I love rubber stamps. They are so versatile! You can use them on scrapbooks, fabric, altered projects, cards….well, almost anything. Last year, I met Erin Schlosser at CHA and discovered that she was designing and selling her own rubber stamps, along with sewing patterns. Oddly enough (this is how life works, my friends) her ice cream maker died just as I was getting ready to sell mine- same make- at a yard sale. We worked out a swap: my ice cream maker for some acrylic cling-mount stamps to review. Win-win, right?
So I chose the “Hey Cupcake” set- here’s the fab metal package as it arrived:
If you’ve worked with cling-mount rubber stamps before, you know the drill. You remove the plastic sheet, peel the acrylic cling stamp from the backing/storage sheet, and place upside down on your acrylic mounting block. (How does it stick? I’m not sure- some kind of static-cling magic!) But the point is you place it and you’re ready to go!
I decided to work on a quick tag so that you could see how I used the different stamps to build the design- and so I’m using only the stamps, ink, and some markers. (Let’s not get distracted by patterned paper, K? Let’s focus on the stamps!)
So in the photo above you can see that I stamped the bottom of the cupcake first. I could have put the top and the bottom together, but I decided I wanted them to overlap a bit, so I stamped them each separately. (By the way, I’m using my own, well-loved acrylic blocks so they are a little stained. But I really USE my craft supplies.)
I love that you can see through the block to get your components just where you want them! Erin also included fun mix-and-match options for this set- a solid cupcake top (if you wanted to do them in different colors) or stack them to make ice cream scoops. There is also a “pan” if you wanted to make it a pie. So creative, don’t you think? Lots of options for YOU to be creative. But on with the tag…
So here I’m just about done. I added a frame and a caption, and then stamped some borders. I used a smallish acrylic block, and the border got a little “smoodgie” (that’s a Jenny term!) Note to self…. don’t be lazy! Use the right size block for the cling stamp. But I digress. Here’s how my tag turned out after I colored in it with some Stampin’ Up markers, added a little glitter glue, and some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
You can see that the stamps were clean & well-cut, as evidenced by the clear stamped image. The retail price is $14.95, which is a great value for all of the stamps you get and the fun mix-and-match options. Plus you get that cute storage tin. LOVE!
I think that Erin has super-cute designs and sells her stamps at a great price. (She sells on Etsy, by the way! ) Go take a look and see if anything tickles your fancy. And I’ll be waiting to see what other fun designs she comes up with next!
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