Crafting In The 2nd Week Of October 2013

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A Bit Of An Update, Lots Of Musings, And Some Cards

Wps!  I think this post has got a bit longer than I intended, so if you don’t want to read all my ramblings, or are short of time,  you can just skip to the images – click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.


I’ve got an assortment of five cards to show you this time.  I think that the buckle one would be suitable for a man and is quite clean and simple.  There’s also a Christmas card and then a more feminine assortment.  My “Making Things Easier” section this time is about how I’m now storeing my stamps.



In my last post I mentioned the free toppers and papers that came with a crafting magazine I’d bought, and I said I’d decided to use the freebies straight away rather than putting them to one side – and I also showed you the resulting cards.

Well – also free with the same magazine was a stamp.  I went to put the stamp into my flat stamp storage when, but before I did that I went to have a quick read of the paper in with the stamp.

Now those of you who are regular visitors to my blog will probably have spotted one of my previous posts where my thoughts have turned to the knowledge, and lack of knowledge, or sometimes total disregard, of copyright amongst crafters and artists.  Or perhaps more acurately, a lack of knowlege of the Terms of Use that the copyright owners have when they give or sell to others the right to use their work in a specific way.  As most of my latest stamp purchases have been digi-stamps, the Internet sites I’ve bought from for digital downloads, or CD-ROMs other digi-stamps have come on, have had not only a notification of the copyright owner but also their Terms of Use (sometimes listed as Angel Policy), on the site or CD-ROM, and sometimes within the digital file downloaded as well.

So more than anything I was looking for the ToU for the free stamps – just to check, if I made a card using an image stamped from the freebie, whether I could then sell the card, or whether it was only to be used for Personal Use – only for cards I made and personaly gave away.  Also, whether I could give away or sell the stamp itself should I decide I’d never use it – as I know that the ToU of some freebies are that you can’t do either of these with the stamp.  Imagine my surprise when I realised that there was nothing on the packaging about usage!

I mentioned this on a group I belong to, where there several designers of stamps and digi-stamps are also members, and was told that I should have a look in the small print in the magazine for the stamp ToU, and also that the usage policy would be on the stamp company’s website.

I’d already had a look through the magazine but couldn’t find any obvious reference to the free stamp – but even if I had I wouldn’t be keeping a magazine with any free stamps forever to be able to refer back to any info in the future.  I haven’t gone for a look on the stamp company’s website.  I don’t know why stamp companies would assume that every crafter would have Internet access.  And why they would assume that crafters who buy or receive physical stamps, who do have Internet access, would know that they need to go to the company website to check the Terms of Use before doing anything a stamp.  In fact, if I’d seen a stamp by the same company in a shop I’d personally want to see straight away, before buying, whether I could sell cards made using images stamped for personal gain, or not, because that is the sort of thing that would affect whether I bought, or not.

This, to me, is a wasted opportunity for the stamp company.  An opportunity to educate crafters that buying, or receiving a stamp for free, doesn’t mean that permission is given to do whatever you like with the stamp or images produced using the stamp. There was white space on the card with details of the stamp that came in the cello bag with the stamp – so why wasn’t this space used to let people know what can and what can’t be done with the stamp?  Even if what was written was a short piece to the effect “ToU: you may use this stamp to create hand stamped images that you use on finished, hand-crafted, projects.  You may give these finished projects yourself, or you may sell them for charity or for your own cottage industry.  Please refer to our Internet site for more details of our terms.” – or whatever is relevant to that stamp – I’m not talking about a full report on copyright law or anything substantial, just the basics that crafters need to know.

