Papercrafting With Rubber Stamps: Creating with Red Rubber Designs Stamps – Pt. I
I hope this post finds you ready for Christmas and happily finished with all the crazy holiday prep!
I’m so, so ready to spend a couple days watching Christmas movies, eating fun, “usually-off-limits” munchies, and just relaxing…well, and making cards for next year!
Remember I said we got our tree up last weekend?
Well, I’m embarrassed to admit that we still haven’t put the lights or decorations on it!
I just can’t believe it’s 12/23 already!!!
I’m thinking our poor little tree may end up bare this year. Poor thing.
But, there is a bright side – while I have had no free time to decorate our Christmas tree, I did get a chance to play today!
Remember Red Rubber Designs, the really cool rubber stamp company we introduced you to last week?
The one with the great mission statement – “Crafting quality rubber stamps to inspire and enable everyone to create art,“?
If you missed the Red Rubber Designs Intro Post, I encourage you to check it out – you’ll find out what makes this papercrafting product company unique, and learn 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, sent me a few stamp sets to play with and I’ll be sharing the fun papercrafting projects I’ve made with each set.
The best part?
Not only do you get to see their stamps in action – being used in a variety of ways – you can WIN a $20 shopping credit to pick some out for yourself!
See the entry details at the end of this post after you’ve checked out today’s papercrafting projects.
With many design styles to choose from, and new designs hitting the store every few weeks, Red Rubber Designs offers rubber art stamps for everyone (yes, everyone!).
Both their current and upcoming stamps are aimed at inspiring everyone, and encouraging even non-stampers to give stamping a try!
So, whether you’re a seasoned stamper, or you’re intimidated as heck by the thought of stamps and inks and embossing, we’re here to inspire you to use your stamps in new ways, or start stamping for the first time.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Today’s papercrafting projects
were created with the versatile
When I first saw this set, my mind went crazy with ideas for using it to create non-holiday papercrafting projects.
The fact that it was all about stars – a very hot embellishment item right now – was a bonus!
Before we start on our papercrafting projects, I need to point out two things:
- The stamp set I used in the following projects is a cling mount rubber stamp set – the stamps come with a white, protective covering on the back and you simply remove the covering and stick the exposed surface to an acrylic block.
- After using these stamps, you can clean the rubber side with a baby wipe (my preferred method) or art stamp cleaner. If you get the cling mount surface wet, be sure to dry it off so the surface stays clingy.
Now, since this stamp set is technically a holiday set, I felt a certain obligation to first use it as intended.
And thus, papercraft projects number one and two: Christmas Cards
For this card, I decided to keep it simple, very simple.
The stamp set sentiment, Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season, was stamped in Mowed Lawn.
The star wreath was stamped with Fired Brick and then embossed using Sparkles Embossing Powder in Crimson Red (this is a stash relic!)
If you’ve never embossed before, it’s like magic!
I’ll soon be sharing a quick video tutorial on embossing, including the tools and products I like using.
For this card I wanted something a little more elegant, so both the wreath and the sentiment were stamped with a glittery stamp pad and were then embossed.
For the gift tag, and “love note,” I wanted to test out the same Silver ink and embossing powder from the card above.
But, I used the wreath in new ways – in bits and pieces and as edging.
This is a great way to get a different look from your stamps.
How fun would it be to attach this tag to a New Year’s hostess gift?
And, to leave the little “love note” for your significant other…or even slip it into a great service provider’s payment envelope to let them know how much you appreciate their service?
Note that I used different sides of the wreath to decorate the inner edges of the gift tag.
One tip I’ll share is to plot out where you want your sentiment to be placed and stamp it first, then “mask” it before stamping the edge images.
To mask a sentiment, simply stamp it on your tag/card/layout, then stamp it again on a Post-It Note and cut that second image out.
Place the second, cut-out image over the one you stamped on the tag/card/layout and stamp your edge images over the mask – then remove the mask.
One of the first ideas that came to me when I saw the Star Wreath stamp set was to use the wreath for a Patriotic project.
First up: a card for a Dad, for the 4th of July and/or for your favorite hero!
