Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Fever in the UK!

Thanks to our friend Linda Worsfold for two stamp designs – created for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Thank you as some of us in the office will be holding our own Diamond Jubilee parties and I am sure that these will come in handy.

The Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated up and down the UK but we know that not everyone is aware what it is. It is a celebration for Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne but if you would like to know more…

With Linda’s stamps we have created a goody bag, a photo frame and some good old bunting which I am sure can all be viewed at party coming soon!
Queen's head image courtesy of Vintage Patisserie.
Jubilee 2012 stamp courtesy of Linda Worsfold

Friday, 18 May 2012

Question for stamp makers?

If your stampmaker came in a larger size, what size would you consider buying from the following ?

A5 (5.8x8.5'')
A4 (8.5x11'')
A6 (4x5.8'')
or are you just happy with the current size A7 (2.91x4'')

Automated answers to Facebook please.

We are running a poll to find out what stamp makers would prefer if they could have a larger stampmaker. Please let us know your thoughts.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Shhh baby sleeping by Christine Illis

Thanks to Christine Illis for sending in this 'Shhh Baby Sleeping' door hanger.
We love the photo stamp that was used in this piece.

Find out more about Christine and her crafting projects...

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Graduation Cards by Julie Jacob

With graduations galore taking place why not get some fabulous inspiration from the Creative Team. Take a look at the cards that Julie has put together using the May download negative. Thank you.
Here is how Julie created her Graduation cards:
Supplies used:Patterned paper: Green dot - October Afternoon, Chevron - Crate Paper, Cream - Teresa Collins
Black cardstock, jute, dictionary paper, corrugated coffee sleeve
Ink - Tsukineko (VersaFine - Onyx Black)
Border Punch - American Crafts
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart
Bling - Teresa Collins
3D Foam Squares - Thermoweb
Congrats Stamp/Graduation stamp - Teresa Collins Stampmaker
Sandpaper Dictionary card:
This card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Use black cardstock for the base...the folded edge is at the left.
Cut green dot paper 4 1/4" x 4 and adhere. Leave a bit of room at the top for tucking in the border piece.
Sand the side edges, if desired.
Stamp Congrats onto dictionary paper...I used the graduation page...and trim. Tear bottom edge.
Mat with black cardstock and tear bottom edge.
Adhere to green dot paper in center.
Punch scallop border from chevron paper and adhere behind top edge.
Add bling to tassle.
Add corrugated butterfly to left edge of dictionary paper.
Graduation card:This card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Use the green dot paper for the base...the folded edge is at the top.
Sand all edges, if desired.
Cut a piece of chevron paper 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" and tear the bottom edge.
Adhere to center of card...sand edges.
Stamp Graduation eye chart stamp onto cream paper and cut out leaving approx. 1/4" border.
Mat on black cardstock.
Adhere to card with 3D foam squares.
Add jute to top of card.
If you have used this month's download negative to create a card - let us know!
In fact why don't you show us  :  )

Monday, 14 May 2012

Competition winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition to win a Teresa Collins Storage Album.

Well done Cheryl@SewCanDo who was our lucky winner selected at random.

Cheryl, get in touch with me and I can ensure that you receive your album which I am sure will come in handy for all your stamps!


Thanks once again to all who entered.  :  )

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Graduation stamps by Cheri Piles

Cheri from the Design Team has certainly been busy creating cute disc shaped stamps for a graduation album. Thank you for sharing this with us.
From Cheri:
Senior year sure is an event, a Never Ending Event. The countdown is on!

As I was creating an album of my daughter's senior year I found that I needed to have some more "SENIOR" type of themed stamps to go with the book.

I really was looking high and low for something with a consistent theme to help with my album when I decided it would just be much easier to create my own stamps. I would have everything I was looking for; the same style, theme, font, size and look.
To create these stamps I used Photoshop Elements:

Open your large stamp base (or create one and name it large stamp base for future use.)

I opened a text on a path file (there are many online places you can find them if you don't know how) and typed in class of 2012 with my underline on so I would have one of my borders.

Then I opened another layer to create my additional two circle borders.

I started typing my words making sure they fit inside of the circle as I went.

Then I printed them making sure my ink was set to the heaviest volume and created all of my stamps for my album.

I stamped them onto patterned paper layered onto chipboard then cut out and inked the chipboard in black to give it the "token" look.
They were just perfect and exactly what I was looking for! Please be sure to check out the Teresa Collins Design Team blog for more images of how these tokens were used in the album.