StampStorage10So I then went to my file where I keep my clear or flat rubber stamps.  I’ve kept the vast majority of the paperwork that came in the packaging with these sort of stamps.  (I don’t know whether every crafter does this or not.) And I went through all of them to have a look for any information about usage.  There was no mention of “Terms of Use” or “Angel Policy” on any of them – not even to tell people that they needed to go to the company website to check what is and isn’t allowed before using, shareing, giving away, selling, etc.  Of course I don’t have stamps from a huge amount of companies so perhaps there are stamp companies out there who give better information than the ones I’ve got – have a look at the information that came with any stamps you’ve got to see if you’ve got a clear indication of what is allowed.  At least one had no © symbol.  Several said “All rights reserved” – now what does that mean to the crafter? – that we’ve not got a right to use the stamps in any way at all?  It could be read like that.  Some say “See our online gallery for inspirational ideas”, and another one says “For more ideas, tips and inspiration visit …” giving the company website.  Surely the stamp companies could have at least added “For Terms of Use, more ideas, tips ….”.  At least a person reading the packaging would know that there are “Terms of Use” and where to find them even if nothing is written on the packaging.

I know that there are crafters who will ignore the legalities of using physical stamps in the same way as they do  ignore the terms of use of digital stamps – which are currently much more obvious from what I’ve seen – but by not even mentioning that terms exist on their packaging of physical stamps surely stamp companies are missing an opportunity to educate crafters.

Perhaps newer stamps do have this information – I can’t comment on that as I don’t have that many new stamps bought during the last six months or so, as I mostly go for digi-stamps these days.  Perhaps the fact that there have been a fair number of crafters who’ve illegally stamped images with their stamps, scanned or photographed them, and uploaded them as uncoloured, uncrafted, digi-stamps to their blogs or Pintrest for others to download and use, has made stamp companies start to be clearer about usage terms on their packaging.  Though, like the fact that somebody has the copyright to most creations (unless they are old and out of copyright), whether they say so or not on those creations,  most creative things we buy have terms of use as well, whether these terms are made clear on the packaging or not.

I’d be interested in hearing what others think about where my thoughts have gone this week.



(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

For today’s projects I’ve kept hand cutting to a minimum, with the flowers in the first card being cut in a rounded way well outside the black line to avoid intricate cutting.  Practically everything else was either straight edge cutting or cut out using my Silhouette Cameo or my Joy machine.

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  1. Digital Stamp – Vase of Flowers 4 by Sheila Rodgers by 4 Frame Toppers & 2 Cards *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I printed the digi-stamp, at much smaller than the size provided, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  This was then coloured in using my ProMarkers and cut out just outside the outline.  The colours I used were: Island Lagoon, Frosted Jade, Soft Green, Starfish, Summer Sun, Sleigh Bell, Spring Lilac, Cool Grey 3.  I punched a couple of flowers out of yellow and ice white vellum using two different sized Tonic Petal Pairs punches, and die-cut out some corners from Centura Pearl and flourishes, also out of ice white vellum. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the two layer frame.  I then built up my card, sticking the base of the vase directly to the background and putting a piece of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind the top of the flowers to give the digi some dimension.)
  2. An angled view of the same card showing the small dimensional raise in the layers.

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  1. Set of 5 layered Buckle designs…SVG by Tina Fitch (I cut out all layers of the buckles out.  For the layered buckle I used on this card I took the two layers and covered them with Zig 2 way glue pen.  I then covered the bottom with some one tone gilding flakes.  The other layer I covered with varigated gilding flakes with more red and brown tones in it.  I then attached one layer to the other.  I took a pre scored and embossed white square card, threaded two different ribbons from my crafting stash through the buckle and attached inside the front of the card both sides using ultra tacky tape.  An insert was placed inside to cover the ribbon ends. I finished off with a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of card front showing dimension.
  3. Close-up of “buckle”.

