Clear and Simple Stamps | Ombre Vibes - Good Vibes Only - Stamp of the Month

Clear and Simple Stamps | Ombre Vibes - Good Vibes Only - Stamp of the Month

Have you earned your free stamp of the month “Good Vibes Only” yet? You only have a few days left to place an order and receive the July Stamp of the Month freebie set. We used the Good Vibes Only stamp to create a set of Ombré note cards. You’ll love how easy it is to layer ink for a fun way to add color to your sentiments.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Good Vibes Only - Stamp of the Month

Gather up a few of your favorite CSS Hybrid Ink pads in a similar color family, so that you can create a pretty gradient of ombré color. We started by inking the stamp in the lightest of the three ink colors. Next we lightly dabbed the middle shade of ink on the bottom 2/3rds of the stamp, and finally inking the bottom in the darkest ink color. Read more


Clear and Simple Stamps | Foiled Holiday Cards

Clear and Simple Stamps | Foiled Holiday CardsOur most favorite part of Christmas, besides spending time with family and celebrating the true meaning of the holiday are the cards. It’s so much fun to give and receive holiday cards. It’s always a challenge to display them all and come up with new ways to feature your mini art gallery of holiday cards. This year we are starting early and easing our way into prepping for the holidays. We have a super simple set of note cards that are perfect for creating in large quantities so that you can tackle your ever-growing Christmas card list early!

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Clear and Simple Stamps | Create with Love - #CWL2016 Collection

Clear and Simple Stamps | Create with Love - #CWL2016 Collection

Say it with love, and create a pretty set of stamped stationery. We shared (3) cards and coordinating envelope designs with the #CWL2016 participants for a variety of ways to use different stamps from all (6) stamp sets. If you love making special cards for family and friends, you will really enjoy how many options and great sentiments are inside each set.


Want to try this fun project? Order your #CWL2016 Collection [here].



Clear and Simple Stamps | All Wrapped Up (3) Ways

Clear and Simple Stamps | All Wrapped Up (3) WaysWe are getting all wrapped up in the holiday season, and created a fun trio of Christmas cards for gifting. We love to use our stamps in a variety of ways so that we can get multiple uses out of them. It’s super fun to discover a new way to use a stamp set or a single image to create a new look.

To start, we chose the adorable large gift image from the Rag Doll Scenes 2 stamp set as our main focal image for this card set. It’s fun to stamp as a single image, to fussy cut it into two pieces for a box top and bottom, and to mask it for adding lots of gifts in one stamped scene.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Scenes 2 Stamp SetWe paired the Rag Doll Scenes 2 gift image with fun, holiday sentiments from the All Wrapped Up stamp set. It’s great for gift giving all year round, and has some perfect sayings especially for the holidays.

Our three different designs make for simple holidays cards that are easy to reproduce but provide fun options when coloring to make each image stand out all on it’s own. We went with a bright and cheerful trio of cards for a vibrant holiday color story.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Trio of Christmas CardsBy altering a single stamped image we were able to create a trio of festive holiday cards.  Our favorite may be this pretty gift box that we cut along the lid. We have a sentiment and a trail of stars coming out from the opened gift, but you could easily add all sorts of images – like a heart for Valentine’s Day, or a Balloon floating up for a birthday, or even a sweet little stuffed animal image just for fun.

Have fun creating and altering stamped images for exploring and stretching your stamps this holiday.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Christmas Card


Shop this project [here], and create your own set of colorful Christmas cards for gifting…



Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade GoodnessIt’s that coffee and crafting hour of the day. Well let’s face it, any hour of the day would be great for gathering up your supplies and making something creative – especially when it involves coffee and crafty friends.

Welcome your guests into your craft room with an inviting cup of coffee served in a hand-stamped Beverage Cup as they arrive. Provide a stamped stir stick and a marker for each guest to write their names and claim their cup of coffee. Never underestimate the little stamps in a stamp set.  We adore this tiny “this belongs to” sentiment from Craft Edition for so many reasons – stamped stir sticks is just one of them!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness - Custom Beverage CupsWe grabbed a mix of stamps to create a fun scene “straight outta my stamp room” – papers, pens, ribbons oh my! We love combining sets to stretch our stash of stamps and our Hobby line of stamps work beautifully together. With a little bit of masking and some coloring our scene came together for a fun, modern crafty invitation.

