Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs

I’ve eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this particular Thursday because today marks the beginning of our first-ever blog hop!

With Pam Carriker’s brand-new stamp line making its debut on our shelves, we wanted to celebrate by hosting a number of mixed-media projects that feature her unique designs. We’ve also invited some of our friends, and very talented artists, to participate: Seth Apter, Traci Bautista, Jen Cushman, Dina Wakley, Mary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing, Christen Olivarez.

Please join me in welcoming our first spotlighted artist to kick off the “hop,” the oh-so-talented Pam Carriker, as she takes you step-by-step through this eye-catching Stamped Art Page project idea.

***

Hello Somerset Place! I’ll have you know, I originally developed and produced this new stamp line for my own workshop and class use. I wanted some fun and cool stamps that would be great for journaling, not just images that would be good for a few stampings and then put away.  Many of the images came directly from my own journals as I noticed doodles and markings making appearances in my work. I hope you’ll find unlimited uses for these images in your work as well!

Pam Carriker stamps

1. I began with a sheet of watercolor paper that I actually used to clean off stencils. When I’ve used a stencil I will lay it down on a sheet of hot press watercolor paper and wipe it off with a baby wipe – the result is a background of interesting partial stencil designs. You can also ‘clean’ off your stamps on the paper in the same way. 

 

2 pcarriker stamps

2. I ‘imperfectly’ stamped some of the Thoughts of Courage stamp with Staz On ink onto the background. Text peeking through a journal page adds a lot of interest.

 

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 3

3. Next I added some texture with the Punchinella Honeycomb stamp and some chalk inks. This adds a soft touch of texture that blends in with the background.

 

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 4

4. Some design elements were then ‘imperfectly’ stamped with Staz On ink. When you imperfectly stamp an image you are already changing it up in a way that makes it unique to your art. 

(Stamps used: Zig Zag, Sketched Harlequin)

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 5

5. For the focal points of the page spread, I added my Face Map Stencil images by tracing the design with a water-soluble black pencil.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 6

6. Activating the pencil with a wet brush helps to begin to form the face.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 7

7. More texture is added to the shaded areas behind the face with the Sketched Background stamp and Staz On ink.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 8

8. Next I stamped the small sized I Will Soar wings onto a piece of deli wrap (dry wax) paper.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 9

9. I then cut out and adhered them to the page with Mixed Media Adhesive.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 10

10. To shade the wings I stamped some chalk ink out onto my palette and picked it up with a brush and painted it onto the wings.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 11

 11. With the same chalk ink, I stamped the Column of Dots onto the background to help this color move around the page a bit and tie into the wings.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 12

12. To enhance a shadowy image of the My Heart Stencil that peeked through the background, I stamped the My Heart Lifts image over it.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 13

13. Using colors from the background, I painted acrylic paint washes around the focal elements to help them pop from the page.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 14

14. With a White Big Pitt Artist Pen, I added highlights to the face and other elements on the page and brushed them out to blend with a wet brush.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 15

15. To finish off the page I added some journaling with a black pen, and highlighted selected areas with a white pen to make the letters pop.

 ***

We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to Pam for sharing this wonderful mixed-media project with our blog readers!  Pam Carriker has also been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio, and offers a number of project tutorials at The Studio. You can explore more of her work in our new Pam Carriker Collection.

For additional information and to view more of Pam Carriker’s artwork, please stop by her blog (and say hi!) at: pamcarriker.com/blog

*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using Pam’s new stamp line (on their blog), and we will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Thursday Sept 5th: Seth Apter − CLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 12th: Jen Cushman − CLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 19th: Mary Beth ShawCLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 26th: Dina WakleyCLICK HERE!

Thursday Oct 3rd: Traci Bautista ClICK HERE!

Thursday Oct 10th: Christen Olivarez − Link coming soon!

Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using Pam’s new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to this page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!