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  1. Christmas Around the World by Janette Padley, Gitter Background Papers – CU4CU by Marie Wolman and Seasons Greetings Bonza Set by Karen Wyeth (I printed out two backgrounds from this kit onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I trimmed one, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I then cut a strip out of the other, stuck it to a sheet of linen textured gold cardstock and put this down towards the left hand side of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by putting on a topper I’d made some time ago from a couple of the glitter backgrounds and Season’s Greetings images.  I also added a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.)
  2. Designer Resource Evening Dress Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson and Smokey backgrounds by Nikola Middlemast (I took one of the ladies from this kit, plus a smokey background into one of my graphics packages and resized, layered, and built up until I was happy with the design for an A5 card front.  I also put a second layer on the other half of my working area.  The sheet was then printed onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and the layers cut out.  I created a base card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock.  The base layer was stuck directly to this using finger-lift tape and the second layer was attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The greeting I typed on the top layer before printing, “Penblwydd Hapus”, is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  3. 6 charlston vintage flapper dancer poser tubes by Michelle Johnson, Theatre Fold Template by Susan Donaghie, Pearls and flowers by Kristin Guyer, ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke, Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke, DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee, and 12 Png Butterflies in Bright Shades Colour Way by Ammie Sanders (I took three of the young flapper dancers, together items from each of the other kits, all into one of my graphics programs and moved around, resized, etc., until I was happy with the layout created.  I put on a few extra butterflies and then printed the lot out onto 300gsm Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I cut out the panels and butterflies and stuck them to the front of my card which I’d created by scoreing, trimming and folding an A4 sheet of silver, linen textured, cardstock.)
  4. An angled view of the previous card.



In my blog post of the 19th September my “Making Things Easier!” section was about how my storage of ribbons had developed over the years and how I’d gone from just dumping bits of ribbon into a cardboard box to finding a storage solution for ribbons that suited me. Well today I’m turning my attention to the storage of stamps.  Not the ones that are wood mounted (I’m keeping those for another day) but the foam mounted ones, unmounted rubber ones, photopolymer and other clear stamps.

StampStorage07Now when I first got stamps they went into a box in their packaging.  But the box got tatty, and the more the stamps were pulled in and out the more tatty the packaging got as well.  Especially for the stamps that came as a sheet of rubber and which I put onto U-mount and cut out.  Then I heard somebody say about laminating the info sheets that come in the packaging with most stamps and sticking the stamps to this – the same sort of cling in the U-mount that makes the stamps cling to acrylic blocks makes the stamps cling to the laminate as well.

I actually found that this worked very well, and I’ve still got my earliest stamps on the same laminated sheet I put them on several years ago.

ThStampStorage05e clear stamps also clung to a sheet of laminate in the same way.  (Wps  – these were used by my nephews last Christmas and haven’t been cleaned very well – I think these need a good soak in soapy water, or perhaps a proprietory stamp cleaner if that doesn’t work.)

StampStorage08Punching holes in these laminated sheets and putting them in a ring binder was mentioned.  But as I’d made masks for several of my stamps I decided to drop each laminated sheet, with the stamps on, into pockets and then into a ring binder, with the masks dropped in as well.

I also found that there were sheets available that have been specially created to put stamps onto in files, and got some of those.

But quite soon the ring binder became full – stamps on U-mount, or other foam cling backing, are quite deep and take up a lot of space in a file.

StampStorage04So I had to upgrade – and went for a double, leaver arch file of a style similar to this one -> here.  This holds the specialist stamp sheets as well as the laminated sheets in plastic wallets. The leaflets from the ones put directly onto the stamp storage sheets I keep in a plastic wallet in the file as well (as shown in my musings section above).

StampStorage01These days I don’t put all my new stamps onto U-mount – I tend to cut them quite close to the image and stamp using rockerblocks, or put the back of a mouse mat under the paper/cardstock for cushioning if using acrylic blocks, so don’t find I need the foam cushioning on my stamps.  But of course this means that the rubber stamps don’t have a cling on the back.  Therefore, to attach them to my stamping blocks and the storage sheets, I give them a quick blast of temporary adhesive spray on the back.  They can be taken on and off the sheets and blocks a few times before they need to be re-sprayed.

As you can see I haven’t got around to labeling the different sheets yet – so my sorting out of my stamp storage is a bit of a work in progress, but I’m no longer rummaging round in a box trying to find what I want, I can simply flip the pages and clearly see the stamps I’ve got.  And I can quickly open the file and take the storage sheet of whatever kind with me to wherever I’m stamping, and easily pop them back afterwords.

For me, storing my stamps like this has definately made it easier for me.  I’m sure that others will have equally good ideas on how to make stamp storage easier that works for them.  It was a bit of trial and error and development for me to get to this stage, and I’m interested in finding out what other crafters do for their stamp storage.


(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)



CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 9th October – Here! – Crafty Bob NEC Fast Track and All the Latest CUP News

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.


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