Hi friends. First I want to welcome all the wonderful new stamping and papercrafting enthusiasts who have subscribed to my blog. I hope you will find my samples inspiring and offer your feedback anytime. Please know that even though my store is not up and running (yet!) if you are out of town I welcome your orders. Just give me a call (915-833-9500) or email me with your wish list. This week I have been delighted to speak with customers from Tampa to Georgia to New Mexico. If you do order from The Stamp Act you will find that I offer stamping advice, customized service and special orders. Plus there’s always a little extra tucked into each order.
Now that we’re in the Halloween, Harvest and almost Christmas stamping time, you will be happy to know that I have lots and lots of wonderful seasonal stamps and dies in stock. You can see all the new products that are either in stock or coming within the next few days by hopping over to my website’s What’s New page. The samples below will be arranged by company just like the What’s New page. To reserve any product just call or email me!
What's New ... What's CDoming ... What's Hot!
Poppystamps (Memory Box's little sister company) has a new exciting release and you can see the dies I ordered on our What’s New page. See the 2 darling kitties and the large and small windows, some that fit together and some that stand alone. And the new Frnech Doors are fabulous! Check it out and reserve your wish list soon!
Class this Saturday (click here for more details)
Make these cute little candy tubes in class this Saturday at either 10am or 2pm. We will use the new Fright Night Favors stamp set and coordinating Favor Frame die to make the labels for these scary gifts! In class we will make 1 and 2 tube set plus another little Halloween project. Call me at 915-833-9500 to register.
In my last blog post I showed you a sample with the Autumn Wreath stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Wreath die. These samples use the same die to cut the Spooky Wreath. For this first card I embossed the background using the Tim Holtz Woodgrain/Brick embossing folder (FYI: want to know how I applied colored the background gray? Come to the October 13 class and learn this easy technique!) The black cat is from a Spellbinder die; the little ghost is a Lifestyle Crafts die; the “knock if you dare” is part of the Spooky Wreath stamp set as are the spider and the spider web.
This round card is created using Spellbinder circle dies Lifestyle Crafts Nested Ghosts dies; and stamps from the Spooky Wreath set. I stamped, colored and cut out the candy corns and popped them up on the wreath. The black half pearls are one continuous strand from Kaisercraft.
If a Halloween stamp can be shabby chic, this “Quoth the Raven” stamp from Stampendous certainly is. I saw this card on their blog and had to try my hand at duplicating it. I stamped the raven in Versafine Black Onyx ink on off-white cardstock. Then I spritzed it with Goosebumps spray (Tsukineko) which when dry acts like a resist. Next I distressed the image using Ranger Distress inks Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Wild Honey and a little Walnut. I stamped the raven again; cut it out; colored the hat lightly with Memento Grape Jelly ink; and colored the raven’s body with Memento London Fog ink. Next I popped the cut out bird up with a wobbler so the bird would move!
The final step on the focal image was to distress the edges using the Tim Holtz paper distresser (by Tonic) and add a little Walnut ink around the edges. The corner were curled forward – if you do this, be sure to color the back of the corners because they will show. Now, take a little cheesecloth and dye it in a bath of tea or coffee. Let it dry or use your heat tool to dry it and curl it around the card as shown. I also colored part of the cheesecloth with Grape Jelly ink (see bottom of card). FYI: I found mini glue dots held the cheesecloth really well. I completed the background by mixing clear embossing powder with purple glitter (1 to1) and sponging a little Versamark ink around the edges of the background (kraft cardstock cut to 4⅜” x 6⅛”). Sprinkle on the embossing powder and glitter and heat carefully from underneath the card so the glitter doesn’t fly everywhere!! Distress this layer to then add your focal image and adhere both to a kraft card cut to 4½” x 6¼”.
