How to Alter Stamps

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Wondering how to get more out of your stamps? Learn how to easily alter them to create an adorable handmade card.

Wondering how to get more out of your stamps? Learn how to easily alter them!

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  • Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
  • Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pen .05
  • Sakura Waterbrush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper Smooches Chubby Chums Clear Stamp Set
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens Aquamarine (Glitz and Glamour) and Moonlight (Shades of Spring)
  • Spectrum Noir Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock 8.5x11
  • Post It Notes
  • Paper Towel or Baby Wipes
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Cutterbee Scissors
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Stamp the dog image using Tuxedo Black Ink onto a Post It Note and trim it out. Stamp the same dog image onto the card panel (watercolor cardstock trimmed to 5.5 x 4.25). Align the Post It note directly on top of the image so it covers the entire image up. This is a 'mask' and will protect the stamped image from anything else we stamp on top of it.

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Place the cat image onto a stamp block and ink it up. Here is where we alter! Gently wipe off the ink on the ears using a baby wipe or a damp paper towel. The stamp should look like a cat with no ears!

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If you want to test it on a scrap piece of paper first, feel free! Or, just go ahead (be daring!) and stamp that earless kitty right on the card panel, overlapping the dog. Remember, we have the dog masked, so it will look like the cat is behind him.

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I decided to use the same technique, only partially inking up a stamp (I wiped away the excess ink on the non-ear area) to stamp the ears. I used the dog stamp again, but I only used the ears. You can draw ears onto the cat to make him a dog if you prefer!

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Stamp the ears onto the 'new' dog (previously the cat). Touch up any missed areas with a Sakura Micron pen. If you choose to draw the ears instead, I would suggest drawing them in pencil first, then using the Micron pen to trace over it. This way, the image looks seamless!

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Peel off the Post It Note mask. You can re-use this for another project, down the road! Now it's time to color the stamped images in! I used watercolor pencils, simply because I love the soft look of them, but any medium will work. I also stamped the sentiment above the animals before I started to color them in. I colored around the edges and then pulled the color into the center using a waterbrush.

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I also added some color around the animals, too. I gently colored under and around the dogs and then blended the color out with a waterbrush. I had a few small marks in the area where I re-created the ears, so by adding some extra color, it covered up my mistakes!

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To soften up the hard white background, I drew lines around the edges using the Micron pen and a ruler. I also added some splatters of color using Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I just squeezed the barrel of each pen fairly hard and flicked at the same time onto the card panel.

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Adhere the card panel to a black card base, cut 8.5 x 5.5 and scored at the 4.25 (standard A2 size). I used a shimmering cardstock, but any dark color will work. By using a darker color instead of a plain white base, the images on the front panel stand out a bit more!

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