Monday, March 7, 2011

Summertime, and the living is easy ...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just grab a chair - right now - and relax under a blooming hibiscus tree? That's what I did this weekend - and I live in frozen Norway!

Ah, but there is nothing wrong with my imagination, so I went on a mini vacation..... all the way to my stamp room, where I brought out my brand new hibiscus stamps and pretended I was stamping in the shade of a large hibiscus tree ...

I used an ink pad on the petals, and markers on the stem and the stamen, then stamped the flower once on another piece of cardstock (see card below), before I stamped them on this card. That way the stamped images got these subtle colors.

Notice how the colors are more vivid here than on the card above (the stamped images here are the first impressions, the card above are of second impressions).

Birthday stamp from Red Castle, Inc.

On this tag card, I used a much darker ink on the flower petals, just to see if that would work. I think it did!

And finally a card with bright red flowers. The hibiscus flower comes in a great variety of colors; from white and yellow to orange, pink and red - so go ahead and use the colors you prefer.

Leaf stamps from Nature's Print Shop, #02 Twiggy Leaves.

The hibiscus stamps are from a new set of stamps that I named "Hi, Biscus!" (Isn't that funny? I crack myself up sometimes):

Actual size is 18 x 13 cm (7x5 inches)

These stamps are all made from prints I made of real hibiscus flowers when my sweetheart and I were on vacation in the Canary Islands earlier this winter. A beautiful hibiscus tree was growing right outside our hotel room, and - needles to say, perhaps - I bring my nature printing gear wherever I go! I'm very happy with how these stamps turned out - very detailed and naturalistic, just the way I like them.

If you want to order this set of hibiscus stamps or just have a look at the other rubber stamps I have made, please visit my website:

Thanks for looking!

:-) Bibi

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  1. I can't wait to start playing with these stamps too! Your samples are terrific!

  2. Thank you, Marina! I look so much forward to seeing what you make with my hibiscus stamps! (well, YOURS now I guess...LOL)

  3. These are so beautiful Bibi, love them all.

    Ali x

  4. Bibi,love your "stuff"! Good luck w/this ad-venture.

  5. Lovely stamps Bibi - well done - love what you've done with them - I love hibiscus - i used to have it in my garden when I lived in Texas - not grown here in cold old UK

  6. Thanks, y'all!

    Fiona, I guess it's the same in the UK as in Norway, where the hibiscus is but a small potted plant. Some day I will have a garden with hibiscus, somewhere .... :-)