My next stop at the Rubber Stamp show was what looked like just another stamp supplier, but all of the stamps were landscapes. I mean a stamp of one limb of a tree with a couple of leaves, then another was mountains, a lake you get what I’m saying. Anyway what they were doing was making beautiful landscape pictures that you could mount on a card or even frame.  The technique that he was using is not new to me but when I saw how many people were in awe of this I just had to tell you about it.

It is all about blending your inks with a stylus tool. The key though is the paper that you need to use. It can not be a matte finish paper it needs to be GLOSSY, that way the inks blend perfectly.

Tools Needed: Rubber Stamp, Stylus Tool (I use the brand Color Box)

Supplies Needed: Glossy Card Stock, Ink: StazOn brand for the black outline, Dye based ink for color

1.  You start with a rubber stamp of any kind, you do not need landscape stamps, you can use flower stamps, sun stamps or whatever kind of stamp that you want. It is just easier with a landscape since all the colors blend really well together and you can overlap without looking messy.

2.  Then you get your glossy cardstock

3.  Now you take your rubber stamp and ink it with a black stamp pad ink. (I use the brand “StazOn” acid-free, archival, fast drying solvent ink)

4.  Press the stamp on your glossy paper and lift up.

5.  Then you will need to heat set this black ink. So using your heat embossing tool, heat this black ink so that it is set and will not smudge.

6.  Now it is time to color in your image. Using your color ink pads (dye based ink) and a stylus tool (tiny sponge on a stick)

7. Gently press your stylus tool in the ink and lightly press it on your image, you will also be able to drag the color since the paper is glossy. Using light application of ink is a great technique since you can always make is darker if needed just by applying more the next time around.

You will be surprised how different this technique looks compared to embossing pens, pencils, chalks. Your finished picture looks just like a photograph.

Have a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!


As promised I would now like to share with you some of the steps involved in using embossed icing along with a brass stencil template.

Tools needed: Brass Stencil Template, Spatula, Low stick stencil tape

Supplies Needed: Card Stock, Embossed Icing (I use Embossed Icing from The Stencil Collection).

*Put your paper card stock down on your work surface.
*Pick a stencil and position it on your paper card stock
*Using a low stick adhesive stencil tape, tape down all four sides of the stencil. Don’t worry about sticking it to the card stock it will lift right up and not tear the paper.
*Then using a small spatula, take some of the icing and spread it along the stencil filling in the grooves. If you need to change color proceed in the same manner by just spreading the icing on the stencil (Pretend that you are icing a cake – same principle)
*When the entire stencil is filled with icing, take the back end of your spatula and scrape all the excess icing off, so you are left with a smooth non lumpy bumpy surface.
*Now it is time to remove the tape from the stencil. Do it in the reverse that you put it on. Then leave on piece on and use it as a hinge to lift up the stencil this way it will come up straight and not smear/smudge.
* Finally, you just need it to let it set for 10 minutes.

Now you have a completed a beautiful custom handmade greeting card or a unique page in your scrapbook. The really cool thing is when it is completely dry to the touch it actually feels like suede. It also looks raised just like you had heat embossed it. The neat thing is that you did it all without a heat gun and powders. You did it with Embossed Icing.

Have a great day and don’t forget to leave time to craft!


Oh my goodness! I have just had the best day when it comes to Rubber Stamping and Paper Crafting.
Today was the 7th Annual Rubber Stamp Convention here in Albuquerque. The doors opened at 9:30. I arrived at 11:30 and I stood in the entrance like a little girl entering a candy store, except my candy was rubber stamps. As I entered they stamped my hand with a cute bird stamp and handed me a brochure of all the vendors that were there, along with a BIG plastic bag. I was laughing to myself as to who would be able to fill this huge bag. (ha ha)

My first stop was at a stencil booth. I figured that I would start there as the process of using stencils in my scrapbooking creations has always been interesting to me. I have done them in the past with pastel chalks but I preferred rubber stamping. Well so I thought. As I looked at all the different designs in these brass stencils the instructor asked me if I have ever used Embossed Icing. And at that moment I was hooked. I don’t know if it was the word icing, since I love icing on cakes but it just sounded so cool. The demonstrator then proceeded to show me what this process was all about. It was so simple but the finished product was beautiful.

Be sure to check back with me here in a few days and I will gladly share with you some of the techniques I am perfecting using the new process of embossed icing.

Have a great day and don’t forget to leave time to craft!


Posted by: joanscraftworldin Rubber Stamping


Well, it’s the day before the big stamp show here in New Mexico. I am anxious to see what is new and exciting in the world of rubber stamping. What kinds of things will be new this year? Could it be a new method of embossing a custom greeting card, a special process of stenciling into a scrapbook, or even just a redesign of some rubber stamps we use to create our personal masterpieces? I’ll be happy to share with you what I find upon my return.
I was going to ask one of my rubber stamping friends to go with me, and then I decided against it. I think it will be best not to be pressured for time. I want to see this show at my own pace so if I decide to take a class and/or watch a special presentation on some specifics of rubber stamping, I will able to do so without checking it out with somebody else first.
This is going to be a day out with myself and I know that I will have a great time. I can’t wait to share all I find from this year’s crafting and rubber stamping extravaganza.

Have a great day and don’t forget to leave time to craft!


Posted by: joanscraftworldin Crafting General

Joan has been an “Artsy Fartsy” type person now for many years. She has created many beautiful things and has built up a reputation in the art world as one of the most artistic crafters out there today. She has had her own business off and on while mostly creating her crafts as a hobby. She knows what it takes to create handmade crafts with the most intricate of designs.
She lives with her husband Paul and her two wonderful cats, (who think they are human) One a Tonkinese and the other a Norwegian Forest cat. She lives a very relaxed life and relishes the time she spends in her craft room. She is happy to present her knowledge to you in the hope that it will aide in your enjoyment of creating your own specialty crafts.

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