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Budgetfriendly ink tricks for scrapbooks TIPS & TRICKS 2010


Amazing photo effects with stamps!

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each time and Club CK members what techniques they want us to teach in upcoming issues, “stamping” and “inking” are always two of the top answers. That’s why we’ve dedicated this issue of Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks to these must-try techniques. From how to get started to how to get scrapping, this issue has everything you need to spruce up your scrapbooks with stamps and ink. You’ll find ideas such as:

we ask our readers


simple ways to dress up trusty supplies like tags and ribbon (see pages 92 and 58),


quick tricks for creating fun titles using ink (see page 47),


how to mask your way to terrific backgrounds (see pages 26 and 86),

join the club What are your favorite techniques and pages in this issue? Join us online at in the Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks forum to let us know. You can also tell us what themes and techniques you’d like to see in upcoming issues of Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks. ck


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easy-to-create digital stamp effects (see pages 52, 68, and 89),


budget-friendly, do-it-yourself stamp ideas (see page 91),


and more!

Whether you’re a seasoned stamper or have just always wanted to try stamping, the ideas in this issue are sure to make your scrapbooks shine. We hope you enjoy them. Happy stamping,

JENNAFER MARTIN Editor-in-Chief Creating Keepsakes magazine




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PHOTO © m a s t e r f ile

by Kim Jackson Learn the basics of stamping to add eye-catching looks to your layouts. 42 Stamp and Ink Effects on

Photos and Accents

by Joannie McBride 12 fabulous stamping techniques to jazz up your scrapbook layouts.

on our cover get-started guide p. 31 photo effects with stamps p. 42 budget-friendly ink tricks p. 91 backgrounds and borders p. 76 titles and journaling p. 60

Cover Layout by Lori Anderson. Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts and Wausau Paper; Patterned paper: American Crafts and Bella Blvd; Letter stickers: Bella Blvd; Stamps: BoBunny Press and Gel-á-tins; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Embossing powder and pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Embroidery floss.

60 Dress Up Your Titles and Journaling by Dorathy Gilchrist Display your titles and journaling in style using stamping techniques. 76 Beautify Backgrounds &

Borders with Stamps

by Lori Fairbanks 11 techniques for customizing backgrounds and creating borders using stamps.

accents p. 42

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columns opening ideas


EDITOR’S NOTE ideas for you in this issue

11 CLUB HIGHLIGHTS member projects that inspire

page ideas, products & how-tos


image stamps as design elements



LATEST & GREATEST stamp, ink, and tools for scrapbooking


1 technique, 3 ways

tips, trends & tricks



quick stamping techniques

BUDGET TIPS DIY stamping options


closing solutions 83

ISSUE INDEX your guide to topics, techniques, and designs in this issue


10-MINUTE TRICKS creative uses for clear stamps



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time-saving tips


As you’ve seen on all of the previous pages, there are a lot of creative and fun ways to use stamped images and ink on your scrapbook pages. Now it’s time to take a look at ways you can save time and quickly incorporate some of the techniques you’ve learned into your everyday scrapbooking life.

tricks to add

stamping to your scrappin g life

Journaling spots by Mandy Douglass. Supplies: Stamps: Stampin’ Up!; Brads, buttons, and ribbon: American Crafts; Ink: Stampin’ Up! and Tsukineko; Other: Adhesive, cardstock, thread, and staple. Ink: Dye. Stamps: Rubber.

P r e s t a m p J o u r n a l i n g Sp o t s One way to save time while scrapbooking is to make

Want to change up the accents and journaling spots

several page accents or journaling spots in advance, add

in your stash without buying every stamp set you see?

them to your stash, and pull them out when you’re ready

Stamp several accents or journaling spots and trade them

to add them to your layouts. I created these journaling

among your crop group. This is a great way to save time

spots using a little cardstock, ink, a couple of stamps, and

and money while adding to your product stash.

a button or brad to embellish.

