Creating Characters From Stamps and Die Cuts + Giveaway

Hi! It’s Mike again… sharing another post Jennifer had started. She hopes to be back soon.


Welcome. Today’s video shares a way to transform your stamps and dies into characters, which is perfect for kid cards.

Creating Characters from Stamps and Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used at no cost. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

It’s always good to have some playful cards on hand… especially for kids. Today’s idea of turning stamps and die cuts into characters is perfectly playful and a great way to stretch you supplies.

Creating Characters from Stamps and Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I started with a few die cut background panels using the Avery Elle Burst Die. (So fun – I used this die HERE, too). These pieces were the perfect backdrop for the playful Your Next Stamp Happy Meal images. I instantly turned the images into characters by adding faces, arms, and legs from the Your Next Stamp Create A Character stamp set. (You could also hand-draw these.)

Creating Characters from Stamps and Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used a black hybrid ink from My Favorite Things to stamp the images so I could color them with my Copic Markers. However, any quick coloring method would work for this.

Creating Characters from Stamps and Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also create characters out of die cuts. I die cut a cupcake from the Build a Treat die set from Your Next Stamp. After adhering the cupcake down, I stamped the face and added googly eyes.

Creating Characters from Stamps and Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did the same process using a heart die andstamped the greetings using the A Little Sentimental Stamp Set from Clearly Besotted. (This is a great set that covers so many occasions.) I finished off all the cards by adding some shine using my Wink of Stella.

Creating Characters from Stamps and Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You don’t have to have a character building stamp set to transform your images. You can add simple faces or even stick arms and legs with a black marker. After seeing these cards, my kids want to create some too. These would be a fun craft to do with kiddos!


Here are some other things you might be interested in:•

  • Video featuring kids cards with masking.
  • Kid’s fingerprint cards video:
  • Your Next Stamp is a company who has been around for awhile with A LOT of fun stamps. This is my first time using them. (Was I living under a rock?!) You can find some of their stamps at Simon Says Stamp and more at their own website. Be sure to also check out there awesome enamel dots! They are called Gumdrops and they are SO yummy. They even have some that sparkle and I like that they aren’t super bulky.


Interested in trying out some products from Your Next Stamp? I have a fun prize pack for a lucky winner. (See photo below.) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 3/25/16 telling me your favorite of their products. You can find them HERE or HERE. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thanks for the prize, YNS!)



Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. I was not asked or paid to do this post.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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657 thoughts on “Creating Characters From Stamps and Die Cuts + Giveaway”

  1. These cards are so cute! My favorite is the Create a Character stamps. Thanks for telling us about Your Next Stamp company.

  2. Jennifer,
    Really cute ideas for fun kids cards. I love the variations you can get with the cute smile faces and arms and legs stamp set from Your Next Stamp. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!
    Kathy M

  3. YNS have so many wonderful stamps, hard to pick one – but I do love the Happy Meal set you used!

  4. Hard to choose a favourite! I really love the Word Critters Spring Birds set,thanks so much for a chance of winning a prize Jennifer.xx

  5. I loved this video! I’m a sucker for anything with a cute face on it, so all of YNS’ Kawaii-type stamps are just irresistlbe to me. Objects with faces (like what you created in your video) always grab me the most, but I do love their little bird and duck characters too.

  6. This is my first look at YNS. These little critters are all so cute. Thanks Jennifer for showing us these adorable cards and for the chance to win a really nice prize! I’ll keep my fingers crossed…..

  7. Very cute stamps. Thanks for the ideas Jennifer. We are sending you good thoughts and hope you are back on track soon.
    Julie C.

  8. Oh my word!!! They have the cutest hard to choose. But, after much thought I’d have to say my favorite set would be the happy heart. Thank you so much for the chance to win. 🙂

  9. Thank you for showing your adorable cards and for a chance to win! I like all the products that you used. Cute idea and cute cards!

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the create a character stamp set…sooooo cute and cam be used with so many different stamp sets

  11. I just love the Woodland cuties clear stamp set and die cut set, so adorable, love todays cards, so cute for kids.

  12. I ADORE your cards! What fun! I like the penguin and get well sets best, although they are all very good! :O)

  13. You used a “create a character” stamp set to turn the stamps into CHARACTERS? Whoa… what an idea.

  14. Yes, the Happy Meal stamp set. So cute. And I love the face stamp set too. Nice to hear your voice again, Jennifer.

  15. I love all the products that you created!! If I forced to chose (please don’t), I will say CREATE A CHARACTER Clear Stamp Set

  16. I have the funny farm crew and sentiments. I just love the donkey with the “shake your ba-donk-a-donk”. Love your cards, so creative!

