The Craft Room 6th February 2016 – Back to basics stamping with the “Crazy Birds”

Well its February, the snowdrops and daffodils are out, spring is definitely in the air, and we are back to our weekly Saturday crafty aftys.

For our first session back in the craft room I thought we should go back to the basics with stamping.

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using these little fellows Tim Holtz, Crazy birds. Easy to stamp and fun to colour.

But first of all – which ink to stamp with, on which paper and what to colour in with.

Now why had I thought this was going to be easy?  I had put out Archival and Memento ink pads for stamping with, had given them all 3 types of card stock, coated, water colour and stamping card, and to keep things  really simple just distress markers and alcohol markers for colouring in. what could possibly go wrong?

Ok first the basic rules,

If you stamp with Archival (oil based) – colour with Distress markers (dye, water based). card type to use water colour or stamping card. Can also use the water brushes to dilute the colour


If you stamp with Memento (permanent  dye based) – colour with alcohol pens  ( Spectrum noirs, pro markers etc).  Card type to use coated or stamping card.


They were all given plenty of scrap paper to practice their stamping and for testing colour combinations etc and told to just have a play around hmmmmm.

It did take a wee while for it all to sink in and  I did get a bit worried at one point when I spotted someone trying to use a water brush with the alcohol markers, but, after  a ‘few’ minor errors,  they became more  confident to the point of using masks for multiple stampings and to using the Crazy bird accessory stamps too.





They loved  using the Crazy Bird stamps, they were very easy to stamp and used a variety of word stamps from Visible Image and Clarity Stamps to complete their toppers. Although there is always one that has to be different

20160206_162540Not quite a Crazy Bird, more a Clarity bird with gorgeous water colouring from Lisa.

Tim Holtz has also now brought out the Scruffy Cat stamps too (which I just had to have from Country View Crafts) and I managed to have a little play with them too

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Love is blossoming maybe?

Thank you for visiting, next week is the second Saturday of the month which means its ‘Groovi’ Time.

Have a




  1. Lisa MacGregor

    Great examples Julie. Oopsy the Blue tot stamp was sat in front of my place when I arrived so I thought you meant I had to use that one lol. Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed colouring it in with the water brush and distress pens, thanks for the lovely compliment xx

    • Lisa MacGregor

      Oopsy Blue tit lol

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