Texty Focal Point

Sometimes a stamp with a simple phrase is all the text you need — the saying becomes the focal point. How cute is this stamp from Inkadinkado? They have a bunch of these Kid Quotes that are so adorable. text-bowl-of-peas

The green paper was put through a Cuttlebug swirl folder, then sanded to create the white highlights; the flowers are from Prima; the gems from Hero Arts.

Texty Tags


Continuing with the text theme….

What news reporter wouldn’t love this newspaper collage from Stampers Anonymous? For these fast tags, I simply stamped in black on white tags and edged with a black marker. White emboss the writing (Crafty Individuals) on a black scrap and punch out some flowers. (I used Floriana by McGill). Black emboss the writing on a white scrap and punch out smaller flowers (McGill.) Then just add the ribbon, flowers and gemstone.


Texty Poppies


Here’s another texty card.

This one uses the same background technique as the dove card, but in a different way.

Stamp Dutch letter (Stampers Anonymous) on white card scrap using clear embossing ink. Emboss with white powder.  Do the same for the poppy stamp (Crafty Individuals). Dab three colors of Ranger Distress Inks (I used Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye) onto a craft sheet, spritz lightly with water mister. Lay the embossed cardstock face down on ink, twisting slightly to get good coverage. Let dry (or carefully dry with heat tool.)  Trim pieces and layer on green card stock, then affix to pink card as shown. Affix pink and green flowers (Imaginisce) and pearls (Hero Arts.)


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.