Today is World Cardmaking Day. (Or was it yesterday?) So I made a card.
Today is World Cardmaking Day. (Or was it yesterday?) So I made a card.
Which is, Simon Says Stamp’s month-long celebration of rubber stamping, with lots of blog hops and giveaways. I love that.
In that spirit, I am going to try to use a stamp a day, from my stash of many, MANY NBUS stamps.
I just transferred to a new job at work, and I am doing revisions on my next novel. So I might not make it every day. But I will try.
I usually post #stampaday2019 projects on Instagram. It’s just easier. You can follow me over there at @kmcorby2, and that hashtag: #stampaday2019.
But here’s my first project, a card I made for a friend.
Look for me on Instagram! Looking forward to this. Happy Stamptember!
This beautiful stamp from Birch Press Design, “Shining Mandala,” is the first stamp I wanted to try to replicate with the practice I’m calling “Throwback Stamping.” The idea is, as much as I like and lust for new stamps, dies, media, or embellishments, I probably have stuff already in my stash that looks a lot like them already. So I should use those instead. To be more mindful and less consumerist in my crafting.
Specifically, I wanted to try to make something like this card using the Shining Mandala stamp:
I love mandalas as a design element, so I knew for a fact I had things in my stash that would look very similar. Not only stamps, but coloring pages, diecuts, etc. While I was thinking it over, the right thing literally popped out at me as I was shifting some papers around — a thick stack of colorable mandala die cuts from Paper Wishes, called Kaleidoscope. They’re layered mandalas made from thick cardstock that you pop out, color, and layer (or not, as you choose) printed in silver, gold and black.
I thought a silver printed one would imitate the look of the white heat embossing on the card well enough. The cardstock is thick enough to take some watercoloring easily. It was doable.
So here’s what I came up with:
I used my Zig Clean Color brush pens to color it. The silver printing resisted the watercolors well. I wasn’t very careful with it; I wanted it to have the same loosey-goosey look as the original. Once it dried, I mounted it on purple cardstock, as in the original, and added a diecut sentiment in a similar style.
Now obviously, this isn’t an exact CASE of the Birch Press card. But it’s certainly close enough to satisfy the urge to create that project. And it looks good, if I do say so myself. And it used some things I hadn’t used in a while — the Kaleidoscope stack, and my Zig pens.
And it didn’t cost me a penny! Which is the point of “throwback stamping.”
(Note: You’ll see there’s no actual stamps or stamping used in the creation of my card. The main image is a diecut instead. But the image I was trying to replicate was of a stamp, so I think the name is still relevant. I’m sure future throwback projects will involve stamping.)
I hope to create many more “throwback stamping” projects over the course of this half year.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. How well do you think I replicated the original card?
I’m scared as I write this blog post. It’s been so long since I worked on Crash Your Stash.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I posted on this blog. How time does fly! So where have I been? What have I been doing?
When my mom died of cancer in late 2016, my creativity, art and writing, pretty much shut down. It was how my grief manifested itself. Ever since then, I’ve struggled to reclaim it, and it still isn’t all the way back.
And for most of that time, I’ve been concentrating on my fiction writing instead of serious crafting. I actually published a book in 2017, Daughter of Atlas, which you can learn about right here.
But now, having done National Novel Writing Month for the seventh time (and won!), I need a break from writing. And so my spirit turns once again to papercrafting, which in its own way, I love as much as writing, and it means as much to me. Thus, renewed attention to this blog.
Not unalloyed attention, though. My crafting has some issues that need to be addressed. To wit, hoarding and obsessive buying. I have so much stuff now, I can’t find what I want, when I want it, because I can’t remember what drawer, box, or pile it is in. I really need to weed and de-stash a lot of my hoard. Give some of it away to people, donate it, maybe sell some of it if I can be arsed to. I have so much stuff that I have bought things, and then bought them again, because I forgot I ever have them in my vast stash. So all those duplicates need to go.
And I have to also just plow through my stash. Just use things up! If you followed the blog back when I was regularly posting, you know I barely scratched the surface of my stash list that I based this blog around. And now there’s even more stuff.
So I have come up with four strategies that I think will help me actually use up and enjoy some of my stash, instead of just staring at it all the time:
So these are the ideas that I hope will help me focus my crafting in 2019, and make a real dent in my craft stash. I am also declaring a buying moratorium through at least the first half of 2019 — no new stamps, no new papers, no new mediums. I have enough! All I will allow myself to buy is basic supplies like adhesive, black or VersaMark ink, scored cards, and white, black and kraft cardstock for bases. Basic supplies only!
I know I’m not the only crafter who struggles with hoarding and acquisitiveness. It is the topic of conversation for the New Year. If this strikes a nerve with you, I’d like to hear your thoughts, and strategies for combatting hoarding in the comments below.
