The Stampers’ Sampler magazine has been around for many years and is one of the few magazine devoted completely to stamping. It’s also one of my favorites, I’ve been reading it for a very long time and was thrilled to even have one of my cards published in an issue! I find they are always on top of new stamping trends, sharing the latest new products on the market and publishing great inspirational articles as well as loads of terrific stamped art work samples. Each issue also includes a free template (with a publication challenge) and a lovely artist paper to use in your own art work.
The latest issue, Winter 2014, has lots of projects, samples and ideas to get you ready for Valentine’s Day, along with mail art ideas, the previous bird template challenge results, and stitched hearts which incorporates sewing into the projects. There is also a guest artist feature on Tim Holtz, he answers some questions and shares some amazing art work.
My project shown above was inspired by a couple of the projects Tim shared in the magazine. Using metal cardstock and an embossing folder I embossed my paper and then using a sponge and black acrylic paint I lightly brushed the paint over the embossing. I layered that onto black cardstock and a red card base. I stamped a heart design onto checkered pattern paper, cut it out and adhered it to my card. I stamped my words on a piece of red cardstock and inked the edges with black ink, adding two small silver heart brads on each side, I adhered this piece to my card with foam tape. I love the dark masculine look of the card, perfect for giving to the man in your life.
The Stampers’ Samper is published quarterly and you can find it on most news stands or order a subscription directly from Stampington and Company.
By Heather Holbrook