Monday, June 12, 2017

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old! - By Judi Kauffman for The Queen’s Ink

Back in around 2000, my friend, New Mexico artist Jo Rango and I designed rubber stamps for Red Castle, Inc. Her quirky creatures and unique frames were among my favorite stamps, then and now.

Fast forward to 2017. These days many of my newest favorite stamps are from RubberMoon (Kae Pea and other artists), Lynne Perrella, Dyan Reaveley, and the late Laurel Burch – all of the stamps among my ‘finds’ at The Queen’s Ink!

I thought it would be fun to host a ‘mixer’ and introduce the friends from my past to my newest acquaintances (call me the ‘ of rubber stamps’!) The dance was a success. They got along, just as I’d envisioned. There will be many second and third dates and it looks like there could even be a couple of weddings on the horizon…

It turned into a very long evening, resulting in a batch of hanging ornaments and simple greeting cards, the kind of projects that are fast, easy, and perfect for coloring on-the-go. Some of the stamps were shy (that's a good way of saying that there was a bit of masking needed here and there). Instead of drinks and snacks, I served up markers, pens and colored pencils.

Mission accomplished!


Introduce some of YOUR oldest stamps to some of your newest. Get silly (or choose pretty stamps and head for elegant instead). Mix in quirky sentiments (or go for ‘happy birthday’ and other traditional greetings).
 The key is to come up with unexpected juxtapositions that please your eye and make you smile! And then MAIL them to far-flung friends and family, or HAND-DELIVER to neighbors, colleagues, and the folks you live with.

For my projects, the frames are all by Jo (from a sheet called Rango Dragonflies and Friends, just in case you can find it on eBay). The scene with birds, worm and tree in the first ornament shown at the start of this tutorial was done with one of her stamps shown in its original frame. Everything else is from the artists previously mentioned.
Do you have stamps with simple frames? Ornate ones? Stencils, perhaps, or dies that cut frames and borders? Because Jo’s stamps are no longer available, you’ll need to make substitutions. RubberMoon has lots of options. You could draw your own, do some cut-and-paste collage, or create frames with stamps that were not originally intended as frames but that can be combined to make them (like RubberMoon Stampstracts).

Head on over to the web store if you want to shop right now or sign up for classes, and be sure to come by the store to check out what’s new and visit in person. There’s ALWAYS something new!

  • Rubber stamps from RubberMoon, Laurel Burch (Stampendous), Lynne Perrella (PaperArtsy), Dyan Reaveley (Ranger)
  • Coloring medium of choice (Winsor & Newton ProMarkers, Sakura Gelly Roll Medium in White)
  • Inkpad in dark color of choice
  • Cardstock
  • Fine metallic braid, chenille needle 

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