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Click on the links on the side to see a few examples of things you can create with rubber stamps. The possibilities are really only limited to your imagination. With the correct ink, and the willingness to give it a try, you can stamp gift tags, stationery, wrapping paper, clothes, scrapbooks, walls, dishes, pottery, children’s faces, greeting cards and much more. Have an idea? Not sure if it can be done? You can do it!

Rubber stamping and scrap booking is so easy and fun, you and your whole family can participate. You can use your rubber stamps to help your child in school, help them make their very own card for a loved one and you can even make your own coloring books for them. Update the look of your kitchen with some wall stamping. Make an anniversary scrapbook for your parents. You can even stamp on clothing! The idea is to have fun and let your imagination go wild!! Relax, the beauty of this type of artwork is it isn’t supposed to be perfect. Isn’t THAT great?

You can continue to grow with these hobbies. Once you have the basic techniques mastered, you can move on to advanced crafting. There is always something new and exciting introduced, a new product, a new stamp set or a new technique. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, rants or raves about paper crafts. I hope to branch out to collage, book making, hook up with some paper makers and from there, who knows! I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to my world!

Serendipity Technique Tutorial

 A Stamp Camp means different things to different people, and the purpose of mine was to have my customers bring their own stamps and what not so they could play. 
They also could use my stamp sets and supplies.  This was a free event, and went over so well I am thinking of having one every other month.  It was great fun!  

As we were chatting I had come across a card done in the Serendipity Technique and everyone decided that they wanted to make one! So, that is what we did.  
First, this is how to make a card using the

Serendipity Technique

-1 piece white matte cardstock (this is your background - 
  (so you can use any color you want)
-Various ink pads (I like to use metallic - 
  (especially Cat's Eyes since they are so easy to hold)
-Black ink pad (The blackest you can find - I use Stampin' Up!'s pad)
-Embossing powder 
  (you definitely want clear, and perhaps some other colors to dab on)

Now - this is the fun part.

Step 1 - Take your background paper and using the Direct to Paper technique,
color, scribble, mark, paint with all your colored ink pads.  You want this
to be a mess - with no rhyme or reason - be bold - use colors outside of
your comfort zone.  Use gel pens, markers, Pearl Ex, anything you want to.
When you are satisfied with your colorful mess, go to step 2. 

Step 2 - Chose your stamps and then stamp on your background with your
black ink pad.  Again, there needn't be any theme or pattern, in fact, I
think the less structured the better.  Once you are happy with the amount of
stamping, select your embossing powder and emboss the entire sheet.  There
will still be "wet" spots of ink and the powder will stick there.  I always use clear,
but I may put some gold or another color in a few spots.  It takes a while to
emboss the whole sheet - I give my embossing gun a rest between sheets if I am
doing more than one.  Once this is done, go to step 3. 

Step 3 - Take your entire sheet and decide the size of the squares you want
to use.  I typically use 1" x 1", but you can use bigger if you want.  I
certainly wouldn't go any smaller.  You can also cut your squares with
decorative scissors.  Once you are done with your sheet you'll have more squares than you need, so you can always stash them away to use later, or keep making cards until you run out.

One thing I am doing is saving a square from each sheet - I think it will be a
very cool project to use all the different squares.  I'll probably use them to cover a
journal.  OK - all cut out, proceed to step 4. 

Step 4 - grab your adhesive and a piece of paper to stick your squares on.
It is really fun to see what color card goes with your squares - Some of the combinations I would have never thought of.  You can arrange your squares prior to
gluing, but I usually just use the squares to see how many I need for the project I am
working on, and then just start to glue them down.  As you can see from the different cards I made from the squares I cut from this sheet, the background cardstock color can really make a difference in how the squares look.  The pattern you put them in can make them all look different, too.

You are done!  You now have a cool "collage-y" looking card that didn't take
much time at all.  Some of my students made a few background sheets at one
time and will cut and use them later - you can always make a bunch if you feel
like being very creative, then save the cutting for those days that you just don't feel
very artistic.  Another really cool thing about this is you can have your kids make the background paper - you'll want to emboss it for them - but as long as they are old enough not to eat the supplies, they can help you with these cards.

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