Did someone say masking? This technique is still one of our all time top five favorite techniques. For this project we focused on turning the scrapbook paper in the image from Craft Room into a patterned sheet of designer paper using a Craft Edition sentiment, “Create. Post. Share. Repeat.”, which is perfect for makers.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness - Masking TechniqueWith a plan in mind we set out in stages how we would mask off the project:

  1. Stamp the image onto a card panel in N-02 | Perfect Little Black Dress ink.
  2. Stamp image again onto masking paper. (TIP: sticky note paper is a great alternative)
  3. Trim the supply images slightly inside of the stamped outline. This will make sure that the image stamped over the mask will meet the original image without any gaps – it will create a more seamless look.
  4. Adhere masks to the image stamped on the card panel and also mask the entire area outside of the cardstock image with sticky notes to protect the area.
  5. Stamp the sentiment in GY-02 | I Steel Got It ink repeatedly to fill in the space with a text background pattern. Then remove all the masks to reveal an updated look to the stamped image.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness - Masking TechniqueFrom there, the card falls into place relatively quickly. Simply color the images with markers, and stamp your sentiment from Brewed to Go in N-02 | Perfect Little Black Dress ink. Isn’t that saying just the cutest? Let’s drink coffee and create stuff – who could resist?! And of course we had to add a coffee cup image from the Morning Brew: Coffee stamp set to help complete the scene. With the coordinating Coffee Cup die, we stamped, colored, and added a to go style coffee cup to the card panel.

Now let’s be honest, we’ve all done it and it only takes one time to spill a cup of coffee (or any beverage for that matter) all over your work space to know that coffee and crafting can also be a bit dangerous. Our only suggestion is to rest your cup far away from your papers – we’d hate for you to learn the hard way like we did!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness


Host a day filled with coffee and creativity. Shop this project [here] to get started…



Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery (masking technique how-to)

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery (masking technique how-to)We love snail mail – literally! Whether it is sending a special note just because to brighten someone’s day or receiving a surprise card in the mail from a friend, snail mail always brings a smile to our faces.

Nothing compares a good old fashioned, hand written note…except when that note arrives as a cute card adorned with an adorable snail mail carrier. We’re combining two images using one of our favorite techniques: Masking.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery - masking technique and tipsWe grabbed our masking paper (sticky notes work just as good if you do not have masking paper), scissors, Perfect Little Black Dress ink, and our stamp sets – Writer’s Desk Too for the fun little envelope, and Well Preserved Jars: Cute as a Bug for our snail image.

When masking there are two rules to remember:

  1. The image you stamp first will be in the forefront, so plan your steps accordingly.
  2. When you cut your masks, trimming on the line, inside the line, or outside of the line does matter. It will determine how close or seamless your masked scene looks as a finished image.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery - masking technique and tipsWe stamped our snail image first because we want the snail in the front. Next we stamped the same image onto our masking paper and adhered it to our stamped image on the cardstock.  Since our mask is on repositionable paper it will not damage the image.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery - masking technique and tipsNow that our mask is in place, we can stamp our envelope. Because we have the image stamped on the mask, it is super easy to see where to stamp the envelope to create our scene.

All that is left to do is to remove the mask and color our images. Since we love coordinated stationery sets, we stamped an envie liner with the Gingham background in our I’m a Princess Pink ink.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery (stamped envelope liner)To add to the stationery we also stamped the front of the envelope with the Party Elements: Cute as a Bug dashed lines and snail mail sentiment for a cute way to address the envelope. We love to add these special little touches, and find new ways to use our stamps.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail StationeryMasking is a great way to combine images and stretch the use of your stamps. Be sure to check out our Cute as a Bug Collection Guidebook for more fun projects and inspiration.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Snail Mail Stationery


Get started creating your own masked Snail Mail stationery and shop the project [here]


 


Clear and Simple Stamps | Tasty Treat Tags #nationalicecreammonth

Clear and Simple Stamps | Tasty Treat Tags #nationalicecreammonthWhat happens when you cross a relaxing Sunday afternoon with National Ice Cream Day…a Sundae Funday!

