Forever I have said that I suck as a "stamper."
I can carve one, I can design one and I can stamp one onto a paper but that is where it stops...
I realized that the reason I have always told myself (and others) that I suck as a stamper is because I was comparing my stamper skills to others.
You know what happens when you compare yourself to anyone or anything and the worst part is that I am the one who always reminds you NOT to compare.
Throwing myself under the 6am bus.
I had not realized that I was in fact comparing myself and because I felt like my stamping skills were not up to the stampers of the worlds standards, then heck, I suck at it.
But guess what?
It turns out I don't. I just told myself I did so many times that consequently I believed myself.
NOTE TO SELF: Don't believe everything you think.
So you want to see what changed my mind? (and please do not think that I am bragging.) I am just excited to share and please note that I am using PINK AND PURPLE. ( I am not sure how to address that situation yet)
Did you know that you can use Distress Markers as watercolors???
Important note: IF you are using these markers, you probably should not use anything but watercolor paper but don't mark my words. I also watercolor in my bible and my Documented Life Journal but use dry watercolor pots (like the kid sets)
Anyways, all I did was color in a little area of my shape and then with my water brush, gently painted the color around. boom.
So I finished that piece, posted to IG & FB and gave it away. Then I moved onto another image that I had stamped, fell in love with the outcome and realized that I am not a sucky stamper. I only told myself that I was when really,maybe I am not.
The moral of this story isn't so much about stamping, but more about what we tell ourselves over and over and over. Don't believe everything you think. More than likely, you are wrong about you.
TODAY I am headed to Florida today and so is the Polar Vortex. Actually, the cold is already there and while I thought I would be packing my flip flops, I have packed my tights, socks and boots. We have a TON of fun things planned at WhimSoDoodle and there are a few spots still open if you want to join us. Come on, it will be fun!
TODAY at NOON (central time) Unity Stamp Co. kicks off their biggest sale of the year and also will be releasing new stamps which includes BRAND NEW stamps from me!
I cant wait to use them in my Bible and in the Documented Faith planner. Here is a little peek:
When I am reading and studying something, I find it helpful to rewrite it. Several things jumped out at me as I read the first day in the Advent devotional and decided to re-write it right on the page in the devotional. First I penciled it all in to make sure that I could get everything in that I wanted to write:Once I had the wording in, I went over my pencil lines with a Uniball Signo Micro 207: Once we get into Advent, I will share more about what it means to me and how I finished up the page. TODAY is the last day that you can order your Advent Calendar & Devotional and if you place an order, dont forget to use this 15% discount code: ILLUSTRATEDADVENT
Today is not just about color but more about creating art from art. I have been creating papers like crazy with the Gelli Plate (more on this soon) and decided to mix it up a little using one of my new Unity stamps.
Using several printed papers, I simply stamped the image all over each paper using Black Archival Ink. No right or wrong way, just stamp, stamp , stamp (this is my kind of stamping!)
From those papers, I hand cut letters to spell out the word believe. Don't fret if you dont like to hand cut. Use your dies to cut your letters.I adhered the letters down to another printed paper using Glue N Seal and when it was dry used the Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Marker around the letters to add a little depth.
I looked at this for awhile like I always do and then decided to cut more letters and started adhereding them to my blank Project Life cards
:I adhered them down the same way and when those dried, added a little doodle:
Who knows what today will lead to but I do have these canvas' that I adhered all of the scraps to...
Who knows. What I do know is I feel a whole new class coming on!
Bus throwing exercise: I am a sucky "stamper." I do not love to "stamp", but I do love to carve stamps.
I can design one, I can carve one and well yes, I can "stamp" one on a paper and color it, but when it comes to "stamping" in a specific spot, for a specific reason, I sorta suck at it. Good thing I don't specifically stamp things and good thing there are design teams that can.
I was recently asked the question, "How can I expect to sell stamps when I am teaching how to carve them or how can I expect to sell classes when I promote selling already made stamps?"
While I know I can not please everyone, I am pretty sure I have covered my stamping bases because while some want to learn to carve, some don't and while some don't want to learn to carve, some want to buy.
Like I said, I love to carve them because it is relaxing and yesterday, while I should have been unpacking from the weekend, I carved
Thank you all so much for your love, comments and emails on the new line. I am so happy to know that you love them...I kinda do, too!
As promised, here are a few more ways I have been playing around with the stamps, and for those of you who know me or have taken a recent class, I always admit that I am a sucky stamper....BUT with these, it is almost a no fail because you may notice that all of these designs have lots of "white space" to play with.
Take a look at the stamped image:
...and you can use them on your Project Life cards, too! Okay, one last simple idea..grab your Washi tapes, layout a few pieces on a piece of scrap paper, stamp an image and trim. HELLO??? duh, so simple and cute...for any or every occasion (and a good reason to but more Washi Tape)
Okay..Off to Vegas I go! Class at Selah on Saturday and right back on Sunday. CHA, nope..not going....LONG dumb story....never mind, maybe I will share another day...oh hey, don't forget that Unity Stamp Co. is offering 40% off for the entire weekend!!!