Melt Media Magic

Were you able to catch the livestream event Stampendous did with Charity Wings this afternoon? Hopefully it will be up on Charity Wings YouTube channel soon so you can see it if you missed it.

They filmed and interviewed our very own Fran Seiford from the SPC Mixed Media Show today, and Fran had an opportunity to share her Melt Media Technique with Elena.

Fran Demonstrates Melt Media


This terrific technique uses embossing powders as an art medium, not just for stamping, any more. With an electric griddle as a steady heat source, Fran uses the vast array of Stampendous embossing powders to make incredible pieces of art.  She uses the powders to paint some incredible scenes on chipboard “tiles” then adheres them to mixed media canvases.





These incredible creations and lots more can be seen in the Tips and Techniques section of our website. You’ll also find complete directions there for this amazing look. We’ll also be linking the videos soon. It’s really exciting! We can’t wait to see if you try something similar! Do share what you make with us on our Facebook Page or Flickr Group!


Let’s Get Our Crackle On

Welcome back to our Playing with Paste week here on our blog. There is a fabulous crackle embossing paste featured in our tutorial today that will have your mojo stirring up projects to make and there are also some great projects posted by some of our design team that you won’t want to miss. Take the links below to see their projects now then come back to see the tutorial with a crackling effect!

Louise Healy

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

This great tutorial originally posted on the Paper Craft Planet blog by alumni design team member Cyndi Bundy and we’re happy to bring it to this week of special how-to’s with embossing paste. The tutorial includes all the materials and instructions to make the completed card from Cyndi’s project, however to create the crackle technique the first seven steps can be followed along with supplies marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below.



  1. Tape Mittens stencil down on all 4 sides making sure to start with the top so you will have a hinge.
  2. Apply the Matte Black Embossing Paste using the Paste Spreader.  (The first layer will be the color that peeks through the crackle so a darker shade gives a nice contrast.)
  3. Scrape off the excess paste from around the edges and return it to container, cleaning rim before tightly putting on the lid.


  1. Remove tape working backwards.  Remove stencil using the tape hinge technique.  Let this layer dry thoroughly.


  1. Clean your stencil in water with soft brush and dry then reapply the stencil over the first layer of paste.  Line it up almost perfectly, but at a slight diagonal.  This will allow for the stencil to sit on top of the paste and the bridges of the stencil will have a higher surface to lie on.


  1. Tape down stencil and apply crackle paste.
  2. Remove tape and clean the stencil. Allow the paste to dry.  And then magic happens; the crackles will appear when it dries!


At this point you can leave the crackle paste as is for a matte white finish or add color and shine with the following steps.

  1. Apply ink with sponge applicator to crackle paste until desired look is achieved. Ink can be applied through a cleaned stencil (as shown) or without the stencil for a distressed look.
  2. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over wet ink, tap off the excess returning to container and heat being careful to stop before the stenciled paste starts to bubble.


  1. Glue finished stenciling onto cardstock mat and adhere to cardstock base.
  2. Place sentiment from Tis The Season Perfectly Clear Stamps Set onto acrylic stamp handle and stamp onto coordinating paper with Versamark Watermark ink.
  3. Emboss with Chinese Red embossing powder. Trim and fold to look like banner.
  4. Adhere sentiment onto card base.

The finished effect creates an amazing project, just think of all the possibilities for decor and gifts with this technique. See you tomorrow for more great projects and another video tutorial.

NAMTA Show with Fran•táge Melt Media!

Fran was at the NAMTA show in Denver this week, cooking up a storm with embossing powders. She’s showing the art world what a great medium embossing powder can be for so many uses.

Fran at NAMTA

She’s got a hot griddle and a teflon mat and she’s going to town.


Fran showing off all the great samples using her Melt Media technique.

See the entire product line of Embossing Powder and Fran•táge Embossing Enamels on our website to imagine the possibilities!

To order in bulk, contact Customer Service at

It’s a Pumpkin Parade!

We know those that were with us on the Dreamweaver Stencils and Core’dinations Collaboration last week are excited to see our post revealing the winners and we’ll have that for you later today. In the meantime, it’s a new week, a new theme and we are on a parade with pumpkins!

 It’s going to be a week of pumpkin delicious projects and our vintage style Pumpkin Ride is the first sweet treat to share on our blog.

Pumpkin Ride by Suzanne Czosek

 Alumni designer, Suzanne Czosek, has this darling witch stamp framed with Spoonful of Midnight and heading out for a night of trick or treat fun.  Two designers are sharing their pumpkin parade projects today, let’s go see what they’ve made.

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds


A Murder of Crows!

Yes, a group of crows is called a murder (not a flock)! No wonder they’re associated with being up to no good! Crows and ravens habitually steal things. They are typically scavengers and will eat just about anything, including dead animals, so they’re often associated with death. They are, however, extremely family-oriented birds that care a great deal about their… uh… murder members?!

Here at Stampendous they just make great rubber stamps. Iconic images that are perfect for your Halloween greetings! Check out this terrific card by Wend Jordan featuring our Raven Background stamp! Wow! The Trick or Treat Color Fragments she used around the edges really set off the central design!

