Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Fun Halloween Tag by Cheri Piles

Not only did she design the Halloween stamps, she also created this creepily cool tag: thank you to the very talented Cheri Piles!

In her own words...

This is a fun tag to create. This was my one of my favorite stamp sets from the download that I created! Cut a large tag of your choice. Then wad it up into a ball and ink the folds as you unfold it. Once you have unfolded it simply mist the inked areas where the folds were created and use a crafting iron, iron your card flat again. I used a charcoal gray ink for that step. This gives your an aged/Spooky look. Then ink around all of the edges in black. I stamped my top left corner of the tag with the spider web stamp and then created another layer and stamping the spider web again both images were stamped in black. Then I stamped over them again using Perfect Medium and dusted it with
Stamp designed by Cheri and used in the tag
Pewter Perfect Pearls. Once I was done I added the 2nd spider web over the top of the second one using pop dots. I also used this same technique with Perfect pearls over the spider. It's a fun Spooky tag!
It took about 30 minutes to create this tag.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween bottlecap magnet by Valerie Mangan

Well there were plenty of Halloween festivities over the weekend and I am sure they will continue till the early hours of Thursday morning. I still have plenty of treats to share in the form of projects created with our Halloween stamps over the next few days.
Today, I wanted to hand over to Valerie Mangan who has created these fab bottlecap magnets...

What you need
September Download from Photocentric
Maya Road Metal Flower Bottle Cap
Patterned Paper (Type, Orange), Black & White baker’s twine

What to do
  • Stamp and heat emboss spider web onto type printed paper. Mist with spray ink and dab excess ink off resisted areas. 
  • Punch circle out to fit into bottle cap. Attach to cap interior with glue runner.
  • Stamp and heat emboss spiders and trim out.
  • Stamp sentiment and trim into pennant shapes, affix to spider web.
  • Attach spider above sentiment with dimensional adhesive. Attach second spider slightly underneath banner.
  • Tie string around cap.
  • Affix magnet to back of cap.

Time taken: 30 minutes

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Recommended exposure times for stampmaker

We often get asked about exposure times when people are creating stamps using stampmaker, so we thought that we would put together some information. 
The table below outlines our recommended times. 

Times and processes for making embossing dies and stencils with your stampmaker will vary and it's important to follow the instructions which can be found at our online Knowledge Centre.
  Stampmaker Exposure Times

Friday, 19 October 2012

Stamped candles by Petra Offrell

What a great idea...stamping on candles. Petra from our Design Team used a hexagon shape from the free downloads on these candles but the possibilities are endless. Create your own bespoke messages and graphics for gifts or parties with stampmaker. Love it. Thanks Petra.
Anyway that is enough from me. Over to Petra for details of how you can stamp on candles.
What you need
August Photocentric downloads to make stamps
Napkin or tissue paper, ink and embossing fan
What to do
The stamps in the august kit are so beautiful I cannot stop using them. I decided to transfer the stamps onto candles. Now that we are drawing towards the long dark evenings these candles will not only look good they will add a warm glow to the evenings.

Stamp on a tissue paper. Cut out the shape. Divide the tissue into layers and make sure you only use 1 layer. Put the stamped image on the candle and put an oven paper on top. Warm gently with your embossing fan in circular moves. 
Time taken: 15 minutes
Be careful so you do not heat too much and ruin your candle. Use a candle of not too high quality. Too high quality candles will not work, they will melt before the image sticks.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

'I'm thankful for' by Julie Jacob

Thanks Julie for sharing this pretty page with us and Teresa Collins.
I'm thankful layout has been created using the stamp from the Oct download.
Here are some notes from Julie about how she created this look...

What you needTeresa Collins Stampmaker with October Download -- I'm thankful for stamp
Teresa Collins Vintage Finds patterned papers: Music, Dots, Bingo, Orange Damask, Clocks, & Black Damask.
Vintage Finds Embellishments: Twine,
Washi tapes, Buttons, Layered Stickers, Sticker Sheet #1, Borders.
Black Cardstock
Sewing Machine with black thread
Black ink

Corner Rounder punch
3 photos
3D foam squares

What to do
Use the ledger side of the Dots paper for the base of your layout. Round the corners with a punch.
Group your 3 photos on the back of the music paper. Cut. You will have a blank spot to be filled with the stamped piece.
Mat paper with photos on black cardstock.
Cut black patterned paper to the same size as your photos. Cut smaller piece of ledger paper. Sew around the edges.
Stamp I'm thankful for...on the ledger paper, and fill in with stickers. Wrap around bottom with twine.
Add flower with button for center. Adhere stamped piece with foam squares to black patterned paper.
Cut 'family' and 'time' bingo cards and adhere behind stamped piece. Adhere all to the empty spot on the photo mat.
Add phrase to top of bottom right photo. Cut the year the photo was taken from Bingo cards and adhere. Add 'memories' layered sticker.
Cut 2.5 x 9" strips of the dot side of the Clocks paper. Adhere at top and bottom of where photo mat will go.
Add photo mat...don't put adhesive at the bottom so you can slip the glitter border strip underneath.
Add washi tapes. Sew at edges.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Give thanks mini album by Petra Offrell

Thanks Giving is the theme of this cute project by Petra from our Design Team. She has made a lovely mini album using the FREE stamp designs from www.teresacollinsstampmaker.com 

What you need
October and August Photocentric downloads to make stamps
Text stamps with names from your own design, feather stamp own design. 

A nice set of coordinated papers. I used the Teresa Collins Vintage Finds collection, Twine, ink, bling and an edge punch. 7 small photos. Shrink plastic and jewellery details.  

What to do
My kids are the ‘thing’ in life I am the most thankful for so I wanted to make a mini showing that.

I stamped several times with the October Give Thanks stamp and cut out. I used this on every spread of the mini as well as the front and back to give the design a repetition.

I made 3 stamps with the names of my kids. I used ‘1942 report’ font.

I used the chevron stamp from the August download and stamped on shrink plastic to make a piece of jewellery for my mini.

I cut 2 different PP 4x12 and folded in half. I then cut the edge of one piece (both front and back) with an edge punch so that the middle part will show outside when put together. I made two holes on the edge and tied a piece of twine to hold the mini together.

On the front I added several layers of embellishments. I stitched the edges before gluing it down. I also inked all edges.

I printed 7 photos from when my 3 kids were all babies. I made all photos black and white to make them coordinate.
I then put one photo on each side of the mini and decorated. I used one ‘bingo’-decoration on each spread for repetition. 
Time taken: 3 hours in total ( over 3 days) 

TIP: Make sure you stitch everything before you glue it down so that you will not get stitching on the back side of the design.