I used Versacolor in Royal Blue and in Camelia for this card, inking up the wreath with the Camelia first and stamping it around the card, followed by inking the wreath with the Royal Blue and inking it next.
There is no right or wrong way to do this – it’s simply a matter of what looks good to you.
Once I finished the stamping, I added strips of cardstock, with the very bottom blue strip 1/4″ larger than the red strip above it; and, the square, blue block 1/4″ larger than the red, square block above it.
I then stamped a scrap piece of white with the edges of the wreath in Camelia, added a sentiment from a cheapo stamp set I had in my stash, and hand-wrote the words “My Hero.”
Have you ever considered mixing stamp sets and/or adding your handwriting to your projects?
It’s a fun way to use your stash and incorporate a piece of you into your papercrafting.
For this layout, I decided to “split” the stamp – to ink half of it with the Camelia and half with the Royal Blue.
I then stamped the wreath all over the page, leaving white space so certain elements (like “Happy 4th!“) stand out.
I should share that the photo blocks (the layered blue and red blocks) were not on the layout when I did the stamping.
I cut scrap paper in the same size as the blue blocks and placed them where I wanted them to end up before stamping the wreath images.
I then peeled up the scrap paper blocks and replaced them with the actual layered photos blocks which are trimmed with thin blue and white striped ribbon.
I then placed the h, a, p, p, y, 4, t and the h and the exclamation point where I wanted them, followed by adding the Gold Leaf Vintage Stars from Jolee’s Boutique to several spots on the layout, with the larger stars being placed in a triangle format in order to lead the eye through the page.
And finally, I created a layout that could be used for a special person you want to celebrate, for New Year’s Eve photos, for photos of fireworks, for a graduate, and even for Mickey Mouse and Disneyland/Disneyworld photos (more on this soon!).
Again, I grabbed a few stamps from other stamp sets I have in my stash and incorporated them into my design.
I used the same Silver ink used on the gift tag and “love note” above, but this time I did not emboss the stamped images.
Just as I did while creating the previous layout, I used a piece of scrap paper as a “temporary space holder” where my photo block would be while I stamped, and then replaced it with the final photo block when the wreath stamping was done.
For the photo block I used a metallic paper as the base and a black square of cardstock, edged with silver ink, on top of it.
Both were from my scrap file (using up my paper and cardstock scraps always makes me happy!).
Finally, I incorporated more stamp sentiments from my stash – the words and sentiments “Cool,” “You are Fabulous” and “You Rock, Enough Said.”
This was a really fun layout to work on!
Well, whadya think?
Did any of these papercrafting projects ignite your creative juices…
…inspire you to grab some new stamps and use them in unexpected ways…
…make you newbies want to jump right in and give stamping a try?
We’d love to hear your thoughts
on the papercrafting projects above,
and especially on the stamp set we used.
Share your thoughts in the comments and
YOU could WIN $20 to spend at Red Rubber Designs!
See entry details below.
We encourage you to check out the wonderful stamps at Red Rubber Designs and to let them know how much you appreciate their sponsorship of PaperCrafter’s Corner.
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We also hope you’ll check out Red Rubber Designs’ website
and tune in for Part II of our
“Papercrafting with Rubber Stamps” Series,
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and YOUR next chance to WIN?
you’ll know about everything we share here as soon as it’s live!
We hope you’ll join in on today’s papercrafting giveaway,
a $20 Red Rubber Designs shopping credit!
Post-holiday shopping for YOU – YAY!
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Leave a comment on this post, telling us:
What you think of today’s papercrafting projects (honesty counts!)
and the stamp set we used,
and how YOU would use this set?
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Deadline to Enter:
Extended to Friday, 12/27/13
at noon (central, GMT-6)
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. 2, coming soon!
Red Rubber Designs’ Offer for PCC Community Members
Red Rubber Designs has not only graciously offered all PCC community members a special bonus – a FREE grab bag of unmounted rubber stamp images valued at $12! – when you place an order of at least $20, but they’ll be adding another nice little bonus to all orders placed by 12/31/2013.
Just visit the PCC Community Welcome Page and use code PCC13 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 a special bonus when you place your order before 12/31/2013, 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.