May 7, 2009

Clear Cardstock Stamping

You'll clearly see in a little bit that I've had a lot of fun creating embellishments for my scrapbooks lately. Clear, decorative page and photo overlays, fancy flower embellishments and printed ribbon are really fun products to add to scrapbooking projects. However the price can really put a dent in your pocketbook. Follow me as I show you how to create your very own embellishments.

I have a ton of photos to show so I'll try to keep my writing shorter for each photo. For an overview, I've started two 8" x 8" albums for Josey and Jordan. I picked up an entire collection of products from the Making Memories line called Chloe's Closet from Michael's, so that's what you'll be seeing in terms of papers, etc.


We'll start with some simple embellishments with the finished products shown later on. Using Vintage Cream ink and Polka Dot Basics, I inked up some plain colored flowers. I let these dry and moved on to some other embellishments.
Next I used some cream colored acrylic paint (Claudine Hellmuth's available at Ellen's store) to stamp a scallop border from Beyond Basic Borders right onto my photos. Note: Papertrey Fresh Snow and Vintage Cream ink will not dry on photos or the Clear Cardstock, I found out by trial and error).
Next I went back to my Vintage Cream ink and stamped a row of polka dots from Beyond Basic Borders onto some Melon Berry Twill Ribbon.
Then the fun really began when I thought about stamping on Papertrey's new Clearly Creative Cardstock. It has a great thickness and worked well with some of my punches...you just have to experiment to see which punches will work.
I then took my dry, clear circles and turned them into button baubles. I punched some scallop circles from cardstock and then layered on my clear circles then buttons tied with twine. Cuteness, yes?
Then I really got on a roll. I decided to make some page dividers like you see in calendar planners. I cut my Clearly Creative Cardstock with my paper trimmer, rounded the corners and then painted the edges with cream paint.
Voila, here's my finished dividers. Using some journaling sheets, I stamped on a sweet sentiment using a small alphabet and Fresh Alphabet for the girls' names.
I also stapled on some of my stamped, polka dot ribbon along with a few other ribbons and tied buttons. Major cuteness, yes?
And notice the bottom of the dividers. I used rub-ons directly onto the Clearly Creative Cardstock. Looks amazing and just like something you'd buy at your local scrapbook store!
Well, than I got even braver and reached for some giant polka dots from Polka Dot Basics. Using a foam brush, I kept adding thin layers of paint to a sheet of Clearly Creative Cardstock.
My final result is an 8" x 8" page overlay with the edges brushed with paint.
I think all of my stamped elements come together perfectly for the cover pages of my girls' albums. Here's Josey's first page of her book.
The page overlay looks so cute when layered on top of some decorative paper.
I even fancied the overlays up a bit with some stamped tabs. Stapling is a great method of adhering items to the Clear Cardstock.
And here's Jordan's first opening page, using a green theme.
Again, the simple layering add so much to the albums, but without a lot of thickness.
I also made a small stash of 4" x 6" stamped overlays to add to photos here and there.
And don't forget about Pine's Journaling Lines stamps. I used them on two separate journaling blocks on the left hand side for notes from Eric and I.
Remember those stamped flowers? I added a tied button and adhered it to the outside of my page protector. The 3-D effect is really fun! I learned that little tip from Simple Scrapbooks magazine. I also added a little ribbon next to the scallop edge that I stamped on the photo.
I used that same application for Josey's photo, adhering the button bauble to the outside of the page protector.
Whew, okay that should be enough to get the ideas flowing for a while. Like I've mentioned before, I love that I'm getting back into my scrapbooking. Don't forget that you can get double duty out of your stamping supplies by using them on your pages too. And think about what products you like in the stores...you probably have items in your stash to recreate those trendy products. Have fun!

95 comments:

Rebekah said...

What a wonderful idea! I must try some of your techniques..
What a great end result!

cynthia said...

Mish you are just AMAZING!! Wonderful idea I will have to try this.I visit your blog daily and love all your ideas and creations.Thanks for sharing.

Elaine said...

You're simply amazing Michelle! AMAZING!!! WOW!!!

Anabelle said...

