Get Published: Calls and Challenges for March

January 30th, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of sharing your artwork with the world? If your New Year’s resolution was to finally get your artwork seen by the public, then what better avenue to achieve your goal than getting published in one of our publications?! It’s not easy to become a published artist. It takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. But in the end, it’s all worth it because there’s nothing like the feeling you get from seeing your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine.

Being published in one of our magazines is a great way for up-and-coming artists to get recognition for their artwork, blogs, or current product lines. It’s also a wonderful way to inspire creativity amongst an audience of your peers.

Look through our Calls and Challenges and submit your work today!

 

altDressJuxtapose
You know the saying, opposites attract? We know it very well at Altered Couture and have seen some beautiful upcycled pieces that showcase juxtaposition. We love where lace meets denim, when girly meets masculine, and everything in-between. For this challenge, use the art of juxtaposition to your advantage. Take two or more dissimilar fabrics, styles, colors, textures, etc., and combine them to look like they were meant for each other.

Deadline: March 15, 2015.

 

~Artwork by Jana Holland

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:
Stampington & Company
ATTN: Altered Couture
22992 Mill Creek Drive, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

adqphoto 1 (3)Superheroes to the Rescue!
From Superman to Wonder Woman, Buffy to Lora Croft, Spider-Man to Aquaman, we want to see your superhero art dolls! Your superhero doesn’t have to come from the pages of a comic book or out of Hollywood, though; maybe your superhero is your mom, or a brave firefighter from Ground Zero– there are many ways to interpret your favorite hero or heroine. Thanks to artist Trish Draper for suggesting this challenge theme! Results will be published in our Autumn 2015 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2015.

 

~Artwork by Kylie Dexter

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:
Stampington & Company
ATTN: Art Doll Quarterly
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

 

blgArtful BloggingLet Artful Blogging be your guide as you discover a world filled with visual delights from today’s most inspirational artists, writers, and photographers. In their own words, read how blogging fits into the creative lives of artists and creative souls like yourself. Filled with full-color photography, illustration, mixed-media and assemblage, fabric and vintage artwork — whether or not you have a blog of your own, you will find no richer landscape to spark your own creative fires.

 

~Photograph by Jillian Lukiwski

 

Artful Blogging is a quarterly publication. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would like to know about, please send a letter of interest to the Managing Editor, at artfulblogging@stampington.com.
Deadline for submissions to be received: March 15th.

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

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57_1WIL-1402Handcrafted Projects for Christmas, Halloween & Other Holidays
For most art and crafting enthusiasts, holidays are the best reasons to create handcrafted projects … either to keep and treasure in the home, or to give and share with friends and loved ones. But with so many holidays that seem to come around more quickly with the passing of each year, even the most creative minds need project ideas. Christmas cards, gift wrap papers, wreaths, advent calendars, Halloween trick-or-treat pails, papier mâché Valentine hearts, glittery paper hats for the New Year, patriotic paper fans for Independence Day, and Thanksgiving table decorations are just some project ideas that you might consider.

 

~Artwork by Rachel Mcafee

 

 

 

 

 

 

030_HOL0914Somerset Holidays and Celebrations is sure to become a holiday tradition in many homes, where ideas for creative celebrations abound. Please submit your most festive projects for the following categories to be considered for this beautiful 144-page publication.

 

~Artwork by Shirley Hudson

 

Deadline: Every March 15th.

Mail in your submissions to the following address:
Stampington & Company
ATTN: Somerset Holidays & Celebrations
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

 

 

 

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Somerset Holidays & Celebrations Looking In
This section is all eye candy, featuring pictures from artfully arranged homes. We hope that these vignettes inspire you to organize or style your space in a creative way. Many thanks to the artists and photographers on these pages for inviting us to come in and make ourselves at home.

 ~Artwork by Kris Vavra

Somerset Holidays & Celebrations

Furniture Transformations
This section features upholstered and redecorated furniture, inspiring you to look twice before tossing out an unwanted or worn item, or even to try your hand at creating the furniture you’ve always wanted to have.

 

~Artwork by Bre Bertolini

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersethomeo@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Home Submission: Calls and Challenges or Department Name as the subject line.

