Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Photo Tutorial: Coloring with ink pads (52 Weeks of Caring Cards: week 4)

Hello friends,
For today's Caring Card post, I have a short photo tutorial on how to color using your ink pads.  Sometimes you need a little color on a character or image (such as the flowers above) but you don't have a lot of time or you just want a more watercolored look (without all of the watercoloring tools!). 

I've shown before that I created the HYMN LINE of stamps with the ability to be colored with just a sponge (I use sponge daubers) and an ink pad around the edges (Here is HYMN GIRLS: JUNE with just a dauber and ink around the edges---took seconds to color her!):

Today I stared with these materials (and a green ink pad I didn't get a photo of!)
 I took the sponge dauber and inked around her:
 In order to add more depth to the inside of her face and areas the sponge dauber can't reach, I took a dry paint brush and put more ink in those areas:

 I wanted more color to her face (cheeks) and apron so I dampened my paint brush and put some of the victorial velvet ink on:

 I wanted the framing flower from this stamp pad  but wanted to keep the same muted colors so I used a dampened paint brush and colored in some of the flower:
 I added glitter and stamped a scrap piece of paper to show you the subtle difference the color and a little glitter makes:
 Here is a close up of the flower on the card:
 Here is the HYMN GIRL: ORNAMENTS character on the card:
 The finished card:
 And the inside:
I used the following Inspired Stamps for this project:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Thursday is our amazing Design Team creations and on Friday around noon you'll find NEW STAMPS in the etsy shop as it's our NEW STAMP RELEASE DAY!!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Hello friends!
It's FRIDAY!  That means time for another set of brand new photopolymer stamp sets are now up on the etsy shop, ready to be sent home to you!!

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Today there are 3 stamps new to the ETSY store:
Up first is one I have gone to again and again since I got it, BIBLE ART JOURNALING: PHRASES
This is a MUCH NEEDED stamp if you do any type of Bible Study or Card Making!  I have used this over and over in the margin of my Bible and used it to make a number of cards (all shown below):
 BIBLE ART JOURNALING: PHRASES  (in ART JOURNALING) on the etsy shop:  A 4x6" set: $12.99

Next up is...
BIBLE ART JOURNALING: STITCHES AND BULLET POINTS  (found in Art Journaling on the etsy shop; 4x6" set; $12.99)
THIS SET ROCKS!  I love love love stitches on all of my artwork, but wanted a variety!  I also wanted to be able to divide thoughts (these do that) and use cute bullet points in my bible margins when making a list!  Plus these shapes can be used stand alone for all kinds of this set!

And finally one we have not had in stock for a long time...and making its debut in the etsy shop is...
 INSPIRED SHAPES  (found in Art Journaling in the etsy shop) comes on a 4x6" sheet; $12.99
This set is so versatile, I am not surprised it is hard to keep on our shelves!  The Art Journaler can find tons of things to do with these great shapes and the cardmaker can too.  Let's see some examples of artwork below:
 Up first...Do you see the stamps from all 3 stamp sets? I also used one of our 2x2" single stamps: 2 SAMUEL 22:31:

I created a little tutorial on this next card so you can make one like it:
Here are the items I gathered to use.  The red piece of paper is a little bigger than my verse and I only use it to mask (keeping a white square under where my ink blots are from the INSPIRED SHAPES stamp set:
 I remove the red square mat paper and then stamp my verse
(Inspired Stamps 2x2" stamp: ROMANS 8:28; $3.99)
I add some of the stitches from the new INSPIRED STAMPS  BIBLE ART JOURNALING: Stitches and Bullet Points and the REMEMBER THIS from the new Bible Art Journaling: PHRASES stamp set:
Used all 3 new stamp sets inside:
These stamps are perfect to use in your Bibles when you make notes in the margins and for your Bible Study Journals as well.  Here's a peek at a page I did using all 3 of these stamp stets:
If you enjoy Bible Art Journaling and mixed media, be sure to head over to my other blog and check it out!  I have a wonderful journal I'm sharing a little later today along with more of this Bible Art Journaling page above:

Thank YOU so much for stopping by today!  I hope you are as excited about our new stamps each Friday as we are to get them for you!!  Head over now and see what all we have in the etsy shop:
I'll be getting the Bible Art Journaling post up for you shortly on the GodblessyourART blog,
Until then,
Blessings and Thanks!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Stamps FRIDAY + Today: HYMN GIRLS

Hello friends!
Friday, as we are doing EVERY FRIDAY, brand NEW stamps will be for sale in our online etsy shop:

Today we have the Design Team here to showcase some of their AMAZING HYMN GIRL stamped projects!   Let's get started with Deneen who showcased HYMN GIRL: MARCH and on of our SINGLE STAMPS 2x2": PSALM 62:1:

Jamie is up next with one of my all time favorite cards using this HYMN GIRL: BANNER Inspired Stamps stamp set (lots of shapes of banners and words to make with this set!):
Chere also dazzles today with her card using HYMN GIRLS: SITTING HERE THINKING Inspired Stamps stamp set:

Shanta made this card with a perfect verseto go with the HYMN GIRL: CARING FRIEND Inspired Stamps stamp set, Inspired Stamps 4x6" set: BIND AND STITCH (she used some of the stitches on this stamp set in color around the girl...
Kary made this clever tag pairing HYMN GIRLS: JULY with Psalm 62:1 SINGLE STAMP:
Patty created this wonderful card using HYMN GIRLS: FEBRUARY:
I created my hand-lettering journal cover for a post over on the Godblessyourart blog using HYMN GIRLS: SEPTEMBER today.  I stamped her on a piece of tissue paper, adhered her with gel medium, and colored her with Copic Markers:

I am so excited to share Friday's newest stamps with you Friday!  Be sure to come back...hoping to have them up on the etsy shop for sale by noon!

Blessings and thank you so much for stopping by to see us today!
Antoinette and the Inspired Stamps Design Team
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Caring Card Tuesday: Set of Cards!

Hello friends and welcome to another of our Caring Card Tuesdays in 2015!  Today I have a set of 4 cards (so proud of myself, they are already written in and sent out!) using only one stamp and one 6x6 BoBunny paperpack!  Here is the Inspired Stamps set that I used:  THANK YOU

 Below you can see each verse, simply mounted on a black mat put onto the background BoBunny paper!

I hope you enjoyed these and will make some simple card sets yourself using Scripture to send out for thinking of you, praying for you, or even thank you cards! 

Have a blessed day and I will see you for more papercrafting fun on our Design Team Thursday!  I'll be over at my mixed media/art journaling blog tomorrow with another post added to my 52 Weeks of Scripture Memorization in a Grateful Journal if you want to join me:

In the meanwhile, we have some new stamps in the etsy shop and will have more new ones every FRIDAY!!
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Bible ArT Journaling: Pray without ceasing!

Hello friends,
We are using Mondays here on the Inspired Stamp blog as a day to share with you something we've done before or have going on at the GodblessyourART blog or etsy shop!  Today I wanted to show with you a page that went in for Friday's 52 Weeks of Bible Art Journaling post!  You can find out all the materials in addition to the Inspired Stamps that were used over on that blog by clicking here:

In the meantime, be sure to check out the etsy shop where you can find all our stamps AND get Free Shipping in the US every order you place for $25 or more:

I have a great set of cards to share with you tomorrow right here on the Inspired Stamps blog for another addition to our Tuesday's posts: 52 Weeks of Caring Cards!

See you then!
Inspired Stamps blog: papercrafting +  (you are here)
GodblessyourART blog: mixed media/art journaling  (

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Stamps in the Etsy Shop! + Patty's DT Card

Hello friends!
Just a reminder that we have brand new stamps in the etsy shop plus we have added categories to help you find the stamps you are looking for!  Check them out at:

Today I have one more LOVE card that Patty from the DT made for you:
I hope you are thinking about how you can share the love of Christ this February!
Until tomorrow!