DIY, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Wood Stamp to Cling Stamp

Hello hello crafty friends!!

I am excited to share with you all how I converted my wood mounted stamps to cling stamps. I recently saw a fellow FB group member say she was doing this and I have been wanting to make this conversion for so long and did not know how that I could not resist! I watched her recommended video as well as a few others (these links can be found in the description section of my YouTube video for this project) and combined what I learned from them to create my own method.

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I begin by taking the wood stamps that I want to convert and stamping their images onto cardstock. I also use a Micron marker to write down the brand of the stamp and it’s name for reference.

Once they are all stamped I set the images aside and begin removing the rubber stamp, trying to keep the attached foam with it. If the foam breaks or will not come off it is ok to only remove the rubber without the foam. This can still be converted into a cling stamp.

Next I take Aleene’s Tack-It Over  & Over ( found on Amazon here) repositionable adhesive and apply it to the backs of the foam of the removed rubber and foam stamps. I use a wedge make-up sponge to do this and just make sure they all have a thing even coat. I leave the plain rubber stamps with no foam to convert later using a different method.

While they dry I return to my stamped cardstock and cut out each stamped image. They could alternately be kept all on one sheet. I separate them in case I want to categorize them or create specified sets.

I now grab a sheet of clear cling vinyl by Grafix (found on hereon Amazon) and stick my foam rubber stamps onto the vinyl side of the sheet. I then use nonstick scissors to trim them out, cutting as close to the rubber as possible. Once they are all trimmed out I remove the release backing for the vinyl leaving the vinyl adhered to the back of the foam.

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Here you can see the now cling stamp on an acrylic block and it gives a perfect impression.

Above I am taking a Scotch Thermal Laminating pouch and cutting it to 5 1/2 x 8″. I open the 2 sides of the pouch and lay my stamped images in between on the matte side of the pouch. Once they are all laid out how I want I fold a piece of copy paper and sandwich my thermal pouch with it’s contents in the fold of the paper. Then I insert that, folded end first, into my Minc which I am using as a laminator.

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Using my corner chomper I round those sharp corners and then I stick my rubber stamps onto the slick surface of the laminated sheets according to their image.

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I can now store these the same way I store all of my cling and clear stamps. I purchased these pouches on Amazon in a 100pk (find them here). For details on making the plain rubber stamps into cling stamps and for additional links please visit the tutorial on the YouTube channel.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I am looking forward to the next post where I let you know all about my upcoming GIVEAWAY!

Until next time! XoXo

 

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DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – DIY 90s POGS Spinner Card

Hello crafty friends!

For this Throwback Thursday post, I took it back to my childhood. I was inspired by the new kid’s fad, the fidget spinners and remembered when I grew up we had fads that came and went too.

One of those fads were POGS milkcaps. They are cardboard chips with different pictures and designs on them that kids would collect and play with. You can read more about them here.

Below is my interpretation of “POGS” card using various stamps and a 1 1/4″ hole punch.

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I used various stamps on scrap paper and then punched out the stamped images. I then layered the circles into 4 paper layers with a clear thread between the 2nd and 3rd circle layer. The thread connected 3 “POGS”. Then by cutting out a frame in 2 sheets of cardstock, I adhered the thread to the top and bottom of the frame. The inside of the card features a flap to hide a sentiment and a textured layer that shows through the front of the card. For a clear tutorial please refer to the YouTube video -> https://youtu.be/RBVJXaLL9k8

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SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (card is 10 x 7, scored and folded at 5″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Beige cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Circles – variety of scrap paper

Color:

  • Onyx Versafine Archival ink pad
  • Clear Versamark ink pad
  • Embossing powder – American Craft ZING Gold and Recollections Canary
  • Micron Archival marker

Tools:

  • Clear thread – my stash
  • Elmer’s Craft bond
  • 1 1/4 hole punch by EK Success tools
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • foam tape
  • SorTape
  • Martha Stewart bone folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • Darice dots embossing folder

This is probably one of my favorite cards. It took a while to make but I enjoyed every second making it. I believe someone will be very happy to receive this cards for any special occasion or even just because.

