Hello friends. As you know Easter is this weekend and I finally found time to make some samples with the new Cross Collection from Spellbinders. These crosses are designed beautifully with lots of handsome embossed detail. You can stack them together for one look or use them separately for another look. The sample on the left shows the crosses stacked on a dramatic background of black and white. The flourish stamp is from Inkadinkado. The sample on the right (design by Sue Nelson) is executed in all white and uses just the largest cross. I use two embossing folders (Swiss Dots and Victoria) and cut the oval opening with a Spellbinders Petite Oval die). And don’t think of these crosses as just for Easter; I have some wonderful Baptism decorative paper coming and the crosses will be perfect for that occasion too.
I had to make two sympathy cards recently. For my female friend, I used the new dogwood stamp from Hero Arts and stamped it on Hero’s new Eggshell cardstock using Worn Lipstick distress ink. I stamped the With Sympathy (Rubber Moon) in Memento Rich Cocoa. The border is die cut with one of the Spellbinders Pierceabilities Fancy Scallop dies. I mounted the central image on Hero Carnation cardstock. For my male friend I chose grey cardstock which I stamped in Versamark Dazzle Frost ink with a damask stamp from Memory Box. I stamped the same sympathy stamp in Versafine Onyx black ink. As a variation on the same design, I made a thank you card using the new Cappa Flourish and a thank you stamp (both from Memory Box). As a final touch I added metallic décor in silver to the corners.
This weekend’s classes are all about coloring. Saturday morning I will teach Coloring with Copic Markers using three new stamps from Hero Arts. You will learn about the markers themselves; how to blend using two or three similar colors; and how to remove color using the blender pen. I will have some helpful handouts for you too.
Saturday afternoon I will teach Coloring Solid Images using new Penny Black floral stamps. Don’t be stumped by solid images because there are many ways to add lots of color to bold stamps. Come and learn how! Here are some more cards using these new stamps from Penny Black.
My friend Laura purchased three new stamps from Hampton Arts and left them with me to make samples. The first stamp is a single butterfly in a circle -- a simple stamp but one that adds a lot of punch to this card. The second stamp is a beautiful bold butterfly collage. I decided to use the 3D technique with Spellbinders Labels 3 dies. I stamped each layer in a different Memento ink color then die cut them with successively larger Labels 3 dies. The 3D image is mounted on green and floral paper from the new Basic Grey Green at Heart collection. Speaking of Green at Heart, here's another sample I made using that collection: very colorful!
Update on New Tim Holtz Products
Many of you have asked about the new Tim Holtz hardware products that recently debuted at CHA Winter. I have them all on order straight from the manufacturer and as soon as they are available I will have them. They are supposed to ship in March and April, but I believe they are running behind (as usual!) so look for them next month. His new On the Edge dies, Movers and Shapers Dies, and Textures Fades Embossing Folders are also on order and should also arrive early next month. Please let me know if you are interested in these items and I am happy to hold them for you when they arrive.
FYI – if you haven’t read his new book, A Compendium of Curiosities, we still have copies in stock. I really shows you how to use his old and his new hardware with lots of samples and color photos.
What’s New at The Stamp Act
New stamps from Impression Obsession, Inkadinkado, Crafty Secrets and Tim Holtz
New Copic Markers and the Copic
Basic Grey Green at Heart paper and card making kit
Claudine Helmuth paints and brushes
New paper from 7 Gypsies – Venice and Victoria collection
“Scary” collection Halloween paper from The Paper Loft – OK, I know it’s only March, but this paper is so cute and it will be sold out by October!!!
Morning Rain paper from The Paper Loft – covered with umbrellas in primary colors
Flocked paper (black floral on white) from The Paper Company
New “Devonshire” paper pad and embellishments from Kaiser
What’s Coming to The Stamp Act
QuicKutz Dies – I just placed an order with QuicKutz from more 2” x 2” dies including some that lots of you have wanted and I couldn’t get including the chili pepper. They tell me it is in stock so I am hoping it will be here soon!!! Yeah!! If you want one please send pre-order it be sending me an email at email@example.com and I will hold it for you. Other dies I am ordering are the apple, pears, cherries, citrus slices, cowboy hat and boot, graduation cap, cookie and Texas dies. I also ordered a really cute apple embossing folder that will be perfect for teach thank you cards.
New paper – western themes; faith themes: baptism and confirmation
New paper from The Paper Girl – really cute!
New Inchies clear stamp sets from Inkadinkado
That's all for this week. Please shop your local stamp store first -- we provide help and samples and lots of inspiration. Stop in soon!