Poetic Portraits with Guest Artist Pam Carriker, Part 1: Jumpstart Your Art Journaling

September 24th, 2012

We’re thrilled to welcome Pam Carriker back to Somerset Place with a two-part painting series. Today she will be showcasing vibrant journaling pages created from the stamp plates of her new handcarved Poetic Portraits stamp line.

Sometimes it’s fun to start a page in your journal by using one focal image (such as a stamp) and building the page off of it, letting it create its own story as you go. For these pages I used both my Poetic Portrait stamps and the stamp plate to jumpstart my project.

 

Lady Macbeth

Heart on a String

I’ve found that creating in this way opens my mind up to a more colorful and playful style. I’m grabbing the red paint more frequently and not worrying about being careful and precise. The characters in the stories on these pages emerge as I go along, simply allowing them to become who they are and enjoy the playful process. Adding paint right over the stamped image, and even using pens to change the smile, hair, or other features, allows me to keep creating new characters each time I use the stamps.

Send in the Clown

Stamping has changed a lot in the 25+ years I’ve been doing it. By using mixed-media techniques, the stamped image is no longer the end of the process, but just the beginning! The possibilities are as unlimited as your creative muse.

Ophelia

 

Desdemona and Rosalind

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous layering technique, Pam! Readers, remember to return on Thursday for Part 2 of this Poetic Portrait series. Check out more of Pam’s dreamy artwork by visiting her website at pamcarriker.com.

 



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We’re thrilled to welcome Pam Carriker back to Somerset Place with a two-part painting series. Today she will be showcasing vibrant journaling pages created from the stamp plates of her new handcarved Poetic Portraits stamp line. Sometimes it’s fun to start a page in your journal by using one focal image (such as a stamp) […]

Call for Artwork: Send Us Your DIY Bottle Bargains!

September 20th, 2012
Artwork and photo by Lucy Ancheta

I attended a swap meet recently and was set on scoping out the best home décor bargains. Tall glass bottles, short glass bottles, mason jars, tinted glassware – anything that was semi-transparent and super functional I wanted to line up on my kitchen windowsill in a pretty little row.

And I found them, alright. The seller was asking a whopping $30 for each mason jar. Each! The aqua-tinted ones are harder to come by, so that might have been understandable, but the regular-sized clear jars went for the same asking price.

 

Artwork by Kellene Giloff

I picked my jaw back up from the floor, giving the seller a polite nod and a wistful compliment on his collection, hoping that the finds at the next vendor wouldn’t cost me my coffee budget for the week. You can imagine my glee at finding the same clear mason jars at our local Hobby Lobby store for just $1.50 each. I am now the proud (if slightly obsessed) owner of a set of eight mason jars. So many creative possibilities.

Artwork by Vanessa Spencer

Are you also on the hunt for glass bottles or jars? Perhaps you have them already lined up on a shelf, but waiting for a few spare hours to creatively alter them. If you’re a budget-conscious crafter, consider creating a lovely gift set or complementing your kitchen’s color palette by altering your glassware. Vanessa, our Shoppe Manager, transformed her delicate stemware from ho-hum to super glam with this unique tinting technique (pictured above).

Artwork by Vanessa Spencer

Have you made over your mason jars (see above project here) or bedazzled your bottles? Send us high-res photos of your creations at blog@stampington.com for us to feature in a future blog post or possible publication in Somerset Life or GreenCraft Magazine.



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Artwork and photo by Lucy Ancheta I attended a swap meet recently and was set on scoping out the best home décor bargains. Tall glass bottles, short glass bottles, mason jars, tinted glassware – anything that was semi-transparent and super functional I wanted to line up on my kitchen windowsill in a pretty little row. […]

Digital Designs Showcase + a Somerset Digital Studio Giveaway

September 13th, 2012

Artwork by Beth Santos-Gugol

Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with the altering potential of computer graphics programs.

Somerset Digital Studio is a treat for digital artists and conventional scrapbookers alike. Jana Holstein, editor of the publication, attributes the title’s success from its origin in our scrapbooking magazine. “Somerset Digital Studio was conceived because our submission collection for the Virtual Gallery department in Somerset Memories was growing by leaps and bounds,” she said. “Traditional scrapbookers were jumping on the bandwagon of digi-scrapping and loving it.”

Featured artists like Traci Bautista and Susan Tuttle take you through their creative process, from capturing the initial snapshot to applying layers, masks, and filters to the photo until their altered vision is achieved.

