Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Gift of Stamps

I wanted to share with you an idea I did a while ago for one of my giveaways. I never did explain how I made it...so, I'll give it a shot now. It's a way to include stamps as part of your card. Not just as decoration, but as a gift. (I'm featuring the last 2 of my new everyday designs...stamp #C116 - Good Pals and #A118 - Pals)




To start...layout your stamps the way you want them to be, and cut 2 pieces of cardstock to fit. Glue the 2 pieces of cardstock together to make the base more sturdy:

The next picture shows 3 different steps: First, use a pencil to mark a center point on either side of each stamp. Second: Punch a 1/8" hole at each pencil mark. (If you want to do any stamping on this base piece...now would be a good time to do it). Third, cut a piece of elastic. Long enough to fit snugly around each stamp, plus to tie a knot at each end. (I found this elastic at Ben Franklin in the bead section...I guess it's used to string beads to make bracelets). Thread each end of the elastic to the back side and tie a knot.



Here's a view from the back: (Notice that I also used double stick foam tape to mount the base).



Here's a view of all the stamps held in place with elastic:



To make the "card" part (the lavender paper)...cut a piece of cardstock and score into 3 sections. Two sections will be slightly larger than the base piece, and the "spine" will be 1-1/4". (The size of the card depends on the size and number of stamps you use). Here's a look at the finished inside:



...and the finished outside: (Decorate and wrap a ribbon around the card to close it)



Now for the good part...if you would like to win this set of stamps, leave me a comment by midnight tomorrow (Thursday, February 19, Hawaii time)...I'll choose one winner at random and announce their name on Friday, February 20. Good luck!!!

Also, I'll be doing a make 'n take at Photo Craft this Sunday, February 22 from 12:00 - 2:00. We'll be making a little Easter treat...so, stop by if you're in the area!!

35 comments:

Janet S said...

You know I love your stamps now that I have some! Can I help it that I am greedy for more? :-D Thanks for a chance to win some more great stamps. These are just adorable!

Ekg said...

Aloha kaua, Jean,

"It IS good to have pals" Your new additions to your stamp line are great. ; ) Wish I could be at Photocraft for the MNT. A hui hou!

Fay said...

Thanks for the quick tutorial---so creative! Love the "pals" stamp, they are all so cute. Thanks for sharing!

Mele09 said...

Hi Jean: I am new to your site...I LOVE IT! All your samples & hints are just wonderful. TFS. Will be back! Mele09

CHARLOTTE said...

Glad to see that you are adding to your collection ... and mine.

gracie said...

Yes! More cuties to add to my growing collection. LOVE your designs. Thank you for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

More cute stuff to add to my collection,
Just love all those new stamps.

val a.

chris said...

That's such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

jennyv said...

This is another great line you have created. They are so cute as aways. Thanks for the chance to win. Great tutorial you are so talented.

Jenny

Angie said...

Wow, this is so cool! What a fabulous way to make soeone a card, and give them stamps at the same time. I would love to win this.

Kyoko said...

WOW, you are so creative. I would never have thought of doing something like this. Great gift idea! Thanks!

Kyoko

Jenine said...

Sooo cute.... I wish I could be in Hawaii for your Make and Takes.

Cathy Y. said...

Your stamps are all so cute! Thanks for explaining how to attach the stamps onto a card - so clever as always. Thanks for the chance to win and hope to see you Sunday!

Kacie said...

Thanks for a chance to win more of your new stamps. The "pals" are very cute and remind me of my sons and their cousin.

Anonymous said...

What an excellent idea for a card/gift to send to my gf in CO. She's a local gal who relocated because of work and has been collecting your stamps for some time now. I know she can order thru the internet but I want to surprise her with an Easter card with your new stamps and idea. Guess I'll be heading out to BF to purchase some stamps and work on this project. Thanks for sharing your ideas. MarilynY

Enjoli said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. You are so creative. =) Love those stamps. They are too cute!

Anonymous said...

Just love your new stamps! They are way tooo cute. The pals stamp would be perfect to make cards for my son. Thanks for sharing your great ideas....

Gayle N.

Cassie said...

Hi Jean,

What a great idea for giving away stamps. The card is decorated with the stamps included.

Happy Stamper said...

Hi Jean!
I've already purchased the entire line of your new stamps to add to my collection, but I'd love to win this to give to my very good Pal! Thanks for always sharing your creativity and your products!

joni h said...

What a great idea! Your new stamps are really fun! Thanks for the chance to play.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! I just love your stamps!

Fida said...

Wowza!!! That's a very nice way to give presents. I wish I'm the recipient of that present.

Anonymous said...

I love all of your stamps....especially your new editions! I can't wait to go buy them!

Christy T.

Bobbi Wilson said...

What a great gift idea. Love your stamps.

Edwina said...

Hi Jean,
Love all your stamp designs and creative ideas. Thanks for always inspiring us to stamp.

Denise said...

Beautiful, neat,clever idea!!! Enter me in the drawing,I love your stamps....

Yuki said...

VERY Cute! Such cute ideas to go along w/your cute stamps. Thanks for the fun contests!

nicky w. said...

Oohmigosh! What a great idea! I am definitely going to do this. I was going to send some of your stamps to a friend, so this comes at a perfect time! Thanks for the idea, and the opportunity to win!

Jan said...

I just love your creative creations! I wish I had your creativity.

Glenda U said...

WOW! What a neat way to give a gift...thanks for always sharing. I'm loving your new stamps!

kobeo said...

Always so cute and clever. Thanks for spreading happiness through your buddies and friends - images and sayings and for being so generous with your give-a-ways.

GayleW said...

What a clever idea. Thank you for being so generous with your instructions and templates. gw

kg said...

your stamps are so much fun to use and create with.

thanks for sharing.

Dawne said...

HOLY MOLY!! That is AWESOME work!! You're soooo talented ;} Thanks so much for always giving us a chance to win!

kinderdoodle said...

I love the idea of giving someone stamps in a card. Your illustrations and tutorial were very helpful. Thanks for sharing and I would love to win this adorable set of stamps.
Linda/Ar.