Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Stamping with Paint

This year, one of my goals is to use supplies I have on hand more often. My stamp collection being the main focus of that particular goal. I have been better about using my acrylic stamps more frequently. However, my foam stamps( which are nearly a decade old) have sat neglected. In fact, I forgot I even owned them until Michelle mentioned she was making a project featuring foam stamps. She's good at coming up with projects that remind me about neglected supplies. Would I be making a project too? Sure! Why not!

Once I remembered I had them,I knew where the box of foam stamps were stowed. It required a step ladder and a bit of stretching on my part to wrangle it down from the shelf. After dusting the box off, I began examining the contents. I bought most of the foam stamps almost a decade ago. Many are from a dollar store while a few were found when I was thrifting. Some had never been used.

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I wasn't sure how I wanted to use the stamps, only that I wanted a technique that was not obvious. As luck would have it, I spied a class specifically about foam stamping on Nathalie Kalbach's website. Though Nathalie's website showcases a lot of mixed media, her techniques can easily be translated into scrapbooking. Foam Stamplifier covers the basics and beyond. I found it very inspiring and now have a desire to create my own stamps and to work them into my layouts more frequently.

The class consisted of small chunks which made it easy for me to complete. I didn't have all of the supplies on hand, but I now have an idea of which techniques I may want to stock supplies for.

The technique I chose for my layout involved stamping into wet paint. It creates a sort of debossed image. The result is very subtle but packs a punch when the layout is viewed in person. I didn't want to waste paint, so I stamped it off around the edges of the cardstock.

Winter Where are You? by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Stickers, Patterned Paper, Letters: Echo Park; Twine Jillibean Soup; Brads, Flair, Jewels: Freckled Fawn; Paint: Silks Acrylic Glaze; Other: foam stamps; this layout appears in an article for Get It Scrapped

It's been unseasonably warm here in the islands. Here we are entering January and still having to use our AC. I felt that the snowflake stamps and themed winter paper would be a nice addition to this particular weather story. I crossed out winter words and added my own warm weather words to the sticker phrases. The deep red and black paper also help add a touch of heat back to this winter theme layout.

I am looking forward to using more of my supplies this year. I am also hoping Michelle has a few more ideas for me. I have added her new Mixed Media class series to our homeschool curriculum this term. Creating art alongside my son is a wonderful way for us to spend time together and gives us an educational, but well needed break from the regular routine of math and language arts.

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