If you follow my blog, but do not receive the Stamp Express newsletter, you may not be aware that I’ve been hospitalized with blood clots in my lungs. Recovery is slow. But, I am getting stronger each day. Hopefully I can post some projects in a few weeks. I’m sorry I haven’t kept up, but I’ve been unavoidably detained!
Thanks to all who sent cards, e-mails, phoned, and prayed. I am grateful.
Rubber Stamp Tapestry makes adorable teeny stamps of flowers, leaves, and ferns to arrange in all sorts of floral bouquets. They are on wooden peg stampers and easy to store. I thought “what fun!”. But let me tell you, they are not as simple as they seem. After taking Sonya’s class, here is what I stamped. Much better than teaching myself. For one thing, I didn’t realize that there is a line on each stamp indicating where the design is right side up. Keep that line facing the center of the design and it helps with positioning. Second, turn the paper as you work. Stamp the main theme images at 12o’clock, 6, 3, and 9 for a balanced placement. Then fill in between these images with lighter colors and some of the smaller stamps. The company reccomends that you stamp off to get a lighter shade, but we just used a lighter color of ink and it worked well. Masking the shape for your center helps, like the hearts used here. When you remove the mask stamp a few ferns or vines that hang into the center of the design for a more realistic effect. The double heart card used chalk applied around the mask first, then was stamped on top of the chalk. Sponging or airbrushing could also be used. E-mail us if you have questions. Once you know the tricks of these little gems, you’ll LOVE them!
Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Inks: Tsukineko Memento
Cardstock: The Paper Cut
Tag Die: Sizzix