Artwork by Melanie Ritchie

Digital photo editing allows designers to play with the lighting and levels of photos and introduces you to a world of add-on options. Ephemera embellishments can be found (and purchased) online, allowing you to download images straight to your computer.

If the thought of incorporating digital enhancements into your layouts intruigues you, I encourage you to browse around e-Crafting, Stampington’s own digital ephemera shop. You’ll find downloadable collage sheets, inchie collections, and vintage labels (we love our new Apothecary Set) to add an authentic artistic flair to your mixed-media projects.

Artwork by Anna Aspnes

Jana carefully chooses submissions that will appeal to artists of all digital levels. The features in each issue include detailed instructions, Photoshop screenshots, and corresponding lists of digital materials. “If you’re considering becoming a digital scrapbooker, I encourage you to go for it!” Jana said. “Don’t be intimidated, just give it a try and you’ll quickly fall in love with the ease of artfully creating your memories without the mess of paper and glue.”

No mess? That’s a technique we’re happy to get on board with. Comment below with YOUR favorite digital technique, or a technique you want to try. One randomly selected reader will win the newest hot-off-the-press issue of Somerset Digital Studio Autumn ’12.

View the rest of these star layouts here, and challenge yourself to experiment with new digital techniques. The deadline to submit artwork for the Spring ’13 issue is October 15th.

Update: Our Somerset Digital Studio winner is Comment #9, Amber! We will be in contact with you regarding the details of your prize.

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 9/27/12.

 



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Artwork by Beth Santos-Gugol Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with […]

Bonjour! Message in a Bottle DIY + a Giveaway!

September 10th, 2012

When you were still knee-high, did you ever wonder how on earth a message could make its way across the oceans and around the world, nested in a fragile glass bottle and secured only with a piece of cork? Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, shows us how we can revisit the imagination of our childhood by creating this vintage bottle project to send to a friend far away or right next door.

Materials
Message in a Bottle Kit
7gypsies Camden Paper Collection
Matte Medium
Hand Dyed Ribbon – Topaz, Smokey Quartz
Cavallini & Co. Paris Stamp Set
Ticket
Excelsior (found at most craft stores)

Instructions

  1. Begin by decorating the box from the Message in a Bottle Kit with patterned paper from the 7gypsies Camden Collection.
  2. Adhere paper to the box with the matte medium. Seal and protect the paper by painting over it with the medium as well.
  3. Remove the bubble wrap from inside the box and stuff with excelsior.
  4. Roll up your letter and tie it with a small piece of Topaz ribbon.
  5. Carefully drop your letter into the bottle.
  6. Stamp the “bonjour” greeting from Cavallini & Co.’s Paris Stamp Set onto a ticket.
  7. Punch a hole in the ticket, and attach it to the neck of the bottle with another piece of ribbon.
  8. Place the bottle inside of the box and close the lid. Wrap a couple layers of the Smokey Quartz ribbon around the outside, and tie it off with a bow.

For more projects that will inspire you to create handmade sentiments for yourself or a loved one, visit The Studio.

To whom would you send a special message in a bottle? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll send one lucky winner a Message in a Bottle Kit to make it happen!

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

Update: The winner of the Message in a Bottle giveaway is Comment #21, Isabelle! We will be in contact with you about the details of your prize. Thank you to ALL who reached out to us and shared your stories. Your bravery and support for your loved ones is admirable, and we wish you the very best.

*Entries are accepted until 11:59 PM on 9/27/12. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Contest is open to residents of the U.S.

 

 



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When you were still knee-high, did you ever wonder how on earth a message could make its way across the oceans and around the world, nested in a fragile glass bottle and secured only with a piece of cork? Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, shows us how we can revisit the imagination of our childhood by […]

Glimpse Inside New September Issues (+ a Giveaway!)

September 2nd, 2012

Rise to the head of the class with this new set of September issues that will soon be on your required reading list!  From digital alterations to glittery snowfall effects, the techniques featured in this round of magazines garner top marks from our staff. If these preview spreads have you scribbling down ideas in every margin of your spiral notebook, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0912*

Somerset Apprentice is your ultimate resource for detailed instructions for creating mixed-media projects like the pros. Tag along with featured artists Anna Dabrowska, Monica Sabolla Gruppo, Kristen Robinson, Bethany Kartchner, and many others, as they give you a glimpse inside of their crafty minds. Filled with innovative tips and advice from what media is best to use on different surfaces, to use to how to approach challenging artistic obstacles, the pages of this issue will answer all of your burning artistic questions. Once you master the basics, you will be embellishing and enhancing your own projects in no time!

