1 Solid Stamp + 1 Line Stamp = 3rd Stamp Design!

Solid Plus Patterned Stamp

(Heart: Rubber Tree Stamps, Sun: Stamp Francisco, Bare Trees – Magneta)

Solid shapes are fairly common stamp designs. Their broad areas of rubber invite all kinds of interesting coloring opportunities. But one of the things that is so cool about solid stamps is that you can combine them with line stamps to create an almost endless number of new stamp impressions.

Solid Heart Stamps

(Hearts: Left: Rubber Tree Stamps; Middle & Right: ZimPrints, Lace Pattern: SonLight Impressions, Rose: Kristal Clear Impressions)

These three heart stamps are fairly typical solid stamps. They are all basically a broad smooth expanse of rubber cut into a heart shape. Two have a cutout detail, but mostly it is solid rubber. Ink one up with an inkpad, paint or watercolor markers and you get a solid heart image in one or more colors. But look what happens when you combine it with a line stamp!

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A Simple Heart Stamp Five Ways

Rubber Stamp Plantation heart stamp

(Heart: Rubber Tree Stamps)

I’ll bet somewhere in your stamping stash, you’ve got a heart stamp. These popular designs are happily found in stores (both online and off), especially this time of year. And if you don’t have one, they are also easy to create using an eraser and linoleum cutters (or even craft foam for that matter!) Want some ways to use them beyond simply stamping them once as a central image on a card?

In my January 31st post, I looked at seven ways to use a cedar branch rubber stamp design. Let’s do something similar using a heart. This particular heart is a solid design from Rubber Tree Stamps, but solid heart stamps from lots of different stamp companies can be used very similarly. And if you have a heart stamp that is patterned rather than solid, give it a try too!

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One Stamp Seven Ways . . . plus Stamp Surgery

Magenta Cedar Branch Stamp

Some stamps are pretty much designed to be used in one way . . . but do you have to confine yourself to its intended purpose? When you are choosing stamps, or even later when you get your new acquisition home, take the time to really explore its uses. You may be surprised at how many ways you can use it.

I purchased this Magenta stamp a few days ago. The stamp’s price sticker labels it as “Cedar Branch.” I blogged about using it to create the look of “frost” on a stamped window in my January 30th post. Obviously, the stamp was designed to represent a tree branch, but let’s look at seven different ways that we might use this deceptively simple image.

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Rollagraph Serendipity Backgrounds

Rollagraph Serendipity Backgrounds

For the past week, I’ve been working in my stamping area, tearing up grungy old carpet, moving around heavy stamp and craft storage units and generally making a mess. But in the process, I pulled everything out of several storage areas and found a box full of Rollagraph wheels, ink cartridges and handles.

It’s been a while since I’ve used them, mostly because I haven’t been storing them with the rest of my stamps so when I’m browsing my stamps for a project, I forget about them (something I have corrected in my reorganization.)

I also was straightening up some scrap paper and it occurred to me that the Rollagraph wheels would be handy for turning odds and ends of left-over papers into useable background papers.

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Powdered Pigments Technique eArticle Coming on Thursday

Powdered Pigment Artwork

Here is another card from the upcoming “Powdered Pigment Techniques” eArticle that will be posted this coming Thursday (6/20/13.) This one uses an Embossing Arts stamp, powdered pigments, glue, water and cardstock. I used one powdered pigments technique to color in the flower and another to create the background. Details coming in the eArticle.


Powdered Pigment Artwork


Nancie's Powdered Pigment ArtI hope you are having a lovely relaxing weekend and have had a chance to get your fingers a bit inky. This is a simple card I made last week using one of the techniques in the “Powdered Pigment Techniques” eArticle that will be posted this coming Thursday (6/20/13.) In the scan, you can see the copper color of the card, but not the metallic shimmer of the mica powder. It uses a oak leaf stamp from PSX, Pearl Ex (Super Copper) and VersaMark ink on white and black cardstocks.

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Getting Excited About Stamping Again

Layered Mixed Mediums Colored Pencils How To Picture 4

(How-to Picture from Colored Pencil Techniques eArticle.)

Do you remember when you first discovered stamping? Maybe someone gave you a stamped card and you were amazed that they made it themselves. Maybe you stumbled into a rubber stamp store and wondered what the wood blocks with pictures on them were all about. Maybe you saw a demo of heat embossing at the local craft store and thought it was magic. Or maybe you stumbled across a how-to in a blog or through a YouTube video online.

While there are still new stampers joining us, many of the people who are stamping these days have been stamping for quite a few years. And sometimes when you have been doing something for a while, you start to lose the excitement that got you started. There is just something so stimulating about learning something new. And stamping is a very flexible craft that can incorporate all kinds of mediums and can mesh with other art and craft techniques, so you can always be learning something new with stamping . . . unless you let yourself fall into a rut.

Doodling how-to Picture

(How-to Picture from Doodling & Hand Lettering eArticle.)

There was a period in stamping’s popularity when many of us were in acquisition mode. Whatever the newest thing was, we bought it. Whatever the newest technique was, we tried it. It was definitely fun. But as the drawers and shelves and surfaces in our craft rooms began to bulge with all the stuff we bought over the years, most of us began to pull back. We started to question whether we really needed to buy every new gadget, every new inkpad and spray, and whether we really had to learn every technique and related craft. We started being pickier about what we bought. And we started cleaning out the back corners and giving things away or selling them on eBay.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Not every technique is going to appeal to every stamper. And we don’t all need every gadget, every stamp or every art medium. But if you let yourself drop out of learning mode, you are likely to find yourself in a rut and bored with the whole thing. And that is really a shame because stamping is a great activity. Spend an afternoon stamping and you come away feeling creatively refreshed.

But how do you keep things fresh and keep learning new things without blowing your budget and overflowing your storage shelves?

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