It’s a Stamp-tacular Sale!

This year’s Stamptacular sale is here and you are going to relish the savings! During this month-long stamp extravaganza, you can save 35% on selected stamps and up to 50% on Thin Cuts bundles.

Stamping is a huge part of who we are here at Close To My Heart, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share our wondrous selection of stamp sets a little more love. I have used quite a few stamps in my crafting career, and I am not being biased when I say that these stamps are the best quality sets of their kind on the market. They will last you for many crafting years to come.

Not only are the current stamps on sale, but you can also shop some of our most popular retired sets. We have brought back some of your favorites during the month of April. Here are just a few that you might have missed out on.

Throughout the month, you can enjoy incredible deals on stamp and thin cuts bundles during the Stamptacular sale. Many of our stamps include a set of matching dies. These are my favorite types of stamp sets! There is no need to fussy cut out the image – you just have to use the matching metal die with a die cutting machine to create the perfect die-cut.

All Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles are only available while supplies last and may run out before the Stamptacular special is over. Be sure to order early so that you can be sure to get all the stamps and Thin Cuts you have your eyes on before they disappear for good! Here are just a few of my favorites that are in the sale.

You can view all the Thin Cuts collections on my website OR download a flier HERE to view all the collections that we have available.

For those of you who are new to stamping OR want to learn a few new stamping techniques, you can view my recent Stamping 101 mini-class. In honor of Stamptacular, I went live for the first time on my facebook page. I wanted to share ways that you could use these amazing stamps. After all, if you’re going to stock up on stamps while they are on sale, you might as well learn how to use them.

I hope that my little video inspired you to try a few new things with your stamps and that you were able to learn something new. Don’t forget! All the Stamptacular deals are available from April 1 through April 30 while supplies last. Once a stamp set or stamp bundle sells out, it is gone for good. If you are a VIP, you get 15% back in rewards when you shop the sale – it’s a win! win!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Back to the Basics of Stamping

Recently, I asked my VIP Group a question regarding things they always wanted to learn and I was surprised how many of their responses involved some basic stamping techniques.  So today, I have decided to upload one of my class videos “Stamping 101” and show you a few basic stamping techniques. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group, but I have decided to share it with all of you to help you learn a few new tricks and remind you a few you may have forgotten. In the video I show you six basic stamping techniques. 

  1. Solid Stamping
  2. Second Generation Stamping
  3. Random Stamping
  4. Rock & Roll Stamping
  5. Masking of Stamps
  6. Ombre Stamping

The video itself will walk you through you all six of these stamping techniques.  If you continue reading, I will go into a little more detail and show examples of the Second Generation, Ombre, and Rock & Roll techniques.

Second Generation Stamping

Generational stamping is a simple stamping technique where you don’t re-ink your stamp before stamping the image or sentiment again which leaves you with a slightly faded image that is otherwise identical to the first one.

On the floral card, I stamped some of the splatters using the second generation technique. This allowed them to be slightly softer in color than the others. The card on the right was created by CTMH and shows you an example of three generations of stamping. 

Ombre Stamping

With this technique you gradually blend one color, or color hue, into another.  First, ink the top two thirds of the stamp using the lighter color of the two being blended. Starting at the bottom, add the second, darker, color. As you get to where the two colors will overlap, use less pressure with the ink pad to apply less ink and achieve that blended look you’re going for.

The hibiscus card sentiment was stamped using a combination of Candy Apple and Raspberry ink to create a subtle ombre effect. On the CTMH card on the right, the ombre effect is more predominant with two colors.  

Rock & Roll Stamping

As much as I enjoy listening to music while I create, this technique is more about the way you rock and roll your stamps.  First, will thoroughly ink your stamp in the color of your choice then gently roll the edges of your stamp in your secondary color. 

On each of these projects, I used the rock and roll technique. The flower shows a very slight variation of color with Ruby & Candy Apple while the leaf on the right is a very vibrant color change. I used Nectarine and Paprika to create that effect. 

I hope that today’s tutorial inspired you to try something new and inspired you to revisit a few stamping techniques you may have forgotten about.   

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