Homemade Gifts Are Best

The holiday season is approaching, and it’s time to give some thought to gifts you might make for friends and loved ones. Of course nothing says, “I love you” like a handmade gift.

With stamps and stencils, you have soooo many options. And our new Decor Cling Rubber Stamps make a super easy way to transfer a pattern to a home decor piece. They are big, at 8″ X 8″ they can help you get a job done quickly, or even work on a very small card or tag, or stamp a few at one time.

Here’s a look at the Decor Snowflakes stamp. There are four other designs available.

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Our Dreamweaver and Fran’s Metal Stencils are also a phenomenal way to create homemade gifts from the heart.  Like this gorgeous canvas from Mixed Media Artist Mark Gould.

A few great designers are sharing some fun ideas to get you started:

Louise Healy

Bunny Hoyle

What types of things do you make for Christmas? We’d love to see you share some with us! You can show us your creations in several places:

Facebook Stampendous Group – lots of sharing between our fans – https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stampendous/

Our Photo Group on Flickr – these have to be moderated so patience is needed 🙂 – https://www.flickr.com/groups/stampendous/

Or tag us anywhere else you share, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter… we’ll like and share your post! @Stampendous or #Stampendous

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Fabulous Florals with Flair

Since Dreamweaver Stencils became part of our Stampendous family in January of 2015, we have been delighted over and over by how beautifully these products complement our original Stampendous products. Stenciled backgrounds just seem to complete a card or product with a flair and texture that never fails to make us smile! Our flowers are thrilled to be in such wonderful company. And Dreamweaver Stencils has plenty of wonderful flowers in its own right! You can see our whole collection HERE! We’re excited to present these Design Team creations from our April 2016 Catalog. Don’t miss the chance to play with these fun products! And be sure to leave them some sweet comments so that our team will continue to share their very best bouquets with all of us!

Laura Drahozal

Kristine Reynolds

Louise Healy

Jamie Martin

 

 

 

Foam Stamping Fun

We’ve been sharing fun projects with the wonderful foam stamp sets designed for Stampendous by Nathalie Kalbach ever since they hit our shelves in January.

We’ll be having a blog hop week focused on these great stamps the last week of April. (did we mention that the supply is limited and you might want to grab them now?)

But for those of you who have already got them, Nathalie has posted a fantastic video showing three ways to ink them up! You won’t want to miss this!

Cling Here to see this Video on VIMEO

National Polka Dot Day

According to my email from the Disney Store, today is National Polka Dot Day! Wow… well, if you’re a huge fan of polka dots, you’re in luck, because we have a really fun option for you!

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Our Graduated Dot Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils is perfect for adding polka dots to any project you’d like. This stencil is awesome because it really lends itself to all the terrific stenciling techniques, plus it makes a perfect background for any of our wonderful Stampendous Images. Let’s take a look (you can click on the pictures to be taken to the project on our website with complete supply lists and instructions) –

This darling card using House-Mouse Designs® Baby Blanket image was created by Kristine Reynolds using the Graduated Dot stencil. She pasted it with regular embossing paste then stenciled it with Paintsticks and a stencil brush. She used it in a landscape position to provide a quick and darling background.

Baby Blanket by Kristine ReynoldsIn this sweet card, Kristine used Dreamweaver Regular Paste and a Paste Spreader to create a background with the Graduated Dot Stencil that really makes the rest of the card pop! The card features our Garden Frog Stamp and our Spring Sentiments Perfectly Clear Stamps™ Set.

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In this wonderful card by Lyn Bernatovich, the Graduated Dot Stencil has been dry embossed using a Big Shot die cutting machine. To do this, place the stencil, copyright side down, on the Multipurpose Platform of your Big Shot. Then spritz the back of your card with a bit of water and place it on the stencil. Next add a rubber embossing mat and two new, uncut, clear plates on top. Then run it through. The little spritz of water gives you a crisp embossed finish.

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Another terrific card by Amy Hurley-Purdie shows that adding some Crystal Micro Glitter to the pasted stencil design can make a really dynamic finish when you’re using a smaller stamp on a larger card.

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Finally, a quick stenciling with ink has made a terrific, simple background for this wonderful Christmas card by Tenia Nelson.

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Need more ideas? Check out our website at http://www.stampendous.com and just search Gradated Dot Stencil. You’ll find a tab for product then a tab for projects that will help you find just the things you need.  Happy Polka Dot Day!!

