Thursday, February 12, 2009

Simply Spring

Stamps come in all shapes, sizes and styles. They are one of the most versatile tools available to today’s artist, but how do you choose which ones are right for you?

Tinkering Ink is definitely one of the companies that you should consider when purchasing stamps for your artistic projects. Their product quality and selection is simply fantastic. The Tinkering Ink Simply Spring Stamp set I received for this review came packaged on a clear 6 x 8 inch carrier sheet with preprinted images of each of the designs. The clear photopolymer stamps are durable and the flexible material allows them to form to various shapes while stamping.

Another reason I enjoy working with clear stamps, is that you can see right were you are going to place your image making it a breeze to create continuous patterns across your project.

The Tinkering Ink Simply Spring Stamp set was perfect for my latest creation. To create my background paper, I painted a thick coat of Gesso onto my canvas sheet and stamped the large flower image randomly on the page. Because of the thickness of the Gesso, I cleaned my stamp several times during this process to continually create a clear image in the paint. I then used the flourish stamp to fill in areas around the large flower and used the small flower stamp for additional texture in my background. I made sure that I cleaned my stamps thoroughly before proceeding. Once my background was completely dry, I then used acrylic paints to give my background paper some color.


After completing my background, I used the fern leaf stamp along the edges of my patterned cardstock. The stamp was not long enough to span across the length of the cardstock, but I was able to easily continue the pattern because the stamps were clear and I could tell where to restart my pattern. Even though the large flower is not exactly like the ones in my patterned cardstock, I colored it very similar and I feel it blends very nicely. To finish, I added an embossed flourish and a few smaller embossed flowers to my layout. The Simply Spring Stamp set allowed me to customize my layout by making my own background paper and embellishments.

Title: Faithful
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Pattered Cardstock (Basic Grey)
Canvas (Fredrix)
Simply Spring Stamps (Tinkering Ink)
Die Cut (Basic Grey)
Ink (Ranger)
Embossing Powder (PK Glitz)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Acrylic Paint (Claudine Hellmuth and Making Memories)
Iridescent Medium (Winsor and Newton)
Pens (Bic Mark It)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Stamps are very popular in cardmaking, and while the Tinkering Ink Simply Spring Stamp set was perfect for my scrapbook page, it also lends itself well to making greeting cards. This set includes the following phrases:

  • a little bird told me…
  • Everybody Loves A Little Something
  • Thank You
  • Happy Day

I chose the phrase “Happy Day” for my card along with the branch of flowers. I embossed both of the images with silver and I used pens to color in the flowers. In just a short time I had a handmade greeting card worthy of sending to even my best of friends.

Title: Happy Day
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Cardstock (Basic Grey)
Corner Punch (EK Success)
Simply Spring Stamp Set (Tinkering Ink)
Silver Embossing Ink (Tseuniko)
Embossing Powder (PK Glitz)
Colored Pencils (Prismacolor)
Watercolor Crayons (Staedtler)
Paper Ribbon
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

There are 11 stamps total in this set, each one of them unique, but yet coordinated so well they can be paired with any of the other stamps in this set. As always, Tinkering Ink has provided another winning product to help make your crafting experience an enjoyable one.

After reading my thoughts on the Tinkering Ink Simply Spring Stamp set, I hope that you have decided that this set is the right choice for you!

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