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Rubber Stamping Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz
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  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Start Front Section of Card
  • Make Back Section of Card
  • Make Inner Booklet
  • Finishing Touches
  • Resources


In this Petroglyph Card project, you'll learn how to make a stand-up card with a mini-booklet inside for writing messages. Free template available for download.

Tools and Materials

Petroglyph Card template
Self-sticking laminating sheets (optional)
Cardstock, light and dark colors
Light colored text weight paper
Acrylic paint, gold and turquoise
Permanent waterproof rubber stamp ink, dark brown, such as StazOn Timber Brown
Yes glue or other non-wrinking glue for paper
PVA glue
Jacquard Castaway rubber stamp ink
Colorbox Crafter's rubber stamp ink, Stucco, Seaglass, and Brown
Rubber stamps: Iron
Clean scrap paper
Cream color Prismacolor pencil
Needle tool or awl
Small sponge
Small beads
Beading needle

Start Front Section of Card

Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project 1. Paint light cardstock with a wash of gold acrylic paint. Let dry.

2. Stamp Petroglyph Person Large image onto gold painted cardstock with permanent waterproof dark brown ink. Let dry.

3. Laminate another piece of cardstock to the back to add stiffness. Yes glue works well spread thinly with a piece of credit card. A glue stick would work also.

4. Cut out around the figure, leaving a straight edge at the bottom.

Make Back Section of Card

Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project 5. Stamp dark-colored cardstock with Castaway ink, using the stamps Petroglyph Stones. You will need to stamp about 6 square inches of dark cardstock for each card you want to make. Let dry.

6. Iron cardstock to bring out the design, according to the directions on the ink bottle.

7. Download Petroglyph Card template and cut out. Optional - laminate with self-sticking laminating sheets for durability.

8. Trace around template onto the back of your printed dark colored card stock, and cut out.

Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project 9. Sponge around the edges with Brown Crafter's ink, then stamp Three Glyph People on one side and Glyph Being with Animals Small on the other with Seaglass Crafter's ink. Optional: Stamp "From the Studio Of" or "Handmade By" on the back with Seaglass ink. Later you can write your name underneath with a writing instrument that shows up on dark paper, such as a Prismacolor Pencil or a metallic marking pen.

Make Inner Booklet

Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project 10. Cut a rectangle from the dark cardstock to make the cover. Fold in half. Optional - stamp one of the hands from the Tiny Glyph set on the cover of the inner booklet in Seaglass ink.

11. Cut rectangles from light weight, light color paper for making the inner pages of your booklet. Cut as many pieces as you think you'll need to make enough pages for what you want to say in your booklet. Fold these in half. This would be a convenient time to write or stamp your chosen message onto the inner booklet pages.

12. If you stamped any Crafter's ink on the cover, wait until the ink is dry enough to handle. Put the inner pages inside the cover, and poke two holes into the seam.

13. Use thread to bind the pages together, making sure the knot end of the thread is outside the booklet.

Finishing Touches

Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project 10. On the front figure piece, sponge around the edges with Stucco Crafter's ink.

11. With one of the stamps from the set Wavy Lines, stamp around the edge with Seaglass Crafter's ink.

12. After the ink is dry on both pieces, heat set all with an iron, using clean scrap paper to protect your ironing board. If you stamped on the cover of your inner booklet with Crafter's ink, heat set that at this time also.

13. Add accents to the front figure with turquoise acrylic paint. Let dry.

14. Add some highlights to the center part of the figure with the cream color Prismacolor pencil.

15. With the needle tool, poke four holes around the shoulders and neck of the figure, using the template as a guide.

16. Fold over the tab at the top of the back piece toward you, add glue to the side of the flap now facing front, place the figure in position, and press down. Yes glue, PVA glue, Tacky Glue or some similar product would be good to use for the hinge. These glues all take some time to dry, so place your work between some clean scrap paper and put some books on top so it dries straight and flat. Let sit for several hours.

17. With a beading needle, string some beads on thread, and make two necklaces for the figure. Tie onto figure using the poked holes, and tie off the thread in back. Trim off excess thread.

18. With the needle tool, gently poke the knots out of sight into the hinge seam at the neck of the figure. Lay the card face down, and squeeze a line of PVA glue over the seam. Let dry.

19. Attach the inner booklet to the inside of the card by applying Yes glue to the back cover of the booklet and placing it where it will be covered by the figure. Tuck the knot and ends of the binding thread underneath as you do so to conceal them. Press down and let dry.

You're done!


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