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Bright Colorful Stamped Cards

Hello friends.  Remember stamping?  Today's cards all created with new stamps and they are colorful and fun!  Enjoy!

A stamp company called Lockhart Stamps, after founder Karen Lockhart, was bought a few years ago by Peggy Jo Ackley and renamed Pink Ink Stamps.  Peggy Jo spent many years licensing her artwork to the paper, gift and home decor industries, and illustrated hundreds of books for American Girl.  She has continued Karen's legacy of beautiful artwork and generally uses colored pencils to color her whimsical designs.  This year Impression Obsession licensed some Pink Ink designs and offered them with matching dies.  For the card below I used a set called Flower Vases which comes with three vases and a variety of flowers and leaves.  It's fun to color and looks great against the new cool background called Rolling Waves by IO.  I colored the vase and flowers with Copic markers.IO-Pink-Ink-Flower-VasesIO Pink Ink Flower Vases – Impression Obsession/Pink Ink clear stamp set with matching dies Flowers Vases; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; IO Cover-A-Card background stamp Rolling Waves; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

What's more fun to color than summer treats?  The new Good Old Summertime stamp set from Impression Obsession contains every treat you can think of and they make a great background for a summery card.Sweet-SummertimeIO Sweet Summertime – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; Copic markers; design inspired by Ilina Crouse

I cannot get enough of the Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps and neither can my customers.  They regularly sell out -- but new designs quickly take their place!  This flower and word combo comes from a set called Floral Reflections; I stamped it on the diagonal, colored it then cut off the top and adhered it to a black card.LB-Floral-ReflectionsStampendous Laurel Burch Floral Reflections – Stampendous Laurel Burch clear stamp set Floral Reflections; Copic markers; design inspired by Cynthia F.

Another Impression Obsession stamp and more bright colors makes this pretty rose in a jar a perfect all occassion card.Peach-RosesPeach Roses – Impression Obsesssion stamp Roses in Jar; IO die 6 in 1 Rectangle Frames; Taylored Expressions stamp set Many Mini’s All Occasions; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

How delicate and pretty are the soft colors of this next card starring a new Stampendous stamp called Butterfly Aviary.  I mounted the focal image on some fairy paper and cut the words at the bottom of the card from the same paper.Butterfly-AviaryButterfly Aviary – Stampendous stamp Butterfly Aviary; Kaisercraft decorative paper

Speaking of gorgeous coloring, check out this next card by Harriet Head starring another Stampendous stamp.  Great work!Harriet's-Gnome-HomeGnome Home – Stampendous stamp Gnome Home

I love, love, love this next stamp -- the Double Cone Flower from Impression Obsession.  It is stamped in black on white cardstock giving it a solid black background with open areas of white cardstock to color.  The coloring I did with Copic markers and it was easy.  For the sentiment I white embossed a phrase from the IO stamp set called Smile and paired it with the Smile word cut from orange and matted in black.  So pretty!

Double-Cone-FlowerDouble Cone Flower – Impression Obsession stamp Double Cone Flower; Impression Obsession die Smile with coordinating stamp set Smile; design inspired by Chris Dayton.

Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp

You may not be familiar with the relatively new stamp company called Concord & 9th but they have developed the coolest stamp line called Turnabout Stamps.  Pictured below is the Oh Hello There Turnabout stamp.  See the cards below the stamp?  The backgrounds were created using this stamp -- and it's easy.  First you make a template that aligns the stamp so that as your turn your cardstock clockwise four times and ink the stamp in one of four colors the words fall right into place with no overlaps.  Go here to see a video showing how to use this stamp.  What will they think of next? 

Hello-There-stamp

 Hello-ThereConcord & 9th Oh Hello There – Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp Oh Hello There; various dye inks; Poppystamps die Big Halo Hello Hello-There-2Concord & 9th Oh Hello There Friend – Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp Oh Hello There; Poppystamps die Johnny Jump Ups

What's New at The Stamp Act

TH-Stamp-PlatformWe have received the new Tim Holtz stamping platform which is priced at $40.99.  To see Tim Holtz demo this stamping tool go here.  If you do not have a stamping platform, you are really missing out on a tool that makes stamping lots easier and better.  Why?  The tool aligns your stamp so that you can stamp it over and over in the same spot to darken an image or restamp an incomplete image.  I use mine every time I stamp and find it invaluable.

We have also received the 12 new Oxide ink colors making 24 in all.  Oxide inks are a totally new ink, a fusion of dye and pigments that can be used to create gorgeous backgrounds with effortless blending and layering.  Check out this video for a comprehensive introduction to oxide inks.

We also have lots of new stamps and dies from all different companies including some great new dies from Lawn Fawn. These will be released on August 24 and will include some bery creative new dies!

 Vacation

The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4 for vacation.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 10am.

Please come see us now!

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