As I think I mentioned in my last blog post, I haven’t been doing much papercrafting in a long time. Life circumstances limited my free time, and also I was concentrating on my creative writing for a while. But now with the new year, I want to get back to crafting. I feel the lack when I don’t do it. It is nourishing to me.
So there are a few things I’d like to do in the new year — not really resolutions, per se, but activities to set myself up for more crafting in 2017:
I’ll keep you advised on how these projects turn out.
I made a card:
First card I’ve made in months and months! I was having a dry patch for a while — sometimes you get tapped out and you need to let your creativity rest. And, my schedule changed at my job — I was working more nights and weekends. And then I was concentrating more on creative writing for a while — I sold two short stories this year.
But I missed cardmaking. I had to clean up my office, too, so around the Thanksgiving holiday I started doing that. I pulled my basic tool drawer out to organize it, and I was surprised at the pleasure I felt just touching and seeing my papercrafting tools, my bone folder and scissors and stamps. Many happy memories. It made me want to craft again. So, once I was done cleaning, I pulled out an Annie’s Craft Club kit I had long wanted to use, and made the first card in the kit.
It’s not great — there are several mistakes, I’m out of practice. But it’s good enough, and it was a card, and I made it, and I was happy.
After that, I was able to quickly knock out a few Christmas cards using the One-Sheet-Wonder technique. With those, and what I had left over from last year, I had enough cards to send out to immediate family and close friends.
Now, I’m trying to decide, now that the pressure’s off, should I make some more Christmas cards for next year, or put all the Christmas stuff away and move onto new things? What do you think? What are you doing?
Either way, I’m glad to be back to papercrafting, and hope to be posting projects on the blog more often in the new year. Happy new year to all.
Today Contraflow starts, our local science fiction convention, and this year I’ve put myself forward, and I’m going to be on a couple panels. Here’s my panel schedule:
Saturday, 2 PM — Dreams and Creativity
Saturday, 9 PM — Writer’s Block: Myth or Madness
Sunday, 11 AM — Cultural Appropriation or Building Diversity: An Exploration Of Issues Involving Real World Cultures In Fantasy and Science Fiction
Brandon Black must have written that last title, I think. 🙂
I’m excited about “Dreams and Creativity,” because two of the five stories I’ve sold, were based on dreams I had. So I have some stuff to say about that.
If you’re going to the con, some see me. I’ll need your support.
Some more ATCs, made with Distress Stains.
I’ve found a new (to me, anyway) stash-crashing style challenge blog. It’s called the Retro Rubber Challenge, and the challenge is to use your old stamps — stamps that are older than one year. You can read the rules here.
They rotate between Sketch, Color, and Theme challenges, and you have two weeks to play along.
This is a good challenge because many of us get so hung up on buying new, new, new stamps and sets that we forget all about the older ones that we used to be just as enamored of. We buy a stamp thinking, well, I’ll be able to use it forever, but we seldom do. We move on to new acquisitions. Craft hoarding and acquisitiveness is a real problem among crafters, I think, why is why I started my blog in the first place, to combat that tendency in myself. I hope it has helped some of you as well.
Here is my entry in their current challenge, which is a sketch challenge:
The focal piece in the sketch is a circle, but I thought, why not a hexagon? I love hexagons, such a balanced, pleasing shape. Once I had that idea the card came together pretty quickly. I’ve enjoyed doing the ATCs, so I’m continuing with that.
The stamp for the challenge is the background, the Hero Arts Hexagon Background. And the first time I posted about it was in May 2014, so it is definitely more than a year old. I used Deco Foil for the embellishments. I love Deco Foil! And a Tim Holtz sentiment sticker. An appropriate sentiment, because I love papercrafting, and right now I love ATCs.
Wish me luck! In the challenge, I mean.
Crescent Cardboard Mixed Media ATC blank, silver
Hero Arts Hexagon Background stamp
Staz-On Teal Ink
hexagon chipboard, unknown (Maya Road?)
Recollections double-sided adhesive sheets
Glossy Accents (adhesive)
Green and Blue Deco Foil
Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment stickers
Here is my last ATC, squeaked out on May 31:
My unconscious tribute to Prince? I’m still sad about his death. He was still young. He died not of a drug addiction, but inadequate pain management. Shocking that even a fortune in the nine figures can’t buy you good healthcare in this country.
Well, anyway, I named it “Paisley Park.”
This is an acrylic paint resist technique. The substrate is Ranger Sticky-Backed Canvas. I thought it needed support, so I mounted it to illustration board. The woodblock stamp was stamped in Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, and the Distress Stain over it is a mix of Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.
The woodblock stamp and the metal embellishment are from Michaels/Recollections, their “Boho” collection. The rest of the stuff is just from my stash. None is NBUS, sadly.
So I ended up doing 29 ATCs in 31 days. Didn’t quite meet the challenge, but good enough, I’d say! It’s been fun. I’m going to continue to do ATCs for the time being. I have enough greeting cards stashed for now. I’ve been trading some of them with people on Facebook. That’s fun too.