I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

What’up Wednesday – Floral Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!

On this feature video of What’up Wednesdays I am creating an inspired card. My son recently told me in the sweetest way that he was buying me imaginary flowers. He is 3.5 years old and I found this to be so adorably sweet I had to incorporate it in a project and share it with you all.

I went into my stash and found a beautiful bold floral cardstock by Anna Griffin and used it as the main background for this project. The sequins give it some sparkle and the gold embossed paper adds texture without overpowering the card. The full creative process for this project is available on YouTube!

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SUPPLIES:

Paper:

Fuchsia precut blank card by Recollections (A2 size – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)

Gold Cardstock – Old stash (3 x 3 3/4″)

Word cardstock by Anna Griffin (3 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Floral Cardstock by Anna Griffin (4 1/2 x 3 3/4″)

White Cardstock by Recollections (2 3/8 x 5/8″) (5 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Black Cardstock by Recollections (51/4 x 3 3/4″)

Color:

Versafine Archival Ink pad in Onyx Black

SPECTRUM NOIR Sparkle brush in Black

Marvy White Gel Pen 1.0

Accents:

Darice Dream Sequins

Pink & Gold Twine from Target

Tools:

AveryElle Ellements Dotted Borders Dies

Anna Griffin Embossing Folder in Foundry

HeroArts Happy Stamp & Cut Set

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Cuttlebug Diecut machine

Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

ScorTape

Elmer’s Craft Bond

Glue Dots

This card was fun to make especially because my son also decided to help with the process and he was such a good assistant! I’ll consider those flowers bought and delivered ❤

I hope this post inspired some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Watercolor Birthday card set

Hello there crafty friends!

I wanted to share this special set with all of you. I had in my stash a blank watercolor paper card set that I KNEW I needed to paint but could not figure out what with.

My awesome creative husband suggested birthday cards. And I thought “Ok I can totally do that.”

Thinking of coordinating images I created this set which I really adore.

From the top left image you can see an arrow card, a birthday candles card, a dripping rainbow card, a large flower with vines card and finally a feather card.

To give them a cohesive look I used similar colors and they are all accented with sequins and spritzes. To hold all the cards and coordinating envelopes I created a card box, seen in the last image above.

SUPPLIES:

  • Watercolor card set with envelopes: my stash
  • Darice sequins: Dream sequins
  • LuminArt watercolor paints
  • Sentiment stamp: Fiskars Simple Expressions
  • Patterned cardstock by Recollections
  • Card-Tainers template: Papers by Catherine #TP-3

This card set was so much fun to create and I look forward to using more original artwork on future cards. I believe it makes the card that much more meaningful and special.

This card set is available at the etsy shop!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this post sparked some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Getting Over a Block Part 2

Oops I did it again! Waited so long to post. Harder to maintain a blog with  toddler and a husband and a fulltime job than I originally anticipated…. BUT I AM STILL HERE I PROMISE! 😉

I want to continue where I left off last since I clearly cannot move on with my blogging life until I do…

For the remaining cards I used the same stream of ideas and just kept going with it. I still encounter minor creative blocks but there have been improvements in inspiration and ideas have been flowing.

Here are the remaining cards and supplies lists. If you are not familiar with the 1st part of this post please check it out here.


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Card 6:

For this card, inspiration was pulled from the geometric style of this card set and the paper used. I also tried to think outside the box and used circular paperclips as embellishments.

SUPPLIES:

  • Recollections brown Kraft cardstock
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Patterned washi tape: Recollection bohemian collection
  • Circle shaped paperclips: my stash
  • Gold ribbons: my stash
  • Gold cardstock: my stash

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Card 7: Inspiration for this card came from the swirls on the patterned paper.

Supplies:

  • Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Paper String: G2Plus Rafia Stripes
  • Handmade paper: My Stash
  • Recollections crème and brown Kraft cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  •  Sticker Tab: My Stash
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush

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Card 8: This is card 8 on this list but it was the first card I made of this set. It is (sadly) my least favorite but I am still proud of it.