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28 Responses to “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs”

  1. Wow, amazing page & so beautiful too. Thank you for all the great photos & ‘how to’.

  2. L Carolyn ghearing says:

    Love it! Looks like loads of fun!

  3. Rob says:

    Love this page Pam, the colours are beautiful. What spray colours did you use please?

  4. This is a great series of posts. It was very informative to see the steps Pam took to create her lovely collage. Just curious – does she not put a hard back on her stamps when she stamps them or were they just laid out this way for the photos? Cheers!

  5. Lorraine says:

    Wow, this page is so inspiring and beautiful. Thank you, Pam, for the step-by-step illustrations and instructions. It starts the juices flowing again.

  6. Pam Carriker says:

    Cathy, I use them without an acrylic block about 90% of the time. I find I love the slight imperfectness that you get when using them that way. You can easily manipulate where the stamp will contact the paper more directly by apply more pressure on certain areas and that allows for others to stamp more lightly thus creating tonal values that enhance the page.

  7. Pam Carriker says:

    Rob I did not use sprays for this page. The colors are my own color mixes from my signature line of acrylic paints that will be coming out in a couple of months:-)

  8. Ellen says:

    LOVEly page! I can’t wait to see more offering inspired by these stamps~
    Thank you!

  9. Lisa M says:

    So fun to see it all come together at the end. I love the idea of “imperfectly” stamping; I’ll be trying this soon! Thanks so much for sharing your techniques.

  10. Jackie says:

    Gorgeous colors Pam- when will the paints be out and where? Thanks for the great tutorial- as always- beautiful art! “)

  11. Rob says:

    Thanks Pam, the colours are so very vibrant….just the way I LOVE them. :)

  12. […] you missed the start of this blog hop it’s not too late to join in! HERE is the original post on the Stampington & Co […]

  13. HARRAH — HARRAH — HARRAH to all who have something and anything to do with this incredible endeavor — Pam, what a wonderful beginning — first artist up to bat —doesn’t sound too
    artful !!! SAM

  14. Laura Strack says:

    The stamps are way cool…especially fond of that zig zag stamp. It has a bezel or banner appearance. They all look so fun! Looking forward to each upcoming Thursday. Thank you!!

  15. Linda Cameron says:

    I wish I had created something with these stamps, but sadly, I don’t have any! They are fabulous, and if I did have them, I would used them ALL THE TIME!! Love the page, pinned the page!

  16. Ava Gavloski says:

    those stamps should be a great seller

  17. Lura Brown says:

    your middle name initial must be A for amazing. you always do amazing. love the page, love all the utility type stamps that you could use on everything. thanks for doing the blog hop you and stampington two of my favorites. i would buy every magazine they carried if i had the money, every issue is awesome. they all have so much content in them, so much inspiration, how to’s, etc. i even love the ads. xoxox

  18. […] you missed the start of this blog hop it’s not too late to join in! HERE is the original post on the Stampington & Co […]

  19. Adriana Moreira says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art Pam, and also the step by step, I loved it. I love your combination of colors, very vibrant, eveeything comes together so beautifully. And your stamps are a must have, I alteady have some but have to buy them all. xoxo

  20. Thanks for the step by step. I particularly like the text stamp.

  21. Christi says:

    I love all your stamps & stencils Pam – you are SO inspiring!!

  22. Diana says:

    i love this!! i am so glad i have found this page so i can hop along before it is finished! now i am back to the previous listings and looking forward to the new ones coming!

  23. Denise says:

    Love the new stamps and the page is great. I am loving blog hops, they introduced me to so many wonderful artists!

  24. Kathy S says:

    as I am reasonably new to art journalling i appreciate others for inspiration- I love this page and all the layers- I find it fun to do this- the stencil of the head is WOW and love love love the wording and how effective it is- thanks for sharing your inspiration

  25. Renee Zarate says:

    Love your new colors and stamps! If we want to link our projects back to the site how do we do it?

  26. selena says:

    une tres jolie page, tres lumineuse, j’adore!

