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. Aside from the sets you used on these cards, I love the heart ink splatter and mini heart ink splatter background stamps. So much fun!

  2. I love your cards, adorable!!! I think Your Next Stamps are all so cute, the critter stamps are my favorites!

  3. Adorable kid cards I really like how you can customize their faces and hands. My favorite is Your Next Stamp set is Hey Chickie.

  4. I love how creative you have been with the Create a Character stamp set! After perusing the other products YNS offers, I Love the Chemistry stamps! My daughter is very science-y along with lots of Geek friends. It would be a hit with many!

  5. Adorable cards Jennifer. I love the Happy Meal stamp set and the little add- ons with the legs, etc. Thanks for sharing how to make these cute cards.

  6. Love the create a character set. Jennifer, hope you are enjoying your break, everyone needs to recharge their batteries at times but am very grateful for your brother and keeping us with our video fix 🙂

  7. I love the create a character stamp set, what a great idea. I also like the let’s dance set with the little lizard, he is so cute. Hope you are doing well and thank you Mike for filling in.

  8. I really like their create a character stamp set! It can be used with any other set to make really cute cards!!
    Thanks for sharing such a fun technique!

  9. Thanks for all your ideas for the cute cards, and for the introduction to Your Next Stamp – cute name! I hadn’t heard of them before. I think I like their Celebrate Sweetness stamp set the most.

  10. I didn’t know this stamp company, but they have great stamp sets!
    My fav is the Word Critters Collection – Winter Birds, but there are some other great sets as well, it is hard to choose only one!

  11. How adorable! Who doesn’t love a Happy Meal?! I LOVE YNS!!! I use their open scallop circles all the time!!!

  12. I love the cards you made and glad you show us great video and new stamp company.thank you very much.. Thank you for a change to win the giveway.

  13. Love so many of their stamps now! I’d have to pick the Smiley Happy Critter Crew, Set 1, though. I make lots of cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, and those images/greetings would be perfect! Thanks for the inspiration, and the great giveaway! Also for letting us know about Your Next Stamp! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  14. I love the monster stamp sets! And the doctor in the get well set is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I absolutely love the Create A Character stamps! They are so versatile and can be paired with so many other stamps or die cuts. What a great idea!

  16. I’ve never heard of this stamp company but wow look at all those cute and nice stamps they have!! My favorite in their product is Heartfelt Sentiments.

  17. These are so darn cute and now they’re out of stock everywhere. I love all your creations, but this one is so cheery and happy I can’t stand it!

  18. I love the meal stamps and the create a character stamps. I can see where you would have a lot of fun making cards with those.

  19. I love the Silly monsters 1 and 2. Also the Happy dance. I have a little boy so those would be great for him. He said his fav was the food stamps. He loved what you did with your cards. He said they are good enough to eat lol

  20. Wow! The artwork on these stamps are so adorable. I have never heard of them so thank you for the introduction. I really like the stamps. My favorite is silly monsters. I would have a great time coloring them with my kids. The play on words are great too.

  21. I absolutely love what you did with these two stamps sets, but my favorite set (so hard to choose) is Perfect Chemistry. Thanks for sharing this!!

  22. I love their sushi stamps – Maki a Wish and Soy Awesome! They are so fun 🙂
    The play on words for majority of their stamps are fantastic!!

  23. I was just looking at YNS the other day and wasn’t sure how I’d use the fry/burger, etc but thought they were cute. I love this! I think my favorite is the Call the Doctor set.

  24. I’m a sucker for anything dogs/cats…and coffee. The coffee break set is absolutely adorable. As always, your ideas and inspiration are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

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