STAMPtember® Feature: Carabelle Studios!


Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by to our last STAMPtember® feature of 2016! What a fun ride it has been! Please welcome back special guest designer Birgit Koopsen, who is representing the fabulous brand, Carabelle Studio! Her fun project is a great example that stamping can go beyond the page! Read on to be inspired!
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It’s end of September and officially fall started, but I’m not completely ready to give up on summer yet so I decided to create some Ibiza-style jewelry reminding me of sunshine, beach and freedom and add some of that lovely summer feel-good to my outfit!

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Here’s how you too can create your own fun charms:

You need:

Shrink plastic (I used transparent because then the charms look good on both sides), your favorite stamps, acrylic block, Stazon, Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers, a Crop-a-Dile or eyelet tool, scissors, a paper piecer, flat pliers, a heatgun or an oven, a bracelet, necklace or earrings (ready bought or hand made) and some small jewelry rings.


Stamp the desired images on the non-glossy side of the shrink plastic using a permanent ink. When choosing your images keep in mind that they will shrink to appr. 1/3 of the original size. Let the ink dry well. Coloring right after stamping may smudge the ink.

Color the images with Pigment markers and let dry well again. Then cut out the shapes, make a hole using a Crop-A-Dile or eyelet tool. Don’t make the hole to small as this will shrink too. Use a heatgun or place the shapes in the oven to shrink. Follow instructions on the packaging. The final shapes will be 3 times as thick as the originals.

I used a heatgun to shrink the plastic. While it shrinks the plastic starts to curl and move. I used a paper piecer to gently keep the plastic in place. At the end, when the plastic had shrunk completely but was still hot, I placed an acrylic block on top and pushed it down so my charm turned out really flat.

Add small rings through the holes and apply the charms to bracelet, necklace or earrings.

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Thanks for reading today! Also thank you to Birgit for this fabulous idea!

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  1. Oh dear! More inspirational ideas to try out. Will it never end!! LOL!!
    I was just thinking that these ideas would make some awesome
    embellishments on cards as well as a little gifts. A two for one!!

  2. So beautiful.
    I used to create my own ear rings 30 years ago when I was a teenage girl, but I think I have to rediscover this.

  3. oh my gosh, those earrings are so beautiful! I love all of the jewelry you made. And I love all of these stamps! Awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    Katie B.

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