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Tutorial #3

Easy Rubber Stamp
Repeat Cards

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 basic 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.

Check out Aunt Annie's Rubber Stamping Tips for ways to get the best possible image from your rubber stamp.

HeartIt's 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
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 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. Layouts for Repeat Cards

Pick a layout for your card before getting started.

Step 2: Stamp Repeats Stamp 3 or 4 of same image and color
  • In pencil, draw three or four 1¼" to 1½" squares on a piece of white cardstock.
  • 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.

Mat repeated images Step 4: Glue

Glue stamped squares to the mat, then glue the mat to the card.

Step 5: Decorate Completed repeat card - four flowers
  • 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 additional stamps were used to finish the card decoration.

That's it! What did you repeat on your card?
Sample Repat Cards

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  • Read through the tutorial.
  • Think about what you plan to make. Imagine how you can add your own creative touch.
  • Gather the materials you will need.
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ePaper Extra

Repeat card using flowers cut from Checked Yellow Flowers ePaper

Tip: Repeating images can be cut from decorative paper. These yellow flowers come from Aunt Annie's Checked Yellow Flower ePaper.

Tranquil Circles digital paper assortment

Tip: The repeating circles in the Tranquil Circle ePapers can be used to make colorful cards.

Card made with Birthday Presents ePaper

Tip: For a birthday card you might use colorful presents cut from Aunt Annie's Birthday Presents ePaper.

Repeat card using heart stamp - four images on single mat

Tip: Use different colors of stamp pads for your repeats. In this case, three hearts were stamped in red, and one in blue. The four heart images are on a single square mat.

Repeat of bird image - three images arranged horizontally on a sinlge strip mat.

Tip: Outline the image squares with colored pencil. This is especially effective on light-colored mats. The three birds are arranged horizontally on a single strip mat.

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