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Rubber Stamping and Craft Project Ideas
By Carolyn Hasenfratz
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Need some ideas for things to make with rubber stamps or other craft materials?
Skeleton Key Necklace
This necklace project is great for anyone who likes the vintage or upcycled look in jewelry.
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Build a Mosaic Plant Stand
In this article I’ll show you how to make a stand to show off a special container plant. Raising a planter off of its surface can really enhance the appearance of a single specimen or help you create an attractive container plant grouping by providing elevation to some containers.
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Stencil a Sofa Shelf Made From Distressed Wood
I had a lot of fun using stencils that I cut to decorate a piece of distressed wood. I made the plank into a shelf for behind my sofa. My living room looks a lot better and I have more room to display some of my favorite plants and Mid-Century Modern collectibles.
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Make a Pollinator House – Part 2
I promised to write up plans for a more attractive pollinator house. Here are instructions for building two different designs to enhance your garden’s decor as well as it’s productivity and ecological health.
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Decorate a Terra Cotta Plant Pot with Acrylic Paint and Stencils
Painting and stenciling terra-cotta pots is a fun and inexpensive way to enhance your patio or garden decor.
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Make a Seed Packet Bouquet
Here is a way to give a bouquet of flowers that is a little different from the usual! Mount seed packets on skewers in a vase for a festive gift. Such arrangements can also be used for table centerpieces or party favors.
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Spring Faux Postage #2
Fake “postage stamps” are a lot of fun to make and are good decorations for greeting cards or mail art!
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Invigorating Melt and Pour Soap Bar
I chose the ingredients in this bar to use some of my peppermint harvest and being aware that cold and flu season is upon us I added some essential oils from a cold and flu blend I mixed up for my own use last year.
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Easter Card Tutorial
Here is a project that will help you use up some paper scraps!
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Biodegradable Easter Basket Tutorial
Would you like to make an Easter basket that you can cut apart and bury in the garden when you’re done with it? If growing conditions are right you might even be able to grow some wildflowers!
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Flowered Card in Shades of Blue
Here is a card project that mixes an analagous color scheme with neutrals. An analagous color scheme is one that uses colors that are near each other on the color wheel, in this case blue, blue-green and blue-purple. The colors are so close together that it’s nearly a monochromatic color scheme – a design that uses tints and shades of one color. My samples were made as birthday cards, but you can make the card for multiple occasions by changing the sentiment stamp. This card helps you to use up paper scraps!
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Make a decorated seed packet
Do you have any garden seeds left over from your spring planting? Seeds can make great spring gifts for gardeners, especially if attractively packaged.
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Spiced Coffee Soap Bar
This soap bar is colored entirely by real coffee beans and the fragrance comes from the beans, vanilla powder and also from soap fragrances. If you enjoy the smell of coffee and spices you should like this one!
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Christmas Journaling and Icebreaking Activity Cards
I was inspired to make some cards with prompt questions to use on our Christmas Day gathering and perhaps to later use as prompts if I ever decided to make Christmas journal or scrapbook.
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A Road Trip Journal for Dad – Part 2
A client of mine threw out a bunch of old photos and negatives, so I saved some of the interesting ones to use in mixed-media artwork.
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Make a Mini Album
Here is a project that will help use up your cardstock and paper scraps as well.
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Scrapbooking With Memorabilia
Ideas for including ephemera and collectibles into scrapbook pages.
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Handmade Birding Journal
Here is a great handmade gift idea for someone in your life that loves to watch birds. A blank journal like my sample provides places for notes, sketches, photos, memorabilia and more.
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Make a Soft Dia De Los Muertos Skull
This soft Dia De Los Muertos skull uses discharge paste, fabric paint, embroidery and embellishments – you can use a lot of your toys for this one! Enhance your decor with a small decorative throw pillow or attach a loop to the back and hang it on the wall.
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Kitchen Backsplash Project
I'm decorating my kitchen backsplash with handmade tiles mixed with salvaged and purchased tiles.
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Upcycled Butterfly Feeder
In the summer this is a butterfly feeder, in the winter it is a plant hanger.
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Make a Garden Sign Out of a Recycled Produce Crate
In the past I had purchased produce from a co-op and had saved a couple of the thin wood crates thinking they would be useful for garden markers of some kind. I decided to make small signs from this wood and print out my text on clear acetate and attach that to the signs with brads.
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This project helped me to get some practice coloring in stamped images and was an opportunity to experiment with mixed media.
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Road Trip Journal
The journal is designed so that after a trip we could add photos and ephemera and perhaps write more about our memories.
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Decor Idea Book
It’s not easy to focus on my original vision when working on such a long-term project. To help out, I have made a book to help me organize my ideas and color schemes.
