Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp

Ready Set Stamp: Reader Submissions Wanted!

THANK YOU so much for all the fabulous cards submitted for our last art call, it was so hard to choose just a few to publish! We can now announce the next theme.....
We are looking for submissions for our Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for our June 2019 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!

For 2019 we're giving you FIVE colour options to play with!
 Don't forget, black, white and any metallics are always welcome, no matter the colour scheme. 







Colours: Ruby Red, Burnt Orange,Sunshine Yellow, Pale Lime, Sky Blue

Deadline for submission: 19th March 2019


· Please email your submissions to: editor.cs@mytimemedia.com
· Please put 'Ready Set Stamp' followed by the theme in the subject line
· Please note that due to the number of submissions it's not possible to contact every entrant individually - if you have not heard from us within one week, your submission has not been successful. Please try again with a different card!


Guidelines:

  •  Please make cards only for this gallery.
  • Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards!
  • NEW work only please, we do not accept cards that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission.  
  • Any stamps used MUST be branded. Please do not use stamps sold without designer/manufacturer information on the original packaging.
  •  Stamps used MUST be available to buy currently, either from a UK stockist or a stockist with an international shipping policy that ships to the UK.
  • We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital imagery for this feature. Digital imagery is welcome, but  MUST be used in conjunction with rubber/polymer stamping to qualify.
  •  Cards which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK. The cards will be returned, along with a complimentary issue of the magazine.
  • This call IS open internationally.
  • Note that we do choose artwork as it arrives, so please don't wait until the last minute to submit if your cards are ready.
  •  Black, white and metallics can be added to any of the schemes. The ideas given are simply that, ideas, and do not have to be followed to the letter!
  • Text for this article is required (don't worry - it is short!) and should be entered into the document provided – this will be sent to you if you are selected.
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We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Friday, 15 February 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: Winners Profile

Hello!
Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of last month's Take It Make It challenge!
The very talented winner of the January 2019 challenge is:

Mac Mable


Mac Mable won the challenge with this beautiful card. We loved the wonderful colour scheme and the delicate stamping. Simply gorgeous!








We asked Mac Mable a few questions about stamping (well, we are Craft Stamper after all!)

Q: How long have you been a stamper, and how did you get started? 
A:

I have always crafted in some way but developed onto stamping after going to a craft show and being in awe of what you could do with them… Since investing in a stamping platform I stamp more and more.







Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A:

I love stamps that can double up for different purposes, like foliage stamps. They can be in the background or the main focus. No favourite stamp company…I love them all.





Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A:

I don’t really think I have a style…I am not a CAS perfectionist or a full on Mixed Media artist, I bump along somewhere in the middle.
My heart is in techniques and as a result I am a messy sort of crafter.




Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A:

Anything that involves techniques, pastes, stencils, stamping and die cutting. I enjoy challenging myself to make CAS cards, whilst mixing the medias and as a result often pushing the boundaries.




Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A:

That’s a tricky one….Pigment  powders, like Lindys or Brushos as you can use them in so many different ways.




We also asked Mac Mable to share some of her favourite stamped creations with us, and tell us why she likes them so much. Here is what she has chosen:




"I loved mixing the medias of water colouring with Lindy powders, stamping and heat embossing and melting UTEE to create unique shapes" - Mac Mable



"Starting with alcohol inks and the wrap technique and evolving the card into a Christmas card with lots of die cutting, stencilling and layering of the elements" - Mac Mable



"The first time I had tried stamping with markers. I so loved the colours and the water colour effect achieved with my stamping platform" - Mac Mable




Congraulations on being our January Design Winner Mac Mable, it was lovely to learn a little more about you!

Do YOU fancy having a winners profile all about you on the CS blog? 

The profile is part of the prize package for each Design Winner of our challenges. All you need to do is enter a creation into the challenge, then if you are voted Design Winner everyone will be reading all about you before you know it!