Deadline: March 15th.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

stfStuffedBe a part of the fastest growing movement in the crafting word: the softie movement. Published twice a year, Stuffed is 144 pages of fun and whimsical soft dolls, accompanied by technique articles and a large gallery section. Felt monsters, crocheted food, fabric pirates…we’re looking for softies that show the heart and soul of plush art while demonstrating artistic touches.

 

~Artwork by Amnon Lipkin

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at stuffed@stampington.com.

Deadline: March 15th.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

 

 

Still Have Questions About How to Submit?

If you have any general questions regarding submissions, please feel free to contact Art Management at submissions@stampington.com. If you want to see a full list of our current submission requests, please visit our Calls and Challenges page.

We hope to hear from you soon! Good luck, and keep creating.

 

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Digital Inspiration Don’t forget to use coupon code BDI0115 to get $5 off the premiere issue of Digital Inspiration. This special book-azine showcases the best of the best in photo manipulations and digitally altered artwork, as collected from past issues of Somerset Digital Studio.  Apart from being a wonderful conversation starter, this stunning publication is great source of inspiration!




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Photo Manipulation Tutorial: A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll

January 27th, 2015

Adryane Driscoll Photo

Crafting comes in many different shapes and forms. From paint to paper cut-outs, and ink sprays to fabric alterations — for us creative types, there’s an abundance of outlets for self-expression. Relatively new but no less inspiring, is the world of photo manipulations and digital artwork. Scanning and editing has become a new take on cutting and pasting, and we love it! That’s why we’re very proud and happy to introduce today’s guest artist, Adryane Driscoll.

Adryane was featured in the spring 2013 and 2014 issues of Somerset Digital Studio, and she will also be making an appearance in the upcoming spring 2015 issue of the same title. Her artful handling of old, family photographs and memorabilia has also earned her a place in the autumn 2011 and spring 2012 issues of Somerset Memories. Her work is beautifully colored and always very well composed, and today she’s agreed to share with us an exclusive project that showcases some of her tips and techniques. So grab your box of old family photos, fire up PhotoShop, and please join me in giving Adryane Driscoll a warm Somerset Place welcome.

 

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I inherited a box with hundreds of old photos from my grandmother.  I can place some of the faces and guess at others, but most of the people in the photos are unknown to me. I knew about this box of photos before my grandmother died, and I tried to get her to revisit them with me and tell me about them. However, she found the experience to be too painful as many of the people in the photos had disappeared during World War II.

When the photos became mine, my goal was to find a way to organize the images and give stories to the people in them.  So, even though I can’t put names to many of the faces, and I am not sure how I am related to many of the people, I try to find ways to connect with them.  When considering how to do this I often look for something familiar either in a face or the background — a point of reference to create a story that I think fits with the photo. In A Postcard Home, the couple reminded me of how my grandparents looked in their travel photos, and the wonderful postcards they would send while away.

 

A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll Project Materials:

All of my images are scanned then manipulated in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

-Anna Aspnes Designs
-ArtPlay Palette for the Record
-ArtPlay Palette Home
-ArtPlay Palette Winter Sunrise
-FotoGlows No. 2
-Cloud Brushes No. 2
-MultiMedia Documents No. 1
-Layered FotoBlendz No. 3
-Decor Stamps No. 1
-GoldPaint No. 3
-GoldPaint No. 4

A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll Project Instructions:

Step 1: Choose a Photo
I chose a photo with a nice focal image and a background that is not in focus. The faded background allows for easy blending into the composition I want to create for this couple. When working with old photos, I usually start with a neutral background. This allows me to focus on the image. After I finish with the image, I can stay with the neutral background or build on it.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: Decide on a Design Concept
Consider what type of story you want to tell about your photo and how you want to tell it. For A Postcard Home, I decided on a travel story and started with a centered design with movement across the page from left to right. Often, the design changes as I start to play with the image but it’s nice to have a general starting point.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 2Step 3: Mask the Photo

