Text Me!

As a writer, it’s no surprise that I love words, so it’s only natural that I am also intrigued by the design elements of text. Words make great backgrounds as well as dynamic focal points for cards.


Imagine my delight when I was assigned to write an article for the April issue of Crafts ‘n Things magazine about the different types of word stamps and their many uses.  I had a ball playing with various text images, from large blocks of foreign scripts to collage images that included text in the design.


Check out the April issue of Crafts ‘n Things for some tips and techniques for using text stamps. And here are some bonus projects that didn’t make it into the magazine!




I followed Tim Holtz’s instructions to create the background on this card. Dab three colors of Ranger Distress Ink (I used Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Old Rose) on a craft sheet (or plastic surface.) Spritz lightly with water, then lay the front side of smooth white card stock onto the watery inks. Slightly twist the paper, then lift to check the color design. Dry with a heat tool, then repeat until entire surface is covered.


Ink Printer’s Block (Stampers Anonymous) using Walnut Stain and stamp onto dry colored panel. Dry with heat tool. Trim and mount on brown cardstock, then on beige card front. White emboss Newsy Dove (Stampers Anonymous) on brown card stock. Cut Dove and mount as shown. Brown emboss Sympathy (Stampin’ Up!) on bottom of card front. Stamp ivory flower (KaiserCraft) with text block (Stampers Anonymous). Use Glue Dot to mount flower to lower left side of panel. Glue rhinestone to center of flower. 




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