Discover the art of primitive dolls with furry creatures and wooly Santas that will make you smile from ear to ear. Artist Diana Card shares the story behind her lovely farm paintings that are comprised of rolling hills in blue and green hues. Peek inside the fantastical world of Dixie Redmond’s storybook dolls, and hang out with Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy, Miss Muffet, the White Rabbit, and more of your favorite childhood characters. Go on a pumpkin ride with jolly Pete, build a family of Victorian Whimsies, and deck your tree with primitive snowmen ornaments topped off with a pinstripe nightcap.  This issue of Prims is bursting with handcrafted projects that will be lovely additions to your home and warm your heart.

The cover of this spectacular issue of Somerset Studio is a tell-tale sign that the artwork featured inside is going to be just as hauntingly beautiful. Our readers rose to the challenge when asked to submit artwork that pays homage to Edgar Allan Poe. You will find their altered books and canvases embellished with raven stamps and ghostly typewriter text. Complete with bonus free artist papers and clip art for you to tear out and use in your next mixed-media project, this magazine is your one-stop source to help get the paint off your brush and onto the page. View subscription options (with free gifts!) here.

We’re bringing you the hottest heat embossing and die-cutting techniques in the autumn issue of Take Ten. Packed with over 295 stamped ideas for all crafting levels, this publication is a fantastic guide for artists looking to improve their stamping skills and learn new techniques along the way. Use handwritten script to add unique flair to your projects, or layer washi tape and labels to create a set of retro airmail notecards. Try your hand at monoprinting, and stamp quick and easy gift bags to use as favors for your next girls’ night out party. Each magazine comes with a complimentary artist paper to get you started on the right crafting path.

The magic of digital editing comes to life in the autumn issue of Somerset Digital Studio. Turn a photograph into a painting with flowing filters, create moods with different textures, and alter backgrounds with illustrated step-by-step tutorials. Embrace the eccentric aspects of creating art with Stephanie Voss’s article, “Wackiness & Wisdom in Digital Art,” and see how Laura Ciranna incorporates images of realistic elements to create fantastical scenes.  Take your digital designs to the next level and incorporate textures, words, and images to turn your photographs into masterpieces to share with friends and family.

Get ready for the oncoming wave of beautiful assemblages in this issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Have a knack for wire beading? Create beautiful works of charm bracelets, complete with gems and pearls. Discover the untapped potential of pewter, the original metal clay, in a variety of necklaces. Learn a new technique called broom-casting from Lisa Weber, and check out an expansive set of tribal shield ear wear by Janet Loomis. Don’t miss Staci Florer’s beautiful hinged earrings that will have your admirers “all ears.”

Warm up your home this autumn with freshly baked blueberry muffins, fluffy croissants, and artisan breads, all packed into this serving of Where Women Cook. Craft a four-layer cake with pastel-colored frosting and try your hand at the sweet pumpkin dip. Glimpse inside the bustling kitchens of Tasi Rigsby, a professional ballet dancer-turned-restaurant owner and Charlotte Neuville, the woman behind trend forecasting for major brands in the fashion world, who is now taking on the culinary world. Food styling and presentation is just as important as the food itself, and the full-color photographs of these recipes will leave you tempted to try them all.

It’s here, it’s here! Glittery snowfall on miniature rooftops and handmade ornaments on a tall pine tree mean only one thing: Somerset Holidays & Celebrations is out with a new batch of amazing projects to make for the winter holidays and year-round celebrations. Discover an alternative use for cookie cutters when you turn them into gismos and gadgets that glitter and shine with every twist and turn. Painted canvas trees, spooky art quilts, whimsical spring folk art, and coffee filter garlands await you as well. Indulge in the handmade romance that comes with the season of love with delicate projects made from delicately torn muslin. Join artists Ruth Rae, Jennifer Swift, Danita, and many others as they give you a reason to celebrate the joy of creativity throughout the year.

Want to win one of these issues? Click on any spread, check out the table of contents, and let us know which feature you’re looking forward to reading! One person will be selected at random to receive their choice of magazine. Winner will be chosen and announced September 18th. Update: The winner is Bridgette Jessen! We will be in contact with you in regards to the details of your prize.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following September 2012 issues only: Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Holidays & Celebrations, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Apprentice, Where Women Cook, and Prims. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 9/30/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 9/18/12 at 11:59pm.

 



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Rise to the head of the class with this new set of September issues that will soon be on your required reading list!  From digital alterations to glittery snowfall effects, the techniques featured in this round of magazines garner top marks from our staff. If these preview spreads have you scribbling down ideas in every […]