Creative DIY Stamps from Dies

Creative DIY Stamps from Dies

– [Jennifer] Hello once
again and welcome back. This is Jennifer McGuire. So today I am sharing with you ways to create your own stamps from your dies. Now I’ve done a video in the
past where I’ve used craft foam to create your own stamps from dies. And I’ll link to it up
here on the top right and in my description below. Today I’m going to build on that idea and show you more ways to
use craft foam for stamps and also how to use paper
to create your own stamps. It really gives a fun effect and is a great way to get
more out of your dies. And the best part is, this works with whatever
dies you may have. So let’s get started
with this first example. On this one I will be using craft foam but I’ll be using parts of a die. So I have a piece of white craft foam. This is the craft foam that we’ve been using in
craft since we were kids. I use one that I get from Simon Says Stamp and it works great for many
different card making uses, and I link to that below but you can try whatever
craft foam you may find. Now I also want to use
a double-sided adhesive so I can put adhesive on
the back of this craft foam. I’m using Couture Creations Diecut’N Bond. I’ve been using this lately,
I think it’s hard to find so be sure to click that notify me button. But any kind of double-sided
adhesive would work here. So now I have craft foam
with adhesive on one side. Now I’m going to take this
beautiful Sunflower Stem Die from Simon Says Stamp. And I’m going to run it
through my die cut machine with this piece of craft foam and that tape that’s on one side. Now I’m running that through
and there we have our die cut that’s made of craft foam
and has adhesive on one side. And you could either cut on
the side with the adhesive or on the side with the foam, that way you can get a reverse
image if you wanted to. So I’m cutting off the
stem and just dealing with the top of the sunflower first. Notice that I didn’t stamp the
outline of the sunflower stem I only stamped the pedals on
the inside, the inside pieces. So I’m going to remove the release paper from those inside pieces, but keep the release paper on the outline. So I just kind of hook my craft knife under the release paper and pull it away, exposing the adhesive behind. You could use a craft knife or a paper piercer or tweezers for this. Now if your fingers start to
stick to the exposed adhesive, I recommend getting a bigger
piece of release paper that you have left over
from another project, and placing that onto the exposed adhesive instead of your fingers. It won’t stick to that and that keeps you from getting the pieces stuck to you. So I’m just gonna continue to remove all those little
pieces, it’s very easy to do. And now we have our sunflower with the adhesive exposed
on the inside pieces. Now I don’t want this to be too sticky. So I am just tapping my anti
static powder bag above it and letting it fall onto that, so that’s a little less sticky. Turns out you don’t need to do this, but I thought I’d give it a
try just to remove some stick. Okay, so now I’m putting this
into my MISTI Stamping Tool. And I’m positioning it, the adhesive is facing
up towards the camera. And once I have it positioned on my white piece of card stock, I’m going to close the door
on my MISTI Stamping Tool, and it’ll stick to the door. So now I can remove that outline piece. Remember, I didn’t expose the adhesive, so it comes off easily. And the best part is I
can use this outline piece as a stamp on another project, or I could glue it down onto my project and have craft foam on
the front of my card. Okay, so now we just
have the inside pieces in our MISTI ready to stamp. I’m always impressed with the good results that you get with
stamping with craft foam. I think it works great with
die inks or pigment inks. I chose to use Simon Says
Stamp Inks for this example. I first stamped it in duckling yellow, thought that was a little too dull so I stamped on top of it
again with a brighter yellow. Then I wanted some darker
color in the center. So I’m coming in with a
darker orange and a brush, a Life Changing Brush to apply some orange onto the stamp in the center. That way I only have the
darker color towards the middle and it blends out nicely. And you can add as much or as
little as you want to this. Okay, so now I’m removing all the pedals, so I can stamp just the
inside of my sunflower. If you want to save these
pieces to use again, I’ll show you a trick for that in my next example, so stay tuned. Okay, so now that I’ve removed the pedals, it’s time to ink this
center up with a brown ink. I wanna make sure that that
center’s nice and brown. So I stamp it first with the dark orange then I come in with a brown
and I use a blending tool to kind of get a soft color and then I end up adding even more. Now if you don’t have a stamping tool, you definitely can use
an acrylic block for this and I’ll show you that in my next example. Okay, so now it’s time to do the stem. So I’m going to cut the leaves away, I just want to do the stem alone. But I was finding that this
was sticking to my finger when I removed the release paper. So here’s a trick, to
get the placement right, remove the release paper
and then stick a needle into the side of the craft foam. And then you can use the
needle to move it around till you’re happy with the position and then close the door on
that and remove the needle. So you could use tweezer
