Tuesday, 19 May 2009

...Waltzingmouse Stamps Day 2

ED - OOpsie - forgot to mention that the stamps are Clear stamps, which makes the whole build-a-gingerbread-man loads easier!! many thanks for asking Heather!!

Good morning folks -Today I wanted to show you another couple of styles you can get with my new stamps!! For anyone who's just new to my blog today - you might like to check out yesterdays post, and see just what's going on!!

I'm launching my first stamp sets at the end of this week and I am showing things on my blog this week that I have made with them.

I was delighted at the warm wishes and comments that you all left yesterday. Thank you. I do hope you all have fun this week, there will be more projects and ideas and a couple of free templates as well, one later on today hopefully. So call back and bring buddies!! Lol.

Holiday Hugs Card

The card today uses an image from the Oven Fresh Gingerbread joy set, it's a solid image that enables you to stamp a traditional style gingerbread man in one go, just ink it up and stamp. Embellish it or leave it plain, it's up to you. Wanting a fairly vintage feel to this card, I just added some rustic coloured buttons with tiny paper scraps that fell out of the hole puncher! lol.

I cut him out with a nestabilities label die - I so love this new shape of die and it seems to work so well for my gingerbread men. Before I removed him from the die I sponged heavily with Distress ink (Tea dye) and a bit of pale green ink, this meant I got a lovely clean cream unstamped border around my image.

My sentiment is Holiday Hugs, - one of my favorites, also from the Oven Fresh set. It seemed the natural thing to do to cut around his arms a bit and curl them forward so's he could 'give you a hug'!! lol. I loved the way this worked. I made sure to go over the back of the arms with a sponge and matching ink so that when his arms curl forward the back of his arms was the same colour as the front.

For the background red paper, I used a piece of basic grey paper and stamped 'Merry Christmas' (also Oven Fresh) all over it in a slightly darker ink. Underneath it is a piece of green paper that I rubbed with distress ink - Tea dye, and then stamped a random border with some candy canes. I used the larger candy canes found in the Half Baked set for this. I finished the card with stitching, sanding, little bits of sponging and a bit of ribbon and buttons, I love the vintage feel of this card.

I used Tsukineko Versacolour inks throughout this card - I find them fabulous to work with.

Quick and easy tags

A very easy project that I made with the Half Baked set were these tags, I simply stamped a gingerbread shape onto watercolour paper using the outline stamp from the Half Baked set and heat embossed it with white embossing powder, then I stamped a face (there are two face options in the set) and heat embossed that also in white.

Then I stamped a heart shape (larger heart from Half Baked, smaller heart from Oven Fresh) and heat embossed it in white also. then I simply filled the outline in with watercolour paint, the raised edge provided by the heat embossing means it's easy to stay within the lines, and indeed I just paint right over the hearts and faces and the watercolout just runs off because of the natural resist of the embossing.

I cut the gingerbread shape out, again I used the nestabilities new dies, and punched a hole for some ribbon , which I secured with a button and some linen thread.

The guy in the middle received some highlights with a white Gel pen after the paint had dried.

The guy on the left is interesting, After stamping and embossing the outline and face, I left his body undecorated and just filled him all in with watercolour. Then when itwas dry, I doodled all over him with a Sekura Gel pen, in white. He's my little tattoo guy!! Lol, I loved the way this worked and I'm itchin to make some more of these guys, when I get 5 mins.

Hope it tickles, see you later again today.


  1. Hi Claire! Love the projects for today. One question...are the stamps clear? Thank you. Heather J.

  2. Oh my goodness, I love Gingers! Your's are awsome! Michelle

  3. Wow - more fab projects with your new stamps.

    Can't wait 'til the end of the week when you release them for sale.


  4. YUMMMMM! Love that top card, and that little guy w/the confec-tioners sugar design is too, TOO adorable! Can't WAIT to see these stamps (and I hope one of your shipping options will be "overseas supersonic"!!! Too bad the Concorde doesn't fly any longer!)

  5. Hugs to you, Claire! These are adorable!!

  6. ok, now claire, you have got to make you 'tatoos' a stamp too, lol! So cute, I lovehim the best!

  7. I love the way you cut out the hands and curled them in so that he really could be giving you a hug. That is very clever.

  8. Love your tags on the watercolor paper Claire! I can just smell the gingerbread way over here across the ocean!!

  9. Wow Claire... wow wow wow. I think I am speechless

  10. Oh wow these are SO cute! I love the little tags. Beautiful!

  11. Oh Claire you minx keeping this hushhhhh, I'm thrilled for you.

  12. This is just fun! I was amazed at how you made the tags, and couldn't figure out how you got them so perfect. Then I read on and was grateful for your explanation on how to emboss, then water color! I'm going to have to give that a try!

  13. All of todays posts are absolutely wonderful Claire,
    Your so talented,

  14. Congrats on this new venture in your life! I love your gingerbread people! What fun! What a great set for tags and such---and the sentiment font looks so cute! I can't wait to see the rest!

  15. *Love* the Holiday Hugs card! Congrats on your own stamp line!

  16. I love gingerbread and this set is adorable. I love all of your creations. Just beautiful.


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