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. Since French fries are my favorite food ever that’s why I love, love this set. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Love the Happy Meal stamps and the Create a Character Stamps — the Create a Character stamps would be so versatile. You have me wanting to go look at my stamps in a new way – which I will be doing next! Thanks for the great idea! I have some kid cards to make today. Love what you did in this project. I can see why your children were so excited. Thanks for all your inspiration! Happy Easter!

  3. Adore the cute images and the fun dies in the collection. My absolute favorite is the Little Darling Fairy Godmother stamp set. Totally in love with the cute fairy and the sweet carriage!

  4. Love your fun creative cards! Clearly Besotted Clear stamp set is on my Wish List. I want and need it badly! Thanks so much for your talent and your giveaway!

  5. Love your cards and making the little characters. Besides the create a character set I love the silly monsters, especially the girl in the number two set. Thanks for the continued inspiration. Hope you and your family are doing ok whilst you are away.

  6. I love their stamp sets, the silly monsters is cute but by far I love their enamel dots. I have a few of them and they are fabulous!

  7. These are so much fun…. perfect any age. I’d love to give these to my friends to make them smile on their birthdays!!

  8. Loved the video. I have a cupcake die cut and never thought of adding a face, arms and legs to make it a character. Thank you for suggesting that option. I don’t have those faces and would love to be eligible for a chance to win them. Thank you for all that you do to make my stamping experience even more fun and fulfilling.

  9. The meals set is so much fun as are build a treat dies. I have added googly eyes to a taco punch art one which added a lot of character so making food into characters is definitely something I love to try.

  10. SQUEAL!! LOVE these and your Video!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to Win!! Have a Fabulous Week!! My Favorite New Sets are the Magical Unicorn Set and the Keep on Trucking Set!! =)

  11. I’m so happy to see Your Next Stamp featured by you, Jennifer. They are a wonderful company. I love the build a character stamp set because there are so many options for this set just like you have shown!

  12. Jennifer, I only started following you for a couple of months and watched all your videos. I learn alot from your video. I was following your link to YNS, and I have to say the little daring fairy godmother stamp is one of my favorite. I already have an idea with these stamps for my friend’s daughter birthday party. Perfect for her theme!

  13. I am so in love with the happy meal and build a character stamp sets!!!! Those are the cutest, but they are sold out :-(. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  14. Oh my word! So much adorableness . I love the faces, legs and arms. Could see myself using them quite a bit!

  15. Those are just adorable! I love those faces and you are right, you could put them on anything! Thanks for sharing.

  16. My favourite is the Unicorn, although I also love many others especially the ones that have coordinating dies.

  17. I have to get the Create a Character Stamps. My grandchildren will love them. I am raising a 7 year old who thought the Avery Elle Burst dies looked like the characters were on a paper plate. We could use the character stamps for cards for his friends, he wants to use the on Valentines next year (we make the cards for his classmates together). He thinks we need to get the Frenchfry stamp also.
    Thank you again for the chance to win and I love your creative ideas. I have learned so much.

  18. I love their enamel dots and the Flower Splatter background stamp as become my go to for my spring/Easter Cards this year.

    Thanks for the Inspiration

  19. Love the create a character stamps and enamel dots. Thanks for posting Mike and hope all is well with Jennifer.

  20. I had never heard of Your Next Stamp, but now that I’ve crawled out from under this rock, I see what I’ve been missing. So, although I haven’t bought anything yet, I did just look at all they offered. My favorite set is the Little Darling Fairy Godmother. When I saw the Bibbidi Bobbidee Boo, it brought back some awesome childhood memories. This set is just precious, all the way around. The carriage is one of the cutest I’ve seen, too.

  21. love all your video and it gives me ideas on a card. l love these stamps for kids very fun. stamp meal is my favorite everyone eats these meal. thanks.

  22. There are so many wonderful stamps that I never knew existed. I do believe the “Spooky Spells” which is more chemistry than Halloween is a definite favorite. Than you to all those involved in the chance for a give away. Greatly appreciated! ~Mari~

  23. I’m new to card making and watch your YouTube posts. I am in the UK and so most of the stamps and is you refer to are unavailable here I have to order them from the U.S. I haven’t come across these stamps but they look like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to receive the giveaway and thanks so much for the inspiration you have given me! Karen

  24. The Build a Treat die and the Next Happy Meal stamps are adorable! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

  25. Oh wow!! I would love to check out this new stamp company! Thanks so much for the chance to win. You are such a wonderful artist and teacher. I have learned a lot from you and Kristina over the past couple of years! I always look forward to both of your videos.

    Thanks again,

  26. I’ve become obsessed with enamel dots. Love the wide variety of sizes and colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fun items!

  27. HI Mike , Sending prayers and hugs to Jennifer and family and you as well❤ my favorite is the create a character stamps, let your imagination run wild so much fun!

  28. love their gumdrops!! there are sooooo many pretty colours and especially love their glittery ones – they will add great interest to any project!

  29. I love the “Keep on Trucking” stamp set and die set, I personally think there are many girly sets but not enough for the little boys in our lives and this is great set as were many others but my absolute favorite is the” Create a Character” stamp set I mean the possibilities and tons of fun with our kids we can have are endless.

  30. I love the face stamps! And wink of Stella…it is my latest love and I have to stop myself from putting it on everything. And those dots are gorgeous, too! I had never heard of this company, either. Thank you so much for introducing me and for the wonderful inspiration you always provide.

  31. These are so cute! I love YNS stamps. I’m so glad to see a local (for me) entrepreneur be successful! You’re right – the gumdrops are so yummy! Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. The build a character that you used are just too cute to be able to add to anything! I just found this company actuality on Joann Fabrics website about a month ago, how funny that you are showcasing them.

  33. Thank you so much! I love how you help me use my products in a different way. Thank you for helping me think outside of the box.

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