Gelli Plates & Stamps eArticle Updated

Gelli Plates and Stamps eArticle Cover

Yep, I’ve got another VSN eArticle updated for you: Gelli Plates & Stamps. If you have a Gelli Plate, when is the last time you got it out to play? This eArticle is just what you need to get yourself inspired to get out the paints! If you don’t have a Gelli Plate but wonder how they can be used, be sure to check it out because this eArticle is full of ideas.

As with previously updated eArticles, I searched the whole eArticle for bad links but I only found one this time that had moved (which I found and then updated the link.) I updated the current Gelli Plate sizes and also tweaked the text here and there and fixed a few typos I’d missed the first time around and also updated the VSN info at the end.  The updated eArticle is now posted on VSN’s eArticle page.

If you access this eArticle by going to the site each time to read it online, then you’ll find the updated eArticle there to read the next time you visit. (If you read it inside your browser window and have looked at it recently, you may need to refresh the page to see the updated version.) If you have saved this eArticle to your own computer to read offline, be sure to go to the eArticle page today and re-download it so you’ll have access to all the eArticle’s resources the next time you read it.

While you are poking around online, be sure to also check out my new blog, Birdseed & Binoculars! This one is not about stamping, but if you also enjoy watching birds, I think you’ll like it.

I am reviewing all the eArticles in VSN’s eArticle Library to make sure each one is still up to date. I hope to get at least one done each week or so, so watch for more updated eArticles in coming weeks. I started with a few of the most popular eArticles and am now working through them in no particular order. I’ll make a note on the eArticle page next to each updated eArticle and I’ll post a note here too, so you’ll know when each one is done. If you have a request that I do any particular eArticle sooner rather than later, please leave a comment below.

Nancie, VSN

VSN Specialty Card Folds eArticle Updated

Specialty Card Folds

What kinds of cards have you made lately? Need ideas for ways to break out of the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ single fold card doldrums? This eArticle is full of ideas and really meaty information on a wide variety of cards with more than one fold. Originally posted in April 2013, I’ve updated the posted files to update and/or fix some wonky links (particularly to YouTube videos mentioned in the eArticle.) Be sure to download the updated (and still FREE) version of this eArticle today!

Specialty Card Folds

VSN eArticle Library

All eArticles are available in three formats: pdf files for viewing on tablets and larger screens, epub files for viewing on non-Kindle devices/applications and mobi files for viewing on Kindle devices/applications.

Enjoy!   Nancie

VSN Container Stamps eArticle Cover

Stamping Like Jack Frost

Jack Frost Window

(Window – Stampington & Co., Tree – 100 Proof Press, Text – computer generated)

This very cold winter morning I discovered frost on one of my kitchen windows. We don’t usually get frost inside but I cooked a big steamy pot of soup for dinner last night and got condensation on the inside of the window. Then it got down to three degrees last night (hence the soup) and so Jack Frost came to call. So this afternoon I was inspired to make a card showing frost on a window. This simple card took me all afternoon to get right, but I kept fiddling with it until I got it the way I envisioned it.

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Impulse Stamp Purchases

If I Had a Flower

(Flowers – Hero Arts, Text – Stamp Oasis)

I was in my local big box craft supply store to purchase a supply I needed for an upcoming eArticle. I actually don’t usually buy a lot from the big craft stores normally; I’d rather support the smaller companies that cater to stampers especially. But I needed the supply and it was two miles down the road. Of course, once I was in the stamp supply aisle, my eyes wandered over to the stretch of stamps they had on display. And I couldn’t help myself. I purchased two sets of acrylic stamps and a cling cushion mounted Hero Arts stamp (the flowers above.) I didn’t exactly NEED these stamps. I have lots and lots (and lots) of stamps. But sometimes you just want something fresh.

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Happy New Year! VSN in 2013. Changes in 2014.

Happy New Year

The end of one year and the beginning of another: it’s the time for reflection on the year past and planning for the year ahead, whether in our personal lives or in our business/professional lives. And that is just what I’ve been doing here at VSN lately.

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