Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Waltzingmouse Stamps Day 3

Two cards and tag for today's first post!

If you've only just joined me you might not be aware that I'm launching a new stamp line TOMORROW!!!!!!!! They are clear Photopolymer stamps, so easy to position!!

I'm beginning with two co-ordinating stampsets - both based on Gingerbread people, Half Baked is a build-your-own gingerbread person set, and Oven Fresh supplies ready made gingerfolk and accessories - I know, it's a little early for Christmas!! but hey, you can get a head start!!

Tomorrow evening (my time)I reveal the stampsets on my blog and open the opportunity to purchase them if you so wish. Today I'm up to my eyeballs in HTML trying to set up my teeny weeny store.

So, start here, go here, and here, and here to see what you may have missed!! and come back later, I have a ton more things to share today and tomorrow!

Gingerbread man eats lolly!

I started by stamping a gingerbread outline (Versafine Black) from the Half Baked set onto watercolour paper, then I stamped a waistcoat/vest also in black. When he was dry I watercoloured him and stamped the face and added a pair of lovely rosy cheeks with a dot stamp (also Half baked). I used a sakura white gel pen to highlight the spots on his vest and then took a red fineliner and just added a red dot to the middle of the white dots.

You can't go visiting with two arms the one length so I put a candy lolly in his hand!! I stamped the candy stick first in black and then the candy swirl in a candy colour, cut it out and stuck it on with a dimensional.

Trimmed him out with one of those rectangle nesties that have an inverted corner, can't think what they're called, and mounted him on a back mat adorned with eyelets. The brown card background was scored with the scorpal and stamped in versamark with the candy swirl - some of these little stamps are fab for wee background details. I put my sentiment on the inside of the card, I thought the front was fine just as it was.

Itty bitty label

Just a quick example of a tag using one of the circular sentiment stamps (Oven fresh), It reads "For my favorite little Gingerbread boy" - I even spelled it the American way!! lol I chose to put the weeniest little gingerbread man in the centre, popped up on dimensionals. I stamped it all in blue because I don't believe these things all need to be gingerbread colour - stamp them in any colour you like, the unexpected adds interest.

I got a fabulous result using my Versafine Indigo ink with the teeng gingy (he's just under half an inch tall, aaww! from the Oven Fresh set), check it out in the third pic. I want to let you know however, that using a chalk ink or similar on a tiny detailed stamp like this may not produce such a clear result. I've been scouring the internet for information on this and the general message seems to be that some inks are better for fine detail, whatever you use, stamp a practice image first when using teeny stamps.

The circular sentiment also works with the small gingerbread people of which there are 3 to choose from (Oven fresh) and I have a cute wrapping paper project to show you later that demonstrates this.

Ultra simple card

This is just the time to show you an uber simple card made using just the circular sentimet and the weeny gingy! sometimes simple is good.

The spacing on the circular sentiment stamp allowed me to colour up the 3 hearts separately to the text - I used chalk ink for these (one of those dew drop shaped ones), the words were stamped in Distress ink Tea die, the tiny gingy in Versacolour Indigo, couldn't resist adding a blingy blue heart!! Isn't he the dinky one!!

Hope they tickle, see you later with more!!!


  1. I am loving these more and more. The swirl you added to the first card makes me think of cinnamon buns (one of my favourite), and is a great detail to that card.

  2. Congratulations on launching your stamp sets. Looking forward to seeing more. Love your work anyway. Love your clean/less is more approach. Petal

  3. Claire, I have been absolutely loving all of your sneak peeks! What darling sets! You are such a delight on the PTI forum and I love regularly checking out your blog. Congrats and good luck with your new venture!

  4. More lovely projects - can't wait for the launch tomorrow :0)


  5. That simple card is so refreshing for a Christmas card! I think Christmas is full...well, just that..very Full. Full of decorations, lights, colors, music and all of the other WONDERFUL stuff, that your more simple card is like a deep breath in the middle of it all....and it would stand out on my piano where I display the cards from friends and family! :> Wishing you the very best of luck with your newest stamping adventure! :>

  6. Boy you are just stamping up a huge batch of cards here Claire! love the blue gingy and the recessed circles - Less is more in this case! can't wait for Thurs! (or Fri)

  7. As usual, your cards and tags are beautiful. I wish you the best in your new venture and I know you'll do well. How can you go wrong when you have YOU as the DT? :-)

  8. All the best for your launch 2moz. Angela. xxx

  9. These samples are killing me!! Wow, you are so clever.

  10. JUST DELIGHTFUL! I love them all!!! Especailly that last card.

  11. Great samples today Claire - looking forward to seeing everything tomorrow! Have a nice day. Heather J.

  12. I just love all this stuff! I can't wait to see more! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work! hugs, Michelle

  13. OMG..where have I been?!? I had no idea what you've been up to...what a dream! You must be so excited about having your very own stamp line! And you've made a fab choice with the gingerbread family - they are my fav! Can't wait to see tomorrow's post! Congrats, Claire!

  14. Good luck with your stamp line! The projects you've created are lovely -- I love the color combinations. I can almost taste the gingerbread!

  15. Wow, super work,

  16. Hi,
    WOW I think these are amazing. I absolutely love the little gingerbread man stamp, and I would never have thought of stamping in the hollow of the wooden spoon (and the co-ordinating items are lovely). I have only recently started to explore the stamping on fabric technique, but you have surely inspired me.
    Thanks for sharing


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