You can create a custom Layer Mask for your photo or use one that you have in your digital supplies/archives. I chose an image that was divided into two parts — a light area and a dark area. The photo is positioned above the mask layer and then clipped (ALT+CTRL + G on a pc or CMD + G on a Mac, or, with the photo layer selected, go to Layer and choose Create Clipping Mask) to the mask. I repositioned the photo so that it was over the lighter area in the mask. Then, I applied a Layer Mask to the photo layer so that I could erase the tree from the photo with a soft round brush.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add to the Masked Image to Create Depth
I added multiple layers, using various digital elements, both over and under the masked image to create depth. I wanted to keep the people and the left side of the page lighter than the right side of the page. To do this, I set the blending mode on many of the layers on the right to either Linear Burn or Multiply, while the layers on the left tend to be set to Overlay or Soft Light. I also added some text to the background under the image on a separate layer.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Add Dimension
I don’t work with a lot of elements, but I do like my pages to have some dimension. Here, I added a large frame behind the image. A Layer Mask was added to the frame so that I could blend out parts of the frame. I also added shadows around the image and under the main mask. Next, I added the clouds, birds, and the text from the back of the photo. Whenever I find writing on an old photo, I try to incorporate it into my design. It may be the only information I have about a particular image.

Adryane Driscoll Finished Project

Step 6: Consider the Background
At some point, I consider whether I want to keep the background plain or I want to add to it. Here, I decided to warm up the background and add a little texture. To do this, two digital papers were blended over the original, neutral background. Both of the additional papers were set to Linear Burn.

 

Step 7: Finish
To finish, I added some additional brushstrokes.

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My personal experience with PhotoShop does not extend far beyond cropping, resizing, and enhancing images — all of which are pretty elementary skills. Even so, for me, these techniques were difficult to get a handle on. This step-by-step tutorial removes some of the intimidation that comes with working with Photoshop. I don’t expect that my first project will look anything like Adryane’s, but having her detailed tutorial will make it easier to acquire the skills.

If you’re an avid PhotoShop user we hope this tutorial inspires you to try something new, and if you haven’t taken the plunge into photo manipulations and digital artwork, then we hope the project might make the waters look a little more inviting. Finally, please help me give Adryane Driscoll sincere and heartfelt thanks for sharing her beautiful project with us.

To see more of Adryane’s beautiful artwork, you can visit her gallery at Oscraps.com

 

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Mixed-Media Stencil Techniques by Traci Bautista

January 22nd, 2015

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As someone who is pretty new to the world of stenciling, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the process. It seems like it’s would be easy for paint or ink to bleed through and ruin the image that’s being created — but that’s just the perfectionist in me talking. After watching this video by Traci Bautista, where she breaks down 6 unique techniques for working with stencils, I was definitely ready to give it a try. What’s helpful about this video is seeing the ease with which Traci works with colors, and how she transitions between using a stencil and then flipping it over and using the excess paint and ink to create a mask. She plays with positive and negative spaces with a lot of freedom, and her particular style has a lot to offer both novice and experienced stencil enthusiasts.

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Techniques Featured in this Video:

Black Gesso Prints - A little black gesso goes a long way when used with Traci’s Floral 2 Stencil. This technique is a fabulous way to showcase the bright and vibrant colors of a background by introducing black outlines.

Dyed Paper Towel Prints - Create beautifully textured prints with generous amounts of acrylic paint, a two-ply paper towel, and a brayer.

Stencil Prints - With this technique, you can create a stunning layered print by stenciling with paint, spraying with ink, and then pressing a fresh piece of paper onto the design. The end result is gorgeous multi-colored print.

White Resist Prints - After creating a colorful stenciled background, Traci uses acrylic paint and a foam brayer to add portions of white. She does this while her first layer of paint is still wet, which allows the colors to mix.

Monoprint Acrylic Skins - Paint over a transparent document protector and then set your stencil down on the wet paint. Once the paint dries, you can remove the stencil and you’ll be left with a beautiful skin that showcases the details of your stencil.

Stamping + Masking with Stencils - Spray a little water over a stencil design to reactive the dried paint, and then press a fresh piece of paper over it to create a ghost print.  You can also paint or spray directly onto a stencil and use another piece of paper to pick up the extra paint that’s on the top of the stencil.

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Thank you Traci for such an amazing video! To pick up even more inspiring tutorials and projects from this talented artist, be sure to stop by our brand-new Artist Collection. Find everything from Traci’s books to her creative stencil designs, and unique stamps.

Traci Bautista is a mixed media artist, designer, teacher, and author of the bestselling book, “Doodles Unleashed,” and her recent release, “Printmaking Unleashed.” Her art has been featured in over 15 art and mixed-media books and 40 craft magazines, including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Where Women Create, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, and Somerset Digital Studio.

To learn about this extraordinary artist visit her on her blog, Creativity Unleashed.

