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Berry Sweet Stationery

We have pretty much decided that it is finally safe to embrace the change in seasons.  So long winter blues, hello spring with bright splashes of color! We had a few sheets of fun, old fashioned soda bottle cap designer paper in the office, which sparked a sweet idea to create strawberry soda inspired stationery…

This ode to berries and bubbles uses one of our favorite techniques – Negative Masking. This is where you mask everything outside of the main image to add fun details to the interior of an image. We’re sharing a simple tutorial on just how to create this cute stationery using Negative Masking.

  • We started by die cutting the flat note card using the Loose Ticket style A4 Note Card die, then stamping the soda bottle image from Taglines: By the Glass.
  • The bottle image is stamped again onto masking paper.  We choose to stamp on a larger piece of masking paper, so that we can make sure to have extra mask around the image.
  • To create a Negative Mask, we cut inside of the stamped outline.  This creates an open area on the interior of the stamped image.
  • Next the fun part happens! We stamped the super adorable strawberry image from Perfect Harvest directly onto that open area of the mask.  By having that extra mask around the stamped image we don’t have to worry about getting any unwanted stamping onto our die cut panel.
  • and that’s it…next we colored in the image with our markers. Once colored we stamped a few bubbles and added highlights with a white gel pen.
  • TIP: use the positive mask which will now be the inside of the bottle to stamp your straw. Then remove the mask, and without reinking stamp the bottom portion of the straw to give the illusion of the straw inside the bottle.

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, Paint the Town Pink (tiny bubbles)| STAMPS: Taglines: By the Glass, Perfect Harvest, Let’s Bake: Macarons (sentiment)| DIES: Favor Flags, A4 Note Cards, A4 Envie Liner | ENVELOPE: A4 I’m a Princess Pink | OTHER: Markers, Masking Paper

Pop on over to our instagram (@clearandsimplestamps) to see our inspiration for creating this adorable berry sweet stationery…and yes we are even having a “pop” vs. “soda” debate. What’s your preference? Being East Coast girls we gotta go with #teamsoda!

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Miniature Bunny Bites

Have you started creating your holiday crafts? Today we are sharing a simple springtime project. After all, every bunny deserves a cute little Easter treat…

These adorable bunny favors will be a big hit at your Easter gathering. Can you see them as name cards at an Easter Brunch? Or if you are using them for Sunday School, you can easily switch out the tag and replace it with a Bible verse. There are lots of fun ways to incorporate this sweet Easter craft into the upcoming holidays.

You’ll need just a few supplies to get you started:

Candy | I’m a Princess Pink Cardstock | Party Favor 16 | Build-a-Critter Pals: 2 (bunny ears) | Build-a-Critter: Owl/Kitty (nose) | Build-an-Ugly: Herman (circle) | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Partial Tag Dies | Favor Flags Dies | Sweet Sentiments: Holidays | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | Natural Cotton Twine | Simple Adhesive

Once you’ve gather up all your supplies, it’s time to assemble these little cuties.

Use the ears to create a template for how wide to cut your opening along the score line of the Party Favor 16 fold-over cover.

For the front of the favor we added a simple triangle shaped nose and for the back closure a precious little bunny tail by way of a simple die cut circle adhered with a bit of foam tape.

See the hint of pink peeking out from the inside. Take your 3″ square I’m a Princess Pink cardstock panels and adhere them on the inside to cover the portion of the bunny ears that have passed through the slot cut along the seams.

Here you will also adhere your candy treats.  We chose bite-sized Laffy Taffy in a variety of flavors. A strip of Simple Adhesive holds down each taffy securely.

Dress up your favors with a fun tag or leave them simple, sweet and ready for gifting at Easter.

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Tag your projects #clearandsimplestampsWe’d love to see what you are creating with your Clear and Simple Stamps stash for Spring.
Then follow us on instagram @clearandsimplestamps

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April Candy Calendar

Today we are combining food with function…jellybeans count as a food group right?! Crafting with sweets is always fun, and makes for tasty snacks along the way – make sure you have extra on hand to nibble on through the creative process…

You’ll need just a few supplies to get you started:

2014 Calendar Tags PDF | Pretty in Peach Ink | Pretty in Peach Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Sheerly Chic Cardstock | Gold/White Twine | Circles Plus | Alpha Monogram | File It: Calendar | Sweet Sentiments | Party Favor 2 Die | Bottle Tag Die | Jellybeans

We love to use the 2014 Calendar Tags PDF download to create beyond simple tags. By printing the calendars onto Sheerly Chic Cardstock we created a fun insert to turn the Party Favor 2 Die into a sweet little treat box.

Fill the favor box with a seasonal snack – we chose peach flavored jellybeans…kind of a favorite around here this time of year! The calendar inset holds the treats securely in place, while we added a bit of Gold/White Twine and a polka dot stamped lid insert using Circles Plus to embellish the box.

For the outside lid, we created a spring monogram for the month of April using Alpha Monogram.

The monochromatic crest is stamped in Pretty in Peach Ink onto a wide die cut banner, which is cut from the pocket of the Bottle Tag Die. And the File It: Calendar stamp set is the perfect fit to add the month name to the popped up banner.

Getting creative with seasonal snacks is a fun way to enjoy being crafty this Spring. Pair it with a functional gift and you’ve instantly created a two-for-one treat!

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Paper Sac Bunny Bags

It’s Easter time and we are getting ready for a hoppin’ good time! Today, we’re sharing a simple, krafty project that is perfect for holiday themed packaging. Not to mention, fun for all ages to create and share on Easter.

You’ll need just a few supplies to get you started:

Paper Sac Bunny Bag Kit | Partial Tags Dies | Favor Flags Dies| Cart Pals: Occasions

Follow along with these simple steps to create your very own Paper Sac Bunny Bags…

  • With a simple pencil line, create a “v” line that will serve as your bunny ears.

 

  • Trim out the bag along the pencil line and discard the top portion.
  • Erase any extra pencil lines that may still be on the bag.

 

  • Create a fold at the bottom of the bag with a score line 1″ from the bottom.

 

  • Open the bag to create a flat bottom, fold tabs under, and secure to bottom of bag.

 

  • Fill bag with an Easter treat, then cinch at the base of the ears and tie secure with Natural Cotton twine.
  • Create a banner tag using Partial Tags Dies and a Favor Flags Dies thread on twine and tie into a bow.
  • Finish your Paper Sac Bunny with a sweet little cottontail (aka cottonball)

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Color Guide: Hybrid Ink

By now you have heard about our flash sale on CSS Hybrid Ink Pads…if you haven’t, you’ll want to pop by the store and shop the collection – colors are selling out quickly! To help organize your ink colors, we’ve updated our trusty CSS Hybrid Ink Chart to include the two fab new colors for 2014.

This ink chart is a very useful tool for your craft room, and we are sharing the free download  [here] with you.

There are a few great features about this ink chart that we want to share:

  • Each color has two printed boxes. Stamp any image of your choice to showcase the ink colors. We chose the solid square from the set Mini Squares – it’s a perfect fit to fill the openings.
  • The 1st box is for full color impressions. The 2nd box is for you to stamp the same image again without reinking.  This will give you a “second” inking, which will result in a softer shade – a more subtle color.
  • Page 3 includes an area for cataloging your favorite embossing powders with our watermark/embossing ink: From an Anonymous Source.

We suggest you print the color chart onto A Blanc Check cardstock so that you can have a true sample of how each color will appear. And a lovely piece or art for your craft space.

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Have fun filling in your CSS Hybrid Ink Chart. Be sure to shop the flash sale for half off all Hybrid Inks until 11:59PM tonight.

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