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“Sand and Pebble” Backgrounds Tutorial

Featuring The Stampsmith's
 "The Great Wall of China" Rubber Art Images

Great Wall of China Cards

By: Maria Loomis, Artistic Guide 

Finished card size: A2

The Great Wall of China Rubber Stamp Plate – Unmounted (The Stampsmith)
4 sheets of 8.5” x 11” Glossy White Cardstock. (Kromekote)
Dye Ink Pad Re-Inkers (Ranger’s Adirondack)

  • Pool
  • Clover
  • Mountain Rose
  • Lettuce
  • Red Pepper
  • Butterscotch
  • Espresso

Dye Ink Pad Re-Inkers (Tsukineko Memento)

  • Rose Bud
  • Paris Dusk

Versa Mark Stamp Pad (Tsukineko)
Staz-On Jet Black Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Top Boss Clear Embossing Fluid (Clear Snap)
Crystal Stickles (Ranger)
Black and Red Pearls (Crystal Stickers)
Extra Fine Mist Spritzer Bottle (JudiKins)
Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver Medium Point Marker (Sharpie)
Clear Embossing Powder
70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Drug Store)
Large Car Wash Sponge Cut into small cubes
3M Mounting Tape
Double Stick Tape
Acrylic Blocks for use with un-mounted rubber
Tack-N-Peel for Acrylic Blocks (Tsukineko)
Guillotine Paper Cutter (Tonic Studios)
Heat embossing tool
Paper Towels
Scratch Paper
Stamping mat, large mouse pad or magazine
Small Spray Bottle (Drug Store)
Optional: Vinyl glove to protect fingers from dye ink

Note:   Stampers often have a strong preference for one type of glossy paper over another. King James was discontinued by the manufacturer some time ago. When you buy glossy paper from rubber stamp stores, even if it is branded by well known rubber stamping manufacturers, chances are, you're buying Kromekote.

Prep Work:

  1. Place 8.5” x 11” scratch paper in a large plastic tray with sides.
  2. Set aside a second large plastic tray for clear embossing powder.
  3. Cut 4 sheets of 8.5” x 11” Glossy White Cardstock. Each cardstock sheet should be cut into four 5 .5” x 4.25” pieces.
  4. Cut rubber images from “The Great Wall of China” plate with sharp scissors
    Adhere Tack-N-Peel to Acrylic Blocks.
  5. Place paper towels on protected tabletop to mop up excess dye ink from background papers.
  6. Plug in heat embossing tool.
  7. Fill Extra Fine Mist Spritzer bottle with 70% Isoprophyl Alcohol.
  8. Fill small spray bottle with water. Add ½ bottle of Top Boss Clear Embossing Fluid to small spray bottle. Tighten lid and shake well.
  9. Cut large car wash sponge into cubes. You will need one for each color (9).

What You Will Need  Introduction Video

Check back on Wednesday when Maria will show you how to create the sand and pebble backgrounds.


Video Tutorial Part 2 – Stamp Images and Assemble Cards


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4 Responses »

  1. Maria: MY GOODNESS! Thank you so much for the links, the stamps are really spectacular! Can't wait to get some of these stamps and to see your next video...

  2. Hi Sylvia,
    So sorry you had trouble locating the Stampsmith's "Great Wall of China" stamp plate. Here is the link to the stamp plate: http://stampsmith.net/asia.htm
    Scroll down to plate #2

    To place an order go to the following link: http://stampsmith.net/orderform.htm
    You can always contact Estelle, the owner, if you have any additional questions at: estelle@stampsmith.net

    I am so glad you are enjoying these video tutorials 😉
    Creatively yours,

  3. Looks to be a really interesting series of videos. I would like to have had a link to the rubber stamp plate--couldn't find it via Google. Found Stampsmith's, but nothing "Great Wall of China". (Unfortunately, couldn't make out many of the images on the video, so I wanted to see what the plate actually was.) Anxiously await the next video on Wednesday.

  4. this looks wonderful, I can hardly wait for the remainder of the instructions!!!