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August 13, 2012

IO Fan Shares Her Project


The above switch plate covers were created by IO fan Sandy Kraus.  She has only been stamping for about 4 years and said, "It was love at first stamp"!!  She is sharing with us how she made her covers below.

Switch Plate Covers Using Impression Obsession Stamps

These stamps are way too pretty and interesting to use only for cards, scrapbooks, or for small pictures to frame. So, how about adding a little light on the subject; use the stamped, colored (Copics of course) images for switch plate covers. The principal is the same as when wallpaper was even more popular than today.  We used to wallpaper the switch plates so the boring white plate disappeared into the patterned paper


Crabapple Vellum

  1.  Make a template out of vellum using the switch plate for size.  The vellum lets you see the image through paper adding about 1/2 inch around four sides.
  2.  Stamp image on cardstock and color.
  3.  Use the template over your image to decide the best placement of rectangular slot for toggle switch.
  4. CrabAppleBlossom2jpg

  5. Cut out image to size of template.
  6. Miter cut four corners.
  7. Mod Podge back side of image and front side of switch plate.  Modge Podge makes the cardstock very pliable.
  8. Put two sides together. There will be a little wiggle room but it does dry quickly.
  9. Bend extra paper to back and press and hold in place until it almost dries.
  10. RabApple Blossom3

  11. Now Mod Podge front using brush stokes, fake stucco from rough brush stippling etc.
  12. Finally cut and mod podge toggle slot using pattern for reference (a long double ended y cut will work).
  13. Try painting screw heads with a little color to make them blend into pattern.


A really great project, Sandy.  Thank you for sharing some new ideas for IO stamps.  See you all back here tomorrow for Tuesday T&T.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!





I once toyed with the idea of using embossed metal but I would never have thought of using stamps for a switch cover ! Very special.

Really neat idea! Thanks for the tutorial. Love the one with the Gary Robertson books stamp. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Wow! What an awesome idea!!

Fabulous Idea! Thanks for your tutorial.

I love covering my Switchplates. What a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to get started.

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