This is just fabulous! Thanks for all of the amazing tips and tricks!

Laurel said...

Simply amazing. Absolutely amazing. Once I get more practice, maybe I will try some of your techniques... OR, I think you should just make my son's album FOR me! :)

Sherry said...

Thank You for sharing such clever and fun tips on using what you have! I've thought about creating a clear album and this makes it less intimidating for me! Your girls will cherish them Mish they are FAB-ulous!!

ValerieC said...

AWESOME!

Kathyc on SCS said...

WOW, These are all fantastic ideas; thank you so much for sharing the step by step porcess! Your pages are awesome!

titesmimines said...

Thank you !!!
Wonderful idea !!!

wanda50 said...

All I can say is "WOW". You have really outdone yourself. What inspiration. Talk about out of the box ideas. I live to see your blog everyday. Your talents amaze me. Thanks for sharing and being a blessing to the world of papercrafting. You're one of the best!!!

Karen said...

Fabulous ideas! I've bookmarked this.

Dottie K. said...

Love the clear overlay and great idea with stamping directly on the photo. I'm going to try that. I bought that paper and just love it. The girls will treasure their books. Beautiful job. Can't wait to see more! TFS :)

Ann said...

Fabulous ideas here - will be copying lots! Thanks for the tutorial.

Jane said...

Okay, I think I love you!

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

Michelle, you are the bomb! I continue to be amazed at your creativity, and I always enjoy seeing your sweet girls...they are darling. You are such a neat mom!!

Gerri K said...

Mish, Love these embellishments!!! You are so talented!!

dolcreations said...

You are simply just amazing. The talent you have is to die for!
I check in every day to see what Michelle has created! Love your blog! All your techniques I'm going to try! Love the stamping on plain flowers.

Beth said...

I {heart} this project Mishy Sue!

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas. Will have to get busy and try some of these in the next few days.

MichelleY said...

Just when I think I've seen it all in this wonderful world of papercrafting....I come to your blog and get TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY!!! Mish, your knack of taking products to the next level is sheer genius. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your passion with us!!

Tracy said...

Love all these creative ideas for accents! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas!

yvette said...

Michelle I just love your ideas esp since I started out with all boy scrapbook supplies and now you have shown me how to take my polka dot and background stamps and available supplies like flowers and buttons and make them for my daughter's pages without breaking the bank....I love your blog... off to make the spiced tea recipe before creating pages

kellymb said...

Thank you for sharing! These are great ideas, I especially love the little title pages that you made.

Lori A. said...

Wow! Those are amazing! Beautiful girls, too :)

mollymoo951 said...

Wonderful project and ideas! Thank you for sharing!

Kim said...

Lovely albums! I love all of the elements and the way you dressed up the overlays. Beautiful!

Mrs B said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing those fantastic ideas! I can't wait to try one myself!

Debbi said...

I feel completely inspired! I love your ideas - and am so grateful you share them!!

Tonya said...

Fabulous ideas. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

Eveline said...

You really are the queen of home made embellishments. Thank you for showing us how to make these.
Your albums look great.
Eveline.

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! I love your handmade embellishments, and your clear dividers! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

Carol R said...

Thank You Michelle! You are right about not being able to use the PTI ink on clear card stock. It never dries! All of your ideas and tips are fabulous. Loved your pages and those flowers are so cute.

Courtney Baker said...

Wow you are seriously making me want to scrapbook. AMAZING ideas girl.

Lisa R. said...

These are absolutely amazing! WOW...you've inspired me to get out my photos and scrap away!

Dana said...

Very cool! WHAT DO YOU use to clean your stamps after using the acrylic paint?

Leanne said...

Thank you Mish! Those are so creative, inspiring and a big help in saving $$ !!

patriciad said...

WOW-what great books - a whole lot of fabulousness going on here, Missy!

Tamara said...

Thanks for these amazing ideas! now I have to go buy some paint...

Karen said...

My goodness, that was a lot of information. All your embellishments are amazing and I love the polka dot dividers. The girls are so cute and the albums are incredible. You have been very busy and I so appreciate your sharing all the details with us. Have a great weekend.