 

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Love Jars: A Valentine’s Day Project

January 19th, 2015

Love Jards



It’s easy to make a unique and personalized Valentine’s Day gift when you’re inspired, even if you’re short on time. To make these love jars, you just need a bit washi tape and some chalk journal note cards by Prima Marketing. Using chalk or a white pen, you can then write a short and endearing message to your valentine that’s sure to make your special-someone feel extra special. Fill up the spice jars with a yummy treat, and voilà — you’ll have darling set of valentines to give to a dear friend or a beloved partner.

 

Love Jars Project Materials:

-Prima Marketing Every Day Vintage – Chalk Journal Note Cards One
-Washi Tape – Geometric Fins Black
-Washi Tape – Musical Notes
-Washi Tape Solid Black
-Scissors
-Ranger Ink Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
-Round Black Lid Spice Jars – Set of 3
-Faber-Castell Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brush Pen White

 

Love Jars



Love Jars Project Tutorial

Step 1 - Start by washing out your spice jars. We noticed there was a little dust in ours, so we cleaned them out — especially since food was going inside.

Step 2 - Once your jars are clean and dry, select two washi tapes to use. We wanted a unique and unexpected color palette, so we used a solid black washi tape with a set of complimentary black-and-white patterned tapes.

Step 3 - The Prime Marketing chalk journal note cards are a little too big for the jars, so we had to cut ours down to fit properly. The note cards are really elaborate, and they have a great vintage feel to them! It’s easy to select a portion and cut out a label without losing too many of the details. Remember to save your scraps of paper, these bits and pieces are great for mixed-media projects.

Step 4 - Next, brush some gel medium along the back of your labels and securely adhere them to your jars. We used a little washi tape to make sure the label was pressed flat against the jar until the gel medium dried. When the label is securely glued to the jar, pull your extra washi tape off gently to avoid ripping the label.

Step 5 - Use chalk or a white pen to write a sweet message on your label. You can personalize each love jar with a name or a special message. If you use chalk, you can easily erase the message and write something new. If you want something permanent, use a white pen.

Step 6 - Fill your love jars with a sweet treat. To pull in the normal Valentine’s Day colors, we decided to use some pink, white, and red M&M’s, but you can use whatever you like and whatever fits.

 

Love Jars



Everything You Need to Create Unique Valentines

Valentine's Day Collection We’ve gathered our favorite love-themed products, including romantic papers, delightful embellishments, and much more, to help you get a jump on all your Valentine’s Day projects. We’ve also selected more than 30 projects from The Studio, including decorations, handmade cards, gift boxes, and even wearable items, so you can share sweet sentiments with everyone you love.

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Hearts of a Different Color Challenge Results + Giveaway

January 15th, 2015

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I love pink — in all hues and in any shape, but even I get burnt out on the sea of red, white, and pink that takes over stores first thing in January. As soon as the New Year arrives, chocolate hearts wrapped in pink-foil and silk roses all start to fill the aisles. And who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? I have fond memories of trading valentines when I was in elementary school, and of sharing good meals with great friends now that I am adult. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers!

However, this special day does feel like one of the more repressive holidays. While pink and white are appropriate colors for sure, most stores seem unable or perhaps unwilling to step beyond that color palette. That’s probably why I enjoyed the results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge, which is currently being featured in the winter 2015 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Editor Devon Warren challenged readers to create Valentine’s Day cards that utilize unique and unexpected colors and elements. There was such a huge outpouring of creativity that we now have over 20 pages showcasing the stunning results.

I wish I could show you every single card that was included in the challenge, but we don’t have enough space. So instead, I flipped through the pages and built a mini rainbow collection of Valentine’s Day cards. Hopefully these images will inspire you to venture out of your comfort zone, but if you’re just a die-hard fan of pink, white, and red, then at the very least these creative cards will definitely help you bring some new elements into your own creations. Check out the newest issue in person to see all the challenge results and for details on how to replicate the looks.

Also, don’t forget to pin your favorite for a chance to win one of three free copies of The Stampers’ Sampler. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for details on how to participate in our giveaway!

 

Hearts of a Different Color

Hearts of a Different Color - Red



Grace by Marge McGuire

This red and purple card features corrugated cardstock, a stamp with the definition of the word heart, and the interesting use of beads and brass wire.

