June 2009: Diane M.

June 2009 – Diane MacDonald
“2-Pocket Fold Card “

Front of Card

How long have you been stamping?
Where’s that calculator?… I’m sure it’s 14+ years now since I was first introduced to the wonderful rubber image blocks of wood back then. I loved what appeared on paper! Naturally, I signed up for a “beginner’s class” to learn all there was about rubber stamping. I had a great instructor, Catherine Allan  (who writes monthly articles in the Scott Publications magazine “Scrap and Stamp” magazine as well as others).

What is your favorite technique?
I love just about every technique there is to do with rubber stamping. However, to choose just one technique it would be using my heat tool with good quality embossing powders. I love the ‘wow’ factor that appears on cardstock when I use my EP’s.

Favorite stamp company?
‘Magenta’ has always been my first love for rubber stamps. However, I have migrated to using many other rubber stamp suppliers, especially now there are so many UMs available through our wonderful OSA vendors – truly a great opportunity to expand one’s inventory with Asian rubber stamps. (Make note to self… extend Christmas Wish List…)

Favorite Asian stamp?
Cranes, herons, geishas, cherry blossoms, dragonflies to name a few.

Favorite stamping accessory?
My favorite stamping accessory is my Teflon Bone Folder. I won’t leave home without it. It never leaves a shiny mark on cardstock and is more flexible than regular bone folders. It’s heat resistant, and glues or inks will not adhere to it.

Favorite colors?
I thought it was blue, but after joining OSA it has increased to three favorite colors now – black, red, and gold.

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
I have many favorite embellishments but to name just one is difficult. If I must, then it would have to be ribbon or fibers.

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
What was that old TV series called starring Richard Boone? “Have Gun – Will Travel”? Invariably, that would be my heat gun. It’s a well used tool from heating embossing powders, to straightening strips of venetian blinds (for making bookmarks), to heating Pensacore foam (make an instant impression to use as a rubber stamp) and to seal or dry anything instantly!

Any helpful tips for the group?
Don’t be afraid to experiment, get your fingers dirty, smell the inks, dabble with paint. Peruse rubber stamp magazines for inspirations, the OSA gallery albums. There are thousands of ideas out there to whet your appetite. Buy some cardstock (you can never have enough), take classes at your local retail outlet, join card groups. Above all don’t be too critical of your own beautiful creations. Everyone starts from somewhere or something. Liberate your inhibitions and start stamping! It’s good therapy. Get your left and right brain cells working. You will be amazed at what appears on your canvas. Sometimes it will be frightening to see what appears on your paper, but before you know it, colors/images will appear beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. You will be amazed at your own hidden talent. Try it! You’ll see…

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I have grown to appreciate Asian art more since joining OSA. Oriental themed stamping always gives me the feeling of peace and tranquility when I complete a project. Although it can reflect boldness, especially with dragons, I find a more calming effect presents itself to me, especially when I use birds or floral stamp images.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps, supplies, or Asian art elements?
I wish I could visit every “Chinatown” in every major city or visit Japan to find Asian art elements. Can you imagine? Paper, tools, trinkets? Perhaps unusual stamping accessories?

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?

I have joined a few stamping lists over the years, but found that OSA fills my needs, especially in rubber stamping. I am a current member of ‘Next Generation Stampers’ as well, a great place to learn all sorts of techniques.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
Vamp Stamp News. There are many others out there for the novice or experienced stampers, such as “Take Ten”, “Stamper’s Sampler”, “Just Cards”, “Scrap & Stamp”, “Rubber Stamp Madness”, just to name a few.

Published in any magazines? If yes, please list.
Yes, I have been published twice in VSN – December 2008 issue and March 2009 issue.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I love working with a variety of mixed media making unusual pieces either for attachments to cards or as standalone projects. I love creating projects using gels, acrylic paints, beads, hot glue, and wire. I’ve also dabbled with metals like pewter (dry embossing), and using my Cuttlebug embossing folders to make fanciful background cardstocks. I have also dabbled into photography, paper tole, watercolor and oil painting, embroidery on cards, and CDs. I’ve also created my own teabag folding tiles and unusual ways to fold them, as well as the traditional teabag folding. I also love making handmade journals and books. I love taking classes on new techniques or old ones, just to refresh ones skills. I love to learn about new products on the market, and of course to build up one’s inventory of supplies.

What inspires you to be creative?
When I see someone else’s artwork whether it be a painting, a card, or a published article or I experience a place that is so breath taking it inspires me to say “I can do it” and I will eventually give it a whirl. However, given a few liquid libations (a nice glass of red wine will do) at hand, one never knows what could develop on my canvas.

Any art background ?
None whatsoever….but in hindsight I wish I would have taken art classes back in high school or at college.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Yes, a few things especially after frequenting the aisles at my local hardware store. I have used soffit screen to spray patterns onto cardstock. I have also used fine grit sandpaper (did you know they come in a variety of colors?) to use as mattes on a cards. I’ve also used polyester window screening material as a background, too.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
Oriental Stamp Art website for sure! Just look at all the galleries in there! Phenomenal place for inspiration! Just Google ‘rubber stamping blogspots” and you will find oodles of blog sites for inspiration as well. Splitcoast Stampers is another website with a wealth of information and inspiration.


