How To: Change The Viking Stamp

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I love the “I’ve taken a Viking to you” sentiment but I want to be able to use the Viking for birthday cards, with a different sentiment.


Selective Inking

There are three ways to do selective inking.

  • Stamp the image on a scrap piece of paper to create a mask to place on your stamp while you ink it up. Test the material you use for your mask.  I first used a post-it but the ink went through so had so use some scrap card.
  • Stamp the image at the edge of your ink pad and carefully just ink up the Viking. Check that you haven’t got ink on the sentiment – carefully wipe this away if you have.
  • Colour on your stamp with a Distress Marker.

Avery-Elle-Viking-CardSpinner Card

Using the second technique I stamped two Vikings, I didn’t ink up the face and moustache so I had his back for a spinner card.



I coloured in these images with my watercolour pencils, and used the matching die to cut these two images out.  The Vikings moustache isn’t symmetrical….but this isn’t noticeable.


Spinner Element

To create a spinner card I die cut a circle out of the card front and a piece of card that is slightly smaller than the inside of the card base.



For the front of the card, I blended Pumice Stone Distress ink and double stamped a bunch of hearts from the same Viking stamp set.  I stamped “You are” and “awesome” which I then die cut out and layered onto the card front.


Putting The Card Together

Using Multi Medium I glued the front and back of the Viking together with a piece of cotton thread down the centre.  Adding strong adhesive to the inside of the card base, I pulled the cotton tightly so it would not sag, making sure my Viking was centred in the circle aperture and stuck the smaller piece down to hide the cotton ends.


Placing the whole card between some normal paper and ran it through my Big Shot to get all the adhesive squashed down and everything secured.


Finishing The Card

I used kept the circle die-cut from the front of the card and used Pumice Stone Distress ink to blend this piece and stamped some hearts in Pumice Stone too. Closing the card and I place this circle piece so it would fit inside the circle aperture on the front.

To make your image spin you need to twist the Viking a few times, and close the card.  When the card is opened the Viking will spin!

I tested this spinner technique on a card that I sent to my nephew for his 5th birthday.  I filmed the spinning and posted it to our Instagram account.  This is such a great interactive card!  Click HERE to see that video!



Avery Elle Viking Stamp

Altenew Superscript Stamp and die

Bazzill Marshmallow Cardstock

Lawn Fawn Acrylic Block

Memento Black Tuxedo Ink

Quilled Precision Glue Applicator Tip

Ranger –

Mixed Media Cardstock

Watercolour Paper

Multi Medium

Tim Holtz Distress


Distress Ink Pumice Stone 


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