For this entire month of April, we’re celebrating our love for stamping with a Stamptacular sale! This unbelievable sale includes over 225 stamps sets and over 125 Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles! With savings up to 50%-off, we know you won’t want to miss out on the incredible opportunity to save big on your favorite Close To My Heart stamps and Thin Cuts metal dies!
If you’re already familiar with our top-quality stamps, then the Stamptacular sale is the perfect time to build off of what you already have and expand your creative options even further! If you’re a new crafter, or have yet to explore the wonderful world of stamps, this is an excellent opportunity to start off your journey with the best-quality stamps on the market at unbeatable prices!
At Close To My Heart, stamping is a huge part of who we are, and it’s been that way right from the beginning. Over our 35+ years in the crafting industry, we’ve become a forerunner in the world of stamping and pioneered the use of clear stamps and transparent, reusable stamping blocks. All of our stamps are made with a clear material that is flexible, yet sturdy, allowing for easy transfer from the carrier sheet they come on to one of our acrylic blocks. They are unmounted, which gives crafters more freedom to make our stamps work for them, as well as reducing the storage accommodations required for traditional mounted stamps.
Because our stamps and stamping blocks are completely transparent, it’s easier to achieve greater accuracy when it comes to stamp placement. Whether you’re adding stamped accents to a larger project, like the sections of a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page you see above, or a smaller section like the accent shown below, having a clearer perspective on what your stamped image will look like is an excellent way to gain greater control over your creativity and produce more polished artwork!
Along with an amazing variety of stamps, many of our sets also come with specially designed Thin Cuts metal dies, which are coordinated with their respective sets to yield a perfect outline for your stamped image without the need for hand trimming. These Thin Cuts are super-slim and fit inside the envelope that our stamp sets come in, so storage is a breeze!
It’s easy to see why we’re so excited to share the all the incredible savings in the Stamptacular sale with you! To sweeten the deal even more, we’ve also brought back five exclusive stamp sets from the past, just for this sale! These five sets—Let’s Stay Home, The Great Indoors, On Repeat, Through Thick and Thin, and Forever Grateful— feature fun sentiments, icons, and accents to help you create all sorts of artwork, from fun and whimsical pieces to more elegant, polished designs.
In addition to these five exclusive sets, we’d also recommend that you check out the exclusive Everyday Heroes SVG file, which was featured on one of our blog posts last April! Click here to visit that post and download this adorable SVG file, free!
These exclusive stamp sets, along with the Everyday Heroes SVG file, are specifically designed to inspire reflection on the events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and help you document all the memorable moments—both happy and challenging—you’ve experienced over the past year. These exclusive stamp sets will only be available through April 30, 2021, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get these too-cute sets for yourself!
We love anything and everything to do with stamping, and we want to hear about your experiences with this versatile medium! Do you have a favorite stamping memory? What about your favorite way to craft using Close To My Heart stamps? Leave a comment below to let us know!
It is officially National Stamping Month! Is anyone else as pumped about this time of year as we are? A little bit of history, for our friends who haven’t been with us for very long, Close To My Heart was originally called D.O.T.S. (Dozens of Terrific Stamps). Our first love was, and continues to be, stamps! We’ve come a long way since 1984 and wood mounted rubber stamp sets, and yet there are still some things that will never change.
Today we are going back to the basics of stamping, showing a few different ways we can use stamps in our projects. If you are new to stamping, this is a great place to start and learn just how versatile these creative tools can be. If you are a “pro,” then follow along anyway and remind yourself why you, too, love stamping and the versatility behind each design.
First, let’s talk about stamping on photos.
This is such an easy way to create personalized cards or add some additional touches to your scrapbook pages.
Stamping directly on a photo might seem a little scary at first, but we promise, it will be okay! For this project, we used the Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad to stamp our sentiment. We opted for this ink choice because we used a matte photo. If you’re stamping on a glossy photo, consider using Black StazOn™ ink. StazOn™ ink is specifically formulated for use on non-porous surfaces, allowing you to confidently stamp on any photo.