Supplies:

  • Clear cling stamps: Martha Stewart, Valentine stamp kit
  • Heart sequins: My Stash
  • Handmade paper: My Stash
  • Pink eyelet: Making Memories
  • Pink pigment ink: Martha Stewart, Valentine Stamp kit
  • Papermate Flair medium tip felt pens; Surf’s up and Orchid Lei
  • Marvy white Gel pen

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Card 9: This card is my favorite of this set. Inspiration for this card was all in the patterned paper. I do feel that sometimes with the right paper you can create magical things!

Supplies:

  • Clear cling sentiment stamps: Anna Griffin
  • Tag: My Stash
  • Cloud stencil: handmade
  • Archival Chalk ink: VersaMagic in Cloud White
  • Gold embossing powder: Filigree Fine Art Powder
  • VersaMark watermark stamp pad
  • Gold stars: My Stash
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  • Gold Ribbon: My Stash
  • Light Blue, creme and kraft cardstock; Recollections
  • Gold Marker: Krylon 18K gold marker

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Card 10: I find this to be the sweetest card and it also was inspired by the geometric design of the set and the paper patterns.

Supplies:

  • Kimono patterned washi tape
  • Recollections tan, crème, and kraft cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock: Faber Castell
  • Coral ribbon: My Stash

 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this card set. I always look forward to hearing from readers. Hope this post sparked creativity!

Until next time! XoXo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade cards, Tutorial

Getting over a block

Greetings from CityGal Papeterie!

I am so happy you are here!

I know I have been AWOL for a few weeks. Any fellow crafters out there ever go through a creative BLOCK?!?

Basically I have been gone for a bit because I have been trying to get over a lengthy creative block. Anytime I sat at my workstation, nothin… NOT FUN!!

Finally I thought, you know I watch a lot of card and craft videos and many folks use card kits or crafting kits. So I went through pretty much my ENTIRE stash and created my own card kit!

Please stay with me as I go through the 5 of the 10 cards created and the inspiration behind them. This may be a long post but I seem to need to make up for a long break! And please stay tuned for the remaining 5 cards in the next post.

Using a $1 card and envelope kit I had from a previous Target haul, I created 10 card mats which I later adhered to A2 size card bases. All supplies were from my stash, both inherited and purchased. I will list info on supplies that I actually used (I did not use some of the items in the “kit”) and are not older anonymous items without labels.


 

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CARD 1: Inspired by a badge I came across while rummaging through my stash. I used one of the tags in my “kit” (blue enamel dot covers the hole) I created this Party Badge card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Tag: my stash
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Washi: Recollections bohemian design
  • Blue pearlescent photo corners: my stash
  • Gold marker: Krylon 18K Gold leafing pen
  • It’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to cling stamp: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stamp set
  • Fuchsia ink pad: Craft smart
  • Enamel dot: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections cardstock in crème

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CARD 2: Inspired by the geometric patterned paper in the “kit”

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Gold Sequins: my stash
  • Gold glitter adhesive letters: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Repurposed acetate

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CARD 3: Inspired by sequins used in CARD 2. When going through my sequins I came across these other sequins that I had which have a opaque flat look to them, almost like bubbles. Felt the would be perfect on a birthday card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Multi colored Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Make a wish and Cake cling stamps: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stampset
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Snow embossing powder: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Mini GlueDots
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Jute Ribbon: Celebrate It 360

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CARD 4: Inspired by flowers by Bazzill Flowers in the “kit” and Faber Castell patterned paper. These flowers went perfectly with the striped paper and “Bloom” tab from the sticker sheet in the “kit”.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Enamel dots: my stash
  • Blue Ribbon: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Flowers : Bazzill Wings of Imagination; Bitty Blossoms
  • Floral Brad: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Sticker tab: my stash

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CARD 5: Inspired by doilies. I have so many doilies, I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow in this set of cards and this was the result.

