Adding Dimension To Your Cards

Hey sweets, Michelle here! I wanted to share some simple ways to add dimension to your cards. Ya know, when I first started making cards years back the techniques were pretty simple. But card making has come a long way over the years. And while there’s lots of different and unique techniques out there, I tend to lean more toward the simple style. So adding dimension can make a huge difference.

SSS June blog post 1a My main go-to for adding dimension is foam dots. It’s amazing how different you can make a card look by simply raising the image off the card a bit. You’ll notice I used foam dots not only on the clouds and unicorn but also on the background.

A few more ideas for adding dimension – glitter, sequins, ribbon, & glossy accents are a few. You’ll notice that I’ve used a few of those on this card and it makes a big difference. Just to show you, check out these 2 cards…

SSS June blog post 2a They are both the same style yet the one on the right has the images raised with foam dots along with glitter added to the clouds & unicorn. The left image, while still cute, looks a little bit flat doesn’t it?

So I encourage you to try these basic techniques to add a bit more dimension to your cards! As always, be sure to follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram & Facebook for more inspiration!

Stamp sets used: Unicorn, Dragon

Stamping Beyond The Cards

Hey there Sweet fans, Michelle here with a fun little project for you! Each month when the new Sweet stamps come out my first thought is “what can I do with these beyond card making??” Don’t get me wrong, I love making and giving handmade cards. But I’m a scrapbooker at heart so I’m always thinking of ways to use my stamps for projects other than cards. And really, there’s so many ways you can use your stamps!

SSS May blog post 1So today I wanted to share a quick project with you that is actually something I’ve done in one way or another for years – making handmade luggage tags for family trips. My family is big into Disney and every time we take a trip there I like to make personalized items for a bit of added fun! So I pulled out the Royal Wish stamp set because it is absolutely perfect for this project!

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To make the tags I used ID badge holders (found at any office supply store) along with some patterned paper that I stamped on (rather than stamping on white cardstock & coloring the image).

You’ll notice that I stuck with the same stamp set but changed the look simply by using different colored papers & ink pads.

I used the Alpha Tabs stamp set for my kids’ names but you could certainly use any alpha set (Outline Lower Alpha would look super cute!)

SSS May blog post 3These tags are fun to use on your luggage/bags all decorated with cute stamps and you can put your personal info on the back. Add some ribbon and you’re done! And you aren’t limited to just luggage tags, you can use them on kids’ backpacks, lunch bags, etc! This is also a fun project to involve the kids. My little one saw what I was doing and ‘helped’ me pick out ribbon for my tags 🙂

Quick tip – to keep your ribbon ends from fraying simply take a lighter (or match) and carefully melt the very edge of the ribbon!

SSS May blog post 5There are so many fun stamp sets that you could use for this project. How about the new Super Boy & Girl Power stamp sets??! Those would make adorable tags for sure!!

I hope this inspires you to think outside the card so to speak!! As always, be sure to follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest for more inspiration!!

Stamp sets used: Royal Wish, Alpha Tabs, Dragon, Washington Life

Ink pads: Color Theory (well red, glass slipper, lime light), Memento (tuxedo black)

You’re So Charming!

Hello again, Sweet peeps! Samantha here and today I have an adorable little gift that I made for a special little girl I know, who just turned 4 years old! (Although, I should point out, my 6 year old and 3 year old little Menn wanted to keep it for themselves! So it works for boys and girls, apparently! Ha!)

What is this little present, you ask? It’s pretty much the most adorable little charm bracelet ever! And I used Sweet Stamp Shop stamps to make it! That’s right!

Adorable, right? I know!!!

And it was SUPER easy to make! All you need are some alcohol makers, staz-on ink and shrinky dink paper!
I used to play with shrinky dinks ALL THE TIME when I was little! And, I recently redisovered them, and I love them even more now! Ha! I used the Dragon, Royal Wish and Unicorn stamp sets!

Here’s how the bracelet came to be:

– Stamp your images onto shrinky dink paper with Staz-On or another permanent ink.

– Color on the BACK (aka the opposite side the Staz-On ink is on) of the shrinky dink paper with Copics or any other alcohol based makers

– Using a standard sized hole punch, punch a hole near the top of the image.

– Cut around the image (I like to leave a small border around the images).

– Hold the plastic with some craft tweezers and heat with your heat gun. The force and heat is going to make the plastic go crazy! But I promise, once it’s done ‘shrinking’, it will right itself.