for this but I used a needle so that I could close the door on the MISTI without a problem. So now I’m stamping that with green ink, once I’m done I can remove it. And I found that this
adhesive removed very easily from the door of the MISTI, it didn’t leave any residue behind. But if you do use an
adhesive that leaves residue, you’ll just want to use one
of the recommended cleaners for the MISTI Stamping Tool. Okay, so I have a leaf, I removed the release paper from that. Poke the side of it with the needle just so I had something to hold on to because the adhesive is exposed there. Once I have it positioned,
I’ll let go of the needle, close the door on the MISTI
and then I can stamp that leaf. Now one of the advantages
of stamping with craft foam is you can put two different
colors on the craft foam and stamp with it, and it blends better than if you’re using a clear stamp. It just happens to be one of the benefits. Now I also could have stamped
all of these pieces at once or kept the outline with it. I just wanted to kind of
change up how this die looks when I use it as a stamp. I thought it’d be fun to
stamp over that entire piece with the Simon Says Stamp
You Matter Background Stamp which I use an awful lot. So I’m putting that into my MISTI, and I wanted to make sure
I stamped it straight onto our background, I didn’t want to mess it up at this point. So I put a little bit of
adhesive on the back of my panel and I line it up on ink stamp
to make sure it’s straight and then I close my
MISTI on it upside down. This will transfer that
paper into my MISTI in the perfect position
to stamp this straight. I wanted my stamping to be super soft, so I’m using the Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink, which is a light, warm gray color that is perfect for any card, it just gives that soft
look to a background and it matches pretty much anything. You can stamp it once
for a very light result, or stamp it a couple of times to make it a little bit darker. So there you can see what it looks like when stamped on top of our sunflower. For the sentiment I’m using
the New Simon Says Stamp Sending Sympathy Stamp Set. I really like the sweet sentiments in here and decided to use, wish I
could take your pain away. So I black heat embossed that on the bottom of our stamped panel. I just stamped it with black ink and added clear embossing powder. I wanted to make the
sunflower standout a bit more, so I’m going over all of this sunflower with my Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen. This will just add a clear shimmer to it so it catches the light nicely. I also wanted to kind of frame this just to draw attention towards the center, it was a little too simple for me. So I use the Altenew
Fine Frames Cover Die. This is a die that cuts
a bunch of thin frames. I die cut three of the same size, glued them together for a stacked look. And now I’m gluing it onto my card. It sits in from the
edge of the stamp panel but I thought that was kind of fun. And here’s that Altenew Fine Frames Die, cuts a bunch of frames and I’ll save these for future projects. Okay, so I’m gonna go ahead and put adhesive on the back of my panel and then glue it onto a
piece of white craft foam that is on a 4 1/4 by 5
1/2 inch craft note card. The reason there’s craft foam is in there is so that it is raised up nicely and it won’t get squished in the mail. So here’s a look at the final card, you can see the shimmer on our sunflower, the frame that I created by stacking three white die cut frames, and the soft background
stamp over our sunflower. So this shows one of the many
ways you can use craft foam for creating a stamp from your die. Again, check out that other
video if you want more ideas, and I’ll do some more in the future. But first I wanted to show you how you can make a craft
foam stamp from a die and then reuse it over and over again. I again I’m going to cover
a piece of white craft foam with some double-sided adhesive. This time I’m using the Simon
Says Stamp Leafy Square Die, that’s the die you see
over there on the left. So I’m gonna trim the
craft foam piece down to be just bigger than that. And I’ll save the rest
for another project. So I ran that through my die cut machine. And this time I’m
removing the release paper from the outline of this die cut. So you can see I’m just
pulling away the outline and the leaves from this and I’ll leave the release
paper on the rest of this piece. Once I have that removed, I’m going to take a piece
of acetate this time. This is just thick acetate that I’ve recycled from some packaging. I’ve trimmed it down and
I’m going to press that right on to the exposed adhesive. Now I can remove the extra
parts that I don’t want, the parts that still have
the release paper on them. And there we have a stamp that we can keep and reuse
over and over if we wanted to. So you could take this and just use a couple
pieces of masking tape or painters tape to tape
it to an acrylic block and use it as you would a normal stamp. Now I’m gonna show you here how you can tape it to the block. I’m gonna use my MISTI Stamping Tool because of the technique
that I plan to do. But you definitely could use
an acrylic block for this. Now what I would do is just store this in a little Ziploc bag or you can just use this
stamp over and over again, which you’ll see me do on this background. Okay, so I’m moving over
to my MISTI Stamping Tool. I have a piece of craft
card stock in my MISTI. I put a little bit of adhesive on the back of my acetate piece, but that tape is also exposed. So I positioned it
