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What we will be making:
In this tutorial you'll learn how to make cards using small rubberstamps
arranged in threes or fours and matted. Once you learn this design
concept it can be used for repeats of any small object—paper
punches, cutouts from decorative paper, stencils, and more.
This greeting card tutorial builds on the first two tutorials –
#1: Four Patch Cards and
#2: Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards. It is also a
introduction to using rubberstamps. (The universe of stamping is HUGE. Whole books are written on rubberstamping,
some devoted to nothing but card making. There are thousands upon thousands of rubberstamps available for purchase.)
For those with little or no rubberstamp experience, we keep it simple by using one small rubberstamp repeated
three or four times.
easy to make cards for
Valentine's Day with repeats of stamped, punched or cutout
hearts. See card ideas in the sidebar and below.
Refer to Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.
Here's what you need:
- White card blank - 4¼″ by 5½″
- Colored paper or cardstock for mats
- Small (1 inch) rubberstamp
- Black stamp pad
- Pencil and eraser
- Colored pencils
- Ruler or paper trimmer
- White computer paper for envelopes
- Optional: Markers, paper punches, decorative scissors.
This tutorial is the third of twelve
card making tutorials and is rated EASY to do.
The biggest problem that people new to rubberstamping experience is not being able to get a clear image.
With a little instruction and a few tips most are able to produce good images after just a little practice.
Use a stamp with a firm mount. Wood or acrylic mounted stamps are the easiest to handle
and give consistently clear images time after time. Foam mounted stamps are less expensive but images are easily
The heart stamp used on this card is foam mounted. The corners below the hearts are the result of pressing the
corners of this flexible stamp. Many people find these marks to be a charming part of rubberstamping, but others find them
Be sure the stamp is fully inked. A stamp can be inked by either pressing it into a
stamp pad or by dabbing the stamp pad on a stamp that is face up on the table. Test the stamp a time
or two on scrap paper.
Notice that some of the small butterflies on this card are only partial images. Careful inking of the stamp
would have prevented this from happening.
Avoid rocking or shifting the stamp. Stamp straight down onto the paper, press firmly
and do not rock the stamp, then lift the stamp straight up. On foam stamps press in the center and avoid the
corners and edges.
On the heart card above there are black edges next to the puppies. This was caused by rocking the stamp.
- Keep the rubberstamps clean. After each use stamp out the stamp, that is, make
repeated stampings on scrap paper until no mark is visible. When you switch stamp pad colors, stamp on a folded
damp paper towel to remove the last traces of the previous color and then stamp out the stamp.
If you are frustrated with the quality of your stamped images, keep in mind that most people won’t notice the
imperfections unless they are pointed out. The most important thing is that the overall design of the card is
pleasing and conveys the message intended.
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