DIY: Tropical Stationery with MFT Stamps

August 20, 2015

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It all started with cards. That’s where the blogging bug bit me – and clearly, it bit me in a big way, because here I am years later, plugging along. If there are any of your who’ve been reading Damask Love since the beginning, I would love, love, love to hear from you! For those who are newer to my corner of the interwebs, I’m excited to share today’s project. It’s definitely a nod to my cardmaking roots.

Of all the crafts you can create, cards are perhaps the most useful. You may not be into emojis and you may not need candy in a frame, but chances are that before to long, you’re gonna need a piece of beautiful stationery. Your sister will have a birthday and you’ll need a card. Your co-worker will get a promotion and you’ll need a card. You pretty much always need a good card. Obviously my favorite kind of cards are the handcrafted kind. The kind that make in impact but don’t take all day to create. The kind that are packed with color and a little bit sassy-fied. And if they feature a palm tree- well, then that’s a bonus. Today’s card project is all of the above. Let’s get to it.

Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask love

What you need:

  • a cuttlebug or other manual die cutting machine (if you don’t know the first thing about manual die cutting machines, visit the Craft 101 video page for a quick 60 second tutorial)
  • Tiki Party Stamps from My Favorite Things
  • Tiki Party Dies from My Favorite Things
  • Folded A2 cards (note: A2 = 4.25″ x 5.5″)
  • Black permanent ink
  • Clear acrylic stamping block

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Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask love

What you do:

  • Place the die onto the front of the card
  • crank the die through your manual die cutting machine
  • you will be left with a window in the front of the card
  • close the card and set on top of your work surface (I found that washi tape was helpful in keeping the card closed)
  • stamp the coordinating image in the window
  • die cut a piece of post it paper and place the post it paper in the window
  • open the card and begin stamping the inside of the card
  • once you are finished stamping the images, remove the post it paper to revel the final design
  • use markers to color in the image

Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask love

Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask loveI like to call these cards “inside-out stationery” because they pack such a punch when you open them up. Once you get the hang of this really simple technique, you can have a great time with stamps and dies. I’d love to see what you come up with! Share you own inside-out creations on Instagram and tag @damasklove so I can see!

Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask love

Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask love

Die Cut Inside-out Tropical Cards | damask loveHere’s hoping you’re inspired to create a few pretty pieces of stationery for your stash! It’s not hard to do and you will definitely put them to good use!

Thanks to My Favorite Things for generously providing the product used in today’s post! All projects, photos and stories are all my very own!

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21 thoughts on “Tropical Stationery with MFT Stamps”

  1. Omg I am in love with your note cards. I h
    Just had a duh moment like when you realize why didn’t I like of that… I also love this stamp and dies. I hope one day I will be able to afford to get them. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love the Hawaiin theme! And what a clever idea! I make cards but have not made any like this. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. I’ve been a fan of yours from way back in the day. I still remember your little die yoga figures for Gallery Idol. 🙂 I am loving today’s cards and they’re going straight into my CASE file. They totally speak to my CAS loving heart!

  4. Amber these are the cutest. I have been reading your blog for a few years now. I love your fun and witty projects! I discovered your blog after taking an online card class. You inspire me when I get into a creative slump! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Amber. I can’t express how much I enjoy your blog. I love the bright colors and I’m inspired by your creativity! There is always something new and fun to try and the best part is that its never too hard to tackle. I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time but I think I just fell in love when you took art supplies to Newtown, CT. I really felt for those poor children and was happy you gave everyone a chance to help. I enjoyed packing that box of goodies and was grateful that you were coordinating the donations and delivery! I love your inside out stationery but my problem is when I stamp through the die cut window, I get ink on the front of the card. How do you line your stamps up so perfectly in the negative space. It should be easy but I keep messing up!
    Requesting help from Palm Beach! LOL

  6. Stopping by to say LOVE these projects. Saw your post over at MFT so came by to send you some well deserved praise. TFS!!!

  7. I’ve been around since the card days. I would always come here for inspiration. It’s been fun to see the changes and amazing growth.

  8. Hi Amber! Im with you since the beginning, I love all your wonderful projects and I have a big crush for all your cardmaking and stationary projects! Thanks for all your colorful inspiration!
    Please !! Make 2016 calendar projects and planner ! I have your Lets make a date calendar stamps and need some more inspiration!!!! Lol

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