I know some of you are on the fence in regards to purchasing this year’s holiday stamp so I have prepared a sample card to give you an idea of what the stamp will look like. I hope this helps you make up your mind
As you know, we are currently in the ordering phase so I didn’t have an actual stamp to work with. Instead, I used a print of the image. And, because I didn’t have an actual stamp, I wasn’t able to try the various techniques (ie. embossing, stamping in color, masking) that most stampers would use. This is just a simple project to show how the image would look on a card.
It has become a yearly tradition on my rubber stamping website to commission an artist to produce a holiday rubber stamp for our members. Normally, we play it safe and go with a Santa image but this year the members decided, as a group, to go with a snowman image. We were so fortunate to commission Paul Gunson for the second year in a row. He has the most wonderful imagination and seems to have a knack for knowing exactly what we’re looking for. Not only that, he has got to be one of the friendliest guys I think I’ve ever met. His creations are truly magical and we are so proud to have one of his images adorning our 2008 holiday cards. Check it out!
We are currently accepting pre-orders for this stamp and I invite all of my blog readers to pop on over to our website if you are interested in purchasing one. There will be only one run of this stamp and you can pre-order it until Friday, August 29, 2008. After that date, there will be no more orders accepted.
PS: The Stamp Shack logo will not appear on the stamp
On my stamping community website we have rotating weekly challenges (color challenge, technique challenge, theme challenge, and mystery challenge). Next week is the theme challenge and the theme is Goodbye/Farewell cards. I dug through all of my stamps and the only thing I could find that was suitable was this little mexican guy and a donkey by Amuse Art Stamps.
For some reason, I haven’t been very creative lately and I’m not particularly thrilled with the outcome of this card. I can say that I had fun playing with my stamps, though! As you can see, I doodled the card to death; I drew the cactus with a black sharpie marker, added the white doodle border with a white jelly roll pen, and hand wrote the ‘Adios!’ sentiment. Perhaps I’ll take another stab at the ‘Goodbye/Farewell’ theme tomorrow – I think I have something beachy in mind.
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Continuing on with our father’s day theme, I put together this little guitar card. The idea wasn’t exactly mine – I saw something similar in a scrapbooking store over the weekend and just had to make one. The strings are gold cording held in place by gold brads. My husband just now suggested that I add a pick guard (a what?) so I’ll find out exactly what that is and perhaps will add it to the card in the morning.
Template can be downloaded from the ‘Free Templates’ page.
I absolutely loved this card by Doodlebop (splitcoaststampers) and just had to CASE it. I didn’t have any brown polka-dot paper so I just drew up my own on the computer and printed it out on 65lb white cardstock. You can’t even tell that it wasn’t store bought!