We’d like to apologize for any confusion in today’s Blog Hop! Here’s a correct list of Bloggers hopping if you want to just keep this window/tab open and hop in another tab it might be easiest. Thanks for your patience, as always you have until Sunday night to complete your hopping/commenting before we will choose our three winners on Monday.
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Today’s the big day! We’re hopping with Clearsnap and our Design Team have absolutely outdone themselves! We know you’ll love all the inspiration they’ve prepared for you. Be sure to leave some nice comments so you can be entered to win some cool prizes! Visit each of the blogs by clicking on the Designer’s name below.
Clearsnap ink pads come deliciously full of top quality ink, but the fact that they have refills available for all of their pads is such a plus! Keeping a stamp pad well-inked provides so many benefits to the stamper.
- You can use less downward pressure on a well-inked pad to ink your stamp thoroughly. This helps to avoid inking any excess rubber in the center or edges of your design, decreasing stamping mistakes.
- Inking lightly allows you to press more firmly on the paper and get a better, clearer impression.
- A well inked pad is also less likely to dry and shrink. Shrinkage can cause the pad to pull away from its plastic case and makes it fall apart more quickly.
But these benefits are secondary to all the exciting things you can do with just a bottle of ink!! The availability of color-matched ink refills allows you to sponge matching background colors, distress the edges of your card panels, and use tools like brayers to create amazing background patterns.
You can even make cards like these alcohol ink cards by Jennifer Dove and Wendy Price by applying Surfacez ink refills to a makeup sponge, dabbing on glossy cardstock, then spritzing with Surfacez Cleaner or Rubbing Alcohol. WOW!!
Go check out what our other Design Team Members are doing with Clearsnap products today! Be sure to comment on their projects and don’t miss tomorrow’s big Blog Hop and loads of inspiration!
We’re joining forces (and products) this week with Clearsnap. For over 20 years Clearsnap has been bringing you premium stamping innovation. They’ve always had fantastic products, new ideas, and excellent customer service. We’re really proud to be partnering with them this week to create some fun projects with our images and their inks.
Our in-house sample artist Debi Hammons used Clearsnap’s Smooch Spritz on this simple and easy Christmas card. Available in 30 amazing colors, this fun, glittery product produces a fine, even spray pattern with a subtle metallic sheen. So dynamic and sparkling, perfect for Holiday Greetings! Mixing two colors is even more deeply textured. Here Debi sprayed the paper with both Splash and Sea Kiss Smooch Spritz before stamping and embossing our Oh, Christmas Tree stamp with Stampendous PEARLustre Sapphire Embossing Powder.
Be sure to check out what our other Design Team Members are doing today with these cool products, and take a look at the Clearsnap blog as well for even more inspiration and chances to win! Then be sure to visit everyday this week and especially Friday when our team will pull out all the stops for maximum inspiration!
BlogStar Asia King has a beautiful tutorial for us featuring Spectrum Noir Alchol Markers today! And be sure to check out these terrific Design Team Members who have posted projects so far this week:
Lovely to see you all again! Asia King here with another Christmas make.
Today I would like to share a project I made with the beautiful Manger Family stamp. With all the buzz of Christmas gifts shopping, Santa, jingling bells and stuff, we tend to forget what Christmas is actually all about. And this stamp is just perfect for capturing the spirit of the ‘Manger Miracle‘.
I’m not much of a ‘colouring’ stamper but I thought it might be helpful to share the colours of the Spectrum Noir markers I used for colouring the image.
The background was inked with distress inks and the bottom of the image was sprinkled with Pearlized Mica Fragments. As my adhesive for the mica I used E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
To create my Manger I used natural and copper brown raffia, mounted over white Crafty Foam Tape. For the Star of Bethlehem I used a Maya Road chipboard star and a 3D Foam Star which I decorated with Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter.
My sentiment panel was stamped with the stamps from the Excelsis Deo Perfectly Clear set (available via your local retailer) and die cut using a die from Marianne Designs. My poinsettias and pine cones were cut using Spellbinders dies.
To ‘age’ my design I used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist.
I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and thank you so much for all the comments you so kindly share here and directly on my blog.
Big crafty hugs
If you’re out shopping today, or just relaxing at home with family or friends, we hope you can take a short break to check out some fun inspiration from our Design Team! We’re looking this week at the Scenic stamps from our July 2013 Catalog, those images of Winter Wonderlands and Sleigh Bells ringing that say Christmas to so many folks.
Today we had a number of our talented Design Team Members coloring our Truck of Gifts! We put in a request to them that we received from a customer, and they really took it to heart, challenging each other and creating exciting art! Take a look at the offerings from these terrific artists!
And here’s a terrific example from our in-house sample artist Debi Hammons
Scenic Christmas cards have been super popular since cards began being sent commonly in the 1870’s. Beautiful winter scenes and one-horse open sleigh rides also provide the perfect opportunity to use LOTS of glitter! Glitter and Christmas just go together!
Posted an amazing project today featuring our Silent Night Stamp that would also make a delightful holiday gift. Displayed on a decorative easel, what a delightful addition to foyer table or bathroom counter! Love it!
is also stamping our Silent Night stamp today, and her usual flair is very much in evidence.
And in a delightful variation, our good friends at Scrapbook It Page by Page in South Dakota shared with us a Halloween version of the Silent Night stamp! Now THAT’S getting your use out of an image!!
Our November Challenge – Handmade Holiday Gifts is perfectly timed, and we’re hoping it will get you started. Even if you usually give bigger gifts to family and friends, handmade gifts can be the perfect thing for co-workers, teachers, and service folks in your life like that nice UPS man who brings all your Stampendous packages! We hope you’ve got an idea or two to share with us! If so just click on our linky tool and add your link!
BlogStar Asia King has some gorgeous clay hearts to share with you today! What a fun and easy gift to duplicate and give, on top of packages, with home-baked treats, or just wrapped in a cello bag with a pretty ribbon as a delightful remembrance. These would also be lovely for a Scandinavian or Winter Wedding as favors!!
Hello Stampendous fans! Asia King here today with a quick and easy Christmas gifts project – handmade clay Christmas tree ornaments. I ♥ Christmas – that’s what this post is all about :). And we will also do some cooking today, too! So let’s begin.
For this project you will first need: Stampendous cling Sweater Square stamp, Jumbo Cardinals set, STAEDTLER® FIMO®air microwave clay in white, a heart shaped cookie cutter and a small rolling pin. (STAMPENDOUS NOTE: The Jumbo Cardinals are sold out on our website, your local store may still have some, or you can substitute Q163 Holly Basket instead)