Next, let’s revisit an oldie, but a goodie, technique—generational stamping. Generational stamping is a fairly simple stamping technique. Think of it as the “double-dip” action (or in this case, the “triple-dip”) of the stamping world. With generational stamping, you don’t re-ink your stamp before stamping the image or sentiment again. This leaves you with a slightly faded image that is otherwise identical to the first one.
For this example, we used the Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad to create a fun generational stamping effect. First, you thoroughly saturate your stamp with ink, and then press down firmly to transfer the image onto your paper. Then, without re-inking the stamp, press it to the paper again to create a second-generation stamped image or, like in this case, sentiment. In this example, we went a step farther and created a third-generation sentiment, which was accomplished the same way.
You can clearly see the second and third generational stamps. This effect, combined with the fun patterns in the Every Little Thing paper packet, makes for a beautiful card with a unique flair.
Another fun way to use your stamps is to fussy cut! Fussy cutting simply means that you cut out your stamped image by hand rather than using a metal die or a paper cutting machine. This lets you cut right down to the edges of the image for a crisp, clean cut. When you don’t have just the right sticker or are looking for a quick way to add dimension, fussy cut your stamped image or sentiment and attach it with some foam tape!
In our next example, we’ve got several different ideas that neatly come together in one beautiful 6″ x 8″ layout.
First, take a close look at the peach portion of the layout, in the lower right-hand corner of the left page. That’s not pattern paper—the pattern you see is achieved by continuous, random stamping. Stamps give you the ability to create your own unique patterns, adding a personal element to all of your projects.
Next, let’s talk about how to stamp white on black. For this, we’ll be breaking out our heat tool and embossing powder!
As you can see, this particular element has a dimensional appearance. Well, that’s thanks to the use of embossing powder!
The images in this example are stamped with VersaMark™ ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Stamp with VersaMark™ ink, add embossing powder, melt and seal together with a heat tool.
Did you know that you can also heat emboss with our pigment inks of our exclusive colors? All you need is the pigment ink in the color of your choice and clear embossing powder. Heat and seal like you would with the VersaMark™ ink, and that’s it!
If you want to heat emboss on vellum, there are a few small tricks to consider.
For this technique, allow your heat tool to heat up before you use it. Once it’s hot, blow on the ink intermittently from behind the paper (which means you would need to do this step before attaching a piece like this to your project). If you blow directly onto the ink and vellum without pulling the heater away, the ink will move and the paper will warp. Another approach, if from behind is too difficult, is to move the heat tool in slow circles over the stamped area.
The last three examples of artwork we have showcase how to add color to your stamped images.
In a recent blog post, we discussed different types of black ink and which ones work best with certain types of projects. For this card, we used the Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad to stamp the pumpkins so that we could add color with our new TriBlend™ markers.
Once you’ve got your image stamped, take your TriBlend™ Marker and color around the outer edges of the stamped image using one of the darker shades. Then, color in the center with one of the lighter shades.
Using TriBlend™ Markers to color in your stamped images allows you to color with confidence, since the shades are already matched for you, and as you can see, they deliver beautiful results!
For this card, you’ll want to grab your watercolor pencils. To avoid getting harsh lines in your project, move your pencil in gentle, circular strokes, or use a lighter hand as you color; think of it as light shading as opposed to coloring in your stamp.
Once you’ve got your stamped image colored in, you can leave it as is for a slightly more rustic, rough feel, like in our example, or blend with a waterbrush.
Our last example is a bit deceptive, and it looks a bit more complicated than it actually is.
To create the beautiful, multicolored effect happening in the leaves of this page, we used a technique is called rock & roll.
First, you thoroughly ink your stamp in the base color of your choice. Then, gently rock and roll the edges of your stamp in your secondary color. It’s that easy. Your stamp is ready to leave a gorgeous impression!
No matter how you use them, you can’t go wrong with great stamps! Happy stamping!
Stamping runs through our veins here at Close To My Heart and we just can’t get enough of it! For those who are new to stamping or maybe just new to our product line, we wanted to share some of the basics that will make stamping with Close To My Heart your new favorite!