Hearts of a Different Color - Orange



Be My Valentine by Kim Sears

The layered look of this card was achieved with cut out cardstock, stencils, stamps, and a tiny ribbon. The heart stamp itself almost resembles a Fabergé egg!

Hearts of a Different Color - Yellow



Love Garden by Shari Frost-Job

This garden of love was created with mulberry paper, heart stamps, and a cleverly attached green brad. The washi tape embellishment across the bottom is a nice touch, and the distressing on the mulberry paper adds depth to the background.

Hearts of a Different Color - Green



You Make Me Happy by Sharon Bruner

This card looks like a mini-collage! With multiple layers of paper and images, and even some sewing elements, there’s a lot to look at on this little card, but the message is delivered loud and clear.

Hearts of a Different Color - Blue/Green



Sincere Feelings by Marge McGuire

The peacock colors on this card make it truly stunning. Even with the use of four overlaying hearts, this still feels distinctly unique from the normal run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day cards. For this card, Marge used some die-cut hearts, heat-embossing, and stamps.

Hearts of a Different Color - Blue



Love Is by Kim Ross

Love is a great many things! This card encompasses so many positive messages in one tiny stamp that all the open, white space really works. The tiny embellishments on the corner are unique and manage to fit with the patterned papers used along the edges of the card.

Hearts of a Different Color - Purple



Passport to Love by Shari Frost-Job

What better way to express your love and appreciation for someone than with music? This card features torn pieces of music sheets, a bit of ribbon, and a lovely heart stamp.

Hearts of a Different Color - Black



Hugs & Kisses by Bobbie Porter

This card is an embossers dream. It features dry-embossed cardstock and a beautiful silver and black heat-embossed heart. While this color palette strays pretty far from the normal pink, white, and read—it’s still a very elegant and romantic card.

 

Your Chance to Win

We’re giving away THREE free copies of The Stampers’ Sampler! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured above “Pin” your favorite.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin on the comment section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why you selected that card.

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires on January 31st.

 

See all the Results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge

1SAM-1501-The Stampers-Sampler-Winter-2015-600x600If you want to see all of the beautiful cards that were featured in our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge then don’t forget to pick up a copy of The Stampers’ Sampler. Also, because you saw it here [On the Blog], you get a special $5 discount on this fabulous January issue.

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Free Article Download: Little Book of Encouragement by Mary Walden

January 12th, 2015

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“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to create!”

~Mary Walden from the pages of Sew Somerset; Click here to read the full article.

Most of us probably don’t have as much time as we would like, probably even less to just sit and be creative. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try! From painting to stamping, to sewing and gluing, we find ways to express ourselves. And while we may try to clear up a few hours a here and there to pursue our artistic passions, Mary Walden’s project is a great way to keep our creativity going throughout our busy days.

This little book of encouragement is made out of bits and pieces of fabric, scraps of paper, and doilies and lace. It’s held together with some basic sewing techniques, and the book itself get’s assembled with binder rings. Each page can be seen as a mini projects, with all of the steps being broken down into 15 minute intervals. Challenge yourself to make your own little book of encouragements throughout a week or a month, and see what you come up with!

Click here to download the free article, “Little Book of Encouragement,” by Mary Walden that originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset.

 

Want Even More Inspiration?

1SOM-SEW1102-Sew-Somerset-Summer-2011-300x300This oldie is definitely a goodie! The summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset features some uniquely stitched shadowboxes and embroidery hoops by Cindy Steiler. You’ll also find an artful cover idea for your iPad inspired by Ruth Rae, plus cool cuffs by Jen Swift.
 
 


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Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Stamping Project by Christen Hammons

January 8th, 2015

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: 3 Cards



You may think the card-giving season is over, but we disagree. There’s always a special occasion to send out a thoughtful, greeting card to a friend or family member, and if there isn’t — then make one up! And don’t forget that now’s the perfect time to send out Thank You cards for all those wonderful gifts and warm wishes that you got over the holidays.

This unique card project by our Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing, Christen Hammons, showcases an interesting use of negative space. Even the name of the project is full of inspiration! So grab your cardstock, your stamps, and your favorite inks — and learn how to make a positive out of a negative.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project Materials:

-Dina Wakley Reversed Grunge Growth Stamp
-Christine Adolph’s Collage Cube
-Card Stock
-Stamping Ink
-Pencil
-Self-Inking 7gypsies Circle Stamp

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project by Christen Hammons

Any avid rubber stamper knows that there are just some stamps you have to have. Sure, you have no idea how you’re going to use them, but they still wind up in your shopping cart. Then they sit on your art table gathering dust.

