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 […]

Giveaway and Glimpse Inside New March Issues

March 2nd, 2015

From the secret lives of books to how to preserve flowers in tiny glass pendants, there is something for everyone in these must-have March 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.

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Receive $5 off any March title of your choice. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0315 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).

 

Bella Grace

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Bella Grace
makes its debut as a quarterly publication with this inspiring spring issue. Kim Klassen talks about the beauty of capturing everyday life, and Hannah Marcotti teaches women to embrace their “Wild Woman Edge.” Plus, you won’t want to miss a moving story about a woman’s acceptance of her graying hair and how she manages to find her own silver lining. This issue also takes a look at Kelly Rae Roberts’ possibilitarian project and shares some of our favorite Instagram collections, along with an article on the secret lives of books.

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry Spring 2015

If you’re looking to take your jewelry making to the next level, you won’t want to miss the spring issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Within its pages, you’ll discover how to use pennies, coins, and buttons in new ways, and see how to preserve tiny flowers in glass pendants. It’s also got necklaces galore – from wood-cuts and rustic mixed-media pieces to a tin-cut necklace and Cat Kerr’s silver winged pendants. This issue’s designer collection is perfect for spring, featuring Nina Bagley’s netted wire, gorgeous trinkets, and beautiful handmade chains. Melinda Barnett shares her pretty pottery shard jewelry set, and there are plenty more intricate jewelry projects to inspire you through the season.

 

Somerset Apprentice

Somerset Apprentice Spring 2015

The spring issue of Somerset Apprentice is bursting with wonderful artwork that is sure to inspire you. Learn the fundamentals of creating Somerset-esque artwork or simply perfect what you already know with easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos by artists like Linda Trenholm, Ivy Newport, Kathy McCreedy, Laly Mille, Anne Bagby, Cynthia Shaffer, and Lynn Whipple. Join us as these artists share the secrets to creating stunning layered collages, mixed-media masterpieces, and assemblage art. Our From the Pros section includes tips and tricks from artists Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, Lisa McIlvain, Caterina Giglio, Mandy Russell, Renee Stien, and others.

 

Somerset Digital Studio

Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2015

Whether you’re new to the world of digital artwork or are an experienced veteran, the colorful spring issue of Somerset Digital Studio has something for everyone. This publication features the creative artwork of Cheryl Tarrant, Veronica Hassel, Raphaël Vicenzi, Anja De Dobbelaere, Angi Sullins & Silas Toball from Duirwaigh Studios, and many others. With 11 full-feature articles, 8 Spotlight mini-articles, and page after page of Gallery offerings, you’ll be delighted with the diversity of work. From the whimsical to the dramatic, photo manipulation to fabulous blending tricks, and lots of iPhoneography, you’ll find artwork to spark your creativity.

 

Somerset Studio

Somerset Studio March/April 2015

Celebrate the beginning of spring with the leading mixed-media magazine on the market, Somerset Studio. Discover the extraordinary artistic styles of Shelley Rhodes, who combines fabric, paper, and stitching with drawings and prints, in our Artist Profile. Read along as Finnabair takes on texture, Colette Copeland explores a new form of monoprinting, and we’re also going to show you how to fix “ruined” paintings. Learn how to craft journals from discarded packaging material, enjoy a clever mini-book that’s full of cheeky and snarky fun, and stick around as we take an in-depth look at journaling on a small scale.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten Spring 2015

Get into the spirit of spring with the newest issue of Take Ten! Within these pages you will find instructions for over 300 sweet and seasonal cards. Whether you’re looking to make cards that feature contemporary birthday cupcakes or you want to create a more understated thank you card, be sure to pick up your copy for inspiration. Learn to make stand-out party invitations as the warmer months approach or change your stamping routine with artful design layouts by taking pointers from our Design Challenge. And be on the lookout for all the stripy cards in this issue, a result of our Stripe Hype Challenge!

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook Spring 2015

Ever wonder where someone who is constantly in the public eye curls up to indulge in a bit of comfort food? This issue reveals the beautiful kitchens of Sally McKenney from the popular baking website Sally’s Baking Addiction and country music singer Sunny Sweeney. You won’t want to miss out on some juicy insider secrets from Delilah Snell, co-creator of the annual food and craft conference, Craftcation. And to celebrate the beginning of spring, get some tasty cupcake inspiration from Debbie Adler of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes. Welcome this wonderful new season with Where Women Cook!

Don’t Forget to Enter our Giveaway!

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We’re giving away a brand-new March issue to three lucky winners. Leave us a comment about which issue you find most intriguing for your chance to win.

 

Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 03/31/15 at 11:59pm.

 

*$5 off coupon code applies to purchases of any of the following (Summer ’15) issues only: Where Women Cook, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Take Ten, Somerset Studio, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Apprentice, Take Ten, or Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 03/31/15.

 



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From the secret lives of books to how to preserve flowers in tiny glass pendants, there is something for everyone in these must-have March 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 […]

DIY to Try: Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

February 19th, 2015
Girls Who Read Art Journal ProjectCreating art journal pages is a great way to experiment with new techniques or color combinations without fear of “messing it up.” I have been trying to stretch my creative wings lately when it comes to color and because this palette has always appealed to me, I decided to give it a whirl on an art journal page. I think this project is a great excuse to set aside time to do what you love – something creative – over the weekend.
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Project Instructions:

    1. Spray your pages with a light mist of water, and then add Dylusions Spray Inks. I dabbed the ink with a paper towel roll between layers, and kept adding color until I was satisfied.
    2. Layer stencils onto the pages, using Dylusions White Ink and dabbing away the excess as you go.

      “Due to a happy accident that involved setting down a container on my right page, I was left with a water mark that I ended up really liking because it added even more depth and interest to my page.”

Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

    1. When you’re happy with your background, you can use a heat tool to dry the pages more quickly. Due to a happy accident that involved setting down a container on my right page, I was left with a water mark that I ended up really liking because it added even more depth and interest to my page.
    2. When the pages are dry to the touch, layer an alphabet stencil onto the right page, and spread a thin layer of texture paste over it with a palette knife. I love using texture paste with stencils because the results are so smooth and crisp.
    3. Next cut out any desired images and text, and glue them onto your pages. Outline the text and images with a black journal pen, and stamp text onto your right page.

Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

Feel free to experiment with you own combination of colors. Put your own spin on your art journal pages by using the text from your favorite quote or an uplifting message that will inspire you to continue to create – even when you’re tired, or life gets crazy, or the kids need to be fed … again.
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Creating art journal pages is a great way to experiment with new techniques or color combinations without fear of “messing it up.” I have been trying to stretch my creative wings lately when it comes to color and because this palette has always appealed to me, I decided to give it a whirl on an […]