Paper: Substitute Teacher: Taheerah Atchia

January 3, 2013

I have a special place in my heart for all the international Damask Love readers. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge traveler, so I get to feel sort of connected through the blog. Taheerah Atchia is definitely one of my favorite international readers. She and I met a few years ago at a papercrafting tradeshow and she’s a sweetheart! Taheerah lives across the pond so it’s only fitting that she share this project with you today.

She’s giving some serious clean & simple style to the Union Jack, with a simple “stamp kissing” technique. Stamp Kissing is something only learned about recently. I’m not a terribly technique-y paper crafter, so I’m not always in the loop. Now without further adieu, let’s see what Taheerah’s got for you today!




1) Stamps of the sentiment and telephone box with acrylic blocks (gridded work best for placement)

2) Ink (Red, Blue & Black)

3) White card base (this one is 3.5″ square)

4) Two-step Union Jack flag stamps

(optional) gridded scratch paper to practice on and to help with alignment




1) Stamp your sentiment in the middle of the card base. NB: The sentiment stamp is made of three parts (crown, and two part sentiment) so use the gridlines on the block to line all the stamps up and test stamp on some scratch paper first to make sure you’re happy with the placement.


2) Ink up the inner part of the flag with red ink. Stamp the telephone box onto the flag stamp to transfer the ink. This is the basic kissing technique.


3) Ink up the outer part of the flag with blue ink. Align the telephone box stamp and stamp onto the flag stamp to transfer the ink. You will now have both colours and images transferred onto the telephone box stamp.


4) Stamp the telephone box onto the card base. You may want to ‘huff’ (breathe) on the stamp beforehand to help the ink transfer.


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Isn’t this card awesome?! I love the execution and Taheerah’s step-by-step photos are great! Be sure to leave some love here and then visit Taheerah at her own blog for more inspiration!






  • Today I am off to Newtown, Connecticut to distribute many of the tote bags that I’ve assembled thanks to your generosity and donations. I’ve received a few emails letting me know that Newtown has asked for a temporary halt in all physical donations. I wanted to let you all know that I am aware of this and have made several contacts in Newtown of agencies who would like to accept our donations of art kits for children. Given the influx of donations on this community; however, I do plan to reserve a large amount of supplies, which will be donated throughout 2013 as need arises.


  • Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for ongoing updates of our efforts in Connecticut. You all are a huge part of this project and I want you to feel like you’re involved!



4 thoughts on “Substitute Teacher: Taheerah Atchia”

  1. I’ve been thinking about you, and wanted to wish you well on your trip to Newtown. God Bless You for finding such a wonderful and creative way to help these children…thank you!!!

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