C+C: Card Collections with Custom Stamps | Staci Reed | Skillshare

C+C: Card Collections with Custom Stamps

Staci Reed, Designer, Artist + Instructor

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5 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Card Creation

    • 4. Texture

    • 5. Final Collection + Project


About This Class

Join Staci Reed, an artist and designer from Colorado, as she shows you her process of creating a cohesive card collection with custom wooden stamps made from sketches. Part of the Computer + Canvas series, this course is one in a collection that teaches tips and techniques combining natural media with the digital world. 


1. Intro: guys, my name of Stacy Read and I am an artist, designer and instructor living in Colorado. And I am introducing a new series called Computer Plus Canvas, where I should different techniques involving natural media in the digital world. And these first courses are going to show you how I took this sketch of this bear with B clothing in this B and created different products with it, including a fabric collection and some wooden stamps. This force is going to show you how to create a cohesive card collection with a couple of stamps. I will be using my stamps that I created from the sketch. I mean them from Zazzle. I will have a future course showing you how I created these stamps using different programs . So this forces going to teach you some paper crafting and mixed media techniques. And by the end of it, we will have created a card collection that goes together, including envelopes and everything. Um and so grab your glue sticks and let's make some cards 2. Materials: So these are the stamps that I created from this sketch. It's called a bear and Bees Clothing or the Bear and be I brought the sketch into the computer, and I created vectors out of them in my Adobe program Illustrator. If you'd like to learn how he made them, I will have another course on skill share showing how I made the stamps. These have been well loved and used. As you can see, we've got ink on them. It's really cool to be able to do an etched stamp that looks like a sketch because it gives you quite a few creative possibilities. You can color it in with pencils or watercolor or paint, or you can leave it like a sketch when choosing paper. If you plan on leering, you need to take into consideration if you will be using water or a liquid medium to color in your stamps. I like to use cans and paper for the glued cards, and I haven't really noticed much of a difference in the papers when it comes to gluing, except for when using water for coloring in the stamp. Right now, I'm showing two of my favorite paper pads, and they're very affordable. The cancelled mixed media paper is a bit smoother than the watercolor paper, but it can bend if using water after stampings would be careful about the watercolor. Paper has some tooth to it, which can give the Stample more distressed. Look, Um, I like to make a variety of different cards for each stamp for a pro he sieve collection. When I found I could use a cutting template with the smaller cards if it's perfectly as a layer on the larger cards. So I just traced and caught with my trusty paper cutter. You can usually double up on the sheets of paper in these cutters on, make the cutting part go faster. Um, just be careful with that. Some of them work. Some of them don't. Uh, By the end, you have a stack of paper that's ready to go for stamping. It definitely makes the process more fun and less tedious than cutting each sheet individually for each card. So when you are using inks, you again want to take into consideration if you will be using a liquid medium later on after stamping your ankle bleed. If you don't use a permanent ink, and I have definitely learned this the hard way, and it could be very disappointing. I prefer to use Ranger inks, Um, especially the larger pants, because the larger wooden stamps fit perfectly in it. Um, and again, it could be less tedious if during a lot of stamping out ones, the distress inks air Really awesome, Teoh. And they leave a really cool effect. But they're not permanent. So do you keep that in mind? Most of the dia based inks are not permanent, but it will usually tell you on the packaging. So again, do look out for that. 3. Card Creation: So I am now going to show you my stamping process. I have sped it up significantly, so it's not to bore you. But I do want to show you the process that I go through when creating a card collection. You definitely have to make sure you get good coverage when you're tamping down, especially with these larger stamps. Um, And then I also have scrap paper from spray painting in my art journal, and I like to clean my stamps off on those scrap papers and then later create cards or inspirational quote cards with those scrap papers. When you're using smaller Inc paths, Ah, and the larger would stamps. This would stamp I believe this 4.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Um, you have to turn the stamp over, and then you definitely have to use the pad to make sure you get the good coverage. It's hard to tell if you have good coverage if you have the ink pad down and then have your stamp facing down while thinking it. Sometimes if you don't clean your Sam's off, you can get a really cool Grady in effect. Sometimes you want that sometimes you don't when you're cleaning your stamps. I prefer to use either a fragrance free baby wipe or just a moist paper towel. Um, make sure you don't have harmful perfumes or chemicals and the stuff you're using because it will break down the rubber, even truly something else to take into consideration is when you're stamping down on a card that folds, make sure so if you make sure you don't fold it first because sometimes when it pops back up, you can create a double print. And that could be cool sometimes and again. A lot of the time you don't want it, especially if you're creating cards fell. So this is it. This is just my stamping process. And again there's a cool pinky prick that I use where I just hold my pinky down toe, hold the fold down of the card, and then I stamp. So that's my process for stamping and inking. I just kind of wanted to show you guys in a fast forward video so that you could see my process later on. I'll show you the final collection that I made from all of this stamping and texting once you've finished the stamping step, you can then move on to gluing. If you plan on making layers for your cards, I choose glue. I've used um, used double sided tape before, but I could never guarantee that the layers would stay, especially in the cards that I'm selling. So I prefer to use glue. Sometimes it could be a little messy, but baby wipes are an amazing thing. Eso I tend Teoh eyeball things. A lot of people like to be very precise. I have been doing this for a while, so I'm pretty good with my walling so far. 4. Texture: so another technique I like to use with the ink pads eyes to add some texture. I am a texture freak. Some people like it on some don't, but I love it, and it adds to a vintage or distressed look. I stamped the sky with Distress Inc and T die. You can take these ink pads, and you can rub them along the edges of your cards to give them a cool, distressed border. Ah, and to add some texture to your cards, I try not to go too crazy, even though I really, really want to know, Um, again, some people like it and some people don't. But I think it adds a cool element to handmade card, especially when you're using a sketch stamp. Um, again, I'm not gonna go too crazy, but I think it adds a little to the card collection 5. Final Collection + Project: So once you've finished stamping your main elements and gluing, you can begin stamping envelopes so that they go together. I took this one and was able to use my little be stamp and stamp on the envelope. Um, and then I took some of my letter stamps and then I stamped, Be happy on the other side. I think it's a fun surprise for people to turn the envelope over and see that on the fold. I was also able to do a variety of different karts. I like offering variety. With these little cards, I was able to match the envelopes to the ink. You can see the bee and the bee happy they both match. Um, so you can kind of get an idea of what I'm doing here. It's nice to offer different versions for here people, um, with the really, really tiny ones. I was able to do a couple of variations. The little B is on the card, and the envelope says, Be happy. And then with the other card Ah, the card says Be happy. And then I was able to stamp the be on the envelope, so I really would love to see what you guys create with a couple of stamps, some cards and your imagination. Please post your projects and I look forward to seeing your collections.