I am so excited to finally reveal my winter/holiday 2016 stamp collection for Spellbinders! I drew these designs back in February and have been so excited to see them revealed ever since! I wanted to offer designs that would work for the winter season, not just Christmas. I will be bringing you some card ideas featuring the stamps later this week. But to start, I thought you might enjoy seeing larger versions of the stamp designs.
The stamps are available through Spellbinders and are shipping now. Be sure to ask your favorite local or online paper crafts store if they have them coming. They are also available directly through the Spellbinders web store.
This season Spellbinders is offering something new to stamping, 3D Shading Stamps. I am thrilled that I was able to include this fun detail to three of my winter stamps. What is 3D Shading? It a grayscale detail that you are going to love! See the grey shadow behind the letters and snowflakes (try to ignore my watermark logo)… that is what you will get when you stamp! The effect varies depending on the ink color you use. If you stamp in black, you will get a lighter black/grey shadow. If you stamp in color you will get a design that looks like you stamped in two shades of the same color.
On my stamps, I wanted to use the 3D Shading to add the lettering shadow since several people told me they like shadows on letters but weren’t sure where to add them.
Please keep in mind, the images I am sharing here are the actual pieces of artwork that the stamps were created from. The grey and black are higher contrast than the stamped image. You will get to see actual stamped images later this week.
One other new thing for my collection this time, stamps without words. I really imagined that I would only offer stamps focused on lettering. Right away after the first stamps came out I got requests to offer images without words too. Well, your wish is my command. For this snowflake stamp, I wanted to offer a larger version of the snowflake from the Jack Frost stamp (above). I loved that snowflake so much, I thought it needed to shine on its own too! Just wait until you see this one stamped in blue… (swoon)!
Last year my word for the year was “Be”. Each week I would try to focus on Be _____, filling in the blank with positive words like happy, enough, sunny, brave, and even merry! I sometimes made doodles to go with the weekly theme, which is where my stamp Be Sunny came from. I thought it would be fun to continue with including a Be stamp, so I present you with Be Merry.
I have always loved the symbolism of a heart on a hand, so why not a heart on warm mitten hands? This stamp is one of my all time favorites so far. Seriously, every time I stamp it I gush a little bit thinking about the fact that I drew it!
I love the fun little play on words with this stamp! I love the size of it too, the letters are nice and big which allows lots of room to do some fun coloring techniques to them.
I sure love how this trio of ornaments turned out. I actually drew the map design for another stamp idea and then started thinking about how it would be a fun ornament… the trio grew from there. I love that the trio represents love and joy to our world, something it definitely needs!
Every winter holiday collection should have a tree, right? I love tall skinny trees. I wanted to include something on it that would offer a place to bring in some color so I added a string of lights (or ornaments) which gives you a chance to add colors, sparkle, and some shine!
Finally, the last stamp features those cute mittens from the Cold Hands Warm Hearts set. I just loved those little mittens so much, I just had to have them without the words too! They are easy to fussy cut too so that you can play around with how you use them.
Ok, now need to get busy with some samples for you! Be sure to watch for those posts starting later this week!