Design Team Additions

As you know, we were blessed at the beginning of this year to purchase Dreamweaver Stencils! We’ve been having so much fun learning all the new techniques and sorting out all the new products, finding warehouse space to fill orders, and making room for them in our catalog and on our website! But we’ve also been delighted to add some wonderful talent to our Stampendous Design Team with some former Dream Team members! These wonderful artists are joining our team beginning in May, and you can already see their work in many of our blog posts. We’re thrilled to have them. We’ve also added the delightful Pam Bray, a veteran of Eileen Hull’s ATB Inspiration Team and many other Design Team obligations! We’re thrilled to have Pam join this great group, and we look forward to amazing you with even MORE fun and inspiration in the future!


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Visit the website Design Team Page to see the whole team and read the details!

Here are the new fabulous faces!

Laura Drahozal

Laura Drahozal

Stamping with Us Since:
May 2015

Stenciling with the Dream Team
Since 2010

Click to view Laura’s profile!

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Louise Healy

Stamping with Us Since:
May 2015

Stenciling with the Dream Team
Since 2010

Click to view Louise’s profile!

Lyn Bernatovich

Lyn Bernatovich

Stamping with Us Since:
May 2015

Stenciling with the Dream Team
Since 2013

Click to view Lyn’s profile!

Alison Heikkila

Alison Heikkila

Stamping with Us Since:
May 2015

Stenciling with the Dream Team
Since 2014

Click to view Alison’s profile!

Pam Bray

Pam Bray

Stamping with Us Since:
May 2015

Click to view Pam’s profile!

Dream A Little Friday Fun

Dreamweaver_intro_Banner1-780x380We love what the design team has created this week sharing tutorials using stencils with watercolor to embossing pastes or applying the letterpress technique for dry embossing. It’s amazing what you can do with these metal stencils with the right care and a few tools. Earlier this week we talked mentioned properly removing the stencil from it’s packaging and easy cleaning after use, today it’s the tools that help make stenciling fun!

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Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste

We have seven high quality embossing pastes to choose from on our website. Add almost any color medium to the white or clear pastes for even more options.

 

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Use the Palette Knife to mix in coloring mediums, spread paste over smaller stencils or load the Paste Spreader to apply paste evenly across the larger stencils.

All that’s left is choosing stencils! You can purchase stencils from the Dreamweaver Stencils section of the Stampendous website where we are continually adding more. During the transition you can still shop the Stencil with Style website to access the entire collection.

Need some help getting started? There are great tips and techniques on how to use these wonderful products here.

With such fun new products being talked about, it’s only right to share some fantastic projects from these designers today!

Kristine Reynolds

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

Dreaming of Inspiration

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Today is a double dose of inspiration with two teams posting Dreamweaver inspiration!

On Thursday’s we enjoy a weekly shower of inspiration from Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team which is especially true this month’s challenge. Be inspired to design with showers themed projects from the A Team!

Dream It Up!

Lea Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Here at Stampendous our Dream a Little Dreamweaver week continues with some terrific inspiration from our designers.

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

 

 

Easy Clean Stenciling

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Stenciling can be fun when you have a system in place for each step of the process. Yesterday we mentioned how to properly remove the stencil from packaging and today it’s about cleaning the stencil. Being able to clean your stencils immediately after use helps you quickly move on to the rest of your project.  Here’s some information to keep you stenciling in style.

  • Keep the stencil flat when cleaning.
  • Use a flat tray or flat bottom container like our Stufftainers with enough water to cover the stencil and tools. Set them into the water until you’re ready to clean.
  • Gently scrub with a soft brush while the stencil stays flat in the tray.
  • Place on a clean soft cloth to air dry or use a second cloth to dry while keeping it on a flat surface.

Here’s a fantastic project today from veteran stencil designer,

Pam Hornschu

Dreaming on a Tuesday!

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We’re celebrating our new acquisition of Dreamweaver Stencils again this week. There’s just so much to learn and enjoy with these new tools! So much new inspiration from new team members joining us, and so very many new products to play with and enjoy!

When you first get your Dreamweaver Stencils, it’s very important that you start taking care of them right away! Even taking them out of their packaging can be a little tricky. You want to avoid bending the stencil at all, so that you’ll have the flattest, smoothest surface to work with for all the great techniques. We’ve linked to a great video on YouTube on every one of our new stencils to remind you about opening the product carefully. Always BEND THE PAPER, NOT THE STENCIL!  Take a look:

Now go have a look at the terrific inspiration we have for you today!!

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Amy Hurley-Purdie

There’s NEW Nathalie!!

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Stampendous has been so blessed to have internationally acclaimed Mixed Media Artist and Instructor Nathalie Kalbach designing stamps for our collection. She created three image groups last year that were hot, hot, hot! Now we’ve added three more. We caught up with Nathalie at CHA and convinced her to demo in the booth. Her fun and textured art journals aren’t really formal demo material, but we had a great time showing layer after layer of added yumminess as she just played around with paint and her new stamps! Enjoy!


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