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Use Stamps with Punches Adding fussy-cut images to your layout can really enhance the design. But sometimes those images are too small, too intricate, or take more time to cut out than you have. That’s where punches come in handy. Many stamp companies are creating stamps to coordinate with specific punches, like this flower stamp and punch from Stampin’ Up!. Getting that perfect image on your layout is both quick and easy! Stamped flower by Mandy Douglass. Supplies: Stamp and punch: Stampin’ Up!; Markers: American Crafts; Other: Cardstock. Ink: Dye. Stamps: Rubber.

C r e a t e p u n c h f l ip ca r d s If the stamp you’re using doesn’t come with a specific punch, don’t worry, generic shapes can work just as well. To help you determine which of your punches will fit each of your stamps, create a series of punch flip cards. Cut several 3" x 3" cardstock squares and punch each square using a different punch. The next time you need to punch out a stamped image, simply place the flip cards over the image to find the perfect fit. Punch flip book by Mandy Douglass. Supplies: Cardstock: Wassau Paper; Punches: EK Success, Marvy Uchida, and Stampin’ Up!; Other: Binder ring. Ink: Dye. Stamps: Rubber.

Ma k e C l e a r S t a m p s Ea s i e r t o Fi n d We all love that clear stamps make it easier to see our image while we’re stamping it, but the fact that the stamps are clear can sometimes make them harder to see when we’re not stamping with them (especially if you drop a small stamp on your carpet!). To help identify your stamp images quickly, ink the image using StazOn (or solvent) ink, and let the ink dry. Because it’s permanent, you’ll always be able to see your stamp image, but the color won’t come off on other inkpads. Stamp block by Mandy Douglass. Supplies: Block and stamps: American Crafts; Ink: Tsukineko. Ink: Dye. Stamps: Photopolymer.

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to mask with stamps B Y LOR I FA I R B ANK S

If you’re looking for a clever way to get more use from your stamps, try masking. You can use it to show just a portion of a stamped image, to create an open space within the design of a stamped image, or to layer stamped images for a dimensional look. We’ll walk you through a basic technique and two additional cool ways you can use masking to get more mileage from your stamps. Gather your materials and follow along with us!

1 techniq ue,

3 ways

Easy by April Massad. Supplies: Patterned paper and die-cut border: BasicGrey; Chipboard: BasicGrey and Technique Tuesday; Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Fancy Pants Designs, and Inkadinkado; Markers: American Crafts; Ink: Ranger Industries; Font: CK Footnote; Other: Adhesive. Ink: Dye. Stamp: Rubber.

Color stamp with marker to exclude part of the image. Use brush-tipped markers to selectively color portions of your stamps, like April Massad did on her layout. >>

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11 techniques to customize backgrounds and create borders using stamps. By Lori Fairbanks

When you hold a stamp in your hand, you hold creative possibilities. With this simple tool, you can amp up patterned papers, stamp eye-catching borders, and create unique background patterns of your own.

supplies by BasicGrey, Clearsnap, Inkadinkado, and Other.

In this section you’ll discover the tricks to tone-ontone stamping, the mysteries of masking, the secrets of stamping with paint, and more. Plus, you’ll also learn how delightfully easy it is to stamp digitally on your photo collages and layouts. You’re going to love the versatility of the 11 exciting stamping techniques that follow. You’ll also love the beautiful backgrounds and borders they’ll help you create for your layouts. Ready to get started? Let’s stamp!

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Prettify Patterned Paper Using Stamps

You’ll love using this easy technique to customize your patterned paper. Use it to energize a pattern, add extra color to your paper that coordinates with other elements on your layout, or add a new design or image that will enhance the theme of your page. Give it a try using the following steps: 1. Start with patterned paper in a basic design, like the large dot pattern on Elizabeth Kartchner’s layout. 2. Choose a stamp in a complementary design and a color of ink that will stand out against the patterned paper. 3. Stamp on the patterned paper. Stamp inside the pattern, like Elizabeth did here, or stamp over the pattern if using a large stamp. Optional: Heat emboss the stamped images to give them shine and dimension, like Elizabeth did on her layout. Variation: Try this technique using patterned fabric paper too.