where I wanted to stamp, closed the door on my MISTI and now it’s stuck to my MISTI door. This time I decided to stamp with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. So this shows you you can use die ink or pigment ink for this. What’s cool about this
is when we stamp this, remember how that die had little cuts for the veins in the leaves? Well, look it even
transferred in the stamp so you can see the little
lines in the leaves here. Now I had a lot of white
ink when I stamped this and I wanted it to be a little muted, that’s why you saw me take a cloth and kind of press some of
the ink away and remove it. Okay, so now I removed
my stamp in the acetate and I have repositioned it. Close the MISTI door
again to grab ahold of it, and then I’ll stamp it. So I’m gonna keep moving
it around and stamping it. Notice that it didn’t
completely stamp there, that’s because I had too much room between the stamp and my card stock. So I just put some shim card
stock behind my card stock and that lifted it up a bit and allowed our stamp to reach it better. So here you can see I’m just
going to repeatedly stamp with white pigment ink. I went for super soft look
and then I heat set it. And now I’m coming in with colored pencils and just adding a little bit of color. I wanted this card to have
a very soft background. So I’m just adding a
little bit of green pencil, not taking much care at
all to make it perfect, I just kind of scribbled it on. And then I also added like
a soft pool pencil color around the outside edge of the square. Didn’t take me long to do it all. And I like the soft color. I usually do bright colors on my card, so this was a nice change. Okay, now it’s time for the
sentiment to go on this. For the sentiment strip I used the Simon Says Stamp
All the Thanks Stamp Set. I really like the nice
clean line sentiments in it. There’s big ones and small ones. I just used a thin sentiment and stamped it onto a white strip. Now I also use this Simon
Says Stamp Thank You Swirl Die that you see there on the top left. I die cut it three times
from white card stock and glued them together so
I have stacked dimension. So you can see these aren’t
laying flat on the card, they stand up, which really
makes a big difference, especially when you’re putting it against a stamped background
that might be distracting. So I’m just putting liquid
adhesive on the back of this and adding it to the card. The liquid adhesive that I
like to use with my die cuts is Gina K Connect adhesive. However, you could have put that double-sided adhesive
on the back of the card stock before you die cut it and that way you would have
like a sticker die cut, whatever works for you. I just happen to be used
to using the Connect and I’ve gotten pretty quick at it. Okay, so once I’ve positioned
the thank and the you, I’m going to add my sentiment
strip in the middle. Notice that I moved the
thank and you apart, on the die they’re closer together, but I left a gap there in the center so I could add the sentiment strip. By the way, I stamped my
sentiment on the strip with a green ink because I
thought that would go well with the soft look of the card
instead of using a black ink. I also added a few soft blue
colored pearls, and that’s it, I added it onto a 4 1/4 by
5 1/2 inch white note card. And there you have a soft
card with a soft background that you created by repeatedly
stamping a foam stamp that you created with the die and you still have that stamp left over and you can do more cards. Okay, for my third example,
I wanted to show you that you can actually create
your own stamps from dies by using card stock. You don’t need craft
foam for this example. The best part about this
is you can use the stamps that you create on your card also. I’m using the Simon Says
Stamp Eucalyptus Dies. These are new and I’m
gonna be using these a lot. I love the look and the detail of these. I die cut several from green card stocks, and I glued them together. These are four die cuts thick. So I used the Gina K Connect
to glue them together so we have lots of dimension. You want them to be
thick for this technique. I also die cut a piece from
vellum that’s the lighter piece that you see there on the top right. And I’m going to glue the vellum die cut on the top of our stacked
card stock die cut. So this is a stacked
green card stock die cut. I’m kind of spreading the
adhesive around a little bit, I don’t want it to be too
thick with the vellum. Then I’m taking my vellum die cut and putting it right on top. This one looks especially good,
however, it’ll stamp great. So I’ll do the same
with the other die cuts, I’ll glue the vellum die cut on top of our stacked card stock die cuts. Next, I have a piece of white card stock in my MISTI Stamping Tool. Now this is bigger than
we need but that’s okay, that way I can trim it down to get the positioning
just right in the end. Now on the back of our stack die cut, I’m putting some temporary adhesive, any kind of tape around it would work. And I’m positioning it where
I want on my card stock. So the vellum is facing down, the vellum is actually touching our card stock in the background. The adhesive is facing
up towards the camera. I have them positioned just right I’m going to close the door on my MISTI and that adhesive will grab
a hold of the MISTI door. Once we’re done we can use
a cleaner to clean our MISTI the adhesive will come off easily. Okay, I’m using Simon
Says Stamp Fog Ink again and I’m inking up that vellum. And when you stamp it