That’s how it was when I bought this “reverse” stamp by Dina Wakley. All of the other designs from the collection were stamped right away, but there were a couple I didn’t know quite what to do with. After talking with several employees here at Stampington, I realized that both stamps had large areas of negative space. Our President, Kellene Giloff, urged me to find an interesting way to spotlight the negative space.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Honeycomb design

Step 1 - I typically use stamps for texture, so the larger sections of solid color were throwing me off until I began playing around with the stamps. I started by inking the Reversed Grunge Growth stamp; then I pressed the honeycomb stamp from Christine Adolph’s Collage Cube onto the solid section. To get the desired effect, make sure you keep the honeycomb stamp dry, so that it can pull/dilute the ink that’s already on the solid section of the Reserves Grunge Growth stamp.

Step 2 - To finish, I stamped Reversed Grunge Growth onto cardstock. The honeycomb texture added a nice effect, making it appear as if I added my own collaged layer.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Different Color Ink

Step 3 - Next, I inked the Reversed Grunge Growth stamp again, but this time I stamped a self-inking 7gypsies circle stamp randomly onto the solid space. This added a different color and an extra touch of depth to my layers. When I stamped Reversed Grunge Growth, the circles appeared in the negative space, creating a nice, textured look.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Journaling

Step 4 - Finally, I simply used some of the negative space to journal on.

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Please join me in thanking Christen Hammons for providing us with such a fun project. There really are so many unique ways to use stamps and more so when the stamp itself has such interesting elements. However, the most important lesson I took away from these little cards is that no matter how intimidating a new product or project might be, you should always meet challenges with curiosity and positivity! After all, who knows what wonderful new techniques you can learn or even develop on your own?

 

We Want to Hear From You

In art, it’s always fun and challenging to work with negative space. We want to know how you do it. Do you have your own method for adding a bit of interest to stamps that have large negative spaces or do you try to avoid them altogether?

 

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Celebrate the New Year with New January Issues + A Chance to Win

January 5th, 2015

Start the New Year right with inspiring new titles! What better time to challenge your creativity than now, especially with a brand-new publications that offer stunning photographs, step-by-step instructions, and insights from top artists. If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, then you won’t want to miss out on Where Women Create BUSINESS, which offers creative advice from artistic entrepreneurs. If fashion is your passion, then you’ll love the fresh styles in Belle Armoire. And if you need something with a bit more old-world charm, then you’re sure to love this issue of Prims, which will transport you to a wonderful bygone era with handcrafted folk art.

 

January Issues

This year, we want to inspire you to new creative heights with magazines that will feed your creative soul and rouse your muse. That’s why we’re offering our beloved blog subscribers an exclusive promotion! Use the coupon code BLOG0115 at checkout to get $5 off any of our new January issues.

 
 
 
 

Somerset Studio

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Start the year off right with stunning new mixed-media inspiration. This issue of the Somerset Studio features an Artist Profile on Louise O’Hara of Drawn to Stitch, plus the gorgeous results of our lilac Color Challenge. Learn how to make new art from discarded book covers, and discover new ways to work with an old favorite — washi tape. Get detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own mixed-media stickers, and elevate your art to a whole new level. You won’t want to miss out on Shelly Broughton’s stunning lilac-inspired landscapes, or a charming handmade book that’s full of tongue-in-cheek humor. Find all this and more in the new winter issue.

 

Belle Armoire

Belle Armoire - January Issues



Get up to speed on the latest winter fashions with the newest edition of Belle Armoire. Our Designer Collection features the popular couture clothing and accessories of Susan Lafica, the talented designer and stylist behind Sicilian Gypsy and Fiori Couture. Colleen Davis shows how to make beautiful sweaters and shawls, and we’re taking a closer look at the quirky lagenlook clothing from Maura Davenport of RitaNoTiara. Don’t miss out on artisan projects like bold and beautiful arrowhead necklaces and rustic macramé sweaters and dresses, plus get an inside look at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week from Katherine Soucie, and so much more.

