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

August 29th, 2013

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.

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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!

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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)

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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, […]

Free Vintage Ephemera: Glamour Girls

August 26th, 2013

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“Undergarments converse in silence with the women who wear them; women confide in them, hidden, invisible beneath their clothes, as if in some guardian angel of their femininity.” — Farid Chenoune

Whether dressing to impress or adorned in garments that are “barely” there, underneath it all, beauty still remains in the eye of the beholder — and I hope you’ll agree, these ladies are just stunning!

Click here to download these two lovely vintage ephemera pieces from the early 1900’s to use in your paper crafting or digital projects, for free!

 

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“Undergarments converse in silence with the women who wear them; women confide in them, hidden, invisible beneath their clothes, as if in some guardian angel of their femininity.” — Farid Chenoune Whether dressing to impress or adorned in garments that are “barely” there, underneath it all, beauty still remains in the eye of the beholder — and […]

Behind-the-Scenes of Somerset Home

August 22nd, 2013

We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and her mother-in-law Linda Wissler. They’re here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the stunning photography found in a Stampington staple, Somerset Home.

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Photography and Artist Credit: Johanna Love and Trina Lucido

While browsing through the pages of Somerset Home, it’s nearly impossible not to be mesmerized by the enticing display of lovely décor. When a beautiful artist submission of a ruffled tablecloth by Trina Lucido came through our Stampington doors, we knew our office lighting would not do it justice and capture its rustic, country elegance. Of course Johanna knew of the perfect place to highlight the floor length layers of lace and cream – her mother-in-law Linda’s California Salt Creek Beach cottage.

 

A go-to spot to capture images for many of our beloved Stampington magazines, Linda’s quaint cottage is the perfect place to stage props and set the scene with impeccable lighting, colorful nature, and quintessential countryside ambiance.

 

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“I’ve also used her houses for every issue of Home in the past four years, as well as other Stampington titles like Somerset LifeApronologyArt Doll Quarterly, and one of the Belle Armoire Jewelry covers,” says Johanna Love with appreciation.

 

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Thank you Linda for opening up your home, and helping Stampington create the perfect atmosphere to showcase our readers’ stunning submissions!

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Are you fresh on the photography scene or perhaps a seasoned pro? We want to know: what are some special spots/props you’d choose to accent home décor pieces like these? Share your vision in the “comments” section below!

 

 HomeHave you seen the newest issue of Somerset Home?

– Techniques for altering pillow covers and slips

– Transform wire into wall art

– Lucy Akin’s seasonal decorative mantels and herb gardens

 

 

 

About Linda Wissler:

Linda Home

– A Southern California native influenced by her eight year stay in Provence, France, Linda’s artwork incorporates alluring French romance.

– Linda began painting at an early age and received a teen scholarship to Art Center in Los Angeles.

– Check out her website to see a gallery of her detailed work.

 



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We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and her mother-in-law Linda Wissler. They’re here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the stunning photography found in a Stampington staple, Somerset Home.  *** Photography and Artist Credit: Johanna Love and Trina Lucido While browsing through the pages of Somerset […]

Guest Artist Matt Farci + Colorful Faux Flowers DIY

August 19th, 2013

I’m so excited to welcome Matt Farci, the remarkably talented color enthusiast and incredible crafter, to our blog Somerset Place! Recently published in one of our most aesthetically appealing publications Artful Blogging, Matt’s crocheting techniques are unbelievably gorgeous in style and simple in creation. Today he shares with us a bright fabricated flower project, created specially for Stampington. Please join me in a warm welcome, and indulge in Matt’s easy faux flower tutorial to add a pop of color to your living space without the expense or time it takes to care for freshly picked flora.

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Hi Somerset Place readers! How are you all? I’ve been working on a rather jolly little project and thought I’d come on by and share it with you.

Let me explain how this project started…..

I have a not so secret love for flowers!!! I ADORE THEM!! There is nothing that makes me happier than coming home from work and seeing a beautifully bright jug of fresh flowers shining magic across my apartment.

