Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp Set Cards

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Welcome back to Scrapbook Pal crafty friends, Carrie Rhoades here with a fun video on how to Turnabout Stamp with Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp sets.

Today I will be showcasing three Turnabout stamp sets; Marbled, Birthday Basics and To The Point. Each of these sets is a bit different and seeing them in action will equip you to do Turnabout stamping with ease.

What is Turnabout Stamping? It is stamping with a uniquely designed stamp, created by Concord & 9th, that allows you to stamp in one color, turn your paper, stamp the same stamp in a second color, and repeat this process two more times for a total of 4 turns to create a multicolored background. There are a few tools that make this much easier than it sounds.

But first, let’s take a quick look at the cards I created with the backgrounds I made in today’s video.

These are some crazy cool backgrounds, if I don’t say so myself.

So, what are the tools for turning?

First, you will need a Turnabout Stamp set, you can find several of these at the ScrapbookPal online shop.

Second, you will need the coordinating alignment aid for your stamp set, which comes with each Turnabout stamp sold at ScrapbookPal.

Third, you need a stamp positioning tool, such as a MISTI, but any will work.

Fourth, you need a Turnabout JIG. The JIG is sold separately, but you will only need one for all your Turnabout sets. For all the stamps I am using the large or regular JIG is being used. Concord & 9th, does have a few mini turnabout stamps and a mini JIG for those sets.

Lastly, you will want some temporary adhesive.

Now let’s talk ink. You can use your favorite inks on your Turnabout stamps. I prefer die based inks, as they clean off these clear stamps the easiest. With most Turnabout stamps you are going to want 4 colors of ink. Mix and match these and have fun. Just by changing up the colors you can get an entire new look with your Turnabout stamps. You can even stamp one rotation with pigment ink and emboss it!

Get your paper ready. I like to make A2 cards (5-½” x 4-¼”), so I cut my paper to 5-½” x 4-¼” for making my Turnabout backgrounds. From there, I can use it as is or, cut it down to 5-¼” x 4” if I want a border all the way around, like I did in today’s cards. You can also use paper that is 6” x 6” and then you do not need the JIG when doing your stamping, but will still need the JIG for aligning your stamp.

Now we are ready to turn! This fun way of stamping is best learned by watching. You can check out the video for these backgrounds and cards right here:

But I will give a brief overview of the steps for turnabout stamping.

A Brief Turnabout Stamping How To:

1. Place the JIG in the corner of your stamp positioning tool, with the “1” in the upper right hand corner.

2. Place the alignment aid that comes with your Turnabout stamp set onto the jig with the “This Side Up” at the top and facing the correct way. Line up the “X” on the aid with the “X” on the JIG.

3. Remove your Turnabout stamp and turn it stamp side down. Now line up the stamp with the images on the alignment aid.

4. Ensure that the “X’s” are still aligned and that the jig is all the way in the corner of your stamp positioning tool. Then close the door of the stamp positioning tool to pick up the stamp.

5. Remove the alignment aid, you will not need it again for this background.

6. Put some temporary adhesive on the back of your card stock. Stick this down to the jig, using the registration marks that are cut into the jig for placement.

7. Ink up the Turnabout stamp in your first color, close the door of your stamp positioning tool and stamp the image in your paper.

8. Open the door, turn the jig so that the number two is now in the upper right hand corner. Make sure the jig is sitting neatly in the corner of the stamp positioning tool.

9. Clean off the stamp, ink it in your second color and stamp it again.

10. Repeat this process, turning the JIG with your paper on it, cleaning off the stamp, inking it up in a new color and stamping it again. After 4 turns your background is now complete.

I started with the easiest Turnabout stamp, Marbled.

I chose the colors for this background from a little spiral notebook I found with a similar look. The Marbled Turnabout stamp and the turnabout system make it very easy to get this multicolored image. Isn’t it so pretty! And now I have a card I can gift with the cute little notebook.

For card number two I chose the Birthday Basic Turnabout. It’s one of my faves! You can make a birthday card for anyone with this set, just change up the colors for that person. Maybe bright colors for a little one, soft pastels for a friend, Black and Greys for an Over the Hill themed card! I can not tell you how much joy it brings me to stamp this out and have the top of my cupcake and the bottom of my cupcake in different colors. It’s just so cool.

Since this video is all about the backgrounds I kept the cards simple and let the backgrounds be the star of the show. This card is made using only stamps and dies from the Birthday Basics Turnabout stamp and die set. That’s another reason this Turnabout set is on my favorites list, it has other stamps in the set and a coordinating die set!

Last but not least is the To The Point Turnabout stamp set. This set takes it up a notch! This Turnabout stamp is designed so that you can put two colors of ink on the stamp at each turn, for a total of 8 colors if you want!!! Here’s how it works, half of the stamp are the cacti, the other half are the pots. Ink the cactus half in green, ink the other half in a fun color. Stamp this, turn your jig, clean off your stamp and repeat this using two new colors! It pretty much makes you do a little happy dance!

The To The Point Turnabout stamp set, also has additional images and a coordinating die set! In the video for this post you can see how I colored in the die cut cactus with Copic Markers.

Tips and Tricks to Turning

1. Take care to make sure all the things are lined up. This is especially true for sets like Birthday Basics and To The Point, where plants sit in different colored pots and banners are created with each turn of the paper. When the alignment is slightly off these things will not light up as you want them too. So, take the first few steps of aligning the stamp on the aid and the aid with the jig slowly, it will pay off in the end.

2. Double stamping is helpful. I almost always double stamp my turnabout images. So, at each turn, I ink up the stamp twice and stamp it twice. Why, you ask? A lot of turnabout stamps have a lot of open space in between the images, space that can get inked easily. Then you can transfer that to your paper when you stamp if you press down too hard. I just found it less stressful and easier to get good coverage to take care when inking, pressing down and double stamping.

3. Set up a routine for your turning. I always turn my JIG to the next number everytime I open the door of my MISTI. This is my routine, if I do not do this then I might just forget and accidentally stamp my second color over my first stamping. So, I turn my jig, clean off my stamp and ink again. The routine keeps me running smoothly.

4. If you purchase a Turnabout stamp that does not come with an alignment aid, that means it is an older set. You can purchase a pack of alignment aids separately.

Thanking so much for spending part of your day with us! I hope you will give Turnabout stamping a try, or break out your turnabout stamps and make some cute things!

Happy Stamping!


Products Used:

Marbled Turnabout Stamp

Birthday Basics Turnabout Stamp Set

To The Point Turnabout Stamp Set

Birthday Basics Die Set

To The Point Die Set

Original Turnabout Jig 6x6

Turnabout Alignment Aid Pack


Herma Dotto Repositionable Glue Dispenser

Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Vellum Tape Dispenser

Adhesive Remover

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss Simply White

Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Permanent Foam Squares White

Sakura Gelly Roll Medium White Pen

YG11 Sketch Marker

YG13 Sketch Marker

YG17 Sketch Marker

G29 Original Marker

YR04 Sketch Marker

YR074 Sketch Marker

R17 Original Marker

R35 Original Marker

BG02 Original Marker

BG05 Original Marker

BG10 Sketch Marker

B04 Original Marker

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