A2 Envelope Template

You already know how to make A2 sized cards out of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Well, here is a free, printable, A2 sized envelope template. Make envelopes out of your favorite papers! And you can create color coordinated cards and envelopes.
Link to the printable template, which includes the instructions.
https://www.jpsdigital.com/deepredstamps/downloads/A2EnvelopeTemplatebyDeepRedStamps.pdf

Don't worry if your printer has margins, the parts that don't get printed are cut away anyway.

There's only a few cuts and folds to make and you'll see your envelope appear before your eyes!

Hint: use a ruler to fold the fold lines to get a perfect line.

Use a good strong glue for the bottom flap onto the side flaps.

Now the super fun part, stamp images onto your new envelope. Create a matching theme on the A2 card, too, the possibilities are endless! 

Above, our Springtime Sparrow Rubber Stamp fits nicely in an envelope corner.

The Dogwood Flowers Rubber Stamp are great to repeat stamp and create a background of flowers.

Make sure you leave room along the bottom of the front, top right (where postage stamps go) and for the return and to address areas.

Above, Rustic Birdhouse Rubber Stamp, nice for the front corner of the envelope.

Tip: You can also just use your printout template to trace around paper that you can't run through a printer.

Our friends at Scrapbook.com are inviting card makers to send in handmade cards with envelopes for their "Cards for Kindness" project in which they will distribute cards to hospitals, nursing homes, military, children's homes, and others. You can learn more about it here: https://www.scrapbook.com/pages/cards-for-kindnes...

Stamped Tile Coasters How To

Make your own handmade coasters out of tile, cork, chipboard, wood.  Use reclaimed wood or any other flat surface. I'll show you how to make a coaster using a ceramic tile in this post.

Materials needed:
Ceramic Tile (4 inch x 4 inch used here)
Acrylic Gesso
StazOn stamping ink
Rubber Stamp(s)
Brush
Mod Podge or Polyacrylic (water based polyurethane)
White paper (optional)

To make the surface stamp-able, paint a coat of Acrylic Gesso on the shiny surface. Let dry (it dries fast, like seconds). You can use white acrylic paint if you don't have gesso.

For my tile, I choose to make it an airborne theme, so I used our ​Le Ballon Rubber Cling Stamp and Airship Rubber Cling Stamp.

I like the StazOn stamping ink because it dries super fast and is permanent.

I wanted the ​Airship stamp to stand out so I stamped it on white copy paper (as thin a paper as you have is best to keep a low profile on the tile). Cut out the stamped image.

Color in the design any way you wish. Here, I wanted a grayscale, vintage look to the coaster and used only grey Copics in several shades.

Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the airship paper and place onto tile. Add any extra embellishments, but make sure they are flat. I added a little paper die cut I had of a mini baseball ticket.  Once dry, I applied Mod Podge to the entire surface. This will be sufficient for a coaster if you just use it for decor or coffee mugs.  To make the coaster durable to ice filled glasses, you must apply a water based polyurethane to seal the tile and its contents.

For the back of the coaster, I cut a piece of felt, slightly smaller than the tile and hot glued it on.

Apply hot glue to each corner area on the tile and then press the felt onto the glue allowing the glue to spread to the edges.

Choosing a border ribbon was the hardest part of this project! They all looked good, but I finally decided on a black and white weave ribbon and used hot glue to adhere it the edges. Having a fine point hot glue gun works best.

This tile is ready to place onto a coffee table and wow your guests when you tell them you made it.  We have so many rubber stamps that would make an awesome subject for a tile, especially, ​masculine themed stamps like the ​Vintage Biplane, any one of our Motorcycle stamps, car stamps, like the ​Classic Corvette.  Some other good stamps would be like ​Coconut Palms Rubber Stamp and ​Palm Tree Rubber Stamp if you make a set of tiles with similar themed designs. I could go on and on, LOL! I hope this inspires you to make a coaster or even a set. It is easier than you think!

Fabric Stamping

Stamping onto any fabric is possible, yes, it really can be done. If you're like me, you love collecting fabric to store away for that perfect project. We'll show you how to apply a surface onto fabric that will allow you to rubber stamp a design onto it.

Above, our Penny Farthing Rubber Cling Stamp was stamped onto a gessoed section of cotton fabric.  The houndstooth pattern gives it a nice frame. After stamping, I let the ink dry and painted with gold acrylic paint onto the white areas. 

Materials:

Cotton fabric

Acrylic gesso

Stamping Ink, such as StazOn or VersaCraft

Paint brush

Rubber Stamps

Take a swatch of cotton fabric and apply acrylic gesso with a paint brush. Gesso is a medium that can be found in any art supply store, even Walmart. It looks like white acrylic paint, but it is used in the art world to prepare canvas for paint.  You can order unprimed canvas from art supply stores and add your own gesso. But when painting, it's usually more convenient to purchase canvas that has been already primed and stretched over a frame.

Above, is one of our Journaling Sketches I Rubber Stamps stamped with VersaCraft onto canvas that gesso was painted onto and allowed to dry. The stamp design comes out clean and perfect just like on paper!

Use any colors to paint in the design. The great joy of painting is that you can achieve more shading and vibrant colors.

Applying gesso doesn't just have to be on canvas or fabric, you can also apply it to textured paper to make a smooth surface for stamping.

Above is a heavy letterpress paper.  I applied gesso to the entire surface and then stamped our Iron Fleur De Lis Rubber Stamp with VersaCraft ink pad and then paint with gold acrylic paint.

I then glued the paper onto chipboard to make it sturdy.

Adding vintage Peter Rabbit die cuts, and other wooden embellishments onto this 5 inch x 7 inch paper makes it a nice card or desktop decor.

Creating cards, album covers or scrapbook pages with fabric is a lot of fun and allows you to work with unique textures!

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