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Creating Custom Stamps With The Silhouette Mint + Review

Not too long ago I received a Silhouette Mint Kit from my Beloved as a gift and have been meaning to share it with you. I’ve had such fun creating custom stamps with my Mint and have used them in a planners, in happy mail and for outgoing orders in my Etsy shop.

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Everything you see here is what comes in the box. This is enough to make 2 stamps and refills are available through the Silhouette America store and through Amazon.

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This is the first stamp I made. I’ve since made return address stamps, planner stamps, and just yesterday I made a stamp for One Little Word 2016.

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Aren’t the stitched journal spots so cool? They were created by my friend, Katie. You can find her on IG at FiveFingerArtStudio . Thank you Katie!

A couple of things about the Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit refills. While it could be argued that the refills are a bit on the pricey side, not having to wait for a custom ordered stamp to arrive in the mail and having the flexibility to customize my own design or use one of the preset designs in the Mint Studio software more than makes it worth it.

Also, once you own the block mounts for whichever stamp sizes you wish to make, you don’t have to buy additional of the same size mount because the stamp head slides on and off, making them interchangeable. You can then just buy the Silhouette Stamp Sheet Sets. This also makes storing your stamps a lot easier than traditional wood mounted stamps.

As someone who enjoys mixed media and does a lot of art journaling, I tested the Silhouette Mint Ink that’s required for use with these stamps to see how it played with other wet mediums. While I really like the stamped results with this ink, i did find that it will smear if you apply something like gel medium over it. That’s really just a very minor inconvenience in my opinion and I have no problem working around that.

For the price, what you can create with it and for the ease of use, I give the Silhouette Mint Stamp Kit my Art & Whimsy stamp of approval and look forward to making many more stamps.

Thanks for reading,

xo,

Belen

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather

Hi all! Just a quick post today, to share my latest Pocket Letter with you. This was a special one because I had the opportunity to swap it with a new friend, Kathy Chang, in person.

2015-07-12 14.46.13I LOVE mixed media style Pocket letters, so I used a gelli print as the base. The fun swirly design was achieved using a Joggles stencil. I added some stamping with Dina Wakley and Dylusions stamps, and got to play around with my new Feathers stamp set by Hot Off The Press.

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo

 

Fun With Barcodes

Hi all! Hope you had a fun and safe holiday.

I spent this morning having some fun with my new Barcode stamps and wanted to share them with you. They were designed by France Papillon for Stampotique.

I can already tell that they’re going to be a fun element to add to my art journals, happy mail & pocket letters.

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The stamps are sold separately and there are currently 3 that make up the set.

Barcode Stamp

Barcode Text

Barcode Text #2

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These are fun and different, and I like the tags that I made with them so far. Here’s one that I made for a pocket letters that’s going postal tomorrow.

IMG_20150705_091025This was a plain white pre-made tag that I used some gellatos on, for color. Then added a bit of Deli Paper Washi

One thing I will say is that I found a stamp positioner to be crucial to my being able to successfully align the text under the barcode. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig Stamp Positioner, which I’d seen around before and never thought I would have a need for. Well let me tell you, wow, it makes things SO much easier.

Here is a short tutorial, by France Papillon, that shows you how to use the Barcode stamps. You’ll see that she too uses a stamp positioner.

 

And here’s quick tutorial, from TheMadStamper, which explains how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig

If you’re not familiar with Stampotique you’re in for a treat. They have a great team of designers and the stamps are fun, fresh, and like nothing I’ve seen in the local stores. They are a home based business, based in Arizona, and their stamps are in high demand. This doesn’t quite make for the speediest of shipping times, but they’re well worth the wait. I already have my eye on a few more!

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week!

Quick and Easy Gift Card Sleeve

I think we’ve all been there at some point, needing a quick, last minute gift for someone, but wanting to make it a little more fun that simply handing them a plastic card.

Here I used one of my round art stickers, available in my Etsy Shop, to create a quick and easy gift card sleeve in just minutes.

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I added a bit of washi to the card itself to form a pull tab, decorated the sleeve with gel pen doodles and a bit of stamping then called it done!

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There are so many fun & easy uses for these round stickers, feel free to drop by my shop and pick up a set. ArtandWhimsyCreates on Etsy.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

Art Fusion Stamps

Good morning, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

I have a quick post for you today, just to tell you about the new Art Fusion stamps from Art to the 5th, available HERE. They were released a few days ago and I just couldn’t resist.

2015-04-24 14.57.53The set is sold as a full sheet of 16 red rubber stamps. To make them easy to use, I mounted them onto a sheet of EZMount Static Cling Mounting Foam, then used my Tim Holtz non-stick shears to cut out the individual stamps. EZMount is quite sticky, so the non-stick blades of the shears helps things go a little quicker.

Once the stamps are mounted onto the foam and cut out, you just peel off the cling backing, stick them onto your stamping block of choice and get your stamping on!

2015-04-25 09.40.10I stored these new stamps in the same way that I store all of my cling mounted stamps. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE having them in these little cases, especially with the stamped image on the front of the case so I know exactly what’s inside.

If you’d like to know more about my storage method, you can read that blog post HERE.

2015-04-25 09.41.06Inside the case I include info about the stamp for future reference when blogging or posting my art to social media.

I’ve only played a bit with these stamps, but can already tell that they will be a set that I come back to again and again. I can’t wait to find a little more time to play!

Thanks for reading!

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