a treat!
What kind of a treat?
A sweet treat, the best kind!
Really sweet – a giveaway treat!
Remember our wonderful sponsor, Red Rubber Designs, the rubber stamp manufacturer that provided the stamps that I created with at Christmastime?
The company with the great mission statement – “Crafting quality rubber stamps to inspire and enable everyone to create art“?
Well, I’m back with more – this time with hearts galore!
Pam, the owner of Red Rubber Designs (RRD), provided me with a selection of unmounted rubber and I must admit, I was giddy about creating with stamps that can be so easily “manipulated!”
Not having a wooden block to contend with means you can easily “mold” the stamps to their target and use bits and pieces of them with ease. Or, adhere them to an acrylic block (or even a rolling pin!) and stamp, stamp, stamp to your hearts’ content.
These stamps are really high-quality, deep-etched stamps and they’re a pleasure to work with (and I’ve seen and used my share of rubber stamps over the last 12 years!).
Thinking you prefer using mounted stamps?
I did this with the first set of stamps I used and it was easy, peasy!
So are ya’ ready?
Let’s get this rubber stampin’ party started!
First up, let’s take a look at the stamp sets Pam sent me:
First up is the I Heart You set.
How awesome is this collection of 15 sayings and hearts?!
There are nearly endless possibilities for mixing and matching these stamps and all but two of them would be great for occasions other than Valentine’s Day.
At a buck an image, it’s hard to go wrong.
This stamp set is a RRD Spotlight Stamp Set.
What’s that mean?
That means it’s 40% off with any order – only $.60 per image!
And don’t forget, Red Rubber Designs ships fast!
They ship orders the next business day so there’s still plenty of time to get your hands on some of the great Valentine’s Day stamps on offer and create all sorts of fun heart-filled projects!
Grab your set and stay tuned for some fun projects made with these which I’ll this weekend…and even more post Valentine’s Day!
Next up is the Floral Hearts set.
These stamps, designed by Jennifer Blume, are so feminine and delicate, perfect for creating a lovely Valentine’s Day card or gift for a friend, mom, sister, aunt or grandmother.
Or, a wedding card for your favorite couple (wedding season will soon be upon us and this set is perfect for creating beautiful wedding cards and gift wrap!).
And, if you’re a fan of art markers, these provide a perfect canvas for some coloring fun!
I’ll be sharing a couple of projects made with these shortly!
And finally, the stamp set I used first, the Squiggle Hearts set.
These just spoke to me! (Pick me, pick me!)
Bonus time: these stamps are on clearance – they’re less than a dollar per image!!!
Now, these images will be available as digital images once the rubber sets are sold out, but if you prefer the traditional method of stamping, get your set before they’re gone, gone, gone!
First up, an embossed gift card pocket made from a simple little black envelope:
For this project I simply took a small (20″x9″), black envelope that opened on one of the short ends and folded it in half, short end to short end. This made it the perfect size (10″x9″) for a gift card.
I then pressed one of the Squiggle Hearts stamps into a clear embossing pad and stamped the image on the envelope front.
Super easy (and quick!) project and now I have a nice little gift card holder for a Starbuck’s gift card for…oops, almost spoiled the surprise!
Next, a simple card for a friend:
For this card I chose to keep it simple…and then complicated it by making a small boo-boo that had to be covered up!
More on that in a minute…
I grabbed a textured card from my stash and then gathered my supplies: a piece of untextured white cardstock, the clear embossing pad I used for the gift card holder (above) and some red embossing powder (this embossing powder has been in my stash for-e-ver!).
I then pressed the stamps (I used two of the five heart stamps for this project) into the clear embossing powder and stamped the images first onto the card and then again onto the cardstock.
Next, I sprinkled the red embossing powder over the stamped images and heat-set them with my heat tool, followed by cutting the images out of the cardstock sheet.
I laid a piece of “love” ribbon over the bottom image (on the card) and adjusted it until I liked the look of its position.
I then adhered the ribbon using double-sided tape and stamped the “I just love you!” stamp just below the ribbon.
OK, this is where the boo-boo came in.
When I stamped the words, I got extra ink on the edge of the stamp and it left a couple small dots on the nice white card face. Dang it!