June 2009, Diane MacDonald
“2-Pocket Fold Card”

Completed card measures 6” x 6”

Front of Card

Inside completed card


  • 2 sheets 12”x12” Black matte cardstock
  • 1 sheet 12”x12” Red embossed paper, or dry emboss pieces of your own plain red cardstock
  • 1 sheet 8 ½”x11” Brushed Gold cardstock (source: StampinUp)
  • Queen’s Gold EP by Ranger
  • Black Detail EP by The Artful Stamper
  • 8” length of 7/8” wide Black Satin ribbon
  • 12” length (cut in two) of 3/8” width Red gross grain black-stitched ribbon
  • Gold Asian corner peel-offs (optional)
  • Scor-It Board (optional)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Heat tool
  • Static Bag
  • Colorbox Black pigment ink pad (by Clearsnap)
  • Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold pigment ink pad (by Tsukineko Inc.)
  • Double-sided adhesive tape or glue stick
  • Dot ‘N Go glue dots brand adhesive
  • ¼” hole punch
  • Foam tape

Rubber Stamps used in this project:

Front of card –
Japanese Tea House #6324 – by Inka Stamps
Kanji Quiet Garden #6021 – by Inka Stamps

Inside of card –
Plum Blossom Branch – by Art Neko
Bamboo Background – by Just for Fun

Tags –
Tranquility Garden #415-J – by Auntie Amy
Heavenly Musicians – by About Art Accents


Score 1 sheet of black cardstock in places shown with dotted lines on Figure 1.
Figure 1

Fold the cardstock in half and crease well as shown on Figure 2. Unfold.

Figure 2

Fold both diagonal lines toward center and crease well as show in Figure 3 and Figure 4.

Figure 3

Figure 4

With the two diagonal folds tucked inward, fold these upward and crease well. See Figure 5.

Figure 5

Unfold your entire piece of Black cardstock, apply Static Bag to area to be stamped. Using Gold pigment ink, stamp the Plum Blossom Branch in area shown in photo below. Cover with Queen’s Gold EP. Heat set and cool. Then re-assemble. See image below:

Plum Blossom Branch

Apply one Dot‘N Go glue dot as indicated in Figure 6 below.

Figure 6

Continue folding over cardstock after applying your glue dot – Figure 7.

Figure 7

Firmly crease the two edges with your bone folder as shown in Figure 8 and Figure 9.

Figure 8

Figure 9

Cut the following from your second piece of 12”x12” Black Cardstock:
6” x 12” piece – apply Static bag to cardstock and stamp the Bamboo Background (side-by-side) with Gold pigment ink and Queen’s Gold EP and heat set. See Figure 10 below. Trim off one long edge and one short edge of this piece of cardstock in order to cut a 4 ¾” x 4 ½” bamboo stamped piece of cardstock, then cut this piece diagonally to form two triangles. These will be mounted to the red embossed cardstock inside your pocket fold card. (refer to Figure 11 after Step 20)

Figure 10

2 Tags each measuring 5 7/8” x 3 1/8” trim with diagonal cuts at top corners to form a tag

1 piece measuring 2” x 3 7/8” (to be stamped with the Japanese Tea House in Gold pigment ink and Queen’s Gold EP and heat set) See Step 15.

Cut the following from the Brushed Gold cardstock:
4” x 2 ¼” matte (for front of card under Japanese Tea House)

5 5/8” x 5 ½” matte (for front of card)

2 pieces – 5 1/8” x 2 ¼” (stamp Tranquility Garden on one piece, stamp Heavenly Musicians on second piece with Black pigment ink and Black Detail EP and heat set)

Cut the following from your Red Embossed cardstock:
3” x 5 ½” matte (for front of card)

5 ½” x 5 ½” matte for inside corner areas of card, which is cut diagonally to form two triangle pieces

2 pieces – 5 ½” x 2 5/8” mattes for the two tags, trim corners at top edge to match black tags

Assemble Brushed Gold cardstock matte with Red Embossed cardstock matte to front of card as shown in illustration below. Offset slightly. Glue or tape in place.

Cut black satin ribbon and tie a offset knot to left end of ribbon. Adhere with tape on the reverse side of the Brushed Gold and Red Embossed cardstock matte. See image below.
Optional: add Asian style gold corner peel-offs if you wish as shown in illustration.

Step 12 and Step 13

Stamp Kanji Quiet Garden with Black pigment ink and Black Detail EP and heat set centered in the area to the right of red embossed cardstock matte and the black ribbon below. (See illustration above.)

Assemble Black Cardstock with Japanese Tea House stamped in Gold pigment ink and Queen’s Gold EP, to the Brushed Gold cardstock, using as a matte.

Japanese Tea House

Adhere Step 11 item (Japanese Tea House) with foam tape, centered on red embossed cardstock between top edge of Brushed Gold matte and the black ribbon at lower part.

Foam Tape

Completed matte for front of card:

Front of Card

Assemble and glue Red Embossed triangular pieces of cardstocks and Black Gold Embossed Bamboo backgrounds to each triangle shape. Then adhere with glue or tape to the inside corner areas (upper left and upper right).
See Figure 11 below.

Assemble and glue Red Embossed cardstock matte to front of each Black Tag. Trim the Brushed Gold rubber stamped image pieces (Tranquility Garden and Heavenly Musicians) to fit each tag appropriately.
See Figure 11 below.

Punch a ¼” hole into top of each tag, and thread the red black stitched gross gain ribbon through each tag and knot. See Figure 11 below.

Tuck completed tags into the 2 pockets of the card.

Finished card inside:

Figure 11

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