  27. Sally Jo says:

    love the warm colors you have used. there is also so much movement and action on your page – just beautiful!!

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I’ve eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this particular Thursday because today marks the beginning of our first-ever blog hop!

With Pam Carriker’s brand-new stamp line making its debut on our shelves, we wanted to celebrate by hosting a number of mixed-media projects that feature her unique designs. We’ve also invited some of our friends, and very talented artists, to participate: Seth Apter, Traci Bautista, Jen Cushman, Dina Wakley, Mary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing, Christen Olivarez.

Please join me in welcoming our first spotlighted artist to kick off the “hop,” the oh-so-talented Pam Carriker, as she takes you step-by-step through this eye-catching Stamped Art Page project idea.

***

Hello Somerset Place! I’ll have you know, I originally developed and produced this new stamp line for my own workshop and class use. I wanted some fun and cool stamps that would be great for journaling, not just images that would be good for a few stampings and then put away.  Many of the images came directly from my own journals as I noticed doodles and markings making appearances in my work. I hope you’ll find unlimited uses for these images in your work as well!

Pam Carriker stamps

1. I began with a sheet of watercolor paper that I actually used to clean off stencils. When I’ve used a stencil I will lay it down on a sheet of hot press watercolor paper and wipe it off with a baby wipe – the result is a background of interesting partial stencil designs. You can also ‘clean’ off your stamps on the paper in the same way. 

 

2 pcarriker stamps

2. I ‘imperfectly’ stamped some of the Thoughts of Courage stamp with Staz On ink onto the background. Text peeking through a journal page adds a lot of interest.

 

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 3

3. Next I added some texture with the Punchinella Honeycomb stamp and some chalk inks. This adds a soft touch of texture that blends in with the background.

 

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 4

4. Some design elements were then ‘imperfectly’ stamped with Staz On ink. When you imperfectly stamp an image you are already changing it up in a way that makes it unique to your art. 

(Stamps used: Zig Zag, Sketched Harlequin)

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 5

5. For the focal points of the page spread, I added my Face Map Stencil images by tracing the design with a water-soluble black pencil.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 6

6. Activating the pencil with a wet brush helps to begin to form the face.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 7

7. More texture is added to the shaded areas behind the face with the Sketched Background stamp and Staz On ink.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 8

8. Next I stamped the small sized I Will Soar wings onto a piece of deli wrap (dry wax) paper.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 9

9. I then cut out and adhered them to the page with Mixed Media Adhesive.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 10

10. To shade the wings I stamped some chalk ink out onto my palette and picked it up with a brush and painted it onto the wings.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 11

 11. With the same chalk ink, I stamped the Column of Dots onto the background to help this color move around the page a bit and tie into the wings.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 12

12. To enhance a shadowy image of the My Heart Stencil that peeked through the background, I stamped the My Heart Lifts image over it.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 13

13. Using colors from the background, I painted acrylic paint washes around the focal elements to help them pop from the page.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 14

14. With a White Big Pitt Artist Pen, I added highlights to the face and other elements on the page and brushed them out to blend with a wet brush.

Pam Carriker Stamps - step 15

15. To finish off the page I added some journaling with a black pen, and highlighted selected areas with a white pen to make the letters pop.

 ***

We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to Pam for sharing this wonderful mixed-media project with our blog readers!  Pam Carriker has also been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio, and offers a number of project tutorials at The Studio. You can explore more of her work in our new Pam Carriker Collection.

For additional information and to view more of Pam Carriker’s artwork, please stop by her blog (and say hi!) at: pamcarriker.com/blog

*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using Pam’s new stamp line (on their blog), and we will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Thursday Sept 5th: Seth Apter − CLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 12th: Jen Cushman − CLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 19th: Mary Beth ShawCLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 26th: Dina WakleyCLICK HERE!

Thursday Oct 3rd: Traci Bautista ClICK HERE!

Thursday Oct 10th: Christen Olivarez − Link coming soon!

Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using Pam’s new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to this page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!

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