How To Mount/Unmount Stamps & Winners!

Hi friends! We did not get the blizzard that was predicted today, we only got a couple of inches of snow and not the 18″-24″ that was in the forecast. That was great because we got to have a lazy day around the house. I spent most of the day preparing samples for classes I (hopefully) will teach at the Heirloom Stamp Convention in Mass this June. Speaking of stamps I have a winner for the ArtNeko stamp giveaway from last week: oberlinmom Yay! please check your email for details! Also the winner of the Spoil contest last week goes to Cindy Z! Congrats ladies!

I have had many people asking me how to mount and unmount stamps lately. I thought I would do a quick tutorial since I just got this sheet of sentiments from Art Neko that I needed to mount. Generally I do not wood mount my stamps but I like to have my sentiments mounted and sitting on my shelf for quick access. I hope this helps! Money saving tips too!

If you want more in depth info on stamp mounting you can see all my stamp mounting videos in this playlist. Now that’s a thrill a minute I tell you. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Rubber Stamp Giveaway & Cardmaking Tutorial!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make a lovely thank you card using the new Year of the Ram stamps from Art Neko. I will share a few techniques including watercoloring, embossing and tips on using new unmounted stamps. So, grab a cuppa and spend 15 minutes in the craft room with me while we make a card!

All you have to do for a chance to win the stamps I used is leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway is open to everyone in the world!

Supplies:

  • Ram and Heartfelt Thanks stamp from Art Neko
  • Embossing folder
  • Patterned paper (So Sophie/My Minds Eye)
  • Die (Darice)
  • Cardstock (110# Recollections from Micheals)
  • Floral gems
  • Watercolors and brush
  • Hot pressed Watercolor Paper (Fabriano Studio #90)
  • Waterproof black ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Adhesive

Follow along with the video for full instructions! Many of you have told me that you prefer the casual “craft with me” videos to the short edited ones so I hope you found this one fun and I hope it was not long and boring to everyone else. 🙂 Good luck in the drawing and til next time happy crafting!

Stamping with Acrylic Blocks!

Let’s get a little more use out of out supplies today and use something we already have in a new way. If you use clear or unmounted stamps you have acrylic blocks around (if not look around for a scrap of plexiglass or a plastic block to use) and while they get a lot of use as stamp mounts you can use them on their own to stamp too! Look at the squares on this card, they were stamped with distress ink and stamp mounts. The dragonfly stamps are from About Art Accents.

DCF 1.0

This is a fun and easy technique. Experiment with different papers to see what you like best! Watch the video for the how-to and more ideas!

I stamped my samples on glossy photo paper then I stamped a postcard background on green paper and glued it to the back of my stamped photo paper.  Post cards are fun and I don’t send them nearly enough!

DCF 1.0

The other sample was done on watercolor paper, a different look, try different paper for different results! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

How to mount stamps for use with acrylic blocks

Someone asked me what I did to my rubber stamps I bought at the stamp show so I could use them with my clear blocks, so I flipped on my camera when I mounted some so you can see;)

Yep another semi informative video. I feel like I owe my readers an apology for the rambling (unplanned, spontaneous, un-practiced) videos of late. I’m just sharing when I can, if it takes a couple more minutes to get my point across, or I mumble I am sorry;) Thanks for understanding and as always happy crafting!

PS you can find a coupon code for 10% off your order at Stamper’s Best (the cheapest place to buy cling cushion and I use it!) on my friend Diane’s blog, it’s on the right sidebar, you need to scroll down a bit to find it. Thanks Diane for sharing!

DIY Craft Desk & WOYWW

Howdy folks! It’s funny how after a few days away from home you can look at your surroundings with a fresh eye. When I went down to craft yesterday my desk was so uninspiring. My binders of unmounted stamps were hard to pull out and I didn’t feel that I had room to work, also I had left my craft area in a bit of chaos so that didn’t help either…so…I spent $5 at the lumber yard and transformed my workdesk from this:

 

To this:

 

Here is a video to show you how I revamped my workdesk. Now, don’t go expecting a “Bob Villa” quality project here, we are talking saw horses, cinder blocks, an old door and boards but I am thrilled with the results, have a look:

See, how easy, anyone can do it! I wonder if I can get a guest spot on This Old House? Nah, you probably have to at least break out a hammer 🙂 I will say that I did measure everything and sketch out a design before I underwent this re-do. It probably saved me an hour of moving stuff around because I had a good estimation of what would fit. So my tip is make sure to measure to stuff you want to contain on your desk shelves!  Here are so more after shots:

 

…and now for something completely different…

Now, I realize that my studio will never be featured in House Beautiful but it is a WORKING studio and I need to be able to make a mess, hose it down and make another one. It works for me! So head out to the lumber yard, pick up a few cinder blocks and let’s get this party started!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pssst…wanna see more crazy tables? Head on over to the Stamping Ground for What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday or as I affectionately call it  ‘my craft hoarding support group’ you will get an eyeful of creativity and it is so much fun!

An Oriental Card & Stamping Tips!

Happy Thursday folks! Today I am going to share a card I made a few days ago. I used the sketch challenge at Oriental Stamp Art to plan the layout of this card:

When I saw the simple design of the sketch I decided I would pull out my rainbow ink pad and an Asian Scene stamp from About Art Accents and a die-cut and get to work!

TIPS!

To save space (and money) I do not usually mount my stamps on cling cushion, instead I spread a thin layer of Aleenes Tack It Over Again glue on the back of my unmounted stamps. Then I simply place the stamp on a clear block and stamp on a squishy surface like a silicone mat or mouse pad. Sometimes tho when I have a highly detailed stamp or a stamp that has a lot of rubber like this silhouette style stamp I need a little help to get it to stamp well. I discovered Rock-a-Block stamp mounts (crafter’s companion brand-I got mine at joann.com for 40% off when they had a stamp sale) last year and they work great for stamps like this and the curved surface made inking it up with my Kaliedacolor rainbow ink pad a snap! But, if you don’t have a rock-a-block you can find something similar to use around your house I bet! I have some finicky stamps that are too big for my RABs so I found a curved glass jar that works just as well (it will do until I can afford a Mega-Mount!) and best of all it was free!

Embossed label (without a nestie!)

For the octagon I used my electronic die cutter to cut 2 octagons, one 1/8″ larger than the other. I glued the smaller centered on the bigger one and stamped my sentiment then inked the edges for the trendy embossed label look, best of all you can do this with any shape, you can even cut them by hand if you have no die cutter. Just hand cut the smaller shape first, glue it to a larger piece of the same color and trim that 1/8″ larger and ink, easy peasy!

Got Creative Block? Use a Sketch!

This card came together in minutes because the layout was preplanned. Sketches are great because you end up placing elements in a new-to-you way. A sketch is a great way to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. And for those of you who think it is cheating take a look at the Oriental Stamp Art Challenge blog, you will see that we all use the same sketch but no two are alike!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tomorrow I am going to share my clear/UM stamp reorganization project with you, I do hope you will come by and see! Til then Happy Crafting!

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