Once the pieces had cooled down, I simply added a little ring to the ‘charms’ and then attached them to the bracelet!

Instant princess charm bracelet! 🙂

So, what do you think? Do you think this is something you want to try? There are SO many Sweet Stamp Shop images that would work well as a charm bracelet!

If you do make any jewelry with Sweet Stamp Shop images, PLEASE share them with us! We want to see! You can post to the Facebook page or Pinterest!

Thanks again!

~Samantha

Create Your Own Ombre Ink Pads?!

Hi there!

The ombre trend is still pretty hot right now and I wanted to come up with a way to create my own ombre ink pads before buying the ones that are out there (call me frugal)! I had some Ranger Cut ‘N Dry foam, just laying around, begging to be used, so I cut a piece off and inked it up.  I chose to use Memento Luxe ink, since the chalk inks are ‘juicier,’ but you can use any ink you want.  🙂

I just laid the foam down on my protected work surface and went back and forth with the ink pad until I had an ombre-looking ink pad.  I found that the best way was to turn the ink pad, like the picture below for the darkest part at the bottom.  I had more control that way to add more or less ink!

Once my brand new custom ombre ink pad was ready, I grabbed a scripty “happy” from the Happy Birthday set  (the mix of fonts in this set is just fantastic!) and placed it on the pad.  I tapped it a few times, just to make sure the ink covered the stamp. Then, I crossed my fingers and stamped it onto some white card stock….

….and voila! It worked! Cue happy dance! The Cut ‘N Dry can be washed over and over again, so the possibilities are endless using this technique. Think of the different ink combos you could create, darks fading into lights, pastels fading into neons… Squee!!!

Next up, I pulled out the Dragon set and got to coloring with my colored pencils.  Since the ombre look is soft and pretty, I stuck with pencils to keep that same soft effect instead of using markers.

I also used a paper stump and mineral spirits to blend, giving it an even softer look! Sometimes it’s important to think about what medium you should use and which one works best with the style you’re going for!

 

I also wanted to share a little tip about what I do when I use black card stock as a base.  I used to try to stamp my sentiment on the inside in white ink or write with a white pen.  That never seemed to work well (unless I heat embossed everything in white, LOL), so now I just cut a piece of plain card stock and attach it to the inside.  Since I’ve had a few people ask about using a black base (which I love doing because it can really make your front panel pop), I figured I’d share my little tip! Don’t be afraid to use a different color as your base instead of white or another white color!!!

 

And to finish off the card, I added the castle from the Royal Wish set to the background in grey.  I wanted to make sure it was light and didn’t distract anyone from the dragon, so I inked it up in grey and stamped it first onto a scrap piece of paper.  Then I stamped it on my front panel.  This way, the ink was nice and light and shows up in the background.  The dragon is still front and center!

 

So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your links to your own custom ombre projects! Share them on the Sweet Stamp Shop Facebook page or tag us on Instagram!
Thanks for stopping by today!

 

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop (Dragon, Happy Birthday, Royal Wish)
Ink: Memento Luxe, Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento London Fog
Pencils: Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils

What A Sweet Little Guy!

Happy Monday, all! =) It’s Alice here and I have one more card made using some super cute stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop to share with you today!

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Isn’t Mr. Dragon adorable? =)

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He is from the super cute Dragon set. Mr. Dragon is colored on PTI’s Stamper’s Select White cardstock with Copic markers then fussy cut out. Glossy Accents was added to his horns, spikes and fangs along with the alpha sentiments for a little texture.

I loved how cute this little fella was and how extra fun it is to color him — there’s a lot of room for personal interpretation and creativity here.  I also loved using the alphabet stamp to create my own personal greeting and how it paired with that great little dragon.

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The patterned paper is from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush 6×6 Paper Pad and the sentiment alphas are from Outline Lower Alpha set.

supplies:

cardstock: (kraft, white) Papertrey Ink

clear stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop

patterned paper: Studio Calico

accent: (Glossy Accents) Ranger Industries

other: (foam tape) 3M

Copics used:

Mr. Dragon: BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, YG01, YG00, YR24, Y18, Y08, Y06

hello: R27, YR07, Y18

card size: 3 3/8″ x 5 1/4″

That’s it for me. I’ve enjoyed sharing my creations using the Sweet Stamp Shop sets with you this month! Don’t forget to go and check out the fun stamps over at Sweet Stamp Shop and all of the latest happenings on Facebook! =)

Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!