I am so lucky to have a Grandma like that! She loaned me her stamps until I could start my own collection. One day, when I was really, really young, I went to Michael's and picked through their dollar stamps. I'd just started my first job and I had a teensy amount of money to spend. I picked out this one and a couple of others:
Can you see how terrible the condition of this poor fella is? I think at one point in time my puppy found my crafting room and chewed on this! Haha.
Why am I sharing all of this with you? Well, there's a new challenge on the block and I'm SOOOO excited to participate in it because it brings together my love of crafting and all things vintage! It's called the Retro Rubber Challenge and participants get to bust out their older, neglected, dusty, but still GREAT stamps and put them back into the game. Their first challenge has been announced and it's all about using your oldest or first stamp you've got in your collection.
What a neat challenge blog! I'll definitely be following along!
In order to give this gem a proper show, I began by creating a background. I squished some Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, and Weathered Wood Distress Inks onto a craft mat and spritzed with water, then used my brayer to pick up the color and roll over a piece of white cardstock.
Once that was done, I mixed up a concoction of blue Perfect Pearls in a mini mister bottle to create my own shimmery spray.
I heat dried my paper and stamped over it with a snowman and snowflakes using Chipped Sapphire. The snowman didn't stand out enough (I really wanted to coordinate with the sentiment) so I handpainted him using Perfect Pearls and water.
For the backdrop, I stamped snowflakes using a Perfect Medium pad and brushed over it with Perfect Pearls to create a lustrous, shimmery creation.
Here's my gorgeous (if I don't say so myself) final creation. I am just loving the way this one turned out! You can see that I added a white backing to the image, and a bow running down the side, too. I think I might have to make a couple more for my Christmas collection. And I'm SO glad I got to take a little walk down Memory Lane.
I'd also like to enter this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Good Ol' Days (it sure is splendid reliving some old crafting supplies)
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes but you HAVE to feature a sentiment on the front of your card
Pile It On - Feeling Cool (use cool colors or a wintry theme)
To learn more about these challenges, click on the images below!
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