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Stretch Your Stamps: Using A Holiday Stamp For A Birthday Card

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Stretch Your Stamps: Using A Holiday Stamp For A Birthday Card

Use a holiday set to make a birthday card? Yes, you can! Julie’s taken the upcoming Dinomite Christmas set and made an adorable “girlie” dinosaur birthday design for her granddaughter using the Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Stretch Your Stamps: Using A Holiday Stamp For A Birthday Card


  • Clean Color Real Brush Markers perform best for watercolor when tracing the outline of a heat embossed image and then blending out with water and a brush (or Waterbrush).
  • If images are NOT embossed, use the markers to brush color onto a non-porous surface, such as the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat, and then load color onto your paint brush for painting.
  • Clean Color Brush Markers have delicate brush nibs; to keep them in good condition, avoid mashing the tips onto surfaces.
  • Layer color to shade or intensify; it’s easier to apply more than it is to lift out colors that are too dark or intense.
  • A few snips with the scissors enables the T-Rex to “hold” a gift.
  • Hues of pink, yellow and orange, along with a strategically placed “bow” from the same set give the design a “girlie” flavor, but skip the bow, swap pink and yellow for blue and orange and you’ve got an equally cute “boyish” design!


Essentials by Ellen Dinomite Christmas will be available exclusively in the Ellen Hutson shop starting September 8th!

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  • Reply April Stevens September 3, 2019 at 6:19 am

    So cute! Great idea, too!!

  • Reply Andre M. September 3, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Neat idea to get more use out of our stamps, love the girly dinosaurs.

  • Reply Cindy September 3, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Cute and clever card! Thanks for all your great tips and tricks!

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan September 3, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Such a great idea!!!

  • Reply Karthikha Uday September 3, 2019 at 7:33 am

    What a cute fun card!! So sweet 🙂 Thank you for all the tips!! 🙂

  • Reply Cherie September 3, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Love this cute card that Julie created…thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Isabel Z September 3, 2019 at 7:38 am

    How cute is this? I love it.

  • Reply Denise Bryant September 3, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Very cute idea for this card! Love it!

  • Reply Evan September 3, 2019 at 7:42 am

    It’s always good to get more out of your stamps.

  • Reply Iggy September 3, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Love what Julie created.

  • Reply Ethan September 3, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Tips are always appreciated.

  • Reply Marisela Delgado September 3, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    so cute

  • Reply Kylie Z September 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    This would be a great card for my younger cousins.

  • Reply Heather I September 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Very cute card!

  • Reply Lara P September 3, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Dino-liciously adorable and I must have them.

  • Reply Jeanne Beam September 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Adorable card! Love the dinosaurs…
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Sandy K September 3, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I love stretching my supplies! Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Reply Aniko Tarsoly-Kovacs September 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    The dinosaurs are very cute and remind me my little nephew who live more than 900 kms from us.
    The party dress ink has an amazing colour and the card is super cool!

  • Reply Chloe downing September 4, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Omg I’m obsessed you knocked it out of the park!

  • Reply Julie Peddicord September 4, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Raptor present….hahahahaha!

  • Reply mypapercraftworld September 4, 2019 at 6:41 am

    So sweet and a lovely ‘little girl’ colour palette … love the sentiment … tee hee! Anita 🙂

  • Reply Maria C F September 4, 2019 at 8:30 am

    This is too cute!

  • Reply Titus Debbie September 4, 2019 at 10:23 am


  • Reply Emma Sleppy September 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    So cute! I Love when you can stretch your cards into other occasions and I try to do it a lot!

  • Reply Janet Sisk September 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the tip for extended the use of holiday stamps!

  • Reply Danny September 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    This is a great tip. I need to look at my stamps and figure out which ones can be extended.

  • Reply Janet Durbin September 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    So creative! Thanks for all the tips!

  • Reply Rachelle O. September 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I love It when I can stretch my stamps to do double/triple duty!

  • Reply c4HF9Wo7teyxvSaZAbFP610rS2iaU7CaCl6oOGKr2E0= September 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    What a great idea and such fun to create with this set! It really does stretch the product out and gives me more motivation to create more and thus buy more! I really like that Raptor a present for you sentiment! ROAR!!!!

  • Reply Laura Cushman September 5, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Okay – so this helps me justify why I need this new stamp to stretch it!

  • Reply September 5, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Those little dinosaurs are sooo cute. Great job on the cards.

  • Reply Connie Cajka September 5, 2019 at 8:08 am

    So cool!

  • Reply Tianna Coffey September 5, 2019 at 8:23 am

    So cute! I love these helpful tips!

  • Reply Janet Swanlady21 September 5, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Such versatility and fun! Simply Dino-mite!

  • Reply Amanda Dellamano September 6, 2019 at 5:08 am

    I love these adorable dinos!

  • Reply cari September 6, 2019 at 6:00 am

    super cute!

  • Reply waterhiker1 September 6, 2019 at 11:36 am

    You have truly opened my eyes to the versatility of uses for many sets! LOVE your punny phrases and the multiple uses for each set makes them all even MORE valuable!

  • Reply Marisela Delgado September 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    super cute

  • Reply Tammy B September 6, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Love these little dinos! So versatile. Great card Julie!

  • Reply Cathy K September 7, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Cute to kinda dress them up

  • Reply Penny Pudge September 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Such great ideas.

  • Reply Rosemary D September 8, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    your card is just too darn cute!

  • Reply Mary Holshouser September 8, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Love the play on words. Darling card,
    Not a lot of fussy – clean and simple.
    thanks for sharing

  • Reply lizbechtel69 September 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

    RAWR! A great idea! Love this and the versatility is fantastic. You guys over here at Ellenhutson rock!

  • Reply Melissa September 13, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Love the color combos on the cards. What a great stamp sent!

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