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Scrapbooking With Small Format Photos
When you mount standard-sized photos on an 8.5 x 11 inch page, you are left with a lot of empty areas to fill. This is not necessarily a bad thing because as a result there is ample room on the pages for journaling and small ephemera. Lately I’ve been experimenting with another way to fill those empty spots – with small photos.
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Stamping Halloween Postoids
The Fall 2015 issue of RubberStampMadness is out and I want to let you know about it because my article "Stamping Halloween Postoids" is featured within!
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Terra Cotta Mosaic Planter
Learn how to make a planter like this from broken ceramic pieces!
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Stencil a Wood Garden Sign
How would you like a practical and decorative wooden sign for your yard or garden? Stencils are handy for such a project because they are available in letters, numbers and lots of fun decorative designs.
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Make an Insulator Votive Candle Lantern
Flameless votive candles are a lot of fun (and safe) to incorporate into your decor. In this project I’ll show you how to make a glass insulator into a flameless candle lantern.
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Upcycle a Metal Tin with Decoupage
Turn a humdrum tin into a treasure with decoupage!
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Fun with Stencils
During the 1970s, my Mom was really into Pennsylvania Dutch style stencils for home decor - I still have some of her old stencil brushes! I myself used stencils for some of my printmaking projects in the 1990s. Recently I've been experimenting with different ways of applying inks and paints on fabric, which is an application stencils are very well suited for, along with mark making on walls, furniture, paper and other surfaces. You can cut your own stencils or use pre-made commercial stencils. In this project I'll explain how to cut your own and show some samples of how they can be used.
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Analog to Digital: Waste Paper From Stamping Projects Can Enhance Photoshop Art
Sometimes the pieces of scrap paper I put under my rubber stamping projects to protect the work surface from ink end up with really interesting markings on them. Don't throw these pieces out - when they're dry, scan them and import them into Photoshop to make interesting textures that would be difficult if not impossible to duplicate with only digital tools.
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Decorate a Celtic Gift Bag
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, here is an idea for decorating a drawstring muslin bag with Celtic designs. Fill with St. Patrick's Day treats or a gift for someone who would enjoy Celtic designs at any time of year.
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Collaged Valentine Candy Holder
I decorated this hanging candy holder for Valentine's Day, but the design is versatile and can be used for a number of occasions - just change the collage piece inserted in the front of the holder!
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Pearl Ex Rondelle Beads
Normally when I'm planning a new craft project, I try not to be too influenced by trends. The new Pearl Ex Chromatic colors however seem to be in harmony with some things going on in the world of fashion, so I decided that bead-making would be a great application for these bold new colors. Bright jewel and metallic tones are perfect for jewelry!
Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are a versatile pearlized powder that can be added to nearly any artist medium. They need to be mixed with or coated with some kind of binder for permanence. In this project we'll be rolling the beads in the powder to apply it to the surface of the beads, and then sealing the surface with Pearl Ex Varnish.
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Seed Packet with Collage Insert
Seeds are a great spring gift for those in your life who like to garden - think Mother's Day, Father's Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, Easter and spring birthdays! Whether you have seeds to give that you have harvested yourself or you buy some and want to package them in a more festive way, you'll find a use for this project.
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Button Headband and Bracelet
Do you like to collect old buttons? Get some of them out of the jar and wear them! The rustic look of this headband is suitable for displaying an assortment of earth-toned buttons (and does not tax my rudimentary sewing skills). I wear headbands constantly and it gets frustrating to have to buy new ones when the elastic goes out. With this headband design, the main part of the headband does not stretch and the elastic in back can be easily replaced when it wears out.
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Mosaic Table Top With Textured Clay Tiles
I love to make things out of reclaimed or repurposed items. While I was digging my garden, I found lots of construction debris in the soil including a number of ceramic tiles, broken and whole. I decided to incorporate them into a mosaic table top on a table that was built for me by my Dad out of scrap wood.
The middle part of the table top is made of random pieces salvaged from the garden soil and other sources, such as broken ceramics and tiles that I made. If you're sad about having broken a ceramic piece that you like, it's very satisfying to incorporate the pieces into something good. I wanted a more regular edge for contrast so I made some square and rectangular tiles to order, some of which are textured with rubber stamps. I also took some scrap composite tile samples made from some kind of plasticy material that I got from Leftovers, Etc. and cut them into squares and rectangles to augment my ceramic tiles.
In this tutorial I'll show you to make some tiles and then incorporate them into a mosaic table top surface.
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Vintage Collage Necklace
Combine tiny rubber stamps and paper scraps with clear acrylic shapes and a favorite charm to make a unique necklace.