  17. Hi Jennifer,

    I have always praised you for your informative and gorgeous videos, but today I have to do so for the yumminess
    you have created and shared with us! Thanks for the chance to win!

    María Alba

  18. Jennifer, I can’t pick just one: I like their coffee break, fairy and princess stamps! This video shows a very cute versatile idea! I have three little grands and will look at my stamps with this and them in mind!

  19. I love the sets you used! I would never have thought to put legs and arms on those happy meal stamps! And the faces… cute!

  20. Whooooo doesn’t love owls? YNS Life’s a Hoot is my favorite with the adorable faces on those owls. Check them out!

  21. I have to say the Bunny Music stamp set is my favorite as I play classical piano. Just received the Sandy Squirrel autumn greetings stamp set as my daughter loves squirrels. So cute. Your Next Stamps are awesome! Thanks!

  22. I want to try the YNS stamps. Don’t have any right now. I just learned about them watching your awesome video. I am also excited to make cards like the ones you just did because I just got a new set of Copics, 72 set A for my birthday!!! I cannot wait to use them!! Loved the YNS create a character set the best!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Thanks so much for a really fun idea, and for giving even more options that don’t require me to blow the budget! My grands have all finished their birthdays, so now it’s adult season! But not all of us are terribly mature, so…….! I would love these stamps, but probably could manage a silly face and some stick arms! I have been practicing with bowling pin people, which really stretches my artistic ability! Thanks again. You made me smile today.

  24. I love YNS. I’ve been a fan for a while. I love their Waddles the Penguin sets as well as their Silly Monsters sets. So much goodness from YNS! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. So SO adorable. What a great idea! My favorites are both the stamps you shared especially the Happy Meal. There are some other great stamp sets from this new to me company… “Fantastic” as well as “Java Geek” Jennifer, you are SO creative! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Oh my, there are so many, but if I had to choose only one, right now it would the be the Balloon Buddies. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Your videos are great and your voice is very relaxing. I could watch your videos for hours :-).

  27. Too many cute stamp sets to choose just one. The one you used here is adorable and love all the facial expressions!

  28. Thanks f I r the introduction to YNS! I have never heard of them. This set I am loving! Great set for kids as I’m always looking for cute kid stamps for our son and nieces / nephews. And more enamel dots…..YAY!!!

  29. So cute! I have a couple dozen things on my wishlist, including the Create a Character, but I think my favorite is the tear away tab die… I love the idea of a surprise inside a card I made!

  30. I think the Happy Meal Stamp Set is just the cutest thing ever! The sentiments that are included in the set are so fun and happy. I can think of many ways I could use this set. Your Next Stamp has really done a nice job with their stamp line up. I visited their website and was very impressed indeed!

  31. I had never heard of ‘Your Next Stamp’, so I went to the site & fell in love with so many stamp sets. A few of my faves are: Magical Unicorn; Happy Meal; Create a Character; Fun Faces & any of the Princess sets. I loved your video. I can’t wait to purchase some stamp sets and get started on kids cards. I always seem to have trouble trying to create one. Thank you for your time & inspiration & for this great giveaway!

  32. There are so many cute sets here, but I really like the Happy Meal Set and how you adapted these for kid cards. Thanks for sharing. I get so many good ideas from you.

  33. I like the create a character set…such an awesome idea! Thanks Jennifer! Sending prayers your way!

  34. Love those cute characters Jennifer – praying all is well with you and yours.
    Those stamps at Your Next Stamp are fabulous – the one that really appeals is the “Hey Chickie” set, as Chickie is a family nickname .

  35. This is such an awesome giveaway, thank you for the chance to win! I really like the Happy Meal set that you used, but I also like Sports Fanatics One and Sports Fanatics Two. They look like great sets I’d get a ton of use out of as my son gets older!

  36. These are all really cute, but after looking at all of them, I like the Create A Character set the best. I think I would use it more! All your ideas for the cards were really adorable!

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