Never fear though, we are crafters – we can fix any mistake! Well, almost any mistake, right?
I would simply add more dots to the design once I had the hearts in place.
Next, I added pop-dots to the backs of the stamped hearts, adding a second layer to the lower heart so it would sit a bit higher than the upper heart, and adhered the hearts to the card right over where the same images had been stamped.
This provides a nice layered effect, don’t you think?
And then, it was dot, dot, dot all around the hearts and voila – boo-boo no more!
And last, but not least for today’s projects, a fun “Love Notes Corkboard” to add to the frig:
My husband and I often leave little thank-you and “love” notes for each other (perhaps this has contributed to our being married for almost 18 years?) and I thought a corkboard would be a perfect platform for displaying them since they’re often written on Post-Its or scrap paper.
Now, where to place this little gem when it’s finished?
How about the frig, a place we visit at least a few times a day?! (Uh yeah, we’re working on lessening those visits.)
Yup, that’s where it’s going!
For this project I grabbed a pack of corkboard tiles (available for a few dollars at hardware stores and major craft retailers), a roll of magnetic tape and a few other supplies: a couple of acrylic blocks, a Versamark pad and red embossing powder.
I placed three heart stamps on the acrylic block, and held the acrylic block over the cork tile, moving the heart stamps around on the block until I liked the placement on the cork tile.
I then pressed the Versamark pad onto each stamp and stamped the images onto the cork tile.
I sprinkled the stamped images with the red embossing powder and heat-set the images with my heat tool, and repeated this process with the “I just love you!” word stamp.
Next, I swiped the edges of the cork tile with the Versamark pad, applied red embossing powder to them and heat-set the powder.
Lastly, I applied a strip of the magnetic tape to the back of the cork tile so it could be hung on the frig.
Another quick and easy Valentine’s Day project, one that’s perfect for anyone you love!
So, what do you think?
Are you ready to create something sweet?
Red Rubber Designs has a great selection of stamps that are perfect for making Valentine’s Day cards, layouts, gifts, decor items and other papercrafted projects, as well as many other stamp designs and supplies for all of your papercrafting needs.
First time hearing about Red Rubber Designs?
Check out the Red Rubber Designs Intro Post and learn all about what makes this company special, and about the great offers they’ve made available to PCC members (offer details also at the end of this post)!
Go on and check out that Intro Post, we’ll wait for you…
Red Rubber Designs, our newest sponsor, is so excited to be part of our community that they have offered all of you a chance to WIN a $20 shopping credit to pick out some stamps and supplies for your very own!
Yup, that’s right, one lucky papercrafter is going to win a $20 shopping credit!
See, I told you this was sweet!
Did any of today’s papercrafting projects ignite your creative juices…
…inspire you to grab some new stamps and use them in unexpected ways…
…make you think you simply must give unmounted stamps a try…
…encourage you newbies to want to jump right in and give stamping a go?
We’d love to hear your thoughts
on the papercrafting projects above,
and especially on the stamp set I used today
and the others we shared.
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Thanks again for joining us today and please join us for our next Papercrafting with Rubber Stamps series post, Creating with Red Rubber Designs Stamps – Pt. 3, coming soon!
Red Rubber Designs’ Current Offer for PCC Community Members
Red Rubber Designs has graciously offered all PCC community members a special bonus with any order of $20 or more – a FREE Sydney Circle Album Combo Kit!
Just visit the PCC Community Welcome Page and use code PCC Rocks! (by 2/28/14 or before supplies run out!) in the shipping instructions when you place your order.
And while you’re there checking out all the fun designs from Red Rubber Designs, check out the unmounted rubber stamps (and a variety of other products, including Bazzill cardstock and Staz-On Ink!) that are being featured in their Inventory Blowout Sale!
Get these deals while they last!
And, not only will you save money on stamps and other products during the sale, and get a bonus with a $20 order, and get that amazing I Heart You stamp set at 40% off with any order placed, you’ll only pay $5 for shipping on all domestic (U.S.) orders, and receive FREE shipping on orders over $50 (again, within the U.S.).
Note: Red Rubber Designs does ship stamps (and only stamps) internationally, again via Priority Mail, for the actual cost of the service (no extra handling or postage fees – yay!).
Details can be found on their shipping information page.