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Display a variety of memorabilia on your wall in found boxes or boxes manufactured specifically for decorating. You can even use an old drawer.
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Tiny Notecard Design Challenge
Do you have a lot of patterned papers that you have difficulty finding the right project for? If so, this project will help you stretch creatively by getting you out of your comfort zone. You'll also end up well-stocked with a variety of notecards for future occasions! The envelopes are sized to hold a gift card and with a hanging loop at the top for hanging on a tree, on a doorknob, or anywhere you would like to surprise someone. They also make festive gift tags. I'm including instructions and a template for a box specially sized to hold twelve notecards - a set would make a great gift.
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Vintage Look Box
I used a repurposed tea box with a sliding lid for my example of this decorated box. If you can't find a box exactly like this, any box with a flat lid would work.
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If you have a gift-giving occasion coming up, this one might be a winner for you. When my Dad saw this in my house he said "Is this for giving? Can I have this?" That's the reaction I want when I make something! For this project you can either purchase an undecorated wooden box from a craft store, or look through thrift stores to find one to repurpose.
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Scrapbooking My Way - On the Highway
Read about my rather unorthodox scrapbooking methods.
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Valentine Pocket Card
Make a vintage look valentine card with a pocket in the front for a mini envelope for secret messages. Free template available for download.
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Decoupage Wooden Beads
You can make beautiful beads that will draw many compliments with just a few rubber stamps and some very humble materials.
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Rubber Stamped Floral Faux Postage
Floral faux postage that you can use to decorate cards, envelopes, gift packages, and all kinds of things.
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Rubber Stamped Pillow Box
Make a gift presentation really special with a hand-stamped pillow box.
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Rubber Stamped Petroglyph Card
Learn how to make a stand-up card with a mini-booklet inside for writing messages. Free template available for download.
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Rubber Stamped Floral Mosaic Card
This card design can be used for a variety of different sentiments, for example Happy Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You, and more. It is shown with a blank space toward the bottom where you can stamp or write a sentiment of your choice. Make several at one time if you like so you have extras for when you need a quick card. Free template available for download.
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Rubber Stamped Muslin Bag
Here is a quick easy project with bold colorful graphics that would make a good bag for a small gift. No templates to download this time! It's stamped with ColorBox Crafter's ink, which is waterproof after heat setting.
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Recycled Car Seat Bead Earrings
By dressing up a couple of wooden beads from a recycled car seat cover, you can make earrrings that are not only pretty, but inexpensive and lightweight.
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Wood and Spice Fragrance Pastilles and Car Air Freshener Trees
I was first introduced to salt dough in preschool, where we made ornaments for Christmas. It became a favorite craft material of mine throughout childhood. In recent years, I've experimented with using salt dough for making fragrant ornaments and pastilles to add to potpourri mixes. In my opinion this is my most successful batch so far.
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The foundation for many a great rubber stamping project is stamping out a good pattern. Here are some sample patterns made from stamps from Carolyn's Stamp Store, with basic directions on how to duplicate them.
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Retro Interlocking Card
Make a retro greeting card for the hipster in your life - it's suitable for a multitude of special occasions. Free template available for download.
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Thank You Card
Here is an easy Thank You card to make. The designs are abstract, so it's appropriate for any occasion.
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If you can't afford a lot of new things, accessories can really help jazz up your old outfits and make them more interesting. By making convertible necklaces, you can bring new life to an old necklace or make interchangeable parts for lots of combinations.
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Small Journal with Pockets
Here is a small journal designed to make and bring with you on a special trip. Take notes and make sketches to remember your journey, or use it for a Letterboxing logbook. By folding the cover piece inward at the bottom, you can make pockets inside for tucking in loose pieces of paper, ticket stubs, photos and other memorabilia.
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Birthday Card with Ribbon
It's not really the time of year for pink things, but what the heck, I had a couple of cards to make for people who like pink, so here you go. You could give this card lots of different looks by changing the color scheme.
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Card With Squares
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.
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Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland
On one occasion I was looking online for rubber stamping project ideas to see if there were any ideas for using inchies. I saw an inchies garland that someone made that I really liked, and decided to make my own version with spiral ornament hangars attached to use as clips for displaying holiday cards. It looks great hanging over a doorway.
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Making Printable Backgrounds for Stamping, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking
Combine collage with monoprinting and Adobe Photoshop to make exiting printable background and accent papers. You will need at least some basic knowledge of Photoshop to complete the project.
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Faux Postage Extravaganza
In this tutorial, you will learn to make Faux Postage using Faux Postage frames from the Carolyn's Stamp Store catalog. The finished simulated postage stamps can be used alone to decorate your mail or in a variety of projects including cards, shadow boxes and more.
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