Welcome to Release Week at Stamp School! The last 3 days of each month, you will be treated to some beautiful creations by our Faculty here at Stamp School! Each month, we release 2 stamps per month. The first part of 2012 we will be releasing 4 colors of Poptone cardstock and matching inks until we stock all of their 24 colors. We also will be releasing 100% wool felt along with the cardstock each month.
Our Faculty will post their projects on their personal blogs (which we will link you to at the end of each post) and then during the month, they will post tips, tutorials, inspiration, ideas here on the Stamp School blog. If you want to be kept up to date on what is going on here at Stamp School, you can keep track of us a number of ways:
1) Our website and blog. You can subscribe to our blog feed, simply by clicking over on the Subscribe button to the left. You will then get a daily email of what is posted here on the site.
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3) Email Newsletter. You can sign up for our Newsletter by clicking on the Join our Newsletter button to the left.
OK, so now that you know how to keep up to date, let me show you what’s going on this month!
My first card today is so simple but yet calming I think.
I started with a cardstock base of PopTone Hot Fudge. I cut it to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored it at 4 1/2. I would DEFINITELY recommend scoring this cardstock and not just folding it. Our cardstock is a heavy weight 100# coverweight and it is very thick and sturdy. You will be happier with your cards if you score it.
I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 x 5 1/4. I used Distress Ink in Bundled Sage, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw along with the Ink Blending Tool to make my background paper. I started from the side of the paper and blended to the other side, to get the “strips” of color. Next I took my mister filled with water and sprayed it lightly. While it was wet, I drug a dry paintbrush through the water from red to yellow to blend the colors together. Zap it with a heat gun to dry the paper (or let it dry naturally).
Next I took Distress Ink in Forest Moss and stamped the big weed stamp. I just repeated and layered it all across the bottom of the watercolor paper. I finished it up with Distress Peeled Paint with our small grass bunch and filled in the bottom. I used a few colors of ink to give the card some perception of depth.
To finish off the watercolor paper, I used a little Distress Walnut Stain and my blending tool again around the edge of my paper. I used the With Sympathy stamp from our new Christian Sympathy set in our new Poptone Ink in Black Licorice.
Our new stamp sets, cardstock, ink, and felt will be available in the store on January 1, 2012
Check out what our Faculty made today with our new goodies!
Judy created a beautiful card using both sets AND some felt!
Check out her blog Joy in a JAR
Amber created her own background paper with one of our stamps!
Check out her blog The Country Scrapper
Rochelle made the most amazing felt flowers on her card today!
Check out her blog Two Tears in My Bucket
Vicki created a serene background for her card!
Check out her blog All I Do is Stamp