Musical Stamps

Well, they're not exactly stamps that play music, LOL (wouldn't that be funny). We have several fun, music themed rubber stamps.  If you're going to make a handmade card for a person who plays an instrument or just want to express  love of music in a craft project or scrapbook page, our Baby Grand Piano Rubber Stamp or the ​Vintage 45 Rubber Stamp are a must to have!
Above photo, a 12x12 scrapbook page of a piano player in Central Park. I added 3 of our music themed stamps to the page as embellishments. Music of the Heart Rubber Stamp was stamped onto a die cut circle cardstock. It is intentional that it all does not fit on the circle, but fills it instead.  Our Music Flourish Rubber Stamp is stamped in black onto a vintage travel memories card and placed in the upper corner.  The Baby Grand Piano Rubber Stamp is also stamped onto a die cut circle card stock.  This stamp has so much detail and when stamped onto a light colored paper, you can see it all so well, so pretty!
We also have a detailed vintage etching of a Drum Set Rubber Stamp.  Here I took Drum Set, Baby Grand Piano and our Vintage 45 Rubber Stamp and stamped them onto a brown colored card stock. The circles were cut out with a punch. To add a sentiment to this card, I punch cut circles and placed letter stickers on them to spell out, 'You Rock'. I keep many types of alphabet stickers on hand for occasions like this! This would be a perfect card for a young adult that is musical or a good friend for a congratulations. 
Hint: To vary the height of the stamped circles, add an extra foam cushion adhesive to the back, two instead of just one.  The piano circle stands out above the others.
One of our most popular stamps is our Music Swirl Rubber Stamp.  You can see it below stamped in black onto paper that already had writing for the background. A girl playing the piano is our Piano Solo Rubber Stamp. Her dress and paper mats match in shades of pink. A black and white checker bow compliments any shade of pink as seen in this 5x7 card.
Below is our Music Swirl Rubber Stamp, Diamond Wire Rubber Stamp and one of my favorite stamps: Opera Playbill Rubber Stamp on an A2 sized card. Simple red, black, white and a vintage colored music paper make this card stand out and a die cut bow in black bring a little formal-ness to it. Also, red corrugated paper is added to create dimensional layers.
A focus on music themes would not be complete without a homage to Rock n Roll, that once-beloved, but now has-left-us-to-wonder-if-it-will-ever-come-back music genre. Our British Flag Grunge Rubber StampCrown for Royalty and SWAK stamps made this 4x6 project a celebration of the 80's when bands like Def Lepard and Duran Duran  were always played on the radio. The Rock n Roll is black card stock cut out with a Silhouette Cameo.
The British Flag Grunge Rubber Stamp was colored in with water based markers to get the 2 colors. The stamp measures almost 3 inches wide, and there is plenty of time to color in the pieces and then stamp onto paper. If you need to, spritz with a light mist of water before stamping to re-activate the ink on the stamp. I hope that these will inspire you to create a project with music in mind....and hopefully playing in the background the next time you are crafting:-)

