Monday, July 19, 2010

Some new rubber stamps...

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.  Several of my blog friends have started ventures selling products and I wanted to tell you a little about one of them today.

Shelley is a wonderful artist with great coloring skills.  Her blog Heartstring Designs has some very helpful videos she has made about coloring with the Copic markers.  She also shares many other projects.  Shelley has designed some beautiful stamps that she is now selling through another blog.  Her blog for the stamps is called Shelley Bean Stamps.

Here is one of her more complex images - in black and white and also beautifully colored.

I am not an expert at coloring - in fact I only own 2 Copic markers (!) so when Shelley asked me if I'd like to try her stamps I did not choose one of the complex images.  I opted for this small rose stamp.


The stamps are red rubber and come trimmed ready to mount on a piece of adhesive cling foam which is included in the package.  You then use them with clear acrylic blocks.  It is simple to mount the stamps and Shelley even provides a video that you can watch to help you with the process.  Here is a LINK to her video page.

I made a rather inept attempt to do some shaded coloring in the stamped rose.  Then I decided to try some other ways to use the stamp.

I decided to use the stamp to make an overall background on the card.  The cardstock and matching ink are from Papertrey Ink - the color is called "Scarlet Jewel."

This ribbon is actually brown but it blends in very nicely with the inked background.

I stamped the image on ivory cardstock in the matching in and cut the image out with a small petite scallop circle Nestabilities die.  This showed off the image nicely.

I decided later that I should have use a paper with less contrast to the base card so I found some pink K & Company paper from a large box of loose sheets that I got on sale. I layered it right on top of the cardstock circle.  The color was a great match to the card.  This quick card could be used for many things.  For now it is a simple notecard.

Please go to Shelley's sites to see her more of her work and find out about the stamps she is selling. Once again her blog is Heartstring Designs and the Stamp Blog is Shelley Bean Stamps.

She also has great news to share - her beautiful baby granddaughter was born today!

The Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot is hosting a week of Christmas Festivities culminating in a day long "Christmas Around the Clock" event on Sunday, July 25th.  Please click HERE to go to the Cuttlebug Challenge blog and get all of the details.  The beautiful card above was made by Design Team member Bonnie - you can visit her blog Love, Light and Peace  to see all of her lovely work.

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  1. This is a beautiful card, love how you stamped the backing too. These stamps have sooo much detail they are gorgeous.
    Kim xXx

  2. love that stamp and love how you stamped the background paper. I don't think of doing that, but will have to start. I have so many stamps that I rarely use.

  3. Beautiful card. The background you stamped really added to the look.

  4. Diane,
    I love the red and the stamp is so great. You did a wonderful job.

  5. The rose stamp is so beautiful. I love what you did with your card. The Cuttlebug Challenge card is stuning.
    Mary Ann

  6. Very prety card. Love the stamped background. The Christmas card is beautiful also. TFS

  7. Love the look of your new blog design!

  8. I think you did a great job with that card. I love how you made the background. I have a problem with shading too. One person told me that the nice thing about rubber stamps is that they show you where to shade. I guess that is true, but sometimes I just don't get the coloring just right. But I keep trying. I love using water color crayons to color in my images.
    I checked out the Heartstrings and Shelley Bean sites and have become a follower on each. Oh no! Another blog on my list to check in on! Oh heck, that's okay, I chalk it all up to education! LOL! She does have some really beautiful stamps and boy she is talented! I may have to invest in her little sentiments. They would be very useful.
    Thanks for the recommendation!

  9. Thank you Diane! I love what you did with the stamp! Very creative.:)


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