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October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | October 1, 2009

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring Holiday Warmth – shown here.

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We now have so many CTMH Consultants participating in the Blog Hop that we’ve made three smaller round-robins.  This breaks things up and enables you to see all of the great artwork on different days.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy a journey of amazing things you can do with the October Stamp of the Month (SOTM).

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Here’s the tutorial for how to create this shaker card…

Using a 6″ x 12″ piece of White Daisy Cardstock, fold it to make a side-fold card.  Locate the center point of the front of the card.

Tip: Place a ruler corner to corner and lightly draw a line near the center.  Then, position the ruler on the opposite corners and again lightly draw a line.  Where the two lines cross is the center point of the front of the card.

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Using a circle cutter, cut a 4-inch circle out of the center front of the card base and also out of the center of a 6″ square of Tulip cardstock.

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Use a 4.5″ square of Creme Brulee cardstock and cut a 3.5″ circle out of the center.  Stamp the inside edges using the small swirl stamp and Creme Brulee ink.

Adhere to the front of the card.

Tip: I aligned the Creme Brulee panel from the inside of the card, makes it easier to see the positioning and get it balanced.

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Cut two 4.5″ squares from an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet protector.  Adhere to the Creme Brulee square using Liquid Glass along the outside edges.

Tip: Sheet protectors make great windows!

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Adhere long thin strips of foam tape along the edges of the Creme Brulee square.  When you get to the last side, cut the foam tape back the width of the strip, so you get nice, clean edges.

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Add foam squares around the outside edges.

Tip: To remove the backing from the foam tape, use the Piercing Tool.  Poke it into a corner, from the inside, towards the outside, then lift – the backing comes right up!

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Remove the backing from the foam tape on the Creme Brulee square ONLY.  Attach the remaining 4.5″ square of sheet protector you cut earlier.  Leave one corner free & covered with backing tape so you can fill the shaker box.  I used some table sugar and Prisma Glitter.

Let’s see what the front looks like while holding the stencil inside the card.  Note: the Tulip panel has not been adhered yet – it’s just placed on top to see how it looks.

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Let’s move on to the inside of the card…

Tip: I keep all of the inserts from paper packs that show what the paper pack is.  These inserts are perfect for creating stencils for a quick coloring technique.

Stamp the tree on the reverse side of one of the inserts.  Using a Craft Cutting Knife and the Versamat, cut out the interior porition of the tree.

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You now have a stencil to use for quickly coloring in the tree.

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Place the stencil on the inside of the card.  Close the card and check the position of the tree – adjust as necessary.  Use a sponge dauber and Juniper ink to color in the tree.

Tip:  To prevent the edges of the stencil from fraying, always start coloring from on the stencil, pulling color into the open area.  Start LIGHT – you can always go back and add more color later on.

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Here’s the tree after stenciling in the color.

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Ink the tree with Juniper, then using a damp paper towel, remove the ink from the star tree topper.

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Stamp the image over the stenciled tree.

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Ink the star area of the tree with Creme Brulee and stamp.  Go over the stamped image with the Creme Brulee marker, and add additional star burst lines as desired.

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Color all ornaments on the tree with a Tulip marker.

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Color the tree trunk with a Cocoa marker.  Use a scrap of Creme Brulee cardstock to create a tree skirt.  Stamp the packages in Tulip on scraps of White Daisy cardstock.  Cut out and color using Tulip and Creme Brulee markers.  If desired, pop up the packages with foam squares.

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Add a strip of Jingle Creative Basics patterned paper to the left edge.

To finish off the card, cut a 4.5″ circle of Creme Brulee, then cut out a 3.5″ circle.  Random stamp using the two different swirl stamps and Creme Brulee ink.  Adhere to card front, centered over the opening.

Stamp the large swirl in the outer corners of the Tulip panel using Tulip ink.

