Sunday, November 28, 2010

Boring bags? Not anymore!

A friend of mine gave me a pile of plain, white paper bags and challenged me to make something out of them. Here's the result:

On the one to the far left, I stamped directly on the bag. For the other two, I first stamped on white card stock which I adhered to the front of the bags with double sided tape. The cardstock makes the bags a lot more sturdy, and on the one to the right I punched a circle and closed it with raffia.

Detail of tag. Yule stamp from Cherry Pie Art Stamps.
All other stamps from Nature's Print Shop, from the sheet of stamps called Pines Fir Yew.

The fir twigs are stamped with Archival Jet Black ink from Ranger and painted with a water brush dipped in Distress ink - Vintage Photo (brown) and Peeled Paint (green). Funny names on those Distress inks, ey? I think my favorite name must be "Dusty Concord", as I cannot help to think of an airplane that needs a good scrubbing ... (the plane is spelled Concorde, with an e, but even so!)

Close up to show the creased lines which I had made with my Scor-it-All board. I sponged lightly over the creased lines with blue Distress ink (Broken China).

God Jul is Norwegian for Merry Christmas (or Good Yule) and can be found on the set of sentiments called Norwegian Christmas. I punched a small hole in the bag and attched the tag with a blue paper string.

Or how about filling this bag with dried mushrooms and give it to someoone who loves cooking? Crushed, dried mushroom is a wonderful spice for brown sauces, for instance. Ah, just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

White bag colored with Distress inks. Mushrooms stamped with Archival Jet Black ink, both from Ranger.

Stamps from two different sheets: Mushrooms Galore and two stamps from Love Those Leaves up in the left corner.

For more information about my stamps, please visit my website

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pre-launch preview for VIPs

I'm taking the plunge. Not only have I decided to manufacture rubber stamps - quite an adventure - I'm becoming a blogger.

Nature's Print Shop is starting with 5 sheets of stamps plus a set of Holiday sentiments in Norwegian, and I plan to release new sheets on a regular basis.

Here's a small picture of my sheets. For more information, please visit the stamp store

The sheets are 7 x 5 inches.
$24 each (USD), plus shipping from my US agent in Florida.

I'm so excited to see what YOU do with the stamps and will devote a section of my web site to projects that are submitted. (The official website will be launched in January).

I would really appreciate your feedback. You can leave a note in the comment field below (public view) or send me an email:

Thanks for looking!


Christmas cards

Here are some cards I made with my new stamps:

White embossed twigs and sentiment (Panduro). Shadows added with water brush and Distress ink (Faded Jeans). Krylon silver pen on the edges of panel and base card.

Twig and cone stamped with Ranger Archival black ink. Colored in with water pen and Distress ink (Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint). Hand drawn ribbon with red pen. Aged edges with sponge and Distress ink (also Vintage Photo).

I first drew a line down the middle of the white panel, to help me get a straight garland. I then stamped the mushrooms here and there with Distress ink Vintage Photo. (I stamped the mushrooms twice on scrap paper first, or they would have been too dark). Paint hats of mushrooms with a water brush dipped in Distress Fired Brick.

I added white dots with a white marker (Sakura Soufflé).
I then masked the mushrooms before stamping the twigs. The twigs are all stamped with Distress Peeled Paint and the lighter ones are second impressions.

Sentiment from Kreativ Hobby. Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

And finally, a winter tag.
Mask ground with scrap paper, smudge dark blue sky with Distress Weathered Wood on a sponge. Remove mask, stamp trees with Distress Peeled Paint. Stamp cones with Archival black ink, color in with brown. Add snow on cone and trees with white marker (I used Sakura Soufflé).