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There’s nothing I love more than a multitasker (click here if you aren’t familiar with this term) and the PSA Essentials stamper is just that! Not only is it a very sturdy and well-made automatic stamper that I can use to personalize just about anything I make or own, it is also a super quick and easy way to make custom embellishments for my projects! PSA Essentials also offers dozens of ink choices, some in very cool 2-color configurations, and around 700 stamp design choices. Multitasker indeed (and then some)!
Here are a couple of examples of how I used the PSA Essentials stamper and Peel & Stick stamp sets to create easy yet fabulous embellishments on my scrapbook pages.
“Merry & Bright” by Angela Pruitt
Supplies: PSA Essentials “Fancy Flakes” Peel & Stick stamps, “Hunter & Red” 2-color ink; Bella Blvd. papers; ProvoCraft “Botanicals” Cartridge, Stickles glitter
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Supplies needed: 2 sheets white 12×12 cardstock, two sheets of patterned paper of your choice, PSA Essentials stamper & Peel & Stick stamp set of your choice (I used “Fancy Flakes”), PSA Essentials ink cartridge of your choice (I used “Hunter & Red”), circle punch at least 1 1/3″ diameter, ruler, pencil, Glitter glue, adhesive
First, we will stamp the border along the top and bottom of the 12×12 white cardstock.
- With your ruler, measure and mark a pencil line every 2″ across the bottom and top edge of one sheet of the white cardstock. This will be your background paper when finished.
- Load your PSA Essentials stamper with the Peel & Stick border and middle of your choice, and the ink cartridge of your choice. Carefully align the PSA Essentials stamper along the edge of your page with half of the stamped image on your page, and half of the stamped image off your page, using your 2″ pencil lines as guides. Stamp six images across the edge of your page. TIP: Place a piece of scrap paper or newspaper under your page while stamping, to keep ink off your work surface.
- The stamped border along the bottom edge of your cardstock should look like this. NOTE: It can take some practice to get the border perfectly aligned. I sacrificed one sheet of cardstock for practice, and was able to get it perfect on my next try.
- Repeat this border stamping process for the top edge of your cardstock.
- Remove the circular Peel & Stick border from your PSA Essentials stamper, leaving only the middle portion of the stamp on the stamper.
- Stamp several images on your second sheet of cardstock. These do not have to be perfect, as we will be punching them out in the next step.
- Using your circle punch, punch out all the stamped images from the cardstock.
- You can ink or distress the edges of your punched images, add bling, glitter or anything else you can think of!
- I chose to use Stickles to add a little sparkle to my stamped and punched embellies before adding them to my page.
“Hello Goofball” by Angela Pruitt
Supplies: PSA Essentials “Hello Kitty: Paly Time” Peel & Stick stamps, “Lime & Pink” 2-color ink; American Crafts papers & Thickers; ProvoCraft “Lacy Labels” Cartridge
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This is just one way I discovered how to use my PSA Essentials stamps with my Cricut.
Supplies needed: 2 sheets of 12×12 Cardstock of your choice in coordinating colors, 1 sheet of white cardstock, at least 6″x6″, 4 sheets of patterned paper in coordinating patterns/colors (I used American Crafts “Teen” collection), PSA Stamper and Peel & Stick stamp set of your choice (I used Hello Kitty “Play Time”), PSA Essentials ink cartridge of your choice (I used “Lime & Pink”), Alphabet Stickers, foam adhesive squares, paper adhesive
- Using your Cricut, cut three 1 3/4″ circles from the white cardstock.
- Stamp the image of your choice on the circles, being careful to align the image in the middle of the cut circle. TIP: Stamp the images in the circles before you remove them from your Cricut mat! Not shown: Using a coordinating cardstock color and your Cricut, cut three 2 1/4″ scalloped circles.
- Using foam adhesive squares, adhere the stamped white cardstock circles to the colored scalloped circles.
- Place on your page for a cute, custom embellishment!