My Acrylix® Stamp Sets
The very first thing that you need is a good quality stamp. There’s no getting around this one. You want stamp sets that will stand the test of time in both structure and design. (Some have had to learn the hard way, not all clear stamp sets are created equal. 🙂 )
At Close To My Heart we put a lot of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. The process begins about nine months to a year before a stamp set is even available for purchase. From trend and customer preference research all the way through the final label placed on the packaging, there isn’t a detail left unturned.
All of our My Acrylix® stamps are made of a liquid photo polymer resin. (What does that mean?) They are a clear, rubbery, very high quality material that creates clean and crisp prints time and time again. They are also flexible! Because they come packaged on a carrier sheet and are not permanently mounted on a block, you can manipulate them to fit inside shapes and banners, or simply to achieve a slightly different look than the original. (Some people will go as far as cutting their polymer stamps in order to rearrange words and sentiments!)
My Acrylix® Blocks
We mentioned earlier that our stamps are not permanently mounted on blocks, and if you watched the video above you can see what a world of difference that makes.
1″ x 1″ (Y1000)
2″ x 2″ (Y1003)
3″ x 3″ (Y1006)
2″ x 3 1/2″ (Y1009)
1″ x 3 1/2″ (Y1002)
1″ x 6 1/2″ (Y1005)
2″ x 6 1/2″ (Y1010)
Coming Soon! 5″ x 6″ (Y1015)
Once you have your stamp sets, you will need blocks to use them. Our My Acrylix® blocks are your best bet!
All of our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help with stamp alignment, which is especially helpful to keep words and borders straight. Their crystal clear acrylic design not only lets you see where you are stamping but it is also hard and sturdy, making them very durable and difficult to break. With rounded edges providing a safe and comfortable grip, be prepared for hours of stamping fun!
Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
When creativity strikes, enjoy a full spectrum of color with our Exclusive Inks™ color palette.
Our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads feature an innovative lid pad (where the larger than average ink pad is stored in the lid) keeping the ink always at the surface and ready to use.
The sleek magnetic closure design makes it easy to open and close (and also helps to keep your fingers clean!).
Available in every one of our beautiful exclusive colors, the ink is an acid free water-based dye and formulated from scratch.
My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner & Stamp Scrubber
As stampers, we naturally want to take care of our beloved stamps. For a lint-free clean, the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber will be your new besties.
Like you saw in the video above, just spray your stamp while it’s still on the block and scrub away. This cleaner and scrubber duo will also remove stubborn pigment inks from My Acrylix® stamps.
That’s it! With a few quality basics you’re set to take on stamping like a pro!
Are there any products you absolutely must have for your stamping? Let us know in the comments below!
These first two pages are the title and subject introduction of this album, where we get invited into a little girl’s “marvelous summer” adventures. In the pages that follow, we recount 10 of Ali’s favorite summer memories doing all of our stamping using only the number and alphabet Solos. Can you spot your favorite?
Here we are, in the middle of Stampaganaza 2017, with more stamping tips and tricks for you to carry up your sleeve and share with your friends! Today we’re giving you the ABC’s of working with alphabet stamps. Most of us have at least one font that is our go to, so go grab it and try the following out! (If you’re looking for a new favorite, check out our new Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month!)
A is for Alignment
For our first trick, we will tell you to stamp your letters one at a time instead of spelling out entire words on a stamping block. A lot of people do this (and we do too, sometimes!) but we find it easier to pull off crisper and cleaner letters when they are stamped individually. If you’re afraid that your letters won’t line up straight, use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a line to act as a guide for where you will be stamping. As for spacing between the letters, just eyeball it! Artists are definitely not perfectionists! B is for Background
Never underestimate the power of a strong backdrop! Alphabet stamps make great backgrounds and can send subtle messages through artwork. Align your letters using the tips we’ve already mentioned, but throw them in the back for a fun and easy way to personalize your crafts. C is for Center (Sorry Cookie Monster, maybe next time)
Our final tip is about centering your words in your artwork without having to pull out a ruler. If you are trying to center a word on a piece of paper, like in our Hello tag above, start stamping from the middle letter of the word. We started with the first L in “HELLO” and then worked our way out from there, playfully staggering the letters slightly up and down.
