Thursday, 16 August 2012

Thank You Stepper Card by Alan Scott

This is a card made from a stamp from that wonderful stamp making company  PaperArtsy. This is from a double stamp set called Hot Pick 1216.

A4 white card plus A4 sheet of brown wrapping paper
A4 white stamping card 
Set of stamps that have wording or greetings
Adirondack Earthtones Ink Pad - Espresso
im Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
4 gold Card Candi Embelishments
Heat Gun
Spellbinders die (don't worry if you don't have any, a simple squared shape will work just fine!)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Spice Marmalade/Worn Lipstick/Vintage Photo/
Old Paper/Victorian Velvet/Mustard Seed/
Brushed Corduroy/Stormy Sky
Glitter Gold Pen
length of matching ribbon

Crafting Goodies: white tile (for mixing and watering down paints/dyes etc, a must in your goodie bag), craft knife, water brushes (you can use brushes or the water filled ones), good strong clear glue, metal edge ruler, stepper card template, sharp scissors.


Before I start to colour in a card, I make myself a copy of the stamp by just using the ink that's left on the stamp after the 1st impression. This is then a record of what I have used and if any special techniques were used.

This is the information sheet that I have used. As you can see, I have highlighted the different colours and where they are. Also if you look at the bottom left corner, you can see I have tested some colours out before making my choice.
After I had stamped out my image, I decided to go with a Old Retro feel. By using the white tile (they are so cheap! go into your local tile shop and ask if they have any white seconds/end of line/damaged Plain white tile. Mine cost 25p. It has to be white and glossy so you can move the water around).
Right let's get back to the card.
I just placed some of the blender pen onto the surface of the tile and then decided if I wanted to colour the image neat or watered down. By using the tester, you can try things out and not worry about damaging the original.
Another thing I would like to mention, is that your glitter pens can be watered down, so add them to the mix if you want to. I used the lower Simplex Icon using just this pen and a water brush.
Now then, this is where you can go one of two ways. If you dont have the dies I have used here, then just cut it out square. Maybe roughen up the edges to give it an aged feel. I used the Walnut Stain on all the edges.
To make the card base, take the A4 card and using a template or one that you may have downloaded from the internet and then printed out. Cut and emboss the edges (if you're stuck for a Stepper Card template, then email me and I will see what I can do to help.
When you're happy with that and you have made your folds, take the wet clear glue and cover with your brown paper. Trim all the edges and make that when you are cutting down the center, make sure you are cutting from the back so you can see what you're doing. After you have finished trimming and then made all the folds, the next step is to distress all the edges. This is where your craft mat comes into play. As you can push and shove it gently into the folds and cuts so that you can ink all the edges. Don't worry if you distress the paper edges if that happens just take your inking pad and then ink all the white areas so that it blends in.
Stamp out your wording. Keep it simple as you dont want to over power your main image -just a phrase and maybe a few words or small stamped images. Once again to tie it all in, ink the edges with the Walnut Stain Ink. Secure into place with your clear glue. Now then, the next step is the ribbon. As you can see, I have almost covered the whole of the bottom step. Don't worry if you do, as the simple knot your going to make will pull the ribbon down into a smaller width. The ribbon is secured inside the card by about an inch of ribbon. While the clear wet glue is still 'wet', place a small piece of ribbon and make a simple knot. Play around with the size of the knot but don't go too tight as it will spoil the look.
As you can see, I have made quite a wide knot that a little dab of strong glue in the center will do just that. The edges were trimed by folding the ribbon edge to edge and then snipped into the center from the outside edges.
Let's now almost finish the card. I secured 4 gold Card Candi elements into each corner, just to give the look of it being made into a plaque on a wall. I placed this at an angle to give a little more dimension.
So there you are, a Stepper card that's made using some wrapping paper and a really good large stamp. Sometimes it's worth looking at the large stamps, they can be used for several projects if you just change the shape of the card.
Any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.



  1. Great card and great post - so informative! Thanks.

  2. Love your card! The brown paper, distress inks and striped ribbon go so well together.

  3. love the vintage feel to this Alan. Love that ribbon... what make is that?

  4. Hi Mandy, To be honest l don't know where l got it from, I think it was used to wrap something up as l remember that it has two pieces stitched together in the center. Its quite a strong fiber and not as soft as normal ribbon.
    So sorry l couldn't help out with a makers name etc.
    I tend to keep everything that can be used and l'm always picking things out of the waste paper bin saying Oh that's to good to throw

  5. Thanks for this Alan. So much information and inspiration. Hugs, Buttons x


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