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You're Mermazing

Happy Friday! Jeanette here and I am so happy to be able to share one of my Whimsy Stamps creations with you. I created a card that features the lovely rubber stamp Naia the Mermaid.

To create the background, I stamped the Seashell Background Stamp with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Ranger White Embossing Powder. I then blended ink over the paper using Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio distress inks.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the sweet mermaid and her little friend using Copic markers. You will find all the markers that I used listed at the end of this post.  I chose colors that I thought would stand out nicely against the inked background. The sentiment is from the Sweet & Salty Clear Stamp Set that I embossed onto a narrow strip of vellum.

Copic Markers:
Skin:BV00, E00, E11, R20, E000
Hair: E50, YR31, YR24
Top: V01, V04, V05
Tail: G00, G03, BG11, BG34
Bracelets & Necklace: BG05, BG34
Turtle: G00, G03, YG03, YG05

*NEW Naia the Mermaid

*NEW Sweet and Salty

*NEW Seashell Background

VersaMark Full-Size Ink Pad - Original (Clear)

White Embossing Powder

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Hugs Jeanette xxo

Inlaid Die Cuts with July Paper Door

Hi Everyone, and welcome back! Today is my first official blog post for Whimsy Stamps, and I am so excited to share this inlaid die cut card using the July Paper Door kit stamps and dies, Beaucoup Bouquet. Have you ordered your kit yet?

Technique: Inlaid die cutting

I began by creating my flower and leaf background papers using Distress Oxide inks on Bristol smooth paper. First I “smooshed” the ink pads (two colors at a time for this project) onto the craft mat, spritzed with water until the ink pooled into drops, and blotted or pulled the paper through the wet ink. At times I spritzed the paper with more water to create a marbled effect. Then I dried it with the heat gun, and repeated the process a couple more times. TIP: The nice thing about Oxide inks is that they layer over previous colors, so you don’t get a “muddy” effect. Finally, I spritzed the paper with water, let it sit for a couple of seconds, dabbed it with a paper towel, and dried with a heat gun. I repeated until I was pleased with the outcome.

Distress Oxide inks used: Picked raspberry, seedless preserves, mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral, lucky clover, and twisted citron.
TIP: Set your inked paper aside and die cut your background to insure that your paper is completely dry before embossing! The inking process is very wet, and the embossing powder will stick everywhere that the inked paper is not absolutely dry.

Can you see the "triangle" of flowers, and the visual balance of threes?
When designing a card layout, I usually stick to the tried-and-true composition rule of using odd numbers or groups of three, and you can see that in this background. I cut a piece of black cardstock to A2 size (5.5” x 4.24”), and began by die cutting one large flower in the upper left corner. Then I cut two smaller flowers forming a visual triangle (another design “rule” I use often). Can you see it? I worked from there to place the dies, and kept a small border around the edge. When the background was finished, I returned to my inked paper to emboss and cut the flowers.

Next I completely covered the inked paper with an anti-static tool to help insure I didn't get excess powder everywhere, and stamped all of the flower and leaf images with VersaMark then heat embossed. Finally, I die cut all of my pieces for my background, and glued them into place. TIP: I used my Tombow Mono eraser to remove some extra adhesive, ink, and “gunk” from the background panel. I found that all of the inking, taping, and glueing was messy, and the eraser helped clean up the final product to make it look clean and finished.

Finally, I trimmed the black background panel just a little to leave a white edge on the card. Then I finished it by adding a vellum strip, the die cut "Happy" sentiment with the "Birthday" banner, and a twine bow.

What do you think? I can't wait to see everything you create with this month's kit. Be sure to join and post your creations on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook page! Love and crafty hugs!


**PAPER DOOR - with USA shipping included**Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Seedless PreservesDistress Oxide Ink Pad - Cracked PistachioDistress Oxide Ink Pad - Picked RaspberryHappy Large Word DieVersaMark Full-Size Ink Pad - Original (Clear)

Open Creative Team Call for Our Digital Team

Whimsy Stamps is in search of talented crafters, who love to share their love of paper crafting, to join our Digital Creative Team!

Are you a crafter looking to contribute to a design team by creating with digital products? Do you love sharing your artwork with others through social media? Are you a team player and willing to work along side other designers sharing your creativity? Are you organized and able to meet deadlines? If you answered YES to these questions, Whimsy Stamps is looking for you!

We’re searching for dependable, team-oriented crafters who have a passion for stamping and sharing ideas, techniques, tips, etc with others through digital stamping.