Stamp the sentiment in Juniper on a scrap of White Daisy cardstock.  Cut out.  Sponge with Juniper ink.  Adhere to card front.

Add a Juniper bow below the sentiment.

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  • CTMH D1376 October Stamp of the Month -  Holiday Warmth
  • CTMH X5808 Jingle Creative Basics – includes the ribbon
  • CTMH Inks in Juniper, Tulip and Creme Brulee
  • CTMH Markers in Tulip and Creme Brulee
  • CTMH Liquid Glass
  • CTMH Prisma Glitter
  • CTMH 3D Foam Squares and 3D Tape
  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheet protector

Now “hop” on over to Linda’s blog to see what she’s created.


If you get lost on the “hop” or find links that aren’t working, check out this post for a complete list of participating blogs in all three groups.


Are you inspired by this blog?  One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me.  You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.myctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

During October, CTMH is running an amazing special for new consultants…in addition to the great products that come in your consultant kit, and…on top of the Straight To the Top rewards (an exatra $150 in products)…you’ll get 10 FREE Studio J layouts (a $129.50 value)!  That’s a total of $279.50 in rewards for you.  I’d love to talk to you about how CTMH can meet your needs.

Remember, the October SOTM is only available during October…contact your CTMH Consultant or click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!



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Topics: blog hop, Cards, Tips, Tutorials | 26 Comments »

26 Responses to “October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Barbra Otten Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Beautiful Helen, what a special card.

  2. Cibele Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 6:22 am

    WOW! Love this card! Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for adding to my growing list of things to do. LOL. You are so creative and I always look forward to seeing what you create. TFS.

  3. Shannon Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Helen, U Rock!!! That is a great shaker card!

  4. Nancy Brown Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Great card.
    The tutorial was a very nice added touch!

  5. Kim Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Helen, I am just amazed. I too will have to add this to my To-Do list (which by the way grows each time I look on your Blog).

    Great job and thanks for sharing.


  6. Wendy Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Amazing work and I love how you showed pictures of everything in such detail!

  7. Lor Scott Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 10:53 am

    What a beautiful card. Love you tutorial.

  8. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Oh my gosh what a DARLING CARD!! I love shakers and I love your tutorial!!

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    October 1st, 2009 at 1:32 pm

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  10. Carla I. Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Great card Helen! And I love the tutorial. I’ll have to try that coloring technique! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Nona Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Very Nice Helen! :) Great tutorial too.

  12. Kelly English-Triggs Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Wow! Really nice card and great tutorial!!

  13. Judy Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Helen – Love those shaker cards! Your tutorial is amazing.

  14. Sheila Bennett Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Very nice shaker card! And also great pictures with the step-by-step instructions.

  15. Jena Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    What a fun shaker card – and I love your idea of making the tree stencil – I will have to do that – TFS!

  16. Haley D. Says:
    October 1st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    You are one amazing crafter! Thanks for the tutorials. Beautiful shaker card!

  17. Nicole Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Soo cute, and I was thinking I could get by without this stamp set….Heather and I will have to get together and be crafty again! Thanks for sharing such great work and great tutorials!

  18. Caren Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Great blog entry, love the card and the tutorial. I will be returning to do that. TFS

  19. Beth Naumann Says:
    October 2nd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    GREAT card and wonderful tutorial! Thanks!

  20. Susan Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Love the tutorial. Great set to work with the shaker card.

  21. Tammy Pinchard Says:
    October 3rd, 2009 at 11:39 pm


    You are so talented, and I LOVE your tutorials! So blessed to be a same part of the CTMH family with you!

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  23. Anne Says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Great card and tutorial.

  24. Paige Dolecki Says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Fabulous tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing not only your awesome artwork but how to make it!


  25. Linda Sturdivant Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Helen, you are awesome! What a fantastic project and tutorial. I’m so lucky to have such a creative friend :-)

  26. Barbara Harris Says:
    October 24th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I love, love, LOVE this shaker card and all of the creative stamping. Beautiful… :-)