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Love is in the air by Cheri Piles

Thanks Cheri for this wedding card. Great use of the monthly download.

''Love is in the air! There is nothing like a beautiful wedding, I have several that I will be attending in the coming summer months.''

''I loved this months free negative download, that included these.
These were just perfect!''

''Click {HERE} to download this months free negative download.''


Hello, just a reminder. Only a few days to go till our competition to win a Teresa Collins stamp album closes. Post a comment on our blog and you may win!
Competition ends on Friday 11 May.

Friday, 4 May 2012

I heart my sister by Julie Jacob

Julie produced this pretty card, full of delicate tones.

Here is a list of what Julie used.
Custom stamp: Teresa Collins Stampmaker – Photocentric
Ink : Tsukineko – Versafine – Onyx Black
Patterned paper: Teresa Collins, My Mind’s Eye
Tape: 7 Gypsies, Tim Holtz
Brads, bling, sticker, chipboard, ‘recorded’ stamp: Teresa Collins
Punches: small heart – Recollections, big bird – Fiskars, photo tab – EK Success
Blue paper doily – Pink Paislee
Pink resin flower – Recollections
Shipping tag, dictionary paper, sewing machine
Bling button: Joanns

Stamp that Julie created using stampmaker

Julie's instructions on how to make the flower:
Using a 2” scalloped circle punch (mine was EK Success)…punch 8 flowers. I punched 4 from Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon – At the Picnic paper…and 4 from dictionary paper. Alternate papers (patterned, dictionary, patterned, etc) until they are all in a neat pile. With a paper piercer, poke a hole in the center of the flower pile and fasten with a small brad.

Gently pull/crumple the flowers, layer by layer…in an upwards direction. The last flower layer will remain flat. When you have all your layers ‘up’ (you won’t see the brad anymore)…carefully peel them back, and you have your flower. J

Thanks Julie for this pretty project and letting us know how you created it.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

HOW TO... make fingerprint stamps for metal clay

We were recently asked how to make fingerprint stamps. The kind of stamp that can be pressed into metal clay. Here are some stampmaker tips to help you create them.

Taking the impression

1. Inkless wipes
The way the image appears undoubtedly has wow factor and there’s no risk of little inky fingers marks where they shouldn’t be. You should be aware that the liquid contains phthalates. It will take fine impressions if done correctly, however it can over expose the paper from over-wetting or pressing too long and it is expensive to use.

2. Lipstick
Crème based lipstick can take nice fingerprints. It is a readily available in all households. You do need to obtain non-streaky and even coverage on the finger first.

3. Ink pads
This is the traditional way for police forces across the world to take prints and is cheap and very effective. You will find the second impression is often clearer as the first can over-ink and lose detail.

Scanning it
When you scan the image optimise the Brightness and Contrast to achieve maximum contrast and make the paper white rather than grey.
Converting it
You can use any software program to convert to black and white, such as Photoshop or Corel. Alternatively, load the image into the imagepac program, with fingerprints it is almost always the case that you should modify the brightness and contrast to optimise the strength of black and the white.
Printing it

All inkjet printers will print black enough to use as a negative. To optimise the printer setting print a small black box out using the different print options provided in the shortcut menu and check against a light to see which is blackest. The best option is likely to be changing the paper setting to photo paper matte or cardstock (an absorbent paper only requires a lot of ink).

Exposing it

Make sure that you cover the entire area of the base of the clamp with either your negative or opaque material such as card.

Correct exposure times:
Use 10 seconds and 30 seconds
Standard exposure times for Stampmaker are 6 seconds and 100 seconds, but for fingerprints (as with photographs) you need to increase the first time to 10 seconds. This will build a solid, thick floor and allow just a quick second exposure through the negative that will hold the fine fingerprint detail without filling it in. Flip it over and expose through the negative for just 30 secs. The stamp will be soft, but wash it thoroughly and harden it under lights as usual.

You can experiment with the second time, but the longer you leave it in the closer together the fingerprint lines will become, the shorter the time the wider they will be and the deeper the depth of relief, but beware as the lighter or more isolated parts may fall off.

Pressing into clay You can press the stamp in by attaching to an acrylic rod (clear so you can see where you see where you are pressing), you can lie it on top and roll it down or our preferred method- attaching it to the back of a tea spoon with double sided tape and pressing it in as a convex surface.
The spoon will take on the curvature of the stamp and in the process slightly open the fingerprint lines. This makes the impression look more life-like.

Let us know how you get on with it, and by all means post your fingerprint projects!