Clear and Simple Stamps | Merry Monochromatic Christmas

Clear and Simple Stamps | Merry Monochromatic ChristmasThe countdown to Christmas has begun, and we are openly admitting that we are still prepping and mailing out our Christmas cards. Anyone else find that they are coming up against the clock to get your holiday cards out before Santa comes shimmying down the chimney? Well have no fear, we are sharing a simple and fun card to create using our Flurry Days stamp set. 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 | Rag Doll Banner Stationery

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Banner StationeryIf there is one thing you can count on at Clear and Simple Stamps, we LOVE to mask.  We’ve stated this more times than you could count, we just can’t help ourselves – it’s hands down a favorite and easy way to alter images. Today we’re sharing a fun twist on this simple technique with a bit of Selective Masking. This is when you isolate an area of the stamp so that only a portion of the image is visible.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Collect the Entire Rag Doll SeriesWe also love the sentiment series in the Rag Doll Collection. Each doll is paired with a statement word and has supporting sentiments for a variety of uses.  They can even be mixed and matched among the Rag Doll sets for creating more options. (Pssst….and for a limited time, these lil’ cuties are 50% off in the store as part of our Merry Markdowns here – run don’t walk, limited quantities available!)

Pairing cute character stamps with a bit of selective masking was a match made in heaven. We chose Rag Doll Mia: You to create an adorable set of stationery.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Banner StationeryOne thing to love about masking is that it does not take a ton of supplies. If you have plain tape and sticky notes, you can mask just about anything!

The fun part is peeling back the masks to reveal your newly crafted image. Here we wanted to place the ribbon banner from Party Elements: Winter Woodlands Extras between the Rag Doll and the main sentiment to create a pretty focal point.

We masked the sentiment to stamp the Rag Doll image, left a bit of space for where the banner would go, then stamped the image again masking the image so that only the words would stamp. We extended the lines of the letters up to meet the banner as needed with a fine tip black pen.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Banner Stationery - selective masking techniqueWe see you checking out her cute little plaid shirt! Isn’t it adorable? We stamped the Rag Doll image onto scrap cardstock, colored in her shirt with markers and stamped it with the Plaid background stamp. A little fussy cutting and paper piecing makes these Rag Dolls pretty in plaid!

Remember to save your masks and keep them in the storage cases with your stamp sets for later use.  Just another plus when it comes to masking – you can reuse them for future projects. Especially if you enjoy masking as much as we do…

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Banner Stationery

Shop this project [here], to create an adorable set of Rag Doll stationery. Not to mention these character stamp sets make great crafty gifts for the holidays – definitely one to add to your #myCSSwish list…


Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Summer Snapshots - create cute selfies for summer stationery

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Summer Snapshots - create cute selfies for summer stationery

Summer just got a whole lot cuter! We love welcoming in a new season, especially when it involves creating with Rag Doll images. These adorable characters are ready to enjoy a Summer filled with fun adventures.

We started with a warm color palette to create with the perfect shades of Summer. By having an index guide of color swatches handy, we were able to easily color coordinate each set of note cards.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Shades of Summer (color combo)

From there we simply die cut our Polaroid Frames Dies and stamped a trio of super cute Rag Dolls.

After stamping and coloring each image, we nestled the centers back into each Polaroid Frame and adhered them to their respective card bases.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Create a Rag Doll Polaroid Selfie

And since we’re celebrating Summer, we reached for the Rag Doll: Elements set for a mix of fun glasses turned sunglasses with a bit of creative coloring.

It’s so fun to see all the different ways you can make each Rag Doll come to life. We love to keep an index of “how-to” color ideas using the File It Collection – it’s a great way to keep track of ideas to alter images with our markers.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Create an Index for Coloring Rag Doll Accessories

But what’s a summer celebration without balloons? Using the Up and Away stamp set we added a popped up balloon on each card in a trio of our summer colors.

A simple “Hello Summer” stamped below each snapshot pretty much says it all – who else is ready for enjoying the crazy fun days of Summer?!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Rag Doll Summer Snapshots - create cute selfies for summer stationery

Are You Ready for Summer?  Celebrate by creating your own Rag Doll Summer Snapshot note cards and shop the project [here]

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!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Color Blocked Notes

Clear and Simple Stamps | Color Blocked Notes

We’re shaking off our winter blues and warming things up with a bright and cheerful color palette. Creating with color definitely lifts our spirits and has us so ready for warmer days ahead.

To decide on our color combinations for this fun set of stationery, we pulled out our absolute favorite desk accessory – our colordex! This little creative tool is the ultimate Color Guide and we use it just about every single day.

It’s a complete rolodex of our entire Signature Color line. Whenever we want to play with color options, we grab our color guide and get to work.

Clear and Simple Stamps | ColordexOnce we’ve chosen our colors, this card set comes together in minutes. We love a making a bold statement that is simple to create with just a few supplies.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Color Blocked Notes "how-to" die cut a sentiment panel

Each panel has a different sentiment die cut from the lower right corner (using the Lowercase Dies), and is layered onto an A Blanc Check card base.

Had we paired our card set with the same color envie these would easily become a lovely set of monochromatic cards. Instead, we wanted to play up the bright colors and mix matched the envelopes to create a color blocked style set of note cards.

Having matching envelopes for our cardstock colors makes it so much fun to come up with all sorts of stationery, and they make perfect gifts too. These cards will definitely brighten up someone’s mailbox and their day!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Color Blocked Notes

Do You Love Color? Create a CSS Color Guide for access to color right at your fingertips and create fun color blocked cards like we did today. Shop this project [here]