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. I think their Happy Meal stamps are adorable, and I also really like their Maki a Wish and For the Boys sets – so cute for creating characters! Thanks for sharing your fun cards – such cute stuff from Your Next Stamp!

  2. Thanks for sharing. Those food stamps are so cute, with the eyes, arms and legs. I feel quite inspired.

  3. This is a super fun way to extend your stamps and not to mention it’s so adorable! I am in love with the products from this company! So much that I couldn’t possibly pick one favorite thing from them because everything from YNS is my favorite! I love thier stamps, dies, and especially thier enamel dots!

  4. How cute are these cards and stamps? I have to say I adore the “call the Doctor” stamp set–really cute! I also love the faces stamps, how perfect to turn so many “things” into characters. Thanks for sharing, as always! Happy remodeling!

  5. Oh how cute!!! Love them all, but I think my fav is the silly monsters (both sets). Adorable stamps… and cards!

  6. Amazingly sweet cards Jennifer.
    I LOVE YNS stamps/dies. Absolutely fantastic quality. I love the Create a Character stamp set, would love to get that!

  7. Oh my goodness – who wouldn’t want the create a character stamp so you can stretch all your other stamps?!?! Love it!

  8. I have several YNS stamps and dies. The take out box die is a favorite. I love the sets of faces to add to almost any other stamp. The owls are cute, but not too child-like–good for any age. The monkey, the sports themes, the winter and spring birds. Too many to choose from.

  9. I just love these cards I love the meals stamp what a cute way to give a food gift card and making into characters was really cute I really want to make some of these 🙂

  10. I’m in love with the Create A Character stamp set because of the vast versatility that it offers. Thank you for such a cute video.

  11. Love how these stamps can stretch all existing stamp and die sets. The faces, arms and legs are my favorite.

  12. LOL, these are hilarious! The possibilities are endless. marvelous samples Jennifer.
    Thank you Mike, for keeping us going 🙂

  13. Absolutely adorable card….what kid (big or small) would get a chuckle out of these.
    My favorite from these products is Create a Character.stamps.

  14. What an excellent idea…these cards are so adorable & perfect for kids!! Heck even the adults would get a chuckle!! I think it’s funny you just discovered YNS products, but there are many, many stamp companies out there, and I”m always finding new one’s when visiting other people’s blogs! Anyway…I recently purchased one of their stamp sets that I think is super cute and I think you would love it …. it’s my favorite for now….Dill-ightful!! It has a lot of cute sentiments in it & you could use it for a lot of occastions, or just to tell someone you love how awesome they are!

  15. Your cards are so cute!! I am so glad you did this video. I had been wondering how big the Create a Character ones were. They are a perfect size! The cards are adorable!

  16. I like the “Good Friend” stamp, the sentiment cracks me up: “A good friend helps you shop for stamp supplies, but a true friend helps you hide your stash when you get home.” 🙂

  17. Wow, I love these cards…..I am supposed to do some kids cards for someone and just couldn’t come up with any ideas, until now. Thank you Jennifer for sharing these at a most appropriate time (for me). These are so cool you could send them to good friends and I know they would get a huge kick out of them. The faces and hands and legs are a “Must Have” . Thanks again and Thank you Mike for holding down the fort for a while.

  18. My son just loved the burger and fry set you used. He is 12 and isn’t interested in crafting as much as he used to be so for him to commment is BIG! Love your cards! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I’m new to “Your Next Stamp” and SSS. I absolutely adore the “Create A Character” set, my favorite of the bunch, and definitely on my wish list. It’s so versatile and fun, as you have demonstrated in your tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I like the create a character stamp set. I never thought I needed arm and leg stamps, but now I see I do!

  21. These stamps are so cute. My favorites are the faces with arm and leg parts and the Spring chick set. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  22. I haven’t heard of this company before but they look great! I like the happy meal set and the SPRINKLES COFFEE AND TEA Clear Stamp Set and the WORD CRITTERS SPRING BIRDS Clear Stamp set. It was hard to choose just one!

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