I’m super excited to share with you my newest release for PaperArtsy. 3 stamps and coordinating stencils.
This release is all about the freedom of ‘PLAY’ . I invite you to let go of anything that is holding you back and release the 8 year old in you out. Imagine the unlimited possibilities that some paper, a pair of scissors and your favourite pencil crayons along with these stamps & stencils can bring you! This release pairs well with those of my last two releases as well and with other Designers and brands.
Stamp set ENB07 was inspired by my love for cute Halloween decor and the fun fashion style of Harajuku Girls in Japan.
In this sample photo, I wanted to show you the beautiful contrast that can be achieved with a monotone focal point (our conjoined paper doll) and a vibrant grunge framed background. You will see our fun little bat stamped in a peach tone in the background. He is stamped repeatedly onto a piece of deli paper. Great for creating ephemera or wrapping a small gift!
Next I zoomed in to show you the variety of visual textures that I created. By using pencil crayons overtop of my base layer of PaperArtsy paint, you can see some of the lovely rough shading. I decided not to use a blender pencil on her, as the shading itself seemed to tell a story of its own compared to the painted, stamped and embossed background.
When attaching our quirky harajuku girl to the background tag, I used foam dots just on her bodice. That way she is still free to move and dance on the page as you please. The brads I used are Tim Holtz’ mini fasteners. However you can also either glue your pieces together or even stamp them as one piece! A fun idea is to also stamp using a very light coloured ink and change up her facial expression and clothing patterns. You can create a banner of friends holding hands!
Next is a page that I just completed in a mini handmade journal from my online class ‘Mini Rustic Glamour Journal‘. As once I had finished creating this paper doll with her coffee (art juice…fuel …lol) and her cupcake purse (stamp set ENB08), I thought that she would be complimented by this background nicely. You will notice the damask wallpaper created using a stamp from my Halloween 2021 release 😍 . I think it paired together quite well.
With this lovely lady, I once again did a base coat of PaperArtsy paint and then added some shading with pencil crayons. I did stamp them onto Bristol paper with a vellum finish and not true stamping paper, therefore you will notice that the ink did bleed a bit on the paper as it dried. If you are new to stamping, try experimenting with different types of paper as well as with a few types of ink. It is amazing the versatility that one can achieve with using the same stamp.
Her lovely retro dress and apron are 60’s inspired. Imagine it coloured in Tiffany blue and canary yellow or blush pink and cream, or change it up by turning the dots into tiny daisies. You can even swap out her modern day togo coffee with the extra large MARTINI from my second release last Winter (ENB06) … and she is ready for a Girls Night Out or entertaining a few friends at home. Don’t forget that you can easily change up the broach from her skull and cross bones to a heart, a bow, a flower, or even just a sparkle gem!
“Never underestimate the POWER of a WOMAN and her CREATIVITY!”
Get your Punk Rock, Steampunk, Sugar Lovers add ons here! (stamp set ENB09)
Grab this set and push your creative boundaries! ~ Switch out the top of a dress! ~ Announce a PARTY on your next invitation! ~ Create cards or story pages with fun WORD BUBBLES! ~ Fly steampunk donuts around in the background!~ Fill a page or 2 or 3 … with FURRY friends!
Whatever Sprinkes Your Donuts, REBEL GIRLS! (or boys 😘)
You may have noticed that I tried, within my limits of three, 😉 to create a very versatile set. I wanted to create a set that would speak to all the colours of our rainbows. Whatever your nationality is, your DNA mix, your age, your gender identity… I want to bring you supplies that you will enjoy creating with. I know that this set is strongly feminine, but this is only my 3rd release… wink wink.
Plus, as I mentioned before, these pair well with many other Artists designs. Think about a also using As I mentioned before, these designs will pair well with many other PaperArtsy designers stamps, some of which you might already own! Think about a also using another ‘head’ from within the PaperArtsy camp such as Lynne Perrella, ElenaZinskiArt (she has loads), Clare Lloyd, Darcy(set 20 onwards) or perhaps another brand you have in your stash could work.
Did you think you could try to use fun animal and bird heads? I created one sample piece using the head from ‘Bone Daddy‘, the cat, from my first release (ENB01). Too fun!
Some other ideas of what I want to create with my paper doll pieces is using the glass dome & slide frame from Gwen Lafluer‘s set EGL26 as the torso piece. I also want to try using the mushrooms from Scrapcosy‘s set ESC26 as torsos or even head pieces. Lol, taking a look at the image below. Think of how you can create visual stories and displays of your very own. Here it looks as though she showing you a bottle of fabulous PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint and telling you how great it works in art journals. ‘Since it dries with a matte finish, your pages will never stick together or need to be sealed in any way.’ Or maybe.. she is telling you how you can create your own lavender friend just like her. Too cute!
I love this glitzy spiral! (PS314) It can be used as a background element as Alice falls down the rabbit hole, or the large spinning disc from a carnival as you are hypnotized. The pattern can add fun elements to large leaves, clothes or anything else with an element of mystery.
In these sample tags I used Ranger Distress Mica Stains and Archival Ink pads to create resists. The piece on top was created by rubbing Ranger Archival Ink through the stencil onto Distress Specialty Stamp Paper, lifting the stencil and straying with a few other distress sprays. Once dry, I stamped and embossed the edges with the background and Rebel Girls stamps from ENB09.
On the red tag, I sprayed through the stencil with the Distress Mica Stain and then pressed another clean tag onto the top of it. I then spayed the original tag with red ink sprays and the 2nd tag with a black soot spray.
Stencil PS315 ~ Sending love and floral scents from Hawaii! 😘 With this stencil you can send your paper dolls on vacation or write a love letter.
On this tag I played with tactile and visual texture. I used PaperArtsy Grunge Paste through the stencil for the hearts and for the hibiscus flower. I did not wait for the grunge paste hearts to dry when I embossed them with Tim Holtz latest release of Distress glazes. For the Hibiscus flower, however, I added a layer of Golden’s Extra Heavy Gel Matte on top of the Grunge Paste, sprinkled it with Distress embossing glaze in Candied Apple, let it dry and then heat embossed it. The flowers look like they could be yummy candy apples!
If you have not tried the PaperArtsy Grunge Paste and want to give it a whirl, it is an element that may bring your next project to a new level! I look forward to breaking in my new journal with some new 3d adventures using these supplies.
Versatility, my friends! I am so beyond pleased with how this release came out. Oh my goodness!
Check out how on this journal page. I swapped out my steampunk inspired wings for ones designed by Tracy Scott (TS062) .
I am so in love with this juicy background! I tried to use an element from each piece of this release & it turned out amazing! From the stamps to the stencils. As you can see below that for this hibiscus flower I used Grunge Paste and embossed it with WOW! Embossing Powder in Metallic Gold Rich Regular.
By adding some ‘Little Black Dress’ through the stencil, I was able to pull the whole page together and give it some weight.
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I look forward to sharing my next PaperArtsy release with you in June! Keep smiling & creating, Nicci