If you have been reading my blog you know I love to make backgrounds using Memento inks and jumbo daubers (Tsukineko). Here’s another example. I created the background using Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo and Grape jelly inks. Then stamped the branch from the new Penny Black “Hoot of a Time” cling stamp set. Here’s a hint: make your background light (Dandelion and Cantaloupe) then punch a circle for the sun/moon from a 2” x 2” square of masking paper. This will act as a reverse mask. Place it wherever you want the sun/moon to be and sponge (heavily) Tangelo ink through the mask. The sentiment is new from Memory Box. Mount as shown.
Who doesn’t love pumpkins this time of year? These new “Pumpkins” from Penny Black were colored with Copic markers and will be taught in my October 20 class (click here for more details). Once the pumpkins were colored, I sponged the grass and sky in using Memento inks. The russet card was stamped with Cover-a-Card Tapestry (IO Stamps) using Potters Clay Memento ink. I added a little ribbon and a Candi Dot in orange. You could add a sentiment at the bottom if you wanted to.
The “Autumn Tree” stamp is also new from Penny Black this season. I stamped it in Memento Rick Cocoa and colored it with Copic markers. The background is Cover-a-Card Tapestry (IO Stamps) using Potters Clay Memento ink. I stamped the sentiment (Savvy Stamps) and die cut it with a ribbon tag from Spellbinders.
Ghost Pop-up card (see class October 6 here)
Pop-up cards are always fun for both the maker and the receiver! The ghosts are from a 12” Ghost Border die from Lifestyle Crafts. Here’s a tip: I die cut the ghosts from white and then from black cardstock. Now you will discover how detailed oriented I am! To make the eyes and mouth black on the white ghosts, I placed a little piece of ¼” Scor tape over the back of the eyes and mouth which meant the front openings were sticky. I picked up each (black) eye and mouth and placed them into the openings on the white ghosts. Next I adhered the white ghosts to the black ghosts slightly offsetting them to give the white ghosts a shadow.
The orange and black dotted background is die cut with a Nested Pinking Rectangle die set from Lifestyle Crafts. The new Graveyard Border from Memory Box was die cut from gray cardstock and mounted with foam tape across the bottom of the card. For the inside of the card, I created a pop-up template that would give me 2 levels. I die cut another Pinking Rectangle (smaller and cut the bottom off a little) from black cardstock so I could adhere the front row of 4 ghosts to it. The 2 ghosts in the back are mounted to the second level which is a well in the center of the first level. The “Boo” speech bubble is an old Memory Box stamp and the Hallow’s Night sentiment is from Amuse Artstamps.
Now for a few cards using Memory Box dies and stamps. I love the new “Pumpkin Trio” and coordinating “Jack-o-Lantern Faces” stamps. The faces fit easily into the openings on the pumpkins. I colored these pumpkins with Copic markersand distressed the off white cardstock with Ranger’s Antique Linen Distress ink. The decorative paper is from Reminisce Autumn Harvest collection. Quick and easy but of oh so cute!
This round card is also quick once you decide how to put the papers together! I die cut everything 2 or 3 times from various papers trying to decide which way the papers looked best. I finally decide don this arrangement. The papers are from the new (very hot!!) Graphic 45 Happy Haunting collection, and the very cute Nested Pumpkin Circles die from Spellbinders.
Love the colors of this card!!! Everything is from Memory Box: paper, sentiment and background (mail definitions) stamps, and the Gentle Leaf die. I just die cut a circle and mounted the background stamp behind it. The leaves were mounted in between these 2 layers.
One more Halloween card. The Poppystamps Serene Bird has such a presence that is draws all your attention. But if you looked behind the bird, 2 layers of Pinking Circles (Spellbinders) are layered with a black circle. The new Graveyard Border is mounted on top of the circles then the bird. For the sentiment tag I first die cut the tag (Memory Box Ticket die) and stamped it with the spider web stamp from the Taylored Expressions “Spooky Wreath” stamp set. The sentiment is from the Penny Black “Hoot of a Time” stamp set. I then added a little Memory Box jeweled spider sticker.
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