The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 1/29/2013 2:00:09 PM|One of the wonderful results of the ongoing love affair with papercrafts has been the wealth of materials available for inclusion in our projects.
As someone who enjoys stamping for stamping's sake, but respects papercrafts such as scrapping & cardmaking, I do wonder if stamping gets a bit lost in the wash these days.
While I realize it's a personal choice, I have seen many gallery pieces that are (for me) mostly about the non-stamped items rather than the stamping.
Don't mistake me, please. I enjoy seeing & using a variety of stuff in my stamping projects, but when it comes down to making choices, I'm finding (lately) that I enjoy the challenge of going more stamping & less 'other'.
How 'bout you? Feel free to agree, disagree & just plain discuss!
As a case in point... I was a bit surprised @ the number of StamPeas who didn't know what masking was. Ditto those who were unfamiliar with generation stamping or other stamping techniques that were common for many of us when we began to stamp.
Let the games begin!
Loc: Evansville, WI
|Posted: 1/29/2013 5:04:41 PM|
Well... when I started out, it was with quilling. That lead me into card making. I didn't have any stamps when I started so it was all 'other'.
I know what masking is, but have never done it. I have learned a lot of other techniques from you all though and am coming to enjoy stamping. Sometimes I just don't know where/how to use it though, other than sentiments.
I won a free spot in an online card class. Maybe that will help me to stamp more!
Kathy in WI
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 1/29/2013 5:32:46 PM|
I just LOVE all the other, BUT I must have a stamped image as a focal point, if not I feel like I am cheating or something. I love my stamps and use them always -- well almost always! There have been a very few cards that I didn't stamp on.
Loc: Little Rock, AR
|Posted: 1/29/2013 5:51:37 PM|Yay Kathy! I think those online classes are fun. I am not taking one now, so you will have to let us know what you think about it.
And Daniel, you are right! There is a lot more "stuff". (or "fluff", I should say) I believe that it is because there are a lot more choices available to the consumer. Prior to the scrapbooking boon, if you wanted pretty backgrounds, you had to create them yourself. Now there are tons of beautiful papers to choose from.
I believe that when the scrapbooking industry bottoms out, and/or all the papers begin to look the same, crafters will turn to stamping again. Necessity is the mother of invention.
That said, I would have to classify myself as a papercrafter, rather than a stamper. However, in my heart I will always be a stamper.
|Posted: 1/29/2013 7:46:16 PM|
I think I agree with "Ruby." There are more products available now. Plus, with "Clean and Simple" styles, like the class Kathy and I are taking, so popular right now, I think there is just less stamping. Plus, compared to some other things, stamps and inks have more of a learning curve, and so many of us don't have a local community to teach this to us????????
Although I do know some simple masking, I just have not tried it much at all. There is SO MUCH to learn given all the products and techniques that are around. That is why I love being here to learn more ways to use my stamps!
I think and mostly stamping project is a fun challenge.
Do you think one layer cards are a good way to sortof force you to use your stamps?
Find Joy in the Unexpected...
|Posted: 1/29/2013 8:30:05 PM|
I am a scrapbooker, primarily, who likes to use stamps on my pages. So my stamping is generally simple, technique-wise. The only real technique-y stamping I do regularly is heat embossing (which I love).
I am familiar with some techniques and have used them like generational stamping, masking, etc. I use these mostly on cards and mostly during your stamp events (which is usually the only time I play with techniques).
A few years ago I felt like not many scrappers were stamping on their pages, but I think more are stamping than a few years ago. The majority of this stamping though is simple stamping, not technique driven work. But I am all for it. I love some of the new Bo Bunny and Glitz stamps that were showcased at CHA this month.
I stamp in my art journaling too. I would someday love to carve my own stamp from an eraser.
I love seeing the stamping you all do during your events. Very inspiring.
|Pea-ing, pinning, and playing!|
|Posted: 1/29/2013 8:43:33 PM|Oh, I also like to create backgrounds with my stamps (usually with watermark ink to create subtle tone on tone work).
But I do want to try pushing it a bit more. I love this page created by a pea, Julianna Micheals. I am going to attempt to put a picture in this post. It will be my first time, so I hope it works.
She has a blog and wrote an entry on this page. She also has a video showing it's creation. I enjoyed watching the process.
Blog Post About Page
Sorry, I guess I high-jacked this thread a bit.
|Pea-ing, pinning, and playing!|
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 1/29/2013 10:42:49 PM|
I did scrapbooking for two years before card making of any kind, my first cards did have lots of stamping, but not all have had it since then. My most recent card followed a Sketch Challenge here, but while all the "regulars" on this board stamped the embellishments and the sentiment, I only stamped the sentiment. I made the embellishments with punches and they were leftovers from a scrapbooking project. Now I'm into art journaling too, and while I sometimes stamp with those, I also collage photos and paper, and draw things in them.
I have heard of masking, but I'm not sure I've heard of generational stamping. However, I probably will learn some new technique when Winterfest comes around, and I'll always be glad for that. At last Winterfest, or perhaps at the stamping event held in October 2011, I learned how to reverse stamp on tissue paper, and with that technique I made a bunch of 2012 Christmas cards that I loved.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 2:53:41 AM|
Generational stamping makes me feel so old, lol. I am still young. Stamping is a huge love of mine. Most of my paper crafting supplies bend towards stamping. I love all paper crafting techniques. I would classify myself more as a paper crafter.
Daniel- I was kind of thinking about this same subject the other day. I was thinking of the latest stamping techniques out. I think that a lot of the newer stamping techniques has kind of led me away from the stamp art world since it's not my style. I am getting over the flu so I hope that didn't sound mean or harsh. It was not meant to be. I don't feel good so I can't convey well.
For example, Distress inks are hot. I am not into the Distress art look. I love it though. One of the most beautiful stamping art forms in the world.
A couple of years back my Mom got me a copy of The Stampers Sampler April/May 1999 issue. I read it constantly. The styles back then are more my style. I love the brayering, masking, sponging, and techniques that were popular then. Yes, many of the cards in the magazine do look dated, lol.
I think my thing is less tools are more and the stamps are the art. Even though I love all paper crafting I do think I am more of a generational stamper in style.
|Posted: 1/30/2013 7:24:42 AM|
Does anyone think that they like the techinques they learned when they first started stamping/papercrafting best? Or did you find that you liked other things more as new trends and techniques came a long.
I'm using the analogy of clothing colors. I like royal blue and chocolate brown (not necessarily together) whether they are in style or not. When they are in style I tend to buy a bunch of that color because I know it will soon go out of style. I wonder if these "tastes" can be carried over to crafting or not. If at a certain point you stop following trends as much and just have your own way of doing things.
That wasn't very eloquent, but does anyone get what I am saying?
Find Joy in the Unexpected...
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 1/30/2013 9:05:19 AM|First off... For those unfamiliar with the term 'generation' stamping, it refers to a simple technique. You load you stamp once & stamp multiple times. Each impression will be lighter than the last.
I think there's some truth in the idea that we like techniques we learn early on. That said, however, I used to do lots more masking. Then I began to find piecing & layering very interesting so I did a lot less masking & one layer stuff.
Although I do believe that many who began stamping before all the goodies were available might be less inclined to automatically go for lots of goodies, it's not a given.
Apart from that, I find that adding lots of 'other' to my pieces &/or multiple layers can result in pieces that are very thick or bulky. While I once rarely mailed pieces, I do more mailing now. Postage not withstanding, it no small problem to get some of the thickers into a regular enevelope. And I'm not fond of having to purchase special envelopes--including padded ones.
Good post feedback, all!