 

Somerset Life

Somerset Life - January Issues



Make a resolution to infuse creativity into every facet of your life in 2015, and get started on this creative pledge with inspiration from the winter issue of Somerset Life. Learn how to make beautiful statement bracelets in 10 minutes using craft brads, how to dye ribbons, and turn washi tape into decorative stickers. You won’t want to miss L. Katherine Roberts feature about a creative and heartfelt way to preserve a wedding bouquet, or the insightful musings of Emma Tree in our Authentic Living column. We share even more Creative Living Ideas, including clever, easy-to-make boot cuffs and how to brighten someone’s day with a secret message in a bottle.

 

Prims

Prims - January Issues



Travel back in time to a bygone era with the wonderful world of primitive dolls and Americana artwork in Prims. In this issue, you’ll meet Judy Smith’s collection of army-themed bears: four compassionate sisters who care for the wounded and four heroic soldiers who fall in love with the sisters. Also making an appearance is The Backyard Bunch by Cheryl Foster, an adventurous group inspired by her kids and their friends. Ami Jone’s primitive rabbit is working smart, lounging on a rake and sorting his carrots while his friend Sheep watches from the sidelines. You’ll definitely want to see Karen Brady’s Woodland Creatures and Toadstools, The Angels Isabella Portini Garland by Renee Tousignant, and Robin Seeber’s seasonal Hip Hopper Collection of rabbits.

 

Art Journaling

Art Journaling - January Issues



It’s a brand-new year and the perfect time to pick up art journaling — especially when you can get tips and techniques directly from the masters! Discover how Susie LaFond uses her distinct mixed-media style to bring a touch of serenity to her work in this issue’s Artist Profile. Also, learn how Micheline Montgomery incorporates fine art into her journal, and tag along with Gina Lee Kim as she explores the possibilities of watercolor. You won’t want to miss the way Sue Kalicki captures her travels in collage and paint, or how Nancy Baumiller combines digital and traditional journaling to create multi-dimensional pages.

 

Mingle

Mingle - January Issues



Start your year with a gathering that celebrates life, from a vintage-inspired luncheon to a breathtaking farm-to-table dinner party that will have your guests asking for seconds. The winter issue of Mingle is full of creative ideas for getting together. Visit an airplane-themed boy’s birthday celebration that harkens back to the golden-age of air travel and a wonderful tea party, complete with a variety of natural teas and honey. Get an insider’s look into the fabulous art retreats of Idyllworks of Maine, plus join us for a workshop to learn the ins-and-outs of making the perfect cocktail. Plan a fun fashion swap party for close friends, or soak up inspiration for an artsy auction house wedding, full of darling DIY touches.

 

The Stampers’ Sampler

The Stampers' Sampler - January Issues



What expresses love better than a homemade, handwritten card? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the newest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! Find the results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge, featuring cards that veer away from the typical Valentine’s Day color scheme. Learn how to incorporate mixed-media with your stamped creations, see how artists use the same stamp to create completely different looks, and so much more. Get out your paints, inkpads, and patterned paper scraps, because you will not want to miss this colorful and inspiring issue!

 

Jewelry Affaire

Jewelry Affaire - January Issues



This winter promises pages of artful baubles and inspiring jewelry. Director of education at Vintaj, Jess Italia Lincoln, showcases a beautiful collection of embossed necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Vintage jewelry lovers will enjoy Inez Dunn’s pastel, beaded necklace reminiscent of 1950s charm. Ever wonder what to do with that mismatched collection of buttons? Cindy Wimmer suggests repurposing them into a one-of-a-kind necklace. Flip through pages that are filled with intriguing creations, including crocheted wire necklaces, bottle cap earrings, statement gemstones, brooches inspired by famous explorers, and more.

 

Where Women Create Business

Where Women Create BUSINESS - January Issues



Whether your business is small, large, or merely a dream that’s waiting to unfold, this issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS has useful guidelines that will help make it a success. Learn how Marsha Giambalvo and Melissa Mohr of Backdoor Harvest, a group of St. Louis urban farmers, grow, maintain, and harvest small crops in local backyards. Gather advice from Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman, of Cold Spring Apothecary, whose business creates medicinally focused and remedy based products fueled by the healing power of botanicals and herbs. We’re also very excited to reveal insights from Lia Griffith of Handcraft Your Life, Becky Nunn of Nunn Design, producer of high-quality jewelry findings, with generational artisans based in the United States, and designer and clothing store owner Andrea Gear of Andrea Gear Designs.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our January Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new January issues to THREE lucky winners! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue.

