Hello stampers! Welcome to the first day in our series, Stamping A to Z at Two Peas. We're so glad you're here!
We'd like you to think of this event as a library of resources, an index of inspirational stamped pieces and informative posts. We've collected projects from the Garden Girls, your favorite brands and our special guests - each day you'll see something new from one or more of these artists, as well as exemplary projects we've collected by scouring the gallery, spotlighting how our members have applied these topics to past projects shared. Be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special challenge with a chance to win!
Today is the letter A - where A is for American Crafts, art journals and alcohol inks!
**And guess what! Kristina has arranged for an American Crafts 25% off sale to celebrate today's letter! See the sale here and hurry - it's today only, ending at 11:59 pm CST!
When browsing American Crafts products in the store you will find amongst their bright, vibrant products stamps, inks, and embossing tools. Let's take a look at how their products can shine by checking out these stamping projects, beginning with Garden Girl and American Crafts Design Team member ShimelleLaine. She's created both a page and a card. Click on the images for her helpful hints!
When we asked American Crafts to play along in our series, they gave a big, resounding, "Yes!" and got two more of their Design Team members to work right away. Here is what the fabulous Paige Evans and Leslie Ashe came up with using their stamping products:
"Hello Friend" by Paige: "How to: Ticket punch the corners of a cream cardstock base with a small circle punch. Stamp a frame repeatedly in light brown ink across the background...." Read more.
"Oh Hey Sweet Girl" by Leslie, "This card was so easy to create. Took me no time. I love the look of stamped images as embellishments. By coloring part of the image with a bright colored pen, it really sets off the design."
Aren't these cards so fun!? Here are a few more we collected when browsing the gallery:
Next up, alcohol inks! What is alcohol ink exactly? It is a specialty ink that can be applied to a variety of non-porous materials like acrylic, metal, glossy paper, foil and more! It is a quick drying product that is often used to create unique backgrounds as the ink pools and interacts with each other. We found this helpful video from Tim Holtz demonstrating how one might use alcohol ink:
And here are several projects we found in the gallery:
The last topic we'll touch on today involving stamping is art journaling. Those that practice this creative form of keeping a diary often use stamping supplies like inks, pens, paint, watercolor pencils, collage pieces - whatever you'd like, really! One advantage of using stamps in this form of art specifically is if you are uncomfortable drawing or creating your own doodles, stamps can easily give you that artistic look for you!
Some of you may have seen this before, but we'll include it in case you find it helpful for gathering your own art journal supplies - in this video Kristina shares her recommendations for creating an art journal of your own. (See her art journal here)
We hope you enjoyed today's topics for the letter A! We want to see how today's post inspired you with a special challenge! Just use today's themes in a project and upload it by next Sunday the 16th at 11:59 pm CST. We will select three winner's from this week's batch of challenges - each challenge winner will receive a prize pack of goodies from our generous sponsors, including today's vendor - American Crafts! We will announce the challenge winners in next Monday's post.
We hope you'll join us tomorrow as we cover the letter B!
How fun! I loved Kristina's video, and all the art journal pages you showcased. My biggest problem is layering backgrounds for my art journal...I hate to cover stuff up. Maybe I will create something this week and upload it for the challenge. Thanks again!
Thanks Jamie! I was wondering how to incorporate the art journal since I don't keep one :) I loved the excuse to pull out my alcohol ink. I have not done much with it yet but boughts some over the summer (mostly to color my jewels!) but was happy to see some great projects and Tim's video for inspiration!!
Jamie -- first - great event, enjoying so much after 3 days. Is there a way to see the projects that are submitted to this event/challenge. I was trying to find the tab for 'challenges submitted to this event' but not seeing it. Or I'm not looking in the right place ? I enjoy seeing how others interpret these 'letters'