Raven Background by Wendy Jordan
Raven Background by Wendy Jordan

Check out the offerings from our Design Team Members today for Ravens Rule Week! Let our black birds put you in the mood for some Halloween fun!

Kristine Reynolds

Witchy Wonders Aware

Are you aware of our new witch stamps? Wonder which witch will be your favorite? We’ll help you figure it all out this week with projects shared by our design team and a few fabulous friends. Still we have so many other popular witch stamps that it’s impossible to keep from sharing them as well, so here’s our first throwback from last year. An enchanting cigar box textured and distressed with stamps and embossing essentials are the foundation to the feather framed Mirror Mirror stamp.

Mirror Mirror Project by Suzanne Czosek
Mirror Mirror Box by Suzanne Czosek

First on our list this week are two fabulous designers with some Witchy Wonder[ful] projects.

Kristine Reynolds

Jennie Lin-Black (Previous Post)

Are you playing along with our challenge this month? Take a look on our 2014 October Monthly Challenge Page.

Fran•táge a Friendly Greeting

These beautiful collage stamps we’re featuring this week capture perfectly the Fran•táge style. Vintage, shabby chic, a bit timeworn and well-loved (or neglected), all these elements lend a charm and beauty to items and greetings. We’ve done the work for you with collages of vintage and original images combined with Fran’s flair for composition to create these gorgeous stamps. Each with a small space perfect for the greetings from our Quotes Perfectly Clear Stamps™ sets.

The design team has been sharing all week, and they’ve more to share today! Hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration and might want to add a couple of these images to your collection!

Kristine Reynolds made this gorgeous card without a greeting! So festive and sweet with all the butterflies adding so much texture, and using the Encrusted Jewel Technique on the edges of her focal point!


Here’s some more inspiration from our terrific team!

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Lea Kimmel

Wendy Price

Thanks for following us this week!

Even Brighter Days Ahead!

Stampendous and Imagine Crafts Header

We’re having so much fun collaborating with the Design Team from Imagine Crafts™! We’re using their beautiful inks this week with our gorgeous stamps and our Fran•táge Color Fragments. And we’re giving you the opportunity to win some as well!

STM Imagine Crafts Prize Package

You can win 3 of the brand new Radiant Neon™ ink pads and 3 jars of our Color Fragments! We’ll give away three prize packages (color is our choice) to U.S. Mailing addresses. You have until the end of Sunday, May 25 to comment on as many of the Design Team Blog Posts from this week as possible. Monday we’ll draw three random blog posts and one comment from each of those posts will win a prize package! If you’re just joining us, here are the links for MONDAY and TUESDAY‘s posts.

So let’s get hoppin’!! Here are the designers with inspiration for you today, please go leave them some appreciation.

Stampendous Blog (you are here)

Imagine Crafts Blog

Allie Gower

Ellen Taylor

Rhea Weigand

Savannah O’Gwynn

Suzanne Czosek

Debbie Gaetz

***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

Just Bloggin’ and Hoppin’ and Stampin’ and Dreamin’


We’ve had such a fantastic time this week playing with our Blossom Beauty Stamp Set, the matching Blossom Beauty Die Set, and Dreamweaver Stencils products. Several of the Dream Team have played with us before, so you’ve seen a ton of terrific samples using all kinds of products from both companies. Today we’ve got posts from 19 designers, so grab a cup of coffee and maybe a kitten or two so you can visit all the blogs, leave some comments, and be entered to win our great prize package of products for both companies.

3 prize packages with Stamps, Dies, and Stencils
3 prize packages with Stamps, Dies, and Stencils

Dream It Up!

Rhea Weigand

Jamie Martin

Lynn Mercurio

Wendy Price

Alison Heikkila

Laura Drahozal

Lyn Bernatovich

Kristi Parker Van Doren

Terrece Siddoway

Kristine Fossmeyer

Louise Healy

Cyndi Bundy

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Jennifer Dove

Suzanne Czosek

Asia King

Tenia Nelson

Winged Cross Canvas by Wendy Price (R189)

Get Inspired

Winged Cross Canvas by Wendy Price (R189)
Winged Cross Canvas by Wendy Price (R189)
Baroque Cross Card by Wendy Price (R190)

Hello Stampers! Sorry to be absent for a bit, we’ve been tweaking our new website getting ready for the grand reveal. It just took a bit more tweaking than anticipated. Thanks so much for your patience as we’ve worked out the kinks. We’ll make a separate post for that before the end of the week!

Last week we didn’t get to post much, but our Design Team sure did. They were working with the best of Stampendous’ Inspirational offerings sending Easter thoughts out to all of you for our new month! Don’t you love the gorgeous samples by DT Member Wendy Price above? Such rich, luscious color. She’s fantastic! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the creative and gorgeous samples they all made! Hop around, leave them some love in the form of supportive comments! We’ll be back with more excitement tomorrow!

Tenia Nelson

Jamie Martin (Tuesday)

Rhea Weigand (Wednesday)

Rhea Weigand (Thursday)

Kristine Reynolds (Thursday)

Jamie Martin (Thursday)

Janelle Stollfus (Thursday)

Lea Kimmel (Friday)

Kristine Reynolds (Friday)