Fashionable Fun

Creating a handmade card for congratulations or thank you's using rubber stamps will make a special keepsake for the person receiving it.  Emboss in silver on dark papers or stamp black onto light pastel shaded paper...either will be beautiful. Here are some of our special formal-themed rubber stamps, especially for a bridal, QuinceaƱera, or for any other fashion-themed card.
Our Dress Form Flourish Rubber Stamp, seen above in silver embossing on black card stock, looks awesome stamped or embossed. The stamp measures about 3 inches tall so it is perfect for any sized card.
Glitter card stock in silver and a gray pearl card stock mats the embossed dress form. (Although glitter paper doesn't photograph the best, in person, it's just so pretty!)
A black and white card stock layered with pink patterned papers is the base of the card. I added a beautiful glitter sticker, "dream" and then the die cut "moments" (seen in top photo). This card would be perfect for a young girl.
Another dress rubber stamp we have is Formal Gown and Floral Corner Rubber Stamp. Featured in the photo above is also a small flower stamp in the corner which is our Lily Blossom Rubber Stamp. Both are embossed with silver embossing powder onto a gray pearl card stock.
To make the corner special, cut the corner off of the paper and place your cutout Lily Blossom stamped image over the edge, creating a fancy, offset pattern to the corner to reveal the mat.
A third card that features fashion theme is below. A formal room also will convey a congrats or happy day sentiment. Below is our Antique Dressing Table Rubber Stamp with our Victorian Velvet Chair Rubber Stamp.
Stamped in black ink onto a pastel yellow card stock, our Antique Dressing Table Rubber Stamp measures about 3 inches tall. It features some candles, candelabras, vases, and a mirror on the wall.  Tip: to color in a mirror, use a silver and light blue marker in one of the edges.
Our Victorian Velvet Chair Rubber Stamp looks good colored in using reds, blues, greens, or as in this example, yellow with some darker shading for depth in the buttons of the cushions. I used 2 brown Copic markers for the wood portion of the chair.
On the curved die cut, I also colored with Copics some shading starting with the darkest in the outer corner and going light to none towards the center of the die cut.  The die cut is also the same yellow as what the chair and table were stamped on.
Whether you are making a card to congratulate a bride or just creating some fun fashion themed cards, we have many rubber stamps that you will enjoy stamping to create beautifully "formal" projects.
We have several other dress form stamps, such as: Steampunk Dress Form, Dress Form Ball Gown, Corset Dress Form, Dress Form Wire Frame and Magnolia Dress Form. Also, our Sewing Kit Collection has a sideview of a dress form. Some other bridal/formal stamps we have are: Lady in Lace, Victorian Evening Dress and City Girls Formal Affair.  
We have so many flowers like Lily Cascade, Lily Border, Lillies Pen and Ink, English Roses, Rose Sketch, Rose Blooms, Rose Border and Rose Engraving to name a few! Click here to view our Flowers section.

Say it with Cute Characters

The best way to brighten someone's day is to give them a hand made card or gift. Stamp a cute character on the card or item (like a coin purse made of canvas) to make it something they'll cherish forever. Here are some up close examples with hints and tips....
We've got some characters that brighten a card, scrapbook page or handmade gift. Our Hamster Rubber Cling Stamp is a customer favorite. Add a splash of color in peach and brown and he does the rest to spell c-u-t-e. He measures about 2 inches by 2 inches in size. Below, you also see our Pawprint Rubber Cling Stamp, stamped in black, with grey shading for a drop shadow effect and red colored in the heart. A red grosgrain ribbon matches nicely with some die cut flowers and a heart.
Our Piglet Rubber Cling Stamp, is another character that you can't help but think 'cute' when you see him.  In the example below, the piglet was stamped and trimmed out and placed inside our Classic TV Rubber Cling Stamp. Also, you see the Filmstrip Rubber Stamp used as an embellishment with the Hamster sitting on top of the TV like he's getting ready for family film night.
The Piglet Stamp measures at about 2 inches wide by 2 inches tall. In the example below, our Ballet Slippers Rubber Stamp was paired with Piglet because they are both pink in color. (After I made this ATC, I realized that it reminds me of the cute movie, 'Uptown Girls' from 2003.) Hint: to color in ballet shoes, you want to add a bit of peach color in with the pink...that goes for the pig as well, lol.
Fluffy Cat with Bow Rubber Cling Stamp is perfect for stamping on a surface like canvas. (Stamped with VersaCraft ink in black). I colored him in using acrylic paints. TIP: When coloring in a stamped design on canvas, water down your paints so they aren't so thick. Your brush will move easily without covering the stamped design. The simple lines of Fluffy Cat with Bow are good for non-smooth surfaces. This project will be a little coin purse when its done!
We've got a Hens Rubber Cling Stamp that's not just for the farm. They're perfect for a friend or sister card when you want to reference a trio. Our Daisies Rubber Stamp colored in bright yellows, reds and orange make a nice backdrop for the group.
Another feathery friend is our Seagull Rubber Stamp. He's got a 'game face' look going on, like seagulls often do, and as he looks off into the distance, he will give a cheeky, sassy look to your project.
Sometimes we need to make a card with a masculine look. Our Wolf Portrait Rubber Stamp is a great choice for a any age man from young boy or a someone in his 90's.
Above photo: card credit: Crea8tive Cindy of Michigan
A sticker or die cut of the a word is all you need when you have a cute character stamp to make the center focus of your card. Below is our cute Baby Chicken Rubber Stamp. She is fun to color in using yellows and a touch of orange. I hope that these cute characters have inspired you to use them in your next projects and cards. Say "cute" with these characters!

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