Adventures in Card-Making · trends

Large backgrounds

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Lately, rubber stamp and die-cutting companies have introduced card-sized images to create entire card fronts. This trend in the rubber stamp field is nothing new, but die cut enthusiasts are somewhat dismayed especially if the design is an abstract.

Large background stamps and embossed images can turn plain cardstock into interesting patterns, fill in white space with interest, create a quick and easy card all while challenging your creativity.

Here are some hints and tips to get you started;

  • Try different colored inks, layering techniques, embossing powder and colored paper.
  • Use a Brauer to get all the “nooks and crannies” of the large stamp.
  • Use word stamps or embossing folders as backdrops and frames.
  • Use ink to match up your own paper for a custom look.
  • Use part of the design as a border for the inside of your card.
  • Use different colored paper when embossing..

Happy Crafting

~Sallie

Adventures in Card-Making

Finding rubber stamps on vacation

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Like most of you, I imagine, I am always on the lookout for crafts – tools, rubber stamps, interesting dies etc. Well, one day last week while on a vacation day, I wandered into a country store. “Just your kind of place,” my husband remarked. The merchandise was, for the most part, handmade. There were silk floral arrangements, quilts, plaques and mason jars. As I sauntered through the aisles I saw lots of pretty things and jotted down some ideas in my notebook. Then suddenly my cell phone rang. “Hey, guess what I found for you!” My husband exclaimed. “What?” I answered. “I’m your new favorite husband,” he went on. “Go over to the aisle with the large dog poster and half way down on the left side, you’ll see a giant bin full of rubber stamps.” Well, of course, I followed his instructions then and there. I spent the next 15 minutes going through the bin. I found wood mounted, discontinued SU stamps, some cling and even a Sizzix die cut that I hadn’t seen before. And, of course, I paid a discount price for my new treasures.  So, don’t overlook those shops on vacation and be sure to bring your significant other with you. You never know what you’ll find on vacation.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

New Websites to visit

New web sites

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following are some more web sites for you to check out!

Happy surfing!

~Sallie

K & C Company    www.kandcompany.com

Glaze pens            www.sakuraofamerica.com

Color Box Mica Magic   http://www.clearsnap.com

Glitter                     http://www.artglitter.com

Stickles                  www.rangerink.com

Brads                     http://www.paperwishes.com

Hampton Art Stamps     http://www.hamptonart.com

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