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Stamping with your Dies by Cathie Allan

Mediums and tools that multi-task always have a special place in my creative heart. I totally enjoy looking at my creative tools, toys and mediums from various sides to see what I can get them to do for me other than the “intended use” suggested by the manufacturer. For this blog post I decided to play with the “Heart Clasp Die” from Art Impressions.

Art Impressions

This die makes a lovely wrap for a card but by joining two of these dies I was able to wrap my scrapbook page and then of course wrapped my photo. I then took this die a “stamp step” forward by applying ink to the backside of the die I thus was able to use it as a stamp. Look at that die “go”!!

To begin I made the Art Impressions, “Heart Clasp Die” perform as a stamp. Apply sunflower, pigment ink from Clearsnap to the backside of the die and stamp as shown.


Load a white foam tip with Clearsnap Top Boss, clear and extend the ink (smear the ink) in and around your “die, stamped image.


Add two more layers to this fun, “thinkin’ outside of the die-box” idea by repeating this technique with Clearsnap lime coloured pigment ink and then using the Swirl dot Art Screen from Clearsnap


and roussillon coloured pigment ink. Use your Clearsnap ColorBox stylus and a white foam tip to stencil in selected sections of the Art Screen to your page.


Extend (smear) the Clearsnap roussillon coloured pigment ink with a white foam tip that has been loaded with clear, Clearsnap Top Boss just like you did previously on your “die-stamped” images.


After die-cutting 4 of your Art Impressions, “Heart Clasp Die” apply Clearsnap ColorBox sailboat blue, coloured pigment ink to the die-cuts and iron to set.


Complete your page by framing your title with a custom colored frame and adding a few more framed, fun photos.  The stamp “Here I Grow Again” is from Impression Obsession. Being able to customize the embellishments for my projects is something I never tire of …. I  always have the right color frame, ribbon, die-cut etc. when I have ink.

Cathie Allan

Of course theses ideas are absolutely transferable to your card, altered journal or any paper crafting project you have on your crafting agenda. ENJOY!!



To see more of Cathie’s work – visit her blog – Creative Whispers

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