Sanditerese said...

I love that you are sharing scrapbook pages now! I can't wait to try some of thos techniques. Thanks for sharing.

Alicia said...

OMG! I love love love everything!! I could read your blog all day long!! I am definitely going to look into some clear cardstock!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Love your projects, what a fun idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

dorism6220 said...

I love the techniques you used! Very clever and easy!

scrapnmklady said...

Your project looks awesome! thanks for sharing :) I'd love to try that Clearly Cardstock.

Betsy V said...

So FUN, Mish!! Now I need to go and get out my clear cardstock. :-D Have a good one!

Lacey said...

What wonderful ideas!!! Thanks for sharing :-)
~Lacey

FAITH BARTLETT said...

Great work, you explain things so well. Thank you.

maryps said...

Wow! Mish, these ideas are FAB-U-LOUS! Polka dots are one of my favorites on almost anything and I can't wait to try your technique for dotting up the ribbons. I am definitely going to put ALL your ideas to work for me. I love making my own embellishments - like buying only white and then coloring everything with Copics to coordinate with my project. Of course, some of those beautiful PTI ribbons can't be resisted. :-) Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity.

Have a marvelous and happy Mothers Day!

Conniecrafter said...

so cute, love the button embellishments!

Debbie Lee said...

That is absolutely amazing! You are soooo talented and creative! What a great way to use the Polka Dots set! :)

Liann said...

wow awesome ideas thank you for sharing. i do incorporate my stamping stash with my scrapbooking stash...i need to try that clear cs...

Stephanie said...

AMAZING!!! WOW!!! AMAZING!!! WOW!!! AMAZING!!! WOW!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to take pictures and write out all of the details of your FABULOUS embellishments. I have also been scrapbooking more so I LOVE to see new ideas in that area!

I am IN LOVE with the polka dot circles over the colored cardstock! Those might be the CUTEST things I have seen in a very long while!;)

Anna said...

That is a great idea. My daughter would love it if I made her something like that.

2Bis2DO said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing, I love your creativeness.

marla said...

Wow what awesome stuff you did. I can see that when my NO spending spree is over. I am going to be headed to papertrey ink to purchase some fun goodies and one of them will be some clear cardstock!!

JeanFB said...

WOW, Mish, SOOOOO awesome!! So very many great ideas - thanks so much AGAIN for the inspiration. That's why your blog is my internet home!!!!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! YOU ARE AMAZING....LOVE IT. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE BOOK

liannallama said...

what a fabulous project! You are so inspiring--thanks so much!

Judi Merryman said...

WOW (she said, picking herself up off the floor ) Your talent and ideas are just amazing. Thanks so much for sharing so much! Have a great weekend!

Sharen said...

This is the cutiest scrapin I have ever seen! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. I'm a fan for life!...Sharen

Meda said...

Wonderful! I really love your acrylic stamping.

Katie W. said...

Absolutely fabulous! You have inspired me today!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. My mother has just suffered a stroke and one of the rehab ideas was pictures and letters to keep her memory alert and help her speech. Can not wait to start a book for her to look at with pictures of her family and friends thank you so much for this great idea.
karol

leenda said...

BRILLIANT! Thanks for the inspiration!

kathy said...

WOWWEE !! this is to the highest level of cuteness -- I have been using clear buttons - for years on my paper and cutting out -- but this is cuter than cute !! - I need some of the clear cardstock !! Giotta check it out - Thnaks for the info and tutorial -Kathy - ga

harrahx2 said...

I love that you shared all this marvelous creativity and that you gave it to us for free? You are one talented lady and very generous!

terrygray4868 said...

Wow! What great ideas you had to share. Making your own helps get the right colors that you need. Loved the button idea. I'll have to give that a whirl. Thanks for sharing your talent. Linda Gray

Mary said...

Great ideas! Question: if you can't use Papertrey ink on the clear pages, what did you use?? paint?? I think I missed that comment. Thanks!
Keep um coming......

christy sheffield said...

