By Judi Kauffman
After finishing the two projects for today’s tutorial, I decided to make Magic Stamp blocks from the card fronts. It doubles the fun!
Here’s how it works:
Step 1 – For each card: Emboss a 4” x 5” piece of Shimmer Sheetz with folder(s) of choice. Optional: Lightly sand to bring out the core color of the SS. (Shown: Light Blue Iridescent SS, sanded to reveal white core.) Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to adhere to a solid color A2 side-fold card base.
Step 2 – Die cut assorted leaves and dandelion fluff from Shimmer Sheetz in color(s) of choice. (Shown: Australian Opal Gemstone, Red and Black Iridescent.) Arrange and adhere to the card fronts using small snippets of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs to hold the die cut SS in place. Tip: Use nonstick scissors to cut the Tabs. Reminder: Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz – a metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate is REQUIRED!
Step 3 – Following Clearsnap’s instructions, heat a Magic Stamp block and press firmly against a card front to create a stamp. Test with ink on scrap paper to make sure you like the impressions the stamp produces. If not satisfied, wash off the ink, dry the block, reheat it to erase the impression, and start over! Test and repeat until pleased.
Step 4 – Repeat with a second Magic Stamp block pressed against the front of the second card (or the same block if you have erased it and are re-using it).
Step 5 – Use the Magic Stamp blocks and rainbow or solid color inkpads to stamp postcards, background papers, journal pages, card fronts, gift wrap, envelopes or whatever you want! Wash and dry the blocks before storing them. (Shown: Envelopes. Add a white label for the address as needed.)
Stored in a cool place with nothing pressing onto the surface, Magic Stamp blocks can be kept for years. Or you can stamp as many times as you want and then heat to erase and re-use. (I have a large collection of blocks – they are inexpensive.)
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Magic Stamp blocks (Clearsnap)
Xtreme Adhesive Tabs (Tombow)
Nonstick scissors (to cut Tabs)
Embossing folders of choice
Sanding block – Optional
Ink pads – Rainbow or solid colors of choice
Solid color cardstock