Stamping a New Journal Cover

Take any sketch book or journal that has a spiral or coil binding and make a new customized cover by rubber stamping.  The secret it to use a blank page out of the book and glue it back onto the cover and I will share with you how to do this.

For this project, I used a mixed media journal by Strathmore with a coil binding and 90 lb pages.

Easily tear out a page. 

I decided to apply a beautiful acrylic paint, Metallic Teal with a sponge brush. But if you do not wish to paint, you can apply stamping ink with sponge brushes or daubers, or spritz alcohol inks.

For the centerpiece of the cover, I stamped our Water Beads Rubber Stamp onto card stock that I had added 3 different Distress Oxide inks with a sponge.

I then stamped our Art Soul Life Rubber Stamp with Palette's Hybrid Noir ink.

I stamped our Floral Corners Rubber Stamp directly onto the painted page. Our Floral Corners Rubber Stamp features two intricately detailed stamps. You can use the stamp without cutting it apart or cut them apart and stamp with them separately. Note: Distress Oxide inks must be heat set with a heat gun when stamping on acrylic surfaces.

To add strength to the Art Soul Life rectangle, I glued some chip board to the back from recycled packaging.

Our Large Sunflower Rubber Stamp (measures about 3 inches x 3 inches) was stamped onto white card stock and colored in. It will be used in the corner behind the Art Soul Life piece. (Originally, I was just going to stamp the design onto the painted page, but decided to have a brighter centerpiece so the original stamping was covered).

To assemble, I first glued the Sunflower stamp cutout onto the page. I then used foam tape to apply the Art Soul Life in the middle of the page. Adding a little glitter heart cutout in the corner. As a final step, I applied glue (glue stick) to the back of the page and carefully placed each back through the coils onto the original cover.

Mixed media journal books are excellent to paint and stamp on because they usually feature awesomely thick paper. Since these books tend to stay around for a while, I hope you will decide to 'redecorate' your next journal. Or purchase one, personalize the cover and give as a special gift to someone! Happy stamping everyone.

Water Effects with Rubber Stamps

Creating texture and special effects on a paper surface is actually easy to do. We have several water themed stamps that you can use to create stunning, tactile features especially for a birthday card or a gift tag to give someone.  When a card has texture to it, either by stamp or folder embossing, it always make it more special. 

Stamps featured in this post: 

Water Droplets Rubber Stamp

Bubbles Rubber Stamp

Water Splash Rubber Stamp

Random Outbursts Rubber Stamp

Coffee Productivity Rubber Stamp

Coffee With Friends Rubber Stamp

You can optionally just use colored ink pads to rubber stamp these cards, if you prefer.

Bubbly effects on a card say, 'fun' and are perfect for a birthday or celebration card. The four cards pictured above feature: Bubbles Rubber Stamp embossed in white (Hello Card), Random Outbursts Rubber Stamp also embossed in white onto black card stock (Rainbow Card). And Water Droplets Rubber Stamp used on both the bottom cards: embossed in silver on light blue card stock (Celebrate card) and again embossed in clear embossing powder on blue card stock. Additionally, the stamp is embossed in silver onto a blue watercolor paper background (Thank You card).

Above, Water Droplets Rubber Stamp embossed in silver onto light blue oval circle. The stamp measures approximately 3 inches wide by 2 inches tall and can be stamped right side up, upside down or sideways.

Our Water Droplets Rubber Stamp is one of the most versatile stamps you'll have in your collection. You will find yourself using it for many occasions. Above, is a layer of blue card stock with Water Droplets in clear embossing powder. Next layer, the Water Droplets is embossed in silver onto a blue watercolor paper. Blue corrugated paper mat s the top layers onto a card stock that features blue triangles.

The best way to achieve a white design on black paper is to emboss. Below, is a closeup of a birthday card with our Random Outbursts Rubber Stamp embossed with white embossing powder onto a smooth, black card stock. Behind is a glittery black card stock cut out larger as a side, off center mat. Add the words, Happy Birthday from a die cut or sticker below the Random Outbursts design.

Our Bubbles Rubber Stamp can be stamped either right side up or upside down, either way actually looks fine. Below is the Bubbles Rubber Stamp embossed in white powder onto a grey, watercolor paper.

The Hello card features black, glittery card stock and a textured gold paper for the base and mat. Additionally, some sequins and a bubble shaped die cut. Shiny gold paper is used for the Hello die cut.  The colors of this card make it universal for men, women...old and young. The versatile theme and colors of this card make it so you can put any sentiment on it and it will work for any occasion.

A card to celebrate coffee is made using our Water Splash Rubber Stamp embossed in gold onto a rust brown, shiny card stock. The coffee mug is from our Coffee with Friends Rubber Stamp.

The big word, 'Coffee' is from our Coffee Productivity Rubber Stamp. I simply just stamped with the top part of the rubber stamp and trimmed the paper with the rest of the sentiment away. It isI embossed with gold onto a kraft colored card stock. Some dark brown ink is added with a sponge (Walnut Stain Distress Ink) to make the text stand out.

Using glitter card stock whenever I could for these projects, it matches nicely with the gold embossed and white embossed designs. I hope that you will decide to make your next birthday card with embossing. Or try it on a journal page devoted to coffee (or tea if you prefer). I guarantee it will bring a smile every time it is seen.

Creating A Zen Garden

Paper crafting is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety. To enhance the benefits, try creating this zen garden themed project to remind yourself (or a card recipient) of taking time to breathe. Our Lotus Rubber Cling Stamp along with our Poinsettia Candles Rubber Cling Stamp will create a perfect beautiful and peaceful theme. Also, you get to use the candles from a Christmas themed stamp any time of the year!

Stamp the Lotus Rubber Stamp once onto smooth, white card stock paper using black ink. Use a hybrid ink like Palette brand or Stazon because you will be coloring in with markers or water color pencils. This stamp design is perfect for & green leaves!

Next, stamp Poinsettia Candles Rubber Stamp 2 different times onto white, smooth card stock. You will be cutting out the candles to create extra ones around the lotus' lily pads.

It does not matter about stamping the poinsettia flowers at the bottom since you will be covering them up with the lotus image. The candles are easy to color in. Use any color you wish for the actual candle color and use yellow and orange coloring for the flames. Hint: add a bit of gold glitter glue for extra flare.

Place as many extra candles around the Lotus as you like. Add double paper strips across the candle as if they have a little ribbon on them.

We have a printable page with words like 'Peace' and 'Gratitude' for you to use in your next zen project. You can download the FREE pdf here:

I invite you to make a garden-theme zen card, or a 4x6 card for a journal or even a scrapbook page devoted to nothing but peace and tranquility.

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