Easy Rubber Stamp
What we will make:
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make cards using small rubber stamps
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 rubber stamps. (The universe of stamping is HUGE. Whole books are written on rubber stamping,
some devoted to nothing but card making. There are thousands upon thousands of rubber stamps available for purchase.)
For those with little or no rubber stamp experience, we keep it simple by using one small rubber stamp repeated
three or four times.
Annie's Rubber Stamping Tips for ways to get the best
possible image from your rubber stamp.
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") rubber stamp
- 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.
Making Easy Rubber Stamp Repeat Greeting Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Getting Started
There are three basic ways of arranging the repeats on your greeting card—three images arranged vertically
(or horizontally) and matted;
four images arranged in a square with a single large mat; or four images in a square with individual mats.
Pick a layout for your card before getting started.
- Step 2: Stamp Repeats
- In pencil, draw three or four 1¼" to 1½" squares on a piece of
- Stamp an image in the center of each square.
- Cut out the squares and erase pencil lines.
- Enhance the stamped image using colored pencils.
- Step 3: Cut Mats
- Select cardstock for a mat that matches an accent or secondary color of the stamped image.
- Cut one large square mat (3½" to 3¾") or one small mat for each stamped square
(1½" to 1¾") or one long mat (2" by 5½").
Project extra: Download, and
print on cardstock, Aunt Annie's printable
templates for mats and stamping strips to make mat
cutting and repeat stamping easier. Choose your mat size, cut
out the template, then anytime you need a mat of that size just
trace it and cut. You can use the stamping strip templates in
the same way or stamp directly on the strips and cut apart.
Step 4: Glue
Glue stamped squares to the mat, then glue the mat to the card.
- Step 5: Decorate
- Decorate the card with punches or paint dots, outline squares with colored pencil,
or cut decorative edge on card. Add your own creative touch.
- Add messages.
The right edge of this card was cut with decorative scissors. A green strip of paper was glued to the right edge
inside the card to accent the scalloped edge. The card blank was made from yellow cardstock, and
were used to finish the card decoration.
That's it! What did you repeat on your card?
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