Having a bunch of fresh flowers is a bit of a treat for me; it lifts my mood and adds a special touch to my home. Having a constant supply of fresh flowers is not only rather lovely, but, lets face it, can be rather expensive! So I decided to work on a quick project and make me some inexpensive crafty flowers for those times when the budget is a little tight, but I still want my fix of color about the apartment.

 

Heres what I came up with, a bright bouquet of crafty flowers to brighten up any home!

 

It was a really simple project and would be perfect for a spare afternoon or evening.

I started this project with a collection of various lengths of dowel:

With a raid of my crafting box I found my supply of acrylic paint. I painted each of the dowel sticks a luscious shade of green. These are going to be the stems to our crafty flowers.

I left my green stems to dry and got to work cutting various shaped leaves out of felt.

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Once I had my collection of leaves all cut out and ready, I began to glue them to my green stems. First I made sure the paint was totally dry and then added a dollop of glue.

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I positioned my leaves onto each stem and made sure that the leaves were firmly attached and let the glue dry.

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I then added some green yarn to the stems to cover up the join of the leaves to the dowel stems. I did this by simply adding another lashing of glue to the stem and winding the yarn around and around until I was satisfied with the join.

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Finally as a finishing touch I decided to add a colorful flower! This time around I created a selection of bright pompoms to act as flowers using my trusty pompom maker:

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A final blob of glue to the top of the stem and I was ready to place the pompom in its final resting place as a beautiful blooming FLOWER!

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Isn’t that pretty!!!

As for the other flowers in my bouquet, they were also just as simple.

The reeds consisted simply of a piece of dowel painted green and then some left over pieces of yarn wrapped around and around untill the shape of the reed was created. How simple is that!!!

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My final flowers were a selection of sunflowers and daisies. These were made by using cut outs of felt and a selection of buttons.

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I started these flowers in the same way as the previous two, a piece of dowel painted green.

I then went on to make the flowers by drawing a petal design onto some felt with the help of my compass.

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Next, I carefully cut out the petal design with a pair of sharp scissors.

 

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Then I selected some of my favorite bright colored buttons and sewed them onto the top of the felt flowers to contrast with the white.

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Last but not least I adhered a big gob of glue from my glue gun to the underside of the flower and then attached to one of the stems. SO SIMPLE!!

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Bright and cheery flowers that keep the happiness shining through my home!

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What an easy way to add color to a blank wall without the need for a watering can or flower food! I’m rather happy with the end result and hope these vibrant faux flowers inspire you to create some of your own crafty versions.

~ Matt xxx

Matt Knitting

  • “Real” job: Professional dancer in the Disney musical, Tarzan
  • Dwellings: A Bristol, England native and relatively new Hamburg, Germany resident 
  • Wesbite: accordingtomatt.blogspot.com



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I’m so excited to welcome Matt Farci, the remarkably talented color enthusiast and incredible crafter, to our blog Somerset Place! Recently published in one of our most aesthetically appealing publications Artful Blogging, Matt’s crocheting techniques are unbelievably gorgeous in style and simple in creation. Today he shares with us a bright fabricated flower project, created […]

Caption Contest: Jump for Joy for a Chance to Win Artful Blogging 2013

August 15th, 2013

Artful Blogging Caption Contest

 

Do you jump for joy to celebrate a victory or are you more inclined to jump in quick reaction to fear? From the new Autumn 2013 issue of Artful Blogging, Rosie from Simply Rosie captures the epic moment of a child leaping to pinnacle height with a single shot in this stunning image.

Let us know, why you think he’s jumping: Did someone scare him or is he jubilant about some news he just received? Comment below with your most creative caption for a chance to win in our giveaway!

 

Giveaway*

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1)      Click the “like” button below to share this post.

2)      Comment below with your most creative caption to let us know you shared.

The person with  most spectacular caption will receive a free copy of the 2013 Autumn issue of Artful Blogging to inspire your bright ideas. See if you can reach your creative peak and soar above the rest with the catchiest caption. We can’t wait to read your responses!

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires September 5th, 2013.



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  Do you jump for joy to celebrate a victory or are you more inclined to jump in quick reaction to fear? From the new Autumn 2013 issue of Artful Blogging, Rosie from Simply Rosie captures the epic moment of a child leaping to pinnacle height with a single shot in this stunning image. Let […]