SUPPLIES:

  • Black Doily: Recollections;Gift it Christmas
  • Pink Doily: Recollections; ColorSplash collection
  • Sticker tab: my stash
  • Bloom sticker: my stash
  • Tag: my stash
  • 3mm l ribbon: Ribbons House
  • Word Sticker: my stash
  • Paper Flowers: my stash
  • Floral brad: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme and beige

It seems that my creative block has ended. It took a trip down memory lane through lots of old supplies and gathering coordinating items rather than trying to rack my brain in card designs. I think it’s safe to say that homemade “kits” will be my go to for creative blocks although I recently started an art journal and I think that has helped as well.

For anyone out there who has gone through anything similar, I would love to hear your story and how you were able to get past it. Tips, questions and comments always welcome!

Thank you for stopping by my page and I truly hope this post has sparked some creative inspiration! Until next time XoXo


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Birthday Card

I wanted to share a quick post on a card I made for coworker’s niece. It is her 16th birthday and I tried to create a card in a style she could appreciate. I did not take photos of my supplies, SORRY! But I will still list them all below. I hope this card inspires you!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Precut and folded card base in pink from my stash
  • Watercolor cardstock from my stash
  • Recollections 6×6 Christmas Pastel paper pack with treatments
  • Recollections Boho Shimmer mist in pink, blue and purple
  • Van Gogh watercolor palette with brush
  • Tombow MonoMulti glue
  • White Marvy gel pen
  • Papermate Flair Tropical Vacation pen in Surf’s up
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush
  • Purple and fuchsia sticker gems from my stash
  • Foam squares
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment ink in Onyx Black
  • Happy Birthday to You Sizzix Stamp and Framelits Die Set

TOOLS:

  • Large non-stick Westcotts scissors
  • Small Martha Stewart Detail scissors
  • Hampton Art Stamp perfect
  • Craft tweezers

I knew that I wanted to use the stamps from the Sizzix birthday set but I will be honest, it took me a while to put this card together. I had what I can only call card-makers block. I could not decide how I would layout this card.

I began by spritzing watercolor paint and shimmer mists onto watercolor cardstock. After reaching a pretty background I laid on my cardstock and using me new Stamp Perfect (I LOVE THIS THING!) stamped all the images I planned to use right on the painted background. Using my detail scissors, I fussy-cut the images out. Once I FINALLY chose my mat paper I played around with the layout until I found something I was happy with. The final touches were dots on the hat and banner, accents with the white gel pen and gem stickers scattered about the mat and images.

Although it took me a long time to get my final draft complete with this project, I am very happy with the results. Let me know what ya think!

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Hope this sparked some CARDspiration. and thank you for visiting!

 

Handmade cards, Tutorial

Masculine Birthday

I have never realized how many birthdays can occur in an office setting until I started working at my current full-time job. Every month we have one to two birthdays to acknowledge and they all require a card. The card is passed around and everyone can add a nice sentiment. It is quite touching. For this month’s birthday, I created a neutral card for a masculine birthday. I delayed posting it since the birthday is tomorrow and I did not want to have ruined the surprise, just in case!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Cream cardstock from my stash
  • Black cardstock from my stash
  • Fiskars birthday bash stamp set
  • Kraft paper bows by Recollections
  • Repurposed ribbon
  • Anna Griffin sentiment stamps (not sure the name of the set)
  • Studio G Blue ink pad
  • Marvy Matchables ink pads
  • Micron Marker #05
  • ScorTape
  • Glue dots

This was a very quick and simple card to make. After stamping and cutting out the banner and marking where I wanted the ribbon and sentiment banner to be, I was able to stamp the balloons without the string (I wanted to draw these in) and add all of the embellishments.

I have to admit I am not crazy about the quality of the stamping inks but I do need to always use what I have available. This may have been improved using a different textured paper as the cardstock I used was very absorbent and porous, or perhaps a stamp position tool which I do not have.

Either way I am happy with the results and will be using this card for my co-worker’s birthday tomorrow.

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Hope this brought you CARDspiration and thank you for visiting!