Clear and Simple Stamps | Halloween Stationery Trio - Beware Stamp Set available in store

Clear and Simple Stamps | Halloween Stationery Trio - Beware Stamp Set available in store

Spooky good times are ahead for this wickedly fun crafty season! We’re breaking out the Beware stamp set to create a frightfully fab trio of Halloween Stationery. We kept our color story traditional with a classic orange (O-01), black (N-02) and white (N-01) mix with a tiny pop of purple (P-02). You can click on any of the color story circle swatches above (or on the side bar) to see more projects using any of our CSS signature colors for lots more color-filled inspiration. Read more

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 | Peanuts Inspired Stationery

CSS-PeanutsStationery(main)The gang is all here and ready to celebrate the weekend watching the new Peanuts Movie! To say we were pretty excited when we found out about this movie doesn’t quite do it justice. We were prepared to be first in line with our popcorn and snacks in tow for the adventures of Charlie Brown and company to entertain us all day long.

In prep for a super fun movie outing, we thought it would be awesome to create mini Peanuts Movie inspired note cards – including one for Charlie Brown’s sweetheart the little red-haired girl! Love that we get to see her in real life.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Peanuts Inspired StationeryWe did mention that we are serious about our love for the Peanuts comic strip, didn’t we?!

Whenever we think mini note cards, we immediately grab our A3 Stationery Dies. They create the perfect 3″ square card and envelope set. For these Peanuts Movie inspired notes we simply used the envelope and the liner dies.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Peanuts Inspired Stationery with Gold Foiled LinersAnd how cute are these liners? A custom liner for each character equals major fun, and we have it as a free download to share with you [here]!

Print these cute liners out with a laser printer and foil them for a bit of added shimmer. We even love the left over negative from foiling – you could certainly use both as adorable envelope liners for the character note cards.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Peanuts Inspired Stationery with Gold Foiled LinersNow that we have the envies all prepped and ready, let’s assemble the gang. And we’ll warn you now – this Peanuts inspired stationery set is ridiculously cute! Each Peanuts character has such a distinct style that we had the best time mixing and matching stamps and dies to recreate each look on the mini notes.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Peanuts Inspired StationeryThere are several tips and tricks to creating each character note card and we’ll take you through each one. What we love most about these abstract note cards (besides the mega cute factor) is that they come together so easily, and make a great gift set for any Peanuts lover!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Peanuts Inspired Stationery - tips and tricksHow lovable are each of these adorable character cards?! The new Peanuts movie is super cute, and has certainly inspired a handful of creative projects and parties you just may see pop up on the blog in the future (wink, wink)!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Peanuts Inspired Stationery

Shop this project [here] to get started creating your own Peanuts Inspired Stationery, and make sure to share them with us on instgram and tag your projects #CSSlovesPeanuts



Clear and Simple Stamps | Wrapped in Love

Clear and Simple Stamps | Wrapped in Love

Let the countdown begin! There are only twelve days remaining until Valentine’s Day, and you don’t want to get caught having to buy the last bunch of flowers with a couple broken stems from the corner gas station because that is all that is left on the shelf. Let us help you plan ahead with a simple way to dress up a Valentine’s Day favorite…chocolate candy bars.

First things first, you will want to use the chocolate bars that are wrapped in foil.  If you can’t find any, you can easily purchase foil from any candy store retailer online, and cover your bars with pretty foil.  Luckily we were able to easily find them at our local grocer.

Next, you will grab a few rolls of your favorite colors of Clear and Simple Stamps gift wrap to cut down to size – 5.5″ x 6.5″ to be exact, and stamp them with a mix of patterns and backgrounds. Once you’ve completed your stamping, wrap your chocolate bars and secure with Simple Adhesive. Be sure to run your thumb and index finger down the sides to create crisp, smooth edges.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Wrapped in Love

Of course the only way to know if you are gifting good chocolates is to give them a taste test! Add an extra chocolate bar or two to your basket during checkout, so you can have a little snack while crafting…

Clear and Simple Stamps | Wrapped in Love

Create your own candy bars wrapped in love… Shop the project [here] for a full supply list to create these custom wrappers for your chocolate-loving valentines…