Bird and Holly, 2 ways

If you're like me, I will stamp an image onto a test piece of paper (or several) before creating any project.  And, if you're like me, you have an excess of stamped images in your reserves to use someday.  I found a fun way to use those "extra stamped designs": Create a journal page!  See photo at the bottom of this post.

This card is a 5.5" x 5.5" (14 cm x 14 cm) card featuring our Bird and Holly Rubber Stamp.
Stamped with Brown StazOn ink onto a patterned paper and layered with burlap and green die cut trim. Fuzzy yarn in cream color surrounds the matte.  Green StazOn ink is daubered along the 2 sides.

So I took those unused, stamped images that I have been working on lately, grouped them by type or style, and placed them onto a journal page.  The well-known brand of artist papers, Strathmore has a wire bound book, "Mixed Media."  The size of each page is a perfect, 5.5" x 8.5".The weight of each page is 90 lb. and is sturdy enough to glue layers, watercolor, stamp, etc. onto the page.
My Christmas journal page can been seen above.  I have been trying to incorporate paper doilies into my projects.  My desire was to distress it and glitter it.  The result can be seen above.  A large 8" doily was cut in half and Ranger's brown ink was was added to the edges and decoupaged in place.  I look forward to creating many more journal pages in this book!

Stamps featured on the journal page above:
Bird and Holly Rubber Stamp
Lace Ornament Rubber Stamp
Holly Branch Rubber Stamp
Holly and Poinsettia Tickets Rubber Stamp Set

Village Shoppes Wall Hanging

I created a little wall hanging by recycling a jewelry gift box and adding a black velvet ribbon along with our Village Shoppes Rubber Stamp.  This stamp is so fun to color in.
The design was stamped with black StazOn ink and colored in using Copic Markers and Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils.  Iridescent glitter paint covers the entire image.  Black jewelry wire was bent into 2 decorative shapes.  You jewelry designers out there would do a better job than me with your pliers!
 I cut chipboard to fit neatly into the box and glued the entire piece onto the chipboard.  Placing the entire piece into the box, you will end up covering the knots in the corners.
I bought a multi-colored glitter paint set just to test it out and have ended up using it on almost every holiday project. I highly recommend having a set!

Acrylic Paint Stamping

 Stamping with acrylic paint is easy and creates a richer, bolder impressions.  You can stamp onto more surfaces such as textured papers, ...