Thanks for the great ideas! I know that many, like me, are having to tighten our budgets, so this is a great way for us to have the embellishments we love without spending a lot.

tracy said...

so many comments! lol.....I just had to add that I loved your inexpensive ideas to add to a scrapbook folder. I have been extremely hesitant in continuing with scrapbooking as none of my pages have worked out (the creative gene just didn't stick at birth I guess), but think I might just pick it up again - even for my kids' sake. Thank you ;)

Marge said...

These ideas are so F-A-B-ulous!!! TFS!!! As soon as I can order more PTI, I'll CLEARLY be a happy girl!!! ;-)

Dainty Diva said...

Your technique I will have to try. Thanks for informing us about Dee. I pray for her speedy recovery. I left her a message on her blog.

Scrappin Cheryl said...

Mish this is awesome! I love these ideas and will definately use them. I am so excited to learn you will be at CHA in Orlando! See you there!

Sue c said...

Great idea i have book marked it.Thanks for sharing.
Sue

Lisa G said...

I'm so glad you are back into scrapbooking. The next time Michelle sees you and squeezes you extra tight, that's from me! :) Love your creativity Mish!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! This post is FULL of such wonderful ideas, techniques and photos. What a treasured album you have for each of your girls!

I love all the ideas you shared. I have boys, but hopefully over summer break I can still use some of these ideas for their photo albums that I plan to work on.

Carol (HB) said...

It looks like I'm in a long list of Mishie admirers! This project blows me away! And the way you make it sound so easy (ya, right! lol) makes me want to head right into my craft room! (hmmmm, to bad I'm at the wrong house!) LOVE what you create Mishie!!!

Jen said...

wow wow wow you are so creative. Thank you for sharing all of your creations. One question... did you use paint on all of the clear cardstock stamping? I noticed you had said the ink pads from PTI don't dry but wasn't sure if you used paint on the small dot pattern. I guess you did, but wanted to be SURE!
Gosh... i need to go buy some PTI Clear Cardstock before it sells out!!!

joni h said...

W-O-W!! what a great album & timeless treasure it will be! TFS!

Karen said...

Love Love Love this!! I've been looking for some new inspiration and this is amazing! TFS!

diane mcvey said...

Your kids have ONE AWESOME MOM!!! Those are amazing...the cuteness factor is off the charts! I just love what you did...every bit of it. Now if I just had some GIRLS...(I'm overly blessed with boys and grandsons!) I guess I'll just have to do some for myself! Oh, and I do have a precious daughter-in-law...
Thanks for sharing, and Happy Mother's Day to an awesome Mom!!! :D

Cindy Major said...

I am so impressed! Everything looks amazing! I love seeing you scrapbook. I hope to see more pages in the future - you are really inspiring me to try some of your great tips!

Cindy :)

A Little This and Alot of That said...

I love it and definitely gonna have to do this for my grandaughter....

Jo R. said...

Oh Mish, I love, love, love all your ideas for fun embellishments! Why didn't I think of stamping onto plain flowers? So simple, but looks fantastic. Thanks again for all the creative & fun ideas to try.

MaGoooo said...

Those little red heads are going to LOVE these!! How special they will know they are! GREAT idea and thanks for sharing!

Primitive Seasons said...

What beautiful girls with such gorgeous hair! (They probably hate it, right!) Anyway, Michelle can you tell me if the clear cardstock is like transparancy sheets? Is it the same or different thickness or weight and is it more mat or shiny than transparancy.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogsot.com

Karen said...

beautiful pages and gorgeous girls!! thanks for the tips and ideas - that should save me a fortune on embellies!! :)

claudine hellmuth said...

this is amazing! thanks for using my paints! I am adding a link to this from my bog tonight!

Clear Cards said...

Your fancy looking embellishments and the ribbon work are great. Hope so you will add some more stuff. Keep it up...!

Scrubbysue said...

This is soooooooooo awesome! thankyou so much for sharing. I just purchased some for the first time when I was at CHA this wknd. Now I have some wonderful new ideas to do with them!

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Plastic Card said...

Great idea and beautiful girl too. Its defiantly create a lot of inspiring for me. Thanks for sharing.

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