(Oh, and there's my July Tim tag to check out into the bargain, just in case you're interested!)
I was delighted to be asked to be one of Leandra's "wingmen" for the new Hot Picks stamps, and armed with a colour palette and two of the gorgeous new sets of stamps I set to work. You might want to arm yourself with a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine...
These are all created using HP1501 and 1503, which you can see below. The images and text and graphics will be fantastic for art journalling, as well as all sorts of other crafting.
But I couldn't send away my art journals as samples, so instead I created some tags and "pages" in a layered journalling style, as well as some wordy little houses made with one of the most fabulous script stamps ever.
If you hop over to PaperArtsy you can see all the new Hot Picks stamp sets, as well as samples made by lots of other designers. There's so much eye-candy, you'll end up with a sugar rush! I'll just share a couple of details from my projects with you before you go...
I started with a pair of tags and, as ever, with some weathered backgrounds using the Crackle Glaze. I decided to allow one tag to focus on HP1501 stamps (to the left) and the other on HP1503 (to the right).
For the first, I stamped this delicious corner piece from HP1501 in Squid Ink and the chevrons and background text in Sepia Archival ink.
The HP1503 has a great film strip collage with a fantastic vintage camera.
That and the rest of the stamping on this tag is done in Sepia, with some hints of Jet Black added around the edges before stamping.
I added some book page chevrons (cut with the Tim Holtz Frameworks die) to echo the chevrons in many of the images, and shaded around them with pastel pencils.
A couple of Big Chat stickers and some embossed metallic embellishments finish them off.
How about those word-houses next? The large script stamp from HP1501 is simply beautiful - lots of different font sizes and directions, all within one stamp. You can stamp the whole thing for a great background, or add partial stamping for great detailing (as on the first tag above).
Each of these houses was painted and then stamped with either Sepia ink and clear-embossed, or with Versamark and white-embossed.
You can see on the Squid Ink house that there are even some lovely numbers within the image. I gave the houses some book page windows, and the whole street is mounted on a crackled tag.
I used the grungy background stamp to give them something to stand on, but it's only just visible now.
Next is a pair of "pages" created with HP1503 on some 5 x 7 kraft card. Since I couldn't use an actual art journal, I created pages which one could insert instead.
I layered up book pages, some stained with tea and coffee, some not, and added lots of background stamping.
These edge and corner stamps will be so cool for adding vintage detail to journalling pages.
And there are some great grungy dots too...
For the main focus I stamped onto ATC blanks. Here's the fabulous film strip again, with a hint of pink to draw the eye to the butterfly and the man's face.
I added some Handwritten Words cut from kraft paper and Crunchy wax paper to both panels.
And on the other ATC you can see the adorable little girl peeping out at you.
The ATCs are "attached" with some file clips altered with alcohol ink, and I added some extra little metal accents.
Finally, the two tags which are probably my favourites of this selection...
Again I've used HP1501 for one of them and HP1503 for the other, but they're definitely a pair.
(HP1503 is to the left this time and HP1501 to the right.)
Starting with the crackled background again, this time I stamped the industrial corner in French Roast Fresco paint.
I love how much detail you get when stamping with Frescos, and I love this stamp too.
There's another appearance for the script stamp in the background, and then this wonderful compass, some stamped in Sepia Archival and some in French Roast.
I altered some Finnabair/Prima metal cogs with Antique Metal embossing powder, their shapes echoing the industrial cog and the compass stamps.
It was starting to have a travelling feel to it, so I used watery washes of paint to add shading around the elements, including the added Big Chat stickers - I hope it has the feel of an ancient map.
I went even further with mapping on the HP1503 tag. I used torn strips of book page as my land masses, again shading around them with washes of paint.
Since I'd clear-embossed my Sepia stampings, I knew they wouldn't get covered over. I just love this Montana label - so cool for adding interest to the side of a tag, page or project.
And if you read the words of this pair all as one phrase, you find the suggestion that we should all "travel together, making memories" - capturing them on film as we go.
I hope you have time to hop over to PaperArtsy to see what everyone else has been making. As I say, there's a wealth of inspiration there using these new stamps, and I promise you won't want to miss the other sets in this new release.
And don't forget that at 7pm every night this week, you can see all the other new releases from PaperArtsy's signature designers. Hold on to your wallets!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again (very) soon.
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