Remember your ABC’s—they can make a world of difference when you stamp! If you’ve got some alphabet tips of your own that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below!
2. If you see a stamp image outlined in red, that means it coordinates with one of the shapes from our Cricut® collections. If it’s outlined in blue, that means it coordinates with one of our Thin Cuts dies.
3. We put A LOT of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. See the entire process in this infographic:
4. After we design each paper packet, we create two coordinating stamp sets, one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking, to be paired with that specific paper. These two stamp sets can be found in the idea book right behind the coordinating Workshops Your Way™ scrapbooking kits.
5. Our stamps are made right here at the Home Office, in a top-secret room.
6. It takes about one hour to make one sheet of stamps from start to finish.
7. New stamps work best when you “season” them. To do so, rub the stamp across a stamp pad, and then stamp onto scrap paper until the image is even.
8. Our stamps can be used with all sorts of inks, including dye, pigment, solvent, and alcohol inks.
9. Rather than attaching your stamps to your blocks, try using your blocks to pick up your stamps from a flat surface. This way, the stamp will hold its natural shape.
10. Our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help you with stamp placement, which is especially helpful for keeping words and borders straight.
11. Some people cut apart their stamps in order to rearrange words in a sentiment when sticking them to their blocks.
12. Our stamps are flexible! Manipulate them so they fit inside shapes and banners, or just to get a different look!
13. If some of your ink doesn’t transfer when stamping, quickly breathe over the stamp to re-moisten the remaining ink and then stamp over the image again. The missing portion usually blends into the existing image if the ink isn’t too dry. This is called the Huffing or Stamp Over Technique.
14. Because our stamps and blocks are clear, you can easily stamp over the image again to get a richer, deeper image.
18. If your stamps ever start to lose their stickiness, all you need to do is rinse them with warm water and soap, and the stickiness will come right back. You can also use StazOn™ cleaner on the smooth side of the stamp.
19. Some stamps make great friends, like our good ol’ friend, Sticky Boy!
What things did you not know? Tell us in the comments! 🙂
It’s me, Sticky Boy, and I’m here to officially announce that Stampaganza is back! In case you don’t know what that is, let me explain. For every two stamp sets you purchase, you can get one of equal or lesser value for free—free, my friends, FREE!
Now, everyone loves free, but when it comes to Close To My Heart’s My Acrylix® stamps, you’re getting an exceptionally good deal, if I do say so myself. My Acrylix stamps, like moi, are one of a kind. We’re made with special, high-quality materials, which means you can’t find anything like us on the shelves of your local craft store. When it comes to affordable, easy-to-use, and versatile stamp sets, we’re the clear winner. (Ah ha? See what I did there? 🙂 )
Now on to my favorite stamp sets!
As you know, I’m a pretty energetic little stamp. That’s because I guzzle the good stuff. I love the My Acrylix Treats of Friendship stamp set because it just gets me. I mean, it has a donut in it! Donuts are round, sticky, and sweet, like me!
And just like me, these diamond stamps are one of a kind. If you like the ba-BLING like I do, make sure to get your My Acrylix Diamonds Are Forever stamp set. It’s a real gem! 🙂
Now I’m going to share with you something I haven’t shared before—I’m a bit of a romantic. I think the lovey-doveyness of the My Acrylix I Do stamp set is just awesome. I hope that someday I’ll find a Sticky Girl to be my sweetie forever.
Okay, okay, enough with the mushiness.
Because taking over the blog today was so fun, I think I’m going to stick around a bit more. How about a good ol’ game of Spot Sticky? Here’s what I’m thinking: I’m going to sneak into a few blog photos during the month of March. The first person to leave a comment saying where I am will get a Sticky Boy stamp! In order to win, you’ll need to be specific!
In the meantime, tell me below what your favorite stamp set is. I want to hear your opinions! Then stay tuned for later blog posts and try to spot me in the photos.