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see.

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us which issue you find most appealing and why.

*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2015 January issues only: Somerset Studio, Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Prims, Somerset Life, The Stampers’ Sampler, and Where Women Create BUSINESS. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 1/31/15. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 01/31/15 at 11:59pm.

 

Congratulations to Our Glimpse Inside Winners for the Month of December:

Donna Kalinowsky, Christi Conley, Rae Jean Wycoff

 

Congratulations to our Artful Resolution Winner:

Dena Jardin

 


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Start the New Year right with inspiring new titles! What better time to challenge your creativity than now, especially with a brand-new publications that offer stunning photographs, step-by-step instructions, and insights from top artists. If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, then you won’t want to miss out on Where Women Create BUSINESS, […]

Insta-Grammys: The 10 Most Popular Instagram Images of 2014

December 30th, 2014

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As we look ahead to the approaching New Year, we can’t help but glance back to all the wonderful and inspiring artwork that we featured on Instagram this past year. So gather around and follow along as we unveil the 10 most popular Instagram images of 2014. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for even more visual inspiration, tips and techniques from top artists, and exclusive chances to participate in creative contests.

 

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The 10 Most Popular Instagram Images of 2014

Connie Govea Stuart Paper HeartsMixed-media artist Connie Govea Stuart helped us rediscover the romance of handwritten correspondence with these paper hearts and matching envelopes.

From the pages of the summer 2014 issue of Somerset Life.

 
 
 
 
 

PumpkinsMarie Morgan’s Goofy Jack’s were quite popular in October.

From the pages of the autumn 2014 issue of Prims.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hot ChocolateWho wouldn’t want to curl up with one of these beautiful mugs, filled with delicious Mexican hot chocolate? Project and photograph by j29events and Mint and Mirth.

From the pages of the autumn issue of Mingle.

 
 
 
 
 

FlowersCatrin Welz-Stein’s gorgeous artwork was a fan-favorite this year!

From the pages of the winter 2014 issue of Artful Blogging.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drift Wood ShipsEveryone wanted to sail away on one of Sofia Tryon’s charming driftwood ships.

From the pages of the autumn 2014 issue of GreenCraft.

 
 
 
 
 
 

She is lovedWe all agreed that Kathryn Paigen’s uplifting card was amazing, beautiful, and definitely loved on Instagram!

From the pages of the summer 2014 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

 

 

 

 

Colorful Sail ShipsSail boats were a reoccurring theme this year. Especially those made with recycled materials, like the rusted nails, metal wire, and vintage maps like Shirley Vauvelle used to create these charming sculptures.

From the pages of November/December 2014 issue of Somerset Studio.

 

 

 

BookCatrin Welz-Stein’s stunning digital artwork made it into our top 10 list, twice! And it’s not hard to see why!

From the pages of the winter 2015 issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

 

 

PROJ-0870-600x600Guest artist, Juliette Crane, stopped by The Studio and gave us the step-by-step instructions for recreating this dreamy work of art.

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Mini Christmas Tree Place Card HoldersEven Somerset Place made it onto the most popular Instagram images with a special project that was featured exclusively [On the Blog].

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We Want to Hear From You!

We saw some recurring themes this year on Instagram — like the sail boats and Catrin’s beautiful digital artwork. We also had some one-of-a-kind fan favorites, like Marie’s Goofy Jacks and Kathryn’s charming, mixed-media card. Now we want to know, out of these 10 images, which is your favorite? Leave us a comment with your top choice!

 




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Wishing You Love, Beauty, and Creativity this Holiday Season

December 25th, 2014

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We Want to Know Your Artful Resolutions for 2015

Have you had a chance to read all of the creative resolutions that some of our favorite artists, writers, and photographers shared with us? Now we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about these resolutions, and share your own artful resolutions for a chance to win a Papaya Art Weekly Planner.

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Sneak Peek: The Insta-Grammys of 2014

What did you get for Christmas? If you were gifted with brand-new crafting supplies, or you need a bit of inspiration to reinvigorate you after the holiday season, then join us for a very special blog post. In our last post of the year, we will pay tribute to our 9 most popular Instagram images of 2014. You won’t want to miss out on all the inspiring projects, photographs, and imagery! Join us here at Somerset Place on  Monday, December 29th.

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