Whimsy Design Team Submission Details:
**Submission Time line: July 18th – July 31th. Late entries will not be considered.
**Submission Guidelines:  Email whimsystamps@gmail.com with your...
  • full name
  • contact info including email address and blog address and social media sites
  • attach 3 of your best creations 
  • use Digital Team Call as the subject line please
You can include cards, scrapbook pages, and/or altered items in your samples for consideration. If you have any Whimsy Stamps images, please share those projects, although this is not required. You DO NOT need to create anything new for this application, but please share your most recent work. 

Please also include...
  • a brief description about you and your stamping style
  • previous Design Team work
  • published work
  • any other artistic information you would like to share
*Previous Design Team and publication of work is not required for consideration, however we do need to see samples of your work to evaluate relevance for our team.

Coloring skills preferred as our digital stamps are geared towards those who enjoy coloring images for their creations.

If you have been selected as our new Whimsy Stamps Digital Creative Team member, we will contact you via email.   Please only apply if you can meet our requirements and responsibilities.

**Whimsy Digital Creative Team Member Requirements:
Your Design Team duties will last for a period of 5 months and will include at least 1 project per week featuring Whimsy Stamps digital products.  Please DO NOT try out if you are unable to make this commitment.

1 of the weekly projects each month will be for posting on our monthly challenge blog site. Team members are also required to comment on participant entries each month to show our appreciation for their hard work. 

Because you will need to share your Whimsy creations, you are required to have the ability to photograph and post your creations online, including on all social media outlets. 

We have a Facebook group dedicated to the Design Team. As a team member, you would be granted access to this group. You are expected to join and participate in discussions with others as well as share suggestions or ideas. You will need to be an active member of the group/team.

As a Whimsy Stamps Digital Creative Team member, you will receive access to all new release digital products each month to fulfill your creative team requirements. We also offer our team a generous discount to the Whimsy Stamps store during your term. If you are not willing to work with all the artists we carry, please do not apply.

Team members must be able to provide high quality photographs of finished projects for advertising purposes. All artwork created will be yours to keep, we do not need anything mailed to us. All products received in exchange for project creation will be yours to keep and use forever. By joining the team you are agreeing to give Whimsy Stamps access/rights to use to all Whimsy related work for the purpose of advertising and promotion of our products.

Paper Door Inspiration - Day 4

We have lots more inspiration today using the newest Paper Door kit, Beaucoup Bouquet, available now for purchase.  Click here to purchase the kit.

PAPER DOOR is $39.95 plus shipping and our product listings already include the postage in the price. Just select the product for your shipping destination, add to the cart and check out. Your kit will be shipped out on or before the 26th of the month. 


Are you new to our monthly Paper Door kit?  Our Paper Door designers are on hand with lots of inspiration. We will be featuring more projects from our Paper Door designers over the next two weeks so be sure to check back often.  Click here to purchase the kit.

Our monthly crafty box of goodness! PAPER DOOR kits include hand selected and exclusively designed products, all coordinated perfectly to inspire your creative projects. Each month, kits will be available to purchase from the 10th to the 25th, while supplies last. No subscriptions or wait lists. And all kit contents can be viewed in the product listing video sneak peek. But, kits are available only during this limited time and in limited supply, Once sold out, they are not restocked.

Unlock your creativity with PAPER DOOR!  Click here to purchase the kit.

Our Beaucoup Bouquet Paper Door kit includes the following.
  • EXCLUSIVE hand chosen 6x6 specialty cardstock/paper collections that aren’t available anywhere else. There are 24 gorgeous sheets of 6x6 papers in different colors and textures selected to coordinate together beautifully. Included are 3 each of 8 different papers.
  • Included are SIX sheets of 8.5x11 heavy weight NEUTRAL card stock in White and Black to make multiple card bases, mattes, and more. 
  • SPECIAL EDITION 4x6 clear stamp set "Beaucoup Bouquet" has been created exclusively for PAPER DOOR.
  • SPECIAL EDITION coordinating Whimsy Shapeology Die Set "Beaucoup Bouquet Die Set".
  • PREMIUM QUALITY Ranger White Embossing Powder and a size 4 paintbrush for watercoloring.
  • COORDINATING Distress Ink Cubes in Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.
  • NEWLY designed digital papers (2-4 designs) to coordinate with each PAPER DOOR theme.
  • PRIVATE ACCESS to PDF files with step-by-step instructions for at least 4 different projects and other bonuses.
Click here to purchase the kit.