Actually, I Can (and so can you!)

Back in September, the n*studio creative squad was creating with positive affirmations in mind. We were also celebrating the release of Nat’s new “Actually, I can!” stamp set by Rubbermoon. This is the project I created that was featured on Nat’s blog.


While pondering a fun way to use Nat’s new Actually, I can stamp set, I was reminded of all of the fun I had as a child playing with paper dolls. I would spend hours as a child daydreaming of parties with ladies wearing fancy clothes and shoes while changing the outfits on my paper ladies. This stamp set takes me right back to those days. I was inspired to create an encouragement card that plays on the idea of a paper doll.


I began by stamping the Millie stamp in the center of a 4 x 5.5 inch ivory card base with black archival ink. I prefer Ranger’s Archival Inks. I often use my dylusions journal block to stamp with.


Next, I brayered out a mixture of Dina Wakley Media Acrylic paint in cheddar and magenta onto my 5×7 gel plate. After placing Nat’s Buenos Aires stencil down onto the paint, I pressed my stamped card face on top of the stencil and pressed evenly across the surface.

I pulled up the stencil to find what is referred to as the “ghost print”. I laid a second card base down to pull that leftover paint off the plate.




Once the gelli print is dry, I colored in the image starting with the skin using a Posca Pen in light orange. Her hair, dress, and shoes were also colored in with various posca pen colors. Have a lot of fun with this step adding stripes, polka dots, etc. I finished off the front with the “Actually, I can” stamp in the upper left hand corner and a stamp from Nat’s small circle jumble stamp set in the lower right corner.


I took a few extra card bases and cut them in half. Then I stamped the Millie image on the front of each one. Then, I fussy cut around the edges of her dress and colored them in with my Posca paint pens to create a few changes of clothes for Millie. Once dry, I placed scor-tape on the back of the dresses and added them to the insides of my two cards. Use your favorite glue or tape.




I took a Sakura Gelli Roll pen in black and drew a clothes hanger for Millie’s dress. Later, when I send it I will write in a personal sentiment for the recipient beside of her new fancy party dress.

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I hope you have enjoyed my paper doll inspired cards. Be sure to check back often to see more projects.


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