you’ll have a soft look ’cause this is a super soft ink. I stamped it and I realized that I needed to a shim
behind our card stock. So I put a couple pieces
of card stock behind it and this will give me better pressure. So inked it up again with Fog ink. Again, this will be super
light ’cause it’s a light ink. And what’s cool is the ink is transferring with the detail in the leaves. It actually transfers on
that vellum very nicely. So I stamped it a few times with fog and I decided that I
wanted it to be green. So I came in with the green
ink and stamped it again. I simply changed my mind
and wanted it to be darker. So there you can see the
cool impression that you get by stamping with stack die
cuts and vellum on top. The vellum is on the top because you can transfer ink
from vellum to paper better than if you inked up card stock and tried to press it on card stock. The ink stays wet on the vellum for a bit, so it’s perfect to transfer as a stamp. Now I do have a video where I showed how to do this
technique with letterpress and I’ll link to that
on the top right here if you wanna check it out. So now I’m just carefully
removing my stacked stamps from the door of my MISTI
and then I’ll clean that. And now from our stacked die cuts, I’m going to remove the vellum. I don’t need that there anymore, I want the color to show
the colored card stock. Now this will tear your top card stock of your stack die cuts here, that’s okay. I’ll just take another
die cut and glue it on top and nobody will ever know. And we’re back to just having
simple stacked die cuts made of card stock. So I just got rid of the vellum ones. So I did that with all
of our die cuts here. And then I arranged them
onto our white card stock. After playing around with it for a bit, I trimmed my white card stock down and now I’m gluing my stack die cuts right over the stamping that we did. I like to use liquid
adhesive for this also because it allows you to
wiggle and move it around until you’re happy with
where you’ve positioned it and then you can leave it there
to dry and it’ll hold tight. For my sentiment I used the
Simon Says Stamp Friend Die. You can see the die cut there. The die and set includes the shadow which I cut from white and the word friend
which I cut from black. So that’ll go perfectly there where all those leaves
kind of meet in the center. I wanted a few extra single leaves so I just cut them or tore them right off of one of my
other stacked leaf die cuts. Okay, once I have that all positioned, I wanted to have a little sentiment strip under the word friend. You can see here it says celebrating you. This is from the New Simon Says Stamp Birthday Word Mix 1 Stamp Set. So you can see here there are a bunch of birthday sentiments, some are strips, some are circles
and some are other shapes. The cool thing about this is you stamp one of these in a big block, which you’ll see me do, then you can line up the die cuts with it and cut them all out at once. This same die matches up
with another stamp set that has other sentiments. I like that there are multiple
sets that match one die. Okay, so let’s go ahead and do this. I’m going to stamp one of
those blocks from the word mix, stamping it with black
ink on white card stock. And I’ll end up with a
bunch of sentiments here. I’m only going to use one but I keep all the extras in a little bowl so I can use them for other cards. So now I’m lining the die
up, it lines up perfectly, putting some tape on it and then running it
through my die cut machine. This will cut them all out at once and we’re ready to go
to make lots of cards. I’m just going to use the one that says, celebrating
you, for this example. So I went ahead and glued that
underneath the word friend. And now I’m going to add
this piece onto the front of a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch green note card. I wanted some lighter
green card stock strips right up against this white piece. So I’m running my liquid
adhesive against the edge. And then I have these thin strips that I cut from some scraps. And I’m going to tuck them in right up against that
white card stock piece. And I’ll do the same thing on both sides. To finish off the cards, I added
a few Hero Arts Enamel Dots these are great because they
come in a ton of colors. And in one pack you have three
shades of the same color. So here we have a light green,
medium green and dark green. And there are three sizes of each and they don’t too thick so
they go through the mail nicely. I just used a few of the
lighter green on this. And by the way, all of today’s cards I used a shimmer envelope
or a metallic envelope from Simon Says Stamp. I love their envelopes. Okay, so here is a look
at the completed card. You can see that fun background stamping that we have that matches
our die cuts perfectly and it picked up the
detail of the die cuts. So it’s a great way to take your dies and use them for softer
background stamping also. So remember, just put vellum on the top of your stack die cuts, and you can turn them into a stamp easily. Okay, so those are a few
ideas for using your dies to create your own stamps, and I promise to share more in the future. I link all of my supplies in
my YouTube description below. And if you’re interested,
you can head to my blog for much more information. I have a link here up on the top right. In the middle, are a couple other videos that might be of interest to
you related to today’s video. I appreciate the time that
you spent with me today. I will see you again soon
and thanks for watching.