That’s right, we enjoyed a day of creating in the craft room over the weekend. And we whipped up a super cute ice cream inspired project to celebrate a sweet moment – National Ice Cream month. With this no calorie option, we absolutely love that stamping and coloring our favorite flavors won’t require an extra trip to the gym this week!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Tasty Treat Tags #nationalicecreammonth - craft your flavor with the Foodie Fun stamp setBesides, creating sets of tags is pretty much a ritual around here. There is always a reason to dress up a gift bag or add a nice touch to wrapped gifts without taking up too much time and still making the recipient feel extra special.
Clear and Simple Stamps | Tasty Treat Tags #nationalicecreammonth - craft your flavor with the Foodie Fun stamp setSo in honor of a papercrafting diet that allows us to create any and every treat possible without gaining a pound, we are reaching for the Foodie Fun stamp set, Tags 1 Combo, and a few other supplies to create a sweet set of tags.

With a mix of warm, summery colors each tag comes to life with an assortment of fun messages – it means a lot when you love someone more than ice cream, right?!
Clear and Simple Stamps | Tasty Treat Tags #nationalicecreammonth - craft your flavor with the Foodie Fun stamp setEach tag starts with the same Foodie Fun ice cream cone image, and with a bit of creative coloring we’re serving up a medley of flavors.

That’s really the best part about ice cream – there are so many yummy choices. We had fun recreating our favorites on paper and adding them to our stash of tags. Visit us on Instagram and tell us your favorite flavors…
Clear and Simple Stamps | Tasty Treat Tags #nationalicecreammonth


Get the Scoop on what you’ll need to create your own set of tasty treat tags. Shop the project [here]



Clear and Simple Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Summer Stationery + Favor

Clear and Simple Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Summer Stationery + Favor

We continue to welcome summer with a sweet stationery set reminiscent of sitting on the front porch sipping on fresh squeezed lemonade. Thanks to the playful image from the Rag Doll House: Stand stamp set, we created a simple focal point for our card front that was fun to color.

Draped in a pretty Mauved by the Paparazzi gingham print, even A4-sized envelopes are getting a summery makeover. Our background sets make stamping custom envie liners super simple, and they add tons of personality to your stationery sets.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Summer Stationery - Custom Stamped Envelope

But we didn’t stop with a note card and envie set. Our love for summer is so serious, we’re serving it up with matching snacks! Lemon flavored snacks of course.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Summer Color Story

We carried over our fresh squeezed color palette into our pillow box of treats. By stamping the Pillow Box Liner die cut with our matching Gingham background, we’ve created a perfectly coordinated summer favor.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Summer Favor

Doesn’t everyone celebrate the change in seasons with sweets? We certainly do! And we couldn’t think of a better way to send a bit of happy mail and say Hello Summer.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Summer Stationery


Sip and Savor Summer…and create your own seasonal stationery. Shop this fun project [here] to get started…


 


Clear and Simple Stamps | Emoji Mini Notes

Clear and Simple Stamps | Emoji Mini Notes
Since the word “emoji” has officially scored a permanent spot in the dictionary its only fitting to embrace its cuteness and make card in its honor. After all, we papercrafters like to express our feelings through creating. Now we can share our emojions – literally! (Oh yea, btw the emoji puns are almost more fun than making the emoji minis themselves…consider yourself forewarned.)

In case you are new to the universal Emoji lingo born from text messaging, or if you are an avid emoji user – we’ve created a fun pin board [here] to share a few of our fave emoji inspired projects out in blogland…and a handy decoder. After all it’s only fun when you actually know what they mean, right?!

We picked out a few emojis that we use often to make a set of note cards. With a few creative uses of our CSS dies, we easily recreated each look.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Emoji Mini Notes

This is a true diy project that you can whip up in a matter of minutes with our Shapes Series and you are guaranteed to giggle a bit while you create your emoji of choice. But what makes these notes extra cute are their 2.5″ round miniature size (layered onto a 3″ square card) that fits perfectly inside an adorable A3 envie.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Emoji Mini Notes

Each envie is die cut from our gift wrap. We love the lighter weight for creating envelopes and they color coordinate with our full color line of inks and cardstock! The A3 Envie Stationery die includes the liner die that we simply cut from a contrasting color of gift wrap and adhered to the inside of the flap. The bright color blocked envies add even more personality to each Emoji note card set.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Emoji Mini Notes

Slip one of these notes in a coat pocket, tuck one in a keyboard, or hand deliver a smile. It’s okay to get emojional, that’s the best part…

 


Create your own Emoji Mini Notes and shop this project [here]. Then head over to our Instagram page and tell us which emoji is your favorite!