Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gum Balls Three Ways --- Bringing Stamped Images To Life

I just adore the stamp set in this month's Studio Calico Sandlot card kit.  The gum ball machine is to die for.  And as soon as I saw it, my creative wheels started turning.  I imagined all kinds of ways to doll up those gum balls and bring them to life.  {You can see all my projects from the Sandlot release here}.  And I wanted to share all of those ways with you!

For today's video, I did something a little different.  Instead of showing you one card form start to finish, I am focusing on showing you all of the ways I brought my gum ball machine to life.  This was so much fun!

Here's a few ideas for bringing your stamped images for life.

  • Add 3D elements.  Use foam adhesive, enamel dots, ribbons, buttons, sequins…you name it, you can use it on a card.  3D elements are so fun and unexpected for the recipient.
  • Glossy Accents makes everything better.  Using touches of this fabulous adhesive over your stamped images makes them shine and really brings them to life.  Just don't go overboard {you'll see why in the video}.
  • Stamp in multiple colors.  I used masking to stamp the glass portion of my gum ball machine in a different color than the body.  It's easy…and I love the way it looks!
  • Cut it out!  Not like Michelle or Uncle Joey on Full House!  Stamp your image and then cut it out and add it to your card using one OR TWO layers of foam adhesive to add dimension!
  • Sprinkle with glitter!  Duh.  Glitter is awesome!  And Rock Candy glitter lets the color of your stamped images show through.

I've included links to all of the products used in these projects below.  Simply click the picture to link directly to the product.  Keep in mind, the Sandlot card kit goes on sale for Studio Calico subscribers at noon EST on July 27th.  Non subscribers can purchase this kit beginning at midnight.

Watch The Video Here





  1. Hi Carissa!
    I LOVE your Gumball Machine cards.....they are so ADORABLE! It was fun and inspiring to see it all come together in the end. Thank you for sharing your creative process and showing how you fixed elements that did not turned out as planned. I love the size of your stamp scrubber.....can I ask what brand it is? I bought a few different ones but they're a little too small to clean large background stamps. Thanks again....have a wonderful day! :)

    1. Hi Suzanne! That particular stamp scrubber is from Stampin Up. I bought it years ago. Check their online store. They may still have it!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Thank you Carissa! I will check the SU site! Have a great day! :)