36 Replies to “Creative DIY Stamps from Dies”

  1. Great idea for getting more value from your dies. I hate to admit, but I have a LOT of them. I purchased fun foam to use for dimension instead of the double sided foam tape. I learned that Smidgen, my kitty, loves to chew it to pieces. I have to put my fun foam in a drawer or in a closet, because even if its in a bag, she will find it! Love that leaf die, very pretty card.

  2. Wow! I can't wait to check my stash to see what dies can work for this technique. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. 💕❤️😀

  3. Thank you, Jennifer, for another inspiring video! I love your thinking outside the box on ways to make DIY stamps from dies and stretching our supplies! Your cards are beautiful! You are so smart! TFS! 🌺 Ali K.

  4. These cards are amazing. The ideas that you come up with never cease to amaze me. Stretching our supplies is such a gift to all of us. Thanks so much

  5. jennifer mcguire, could you show me or tell me more about archival mini ink, its so little information on the internet, i would loved to hear and see if they are layering well or not, and i have read that they have changed the formula on them, and i dont know if you have the newest of them since its so little information 😛 it says that they are dye inks when im on several sites to look, but they also say that they are pigment inks, so you see im really confused. i also have some distress oxide inks, but i dont have the same type of colors to see if they layer well either, and i have not found anyone who have used oxide inks for layering, only backround stamping technigues. so please help me

  6. Great cards, Jennifer ! How do you manage to do it all ?Love what you do, so informative and everything – thanks for sharing.

  7. Really gorgeous! I wish I have more time to try out all your ideas. I'm in love with the Thank you card you stamped on craft Cardstock. 💚💚💚

  8. I do something similar. I use self adhesive foam purchased from the craft section of Walmart. But I make my stamps permanent by sticking them to recycled plastic I’ve cut from cherry tomato clamshells (or any other harder plastic produce clamshells I have). Then my stamps last forever rather than one time.

  9. Beautiful cards! Love this idea using craft foam!! You are amazing Jennifer-you come up with some many wonderful ideas!!

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