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I had a chance to experiment with some Crafty Secrets‘ Clear Art Stamps from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection and can’t wait to share some projects with you! Please read through to the bottom for details of the giveaway!
From the moment I saw these stamps, especially the "Bird Lovers" set (above), I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. The stamps are so beautifully drawn with sensitive and detailed designs. The sayings are perfect for cards or tags to attach to a gift. I thought I’d try something a little different with these stamps though. Visions of doll house miniatures were racing through my head, decorated with the sweet little bird stamps. You see, I was recently at a flea market and bought an old doll house very cheaply. Then, this past weekend, I came up on some old pieces of doll house furniture. The rooms were just waiting to be dressed!
I first got out some unbleached cotton. The clear stamps easily peeled off the plastic they are attached to in the packaging. They also cling very easily to an acrylic block. Using a black Staz-on ink pad, I inked the stamp and pressed the image onto the fabric. Using a baby wipe, I cleaned off the remaining ink from the stamp. In my haste to stamp the image, I realized I had forgotten to iron the fabric first, so that came next!
The designs came out very clear and so I started to plan what I was going to make with my stamped images. The bedroom window was crying for some hand stamped curtains! I took the tiny little leaf stamp from the "Bird Lovers" set and stamped a random pattern all over a piece of the unbleached cotton. The piece was cut to fit the window and divided in half to create two panels. The top of each panel was turned down to create a casing and the edges were turned over and stitched. I looked around for something to use as a curtain rod and came up empty handed. So out came my eyelet setter and grommets (a.k.a. eyelets) were attached to the top. A wire was fed through the eyelets and curled at the ends to hook over two very small nails at the top of the window. I’m still thinking of making them into tie backs. The leaf stamp made a pleasing pattern all throughout and I love the result.
The bedroom next needed some matching bed linens. So using the branch stamp from the same collection, I stamped in the middle of a piece of the fabric cut to size. The edges were then turned over and stitched. (Underneath, there is also a little mattress made from 2 pieces of felt ‘quilted’ together on the machine, but it is not visible in the photos). The pillow has the sweet little nest stamp right in the centre and this is turned inside out to stitch, then reversed, stuffed and top stitched all around. Now, my miniature vintage dolls have somewhere to rest their head – and what better place than a nest!
For decorations, I stamped one of the birds and ‘framed’ it in a square piece of scrapbooking paper. The bird was stamped in black ink then ‘painted’ lightly with a couple of other colours of ink pads. I then used a white pen to add a few highlights to the details. The edges of the paper were inked as well. A perfect saying to display in a doll house bedroom is the one from the "Bird Lovers" set called, "Of course you can fly, for dreams have wings." So that got stamped and matted for the wall as well.
For the kitchen chairs, I made two tiny circular cushions which were stamped with a "Bird Lovers" stamp too. They were then tied to the back of the chairs with red and white baker’s twine. For wallpaper, I glued some pretty scrapbooking paper on the top and bottom and put up a strip of another for a border.
These stamps are such fun and I’m just getting started! The "Little Chef – Small" collection has some sweet tiny kitchen-themed images that would be perfect for making a stamped border along the doll house kitchen wall. As well, I have plans for the "Today’s Special" stamp. I plan on making a mini ‘chalkboard’ of sorts out of black cardstock and stamping that image on in white ink. I can then use a white pen to handwrite on a menu. This would be so cute on the wall.
Now for the giveaway! We are giving away 2 sets of Crafty Secrets clear art stamps from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection, "Seaside – Medium" and "A Sexy Little No. – Medium" to one ScrapScene reader. (See photos below.) To be entered into a random drawing for the giveaway, please comment to this post. We’d love to hear about your adventures in stamping. What techniques have you tried and love? What kind of things do you stamp? What do you like about clear stamps? We will leave this drawing open until Wednesday, July 9th at midnight EST. One winner will be announced on Thursday, July 10th.
To learn more about Crafty Secrets‘ products, and see some sneak peeks of brand new Image and Journal Notebooks and clear stamps coming out for CHA, click here. There are also tonnes of great ideas by the Design Team which you won’t want to miss.
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