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New Projects With Old DIY Carved Stamps

I’m in the middle of a major craft room reorganisation and I’ve been going through my magazine collection and cutting out the articles I have written to archive them. I love magazines and am in awe at the amazing people who work hard to put them together, as you probably guessed if you visited my blog yesterday! When I last did a rough count of how many articles I have written it was over 320, so I think a re-sort is super long overdue!

It’s a work in progress but during the re-sort I came across some stamps I carved for an article for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 108 way back in 2012, although the magazine itself came out in 2013. I know! It is kind of making my eyes water just thinking about how long ago that was.

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A card using DIY Carved stamps by Kim Dellow

I don’t even think you can get the magazine any more it was that long ago. But I thought it would be fun to ink up the stamps again and make a couple of new cards with them. What do you think? Have the designs aged well? They are pretty naive but I quite like that style.

I have used them for a couple of other projects one on my blog which was an art journal page and for a stamp carving tutorial over on the Blitsy blog, although I carved a new leaf for that project to the one I used in the magazine.

These stamps are made from Speedball Speedy Carve and Soft Cut Lino but I have also carved stamps into erasers before as well.

Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 108 had a stamp carving article by Kim Dellow

You know, this project revisit is making my want to do some new stamp carving! There is something really satisfying about carving your own stamp designs although I would not say I was that good at it. There are some truly phenomenal stamp carvers who share the work on instagram.

For instance I love the work of Viktoria Åström, her work is gorgeous and so detailed, you can see her on instagram or on her website. She often uses nature to inspire her work but her designs have so much character too, so do go check her out!

A floral design card using hand carved stamps by Kim Dellow

I quite like using double printing and that is how I made the chequered background. They are two different stamps, one I covered a square grid into and the other that I carved a line grid but you can layer them to make the chequered pattern.

The leaves are also a double print and if you pop over to my tutorial on the Blitsy blog you can see exactly how I made that print.

Another handy tip if you do use the Speedball Speedy Carve or erasers to carve into, they are thick enough to cover a stamp on both sides so two for the price of one. The Soft Cut Lino is much thinner, or at least the ones I have are, so you can only carve on one side.

More details of the floral design card using hand carved stamps by Kim Dellow

close-up of the lightbulb design card by Kim Dellow

So how about you? Do you carve your own stamps? What was the last design you carved? What do you use? Or do you have a favourite stamp carving artists?

Kim

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Ever Wondered Who Designs The Free Gifts On Your Favourite Craft Magazines?

I am really lucky as I often get to play with the free gifts that come with magazine titles such as Die-cutting Essentials, Papercraft Essentials, Simply Cards & Papercraft and Creative Stamping several weeks before they hit the shelves. It is one of the perks of being a craft designer for the magazines, but who is it that designs these amazing products and how do they do it?

Well, if you have ever wondered that and you want to know a little bit more about what it is like to do that job then today is your lucky day as Craft Stash have an interview with their in-house designers Kay Whittaker and Vicky Welsby. Kay and Vicky both design the Apple Blossom, Pretty Quick, Creative Dies and Fuzzy Lemon ranges as well as many of the covermounts that come with our ambien online ambien magazines.

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Ever Wondered Who Designs The Free Gifts On Your Favourite Craft Magazines? (Photo by Kim Dellow)



It is a great opportunity to learn a lot more about them as often in-house designers live in the shadows working away behind the scenes to bring us great ideas and beautiful designs but we don’t get to meet them. Both Kay and Vicky have been sharing their designs via their own instagram feeds too, Kay Whittaker and Vicky Welsby Design, so go follow them there as well and say ‘Hi’! It is lovely to see the people behind the designs isn’t it?

Oh and whilst you are over at CraftStash you might want to make use of their amazing 3 for £10 offer on a selection of their dies and stamps! But you will need to be quick as I think it ends at midnight (BST) today 20th April 2017! Use the code: PICKMIX310 at checkout.

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Free Project With Papercraft Essentials 145

Birthday Flower card by Kim Dellow for Papercraft Essentials Issue 145

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Are you looking for a project to do this this week? Or perhaps it is a Bank Holiday where you are so you have a beautiful Monday to fill with some creativity? If so then I’ve got a project step by step over on the Papercraft Magazines website that you might find interesting.

It is an extra project for the DIY Create Your Own Foam Stamps article that I wrote for Papercraft Essentials issue 145. Have you got a copy yet? If you haven’t then you might want to pick up a copy, just look at the amazing free cover gift. So cute! It was designed by Vicky Welsby and it is adorable, I’m really looking forward to getting some time to play with them.

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Papercraft Essentials Magazine Issue 145 and cover gift on Kim Dellow's blog

If you do have a copy do let me know if you have used the cover gift set yet or if you have been inspired by my article, either way I would love to hear and see your projects.

Enjoy your Monday and if you are having some Bank Holiday fun then I hope you have a lovely creative day!

Kim

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Cards For Tech-Heads!

If you know someone who is into their technology and you need some card ideas for them then you might want to get your hands on the current issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft (issue 156).

Kim Dellow's Technology makes for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 156

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I’ve got a whole article brimming with different ideas for cards and a gift, covering different occasions, and all based around technology, you know – mobile phones, gaming, laptops the lot. Being a bit of a tech-head and gamer myself it was fun to come up with some techie-themed makes for this issue.

