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Rubber Stamping Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz
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  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Assemble the Card
  • Resources


This project was inspired by the project "Tulipia" in the book Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping by and the Sketch Challenge sk091810 on Paper Craft Planet. Acetate layered over cardstock shapes will add depth and interest to this multi-occasion card.

Tools and Materials

Card With Squares Template
Clear acetate
Rubber Stamps
StazOn Jet Black
Pinata Colors
Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold
Sponge Daubers
Light green cardstock
Dark green cardstock
White cardstock
Cream colored wrapping paper with gold design (if you don't have any, you can stamp a design in gold ink on cream colored cardstock or paper)
Paper cutter
Folding/rubbing tool
Exacto knife or utility knife
Metal ruler
Self-healing cutting mat
Yes glue
Clean scrap paper
Decorative paper edging scissors
6 gold-colored eyelets
Eyelet setter and hammer
Mini hole punch
Dark green ribbon (narrow)
Ancient Page ink in Saffron (other brands of dye-based rubber stamp ink of a similar color will work fine)

Assemble the Card
  1. Download and print two copies of the Card With Squares Template. One copy will be cut up, so you'll need an extra to use as a guide.

  2. Use StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp onto one side of a piece of clear acetate. For this project, I used Hacienda Composite I, Hacienda Composite II and Hacienda Duo. Allow to dry completely (it won't take long).

  3. When the black ink is dry, turn the acetate over. Mix up some lime green and gold Pinata colors and apply randomly to unkinked side of the acetate with the sponge daubers. Mix some Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold to either or both of the leftover colors and apply some gold accents. Let Pinata ink dry.

  4. While ink is drying, cut a 9" x 6.5" piece of cardstock from the light green card stock, and fold in half to form the card.

  5. Cut a 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" inch piece from the dark green cardstock, and four 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" pieces from white cardstock.

  6. You will now glue the four white squares into position on the dark green square. The easiest way to get them into the right position is to take one of your copies of the Card With Squares Template and cut out the 3.875" x 3.875" square. On a self-healing cutting mat, use your metal ruler and knife of your choice to cut out the 1.5" x 1.5" squares. Tape this paper guide over your dark green cardstock by using a piece of tape as a hinge so you can lift the guide up by one edge. Apply Yes glue to each white square, maneuver into position, and when they are all placed correctly cover all with clean scrap paper and rub to get a good tight seal.

  7. Glue the dark green square in place on the front of the card, and cover again with clean scrap paper and rub.

  8. Stamp one triangle from the set Hacienda Triangles Small in StazOn Jet Black four times onto gold card stock. Let dry and cut out triangle shapes right at the edge.

  9. Cut out a 1" x 4.5" piece of cream colored wrapping paper with designs, and trim the longer edges with decorative paper edging scissors to make the finished width around .75". If the paper is too thin to cut well, you can laminate it to a piece of white paper with a glue stick before cutting. Glue to front of card in the spot indicated on the Card With Squares Template.

  10. Stamp the solid stamp from the set Border Stripes on either side with Saffron ink.

  11. Hold the piece of acetate in position over the card punch out one hole where an eyelet will go through both the acetate and the card. Insert an eyelet and set with the eyelet setter. Continue with the rest of the holes - doing one at a time will make the locations of the holes more accurate and help the acetate lie flatter. Some of the spots you might not be able to reach with your hole punch, so use an awl to poke those holes.

  12. Glue the gold and black triangles in place at each corner of the acetate.

  13. Poke or punch holes where indicated on the template for the ribbon and set with eyelets. Poke a piece of ribbon through and tie a bow in front.


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