Glimpse Inside April Issues — Plus, a Coupon Code and Giveaway!

April 1st, 2015

From art journaling with the royals to farmhouse parties, there is something for everyone in these must-have April issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

glimpse inside April Issues discount code

Receive $5 off any April title of your choice. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0415 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).

 

 

Art Journaling

Art Journaling glimpse inside April

Spring is in full swing! Let nature be your muse and find interesting ways to put pen, chalk, paint, and fabric onto your pages. Gather your thoughts, and delve into the creative journaling techniques inside this must-have issue. Ella Wilson celebrates this refreshing time of the year by creating a nature-inspired journal using peat moss, and Kate Yetter looks to the past for inspiration in her “Vintage Vibes” journal. You also won’t want to miss how collage artist Brigid Gallagher Davies transforms scraps of paper and swipes of paint into stunning works of art. Read the rest of this entry »



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From art journaling with the royals to farmhouse parties, there is something for everyone in these must-have April issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win. Receive […]

Get Published: Calls and Challenges for April/May

March 27th, 2015

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! Read the rest of this entry »



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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 […]

Discover 3 Easy Projects with the 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer

March 24th, 2015

7gypsies mini library drawer projectsThe 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer has all the Old World charm of a cozy library’s card catalog. My happiest place is among the books, feeling the paper beneath my fingertips as I follow along the adventures of Huck Finn or Elizabeth Bennet. In the age of ebooks and digital library catalogs, it’s nice to reminisce and recapture a piece of days gone by. However, this library drawer is also a chance to bring the antiquated technology back into daily use. Try these fun projects with your library drawer or post some of your ideas in the comments below.
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The 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer has all the Old World charm of a cozy library’s card catalog. My happiest place is among the books, feeling the paper beneath my fingertips as I follow along the adventures of Huck Finn or Elizabeth Bennet. In the age of ebooks and digital library catalogs, it’s nice to reminisce […]

Adding Layers of Interest: 55+ Stencil Project Ideas

March 17th, 2015

Free Stencil Projects

I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to using stencils in my artwork. There really are so many interesting ways that they can be incorporated. Paints and spray inks seem to be a match made in heaven when it comes to working with these addictive little artistic templates, but why stop there? Try experimenting with texture paste or embossing powder with stencil designs to add even more texture and dimension.

If you’re looking to gather ideas for adding that “Je ne sais quoi” element to your next project – you’ve come to the right place. We’ve assembled over 55 how-to projects that use stencils in some way, shape, or form. From canvases, gift tags, and art journal pages to cards, mixed-media projects, and even fabric applications, browse this new collection of Stenciled Projects for inspiration and step-by-step tutorials that will help you stretch outside your creative comfort zone.

 

Creative Challenge
Dare to test your artistic limits for #NationalCraftMonth, and try incorporating stencils into your artwork in the following ways:

Embossing Stencil Technique

1) Make Stencil Designs Stand-out with Embossing Powder
Add texture to your next piece by applying an embossing inkpad as if it were a sponge through your desired stencil design. After removing the stencil, sprinkle on embossing powder, and use a heat gun to quickly dry it. Stampington & Company’s Director of Publishing shares this, and a few more stenciling techniques, here.

 

 

Custom iPad Case Project2) Stencil on Fabric:
Personalize a bag to tote around your art supplies or groceries, or customize your own iPad case. Because stencils offer a way to rapidly and consistently produce letters or design patterns, adding them to alternate surfaces like fabric need not be intimidating.  Gift idea: Using an alphabet stencil, create monogrammed burlap bags and matching journals for a creative friend.

 

 

Stenciling with Gesso3) Stencil with Gesso or Texture Paste
Use a palette knife to apply gesso or texture paste to a canvas project, journal page, or gift tag for an elevated, dimensional effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Stencils Project4) Stencil Your Favorite Word, Phrase, or Quote onto Something You See Daily

Do you keep a journal on your nightstand, or need something more artistic to hang on that bare, boring wall? Stencil your favorite word, phrase, or quote onto a journal cover, wall canvas, or other similar item for inspiration and to remind yourself, daily, of what is important.

I don’t know about you, but no one has manufactured, or captured, my favorite quote into a stencil, yet. Don’t let this stop you. Try using an alphabet stencil for the first letter of one or more select words, and then handwriting the rest of the letters in your own script. This mini art journal project, which reminds us all to “Slow Down” and “Breathe,” demonstrates this concept.

 

Free Stencil ProjectsStenciled Projects Collection

Want more? Find 55+ free stencil project ideas in our newest collection. Each includes step-by-step tutorials, detailed photographs, and of course, all incorporate stencils in some creative fashion.

Click here to explore the complete collection.



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I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to using stencils in my artwork. There really are so many interesting ways that they can be incorporated. Paints and spray inks seem to be a match made in heaven when it comes to working with these addictive little artistic templates, but why stop there? Try experimenting […]

You’re Invited to Our National Craft Month Pinning Party!

March 6th, 2015

Pinterest Board

Stampington is celebrating National Craft Month by throwing a party — a Pinterest Pinning Party! For the month of March, we invite you to pin your crafty projects onto our board titled, National Craft Month!

Pinterest is a treasure-trove of DIY projects, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of only pinning and not creating. Be sure to absorb as much inspiration as possible, and then channel those ideas into something that you create yourself. Pin your unique, handmade projects to our collaborative National Craft Month board and watch the creativity spread. It’s a great way to find inspiration, meet other artists, and get noticed — you can be sure our editors will be peeking at pins in search of publish-worthy artwork.

Request access to the pin board by emailing the link to your own Pinterest account to blog@stampington.com and prepare to pin!

We will be providing Pinning Prompts via Twitter (@Stampington) and Instagram (@stampington) to guide you through the next month of crafting. We hope that by providing our readers with a community where they can share their handmade artwork, they will be able to connect with others who share similar crafting interests and be exposed to new ones as well.

Hop over to Twitter to see Pinning Prompt #1.

Hello, Pinners! To keep the pinning process fair, we are kindly requesting Pinners to limit pins to ONE pin per day. Please use our Pinning Prompts on Twitter and Instagram (you don’t need an account to play along!) as your guide, and choose your favorite project to pin for that day. We want to give everyone an equal chance to pin and be pinned!

Notice your inbox getting pretty full? To limit the number of Pinterest emails you receive, please go to Account Settings > Notifications > Pick Which Groups You Hear About > Change “National Craft Month!” to (NO). Whew, that’s better!

As always, feel free to send along an email if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

Stampington and Company reserves the right to moderate the National Craft Month board for the purpose of showcasing a variety of artwork from all pinners. Content must be appropriate or it may be removed. Stampington & Company reserves the right to end or extend this promotion at any time.

 



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Stampington is celebrating National Craft Month by throwing a party — a Pinterest Pinning Party! For the month of March, we invite you to pin your crafty projects onto our board titled, National Craft Month! Pinterest is a treasure-trove of DIY projects, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of only pinning and […]