Try these additional ideas for enhancing patterned paper with stamps:

> Start with a basic, wide-striped patterned paper. Choose a border stamp and stamp inside some of the lines. Variation: Instead of the border stamp, choose two to four small stamps and use them to create a border inside a stripe. > Start with a basic ledger patterned paper. Embellish the design with a text-print background stamp, word stamps, or a big line drawing or outline style stamp. > Start with a subtle, floral-print patterned paper. Enhance the design with a text- or ledger-print background stamp. > Start with a basic polka dot patterned paper. Choose a large stamp—maybe a big flower, a flourish, or a vine—then stamp on one quadrant of your paper.


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Tickets Please! by Elizabeth Kartchner. Supplies: Cardstock, brads, embossing powder, pen, and stickers: American Crafts; Patterned paper: BasicGrey, Collage Press, and Making Memories; Journaling spot: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Stamps: 7gypsies and KI Memories; Ink: Ranger Industries; Adhesive: GlueArts; Other: Tickets. Ink: Embossing. Stamps: Photopolymer.


While both versions of Elizabeth Kartchner’s layout are lovely, notice how the silver butterflies add a bit of whimsy and charm to her page.

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Stamp Mini Background Blocks

14 by Jamie Harper. Supplies: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers; Journaling spot: Me and My Big Ideas; Stamps and ink: Technique Tuesday; Brads: Bazzill Basic Paper; Other: Adhesive. Ink: Hybrid. Stamps: Photopolymer.

Create a unique background design that perfectly coordinates with the elements on your page, like Jamie Harper did on her layout. Simply fill your background with 2" x 2" stamped cardstock squares. Stamping with a single color of ink on pieces of cardstock unifies the look of your layout, while using a rich variety of images keeps the pattern interesting. Ready to give it a try? 1. Choose cardstock and a coordinating color of ink. If you don’t have ink that closely matches your cardstock, opt for watermark ink or a neutral color like black, white, or gray. 2. Select three to five different background stamps. Pick a variety of designs with a good diversity in scale and subject matter for visual interest. 3. Cut cardstock in to 2" x 2" squares, and stamp on them using the background stamps you selected. Hint: You can use just about any stamp with this technique. If the stamp is too big for the square, just stamp on the square and let the design go off the edges. If the stamp is too small, stamp it several times to fill the square.


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Variation 1: Try this technique with a single color of cardstock and two to three colors of coordinating ink. Variation 2: Got cardstock scraps in several colors? Choose two to three colors and cut them down to 2" x 2" squares. Pick a single color of ink that works well with your cardstock colors, then stamp the squares using a variety of designs.

Try Tone-on-Tone Stamping and Embossing

Sweet Life by Close to My Heart. Supplies: Cardstock, brads, embossing powder, embroidery floss, patterned paper, ribbon, sketch, and stamps: Close to My Heart; Ink: Close to My Heart and Tsukineko; Font: Tall Pen; Adhesive: Close to My Heart and Tombow. Ink: Dye and watermark. Stamps: Photopolymer.

Tone-on-tone stamping is a great way to create a lovely and subtle background design, like the cloud background on this layout from Close to My Heart. Here’s how you can get this look:



1. Stamp image on cardstock using watermark ink. 2. Sprinkle stamped images with clear embossing powder. Shake off excess. 3. Emboss image using a heat gun. 4. Lightly sponge ink over embossed images to define them. Work from the center of the image out so the ink will be lighter as you move towards the edges.



Helpful hints:

> When stamping a background using smaller stamps, rotate the image for variety. > Stamp off the edges of your cardstock to give your background a professional, finished, patterned paper look. > Keep stray bits of embossing powder from sticking to your cardstock by lightly brushing it with cornstarch before stamping on it. > Stamp and emboss in small sections to ensure that the ink won’t dry before you apply and heat the embossing powder.

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