5½” x 4¼” I Like You a Latte Card Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 20
C1616 My Acrylix® Treats of Friendship X7199B Sangria Paper Packet 1385 White Daisy Cardstock X5643 Chocolate Cardstock Z3127 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment Z3132 Watercolor Paints Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® L 5½” x 4¼” You’re One of a Kind Card Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 25
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet X5930 Slate Cardstock X5929 Whisper Cardstock Z3146 Watercolor Paper Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad Z3130 Silver Foil Tape Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder Z3132 Watercolor Paints Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
Cricut® Shape: Artistry
1½” Icon-1 (p. 13)
5½” x 4¼” Bride and Groom Card
D1636 My Acrylix® I Do X5776 Peacock Cardstock 1385 White Daisy Cardstock X5763 Smoothie Cardstock Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad Thread
To learn more about Stampaganza, talk to your Independent Consultant or find an Independent Consultant by going to closetomyheart.com and clicking on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner.
Have you always longed to be a world traveler? Do you find international architecture, culture, clothing, and history fascinating?
Well, today is your lucky day because adventure is knocking! Close To My Heart is about to bring a bit of the world to you—right in your own home! Throughout the month of August, we’ll be sharing amazing artwork inspired by artistic traditions from four different countries across the world.
In each post we’ll give you some cultural background about the art form, and then we’ll go sightseeing to marvel at some truly exceptional papercrafting artwork. Each of these posts will be distinguished with the title “Around the World” followed by the name of the country the artistic tradition comes from.
But the adventure doesn’t stop there. With each “Around the World” post, we’re going to give away four travel-themed My Acrylix® stamp sets for a total of 16 stamp sets in one month! These blog posts will not only be your passport to the world, but also your passport to win some pretty awesome stamps. 🙂
How do you enter to win one of these stamp sets? Simply comment on an “Around the World” blog post. The more comments you make, the more you will increase your odds of winning! At the end of the month, we’ll randomly select 16 winners and announce them on the blog.
What do you say? Are you ready to soak in artistic inspiration from all around the world and win a stamp set while you’re at it? If the answer is yes, then be sure to check in frequently and prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime! It’s time to get inspired.
Which summertime diva are you? The sun goddess who can gracefully lounge for hours at the beach? The adventurous mountaineer who proudly wears her bumps and bruises like medals? The barbecuing and sweet-treat baking beauty? The late night “read-everything-in-sight” bookworm? The backyard mama who sumo wrestles her kids to lather on the sunscreen? Whichever describes you, our summer stamp sets will be sure to pair perfectly with your unique summertime memories.
Our My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle stamp set works great for those nature lovers out there…way out there…on a mountain somewhere. It also lends itself to all other sorts of adventures, like a vacation in Hawaii, which is depicted in the page below. Our brilliant artist played off the mountain-like shape in the photo by using the Great Adventure stamp, and we think it’s pretty rockin’. 🙂
Our My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer stamp set is great for summertime party invitations or layouts about the greatest, tastiest summer feasts. This stamp set would also make a very cute companion for the Taste of Summer paper packet we offered in May. But that’s not all this stamp set can do! Take a look at the martini umbrella stamp on this beach-themed page:
How adorable is that? The possibilities are endless! This fun-in-the-sun page also showcases our My Acrylix® Hello Summer stamp set, one of our most versatile summer stamp sets. It’s perfect for beach adventures, vacations, and any sort of fun in the sun. It’d even work great for those days spent indoors when you just have to retreat from the heat.
You’ll definitely want to grab these stamp sets to commemorate your summertime fun, and if you do it in July, we’ll sweeten the deal! If you make a qualifying purchase in current, retail priced stamps, like these summertime stamp sets, you’ll get the July Stamp of the Month set FREE! It’s like we’re rewarding you just for enjoying your summer!
So go ahead—order your summertime stamps now, and then start your summertime festivities! After your fun in the sun (or shade!), you’ll be all set to preserve your summer memories—which makes even your summer scrapbooking relaxing. And honestly, who couldn’t use a little more relaxation? 🙂
12″ x 12″ Great Adventure Page Magic: Card Trick™
C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, X7195B Jackson Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1245 Olive Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Thread
Cricut® Shape: Artiste
1 ¾” <Font> “2014”
12″ x 12″ Fun & Sun Page Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1:Pattern 17
B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread