Sunday 16 November 2014

Getting more from your stamps

Good afternoon - I've been hanging on in the hope of daylight coming to Sheffield, but it looks like were set for second solid day of fog and drizzle, so I've given up and used artificial light so forgive the poor photography.

I wanted to play with the new fabulous large Christmas words in the massive new stamp set from Winnie and Walter - The Big, the Bold and Merry and I've done two takes on it one black, and one white, both using stamps in ways other than the makers intended.

I began with black and just some simple white embossing of words from the set onto some black shimmer card, and I teamed it with a simple image from the Joy to the World set from Avery Elle.

The Santa and reindeer image is actually designed to curve around the globes in the Joy to the World set but it is very easy to change the curve to get more out of your stamps.   I added a shining star from A Blessed Christmas from Paper Smooches which is now back in stock and one teeny-tiny hint of colour with a spot of red glitter for Rudolph's nose.

I was then inspired by the globes in Joy to the World and the lovely large "peace" word and came up with something a little different.

As all the globes in the set have words on, it would have been hard to pair them with the large words I wanted to be my focal feature, but I really love the stand of the globe so I just made my own world!   I turned one of the globe images over (the "wrong" side of a stamp will still cling to your acrylic block) and I inked the whole of the back with a light blue dye ink and stamped it.  I cleaned the back and then selectively "splodged" some green ink in vaguely continental shapes (I used memento teardrop shaped ink pads - the pointed tips are excellent for selective inking techniques) and then stamped it over the blue - OK, so it's not going to win me any geography prizes, but it gets the point across!   I die cut the globe using the matching dies and added it to a plain white panel onto which I had stamped and embossed the "peace on earth" sentiment in silver.

I wanted a little something extra, so added one of the doves from Mama Elephant's Peace on Earth set with a little olive sprig in his beak to tie the colours together on either side of the image.  The mat is silver mirri - even though in the rubbish light it looks black!

Hope that inspires you to look at what you can do with your stamps to make them do more for you.


New arrivals and restocks this week:
  •  Winnie and Walter - New Christmas release
  • Waffle Flower - restocks on the planners and calender stamps that sold out in October
  • Hero Arts - Embossing powder, cleaning pads and spray and ink restocks along with a few new stamp and cut sets
  • Avery Elle restocks - including lots of storage pockets

Still to come:
  • Altenew - has been delayed as they didn't have stock ready when they released it - it's on its way now and should be here in a week or 2.
  • Mama Elephant - the latest release is currently in customs clearance and should be here later this week.  I've also managed to snag some more penguins and the Holly Jolly sentiments to go with them this weekend - they have yet to ship so will be here around the 1st week of December.
  • WPlus9 restock order has just shipped - again should be here by the end of the month
  • Lawn Fawn - I have another massive restock order in - they should ship it to me next week so it will be here early December.
See you next week



Lucinde | Lucilight said...

The continents look good this way :) I didn't even realize it wasn't the 'real' stamp.

Renee V said...

Really love the Peace on Earth card!!! Everything on the card has a purpose.. Brilliant work :)