Also with this issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft is a really pretty embossing folder free gift with matching dies and stamps that I am really looking forward to playing with when I get the chance. Have you seen it yet? Lovely. Every year I keep my eye out for new snowflake stamps and dies as they are so handy to have in the stash.

 

Free gift with Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 156

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I might use these on the Christmas card commissions I still have left to make. There are also some lovely Christmas stamps that came with some recent issues of Creative Stamping that I might use too. I can’t quite believe that we are so near to Christmas! I’ve been making Christmas commission projects since May so now we are only, what, five or six weeks from the day itself, I can’t get my head around that there isn’t much time left to finish this year’s cards!

Zoinks! I better get on with it. Good luck if you are in the same boat as me!

Catch you later.

Kim



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PUBLISHED: Simply Cards And Papercraft 153 Ken Oliver Color Burst Masterclass

Hey guys, I have a heads-up for you today! This month in Simply Cards and Papercraft, issue 153, I have a masterclass all about the Ken Oliver Color Burst water-soluble powdered pigments.

I know, right?! This is my third blog post about water-soluble powdered pigments this week! What with my new video on PaperArtsy Infusions and my Blitsy tutorial this week being all about the Prima Marketing mica and artisan powders it has gone kind of crazy hasn’t it?

I mean I could not have planned it better, how is that for timing! I didn’t plan it, honest! It is a coincident, it is work I’ve been doing on and off for the last few months all coming together in one big powdered pigment explosion this week! [Thinks to self – perhaps I should not have mentioned that and then it will look like I’m some blog post scheduling, organised genius?! Man! Did I just write that out loud? Ahh, no one will notice!]

La La La. Nothing to see here, just go about your normal business…and feast your eyes on these lovely pics:

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Kim Dellow's Color Burst card from Simply Cards and Papercraft 153 Purples

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Kim Dellow's Color Burst card from Simply Cards and Papercraft 153 Reds

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Beautiful pictures from the Practical Publishing International team as always! In the article I’ve got some step by steps for a whole range a techniques using Color Burst, which is also perfect timing as the current subscription gift for Simply Cards and Papercraft is a set of your very own Color Burst in the yummy Caribbean colours I’ve been using. I love brights and jewel colours!

I don’t know, if you have been wondering about getting a subscription and/ or wondering about the Ken Oliver Color Burst then it might be the perfect time to do it!

Right, I better go in case any more coincidences or perfectly timed items turn up! Don’t want anyone to think my life is in any way coordinated or anything! 🙂

Have a super creative Saturday.
Kim

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Published: DIY Stamped Washi Tape For Creative Stamping 32

I don’t know about you but I am a bit of a pushover for Washi tape. I know! Still!

I can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. My draws are quite literally stuffed with Washi tape. I’m just a sucker for the cute little designs and fabulous colours, they attract me like a paper-hoarding magpie. Is that just me or do you have the same problem?

Well in my article for this month’s Creative Stamping magazine, issue 32, I’ve got some tips for making your own fabulous Washi tape designs. 

Peek at Kim Dellow's DIY Washi tape article in Creative Stamping 32

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It is super-easy and means that you can totally bespoke your Washi tape to your heart’s content and make it in bulk to use later too. So now we don’t have to buy any more Washi tape. Yeah! Right! Who are am I kidding? We will still go and buy Washi Tape won’t we? But we will just be adding our own designs to our collection too won’t we?! Oh yep! Well I know I will anyway!

If you fancy making your own Washi tape then all the details are in the Creative Stamping magazine, issue 32 and you might want to check the stamp set this month too. It is a Summer themed set, just perfect for the rest of July and into August. Hopefully we will get some sunny weather, but if not you can make sunny projects instead!

Oh and don’t leave me hanging here, let me know if you are a Washi tape fanatic too in the comments below. Washi tape sisters and brothers have to stick together! Ha Ha, Did you see what I did there?

Kim

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Published: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Tutorial In Simply Cards And Papercraft 151

Hey guys, I am pretty excited about my share with you today! It is my latest article from the new issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 151.

If you have ever wondered why I struggle to post regularly to my blog, and why sometimes it can be a little quiet around here, you pop on other and you can almost see the tumbleweed running across my blog! Well most of the time it is because I am making things for clients that I just can’t share.

But now, thanks to some of my lovely clients, I CAN share some of my article work with you once it has hit the shelves. Which is just great for me because I do get a bit excited about my art and craft and what I do, so I love sharing with you guys as I know you are just like me in that respect!

Kim Dellow's Distress Crayon Article for Simply Cards and Papercraft 151

[Photo credit: Practical Publishing International]

I’m kicking this off today with an article I did for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 151 using the newish Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.

I totally wish I could say that I took that photograph but I didn’t and you have hopefully already spotted the photo credit to Practical Publishing International under the photograph?! *Mutters To Self* This is SO going to make my usual blog post photography look a bit pants, I am so going to have to up my game *Ends Muttering*.

If you get Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine, from Practical Publishing International, then you might have spotted that I am a regular contributor for this magazine, you will also know that it is edited by Amy Gray and you really must go visit her amazing blog!

I’ve got step by steps for each of the projects in the magazine and some tips and ideas to help inspire your Distress Crayon makes. Plus don’t forget my recent YouTube video comparing the Distress Crayons with the Crayola Twistable Slick Stixs too.

I’m looking forward to sharing some more heads-up for article work with you soon.

Oh and before you go, if you have been using the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (or the Crayola Twistable Slick Stix) how have you been getting on with them? I would love to know!

Catch you later
Kim

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