Techique Junkies September Release Hop – Mitten State Stamps Debut
Welcome to my blog for the Technique Junkies September Release and Blog Hop! If you got here from the Technique Junkies blog, welcome! If you’re new to my blog, I hope you come back again! I’ve been keeping something under my hat (or maybe inside my mittens!) for a while, which is I am working with Technique Junkies to bring out my own line of stamps, called Mitten State Stamps!
The first two are debuting today with TJ’s September release. Do you like the logo? My daughter, Laurel, designed my logo, and I really love it.
All the new September 2018 release stamps are 15% off at Technique Junkies today through September 8th! No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
This is the happy culmination of a dream I’ve had for a few years now. I’m happy to work with Pat Huntoon, whom I have known for a long time, having submitted techniques to her Technique Junkies newsletter back in the day. Since I’m still working as a medical transciptionist, I didn’t have time to start my own company, so this was the next best thing. Pat has done a beautiful job creating deep etched rubbah from my drawings! I decided on Mitten State Stamps for my line name because I live in the Mitten State, and as anyone knows who lives in Michigan, we have a handy map we carry everywhere we go.
I started out designing stamps that I would want to use, particularly stamps that would work well with MEDIA. I wanted large stamps that you could stamp and cover a whole card front, that would give you room to paint or color. These stamps would either have a sentiment built in or would make a complete card with the addition of a sentiment of your choice.
I can’t tell you the great feeling I had creating cards from stamps I designed. Here’s the first card I designed using my new stamp, Autumn Blessings:
GOJUS! I started by stamping the Autumn Blessings stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink. This ink works really well for watercolor painting. I let it dry a good long time too, just to be sure it was dry.
I taped my watercolor paper to the back of a clipboard, and then I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint my image. I kept the painting loose, leaving lots of little white spots that add sparkle to the image and not paying too my attention to staying inside the lines or perfectly blending the colors. The result is a fresh look that I really like.
I added some enamel dots to the upper left corner and some May Arts Burlap twine for that rustic feel.
For my second card, I used my other new stamp, Autumn Leaves.
GOJUS! I wanted a soft, somber yet beautiful color scheme to turn this image into a sympathy card. I again used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint this image.
Again, I kept it loose! For accents, I used some Robin’s Nest Dew Drops.
I stamped the sentiment from Technique Junkie’s With Sympathy set and die cut it with MFT Stamp’s Slanted Sentiment dies.
So there you have it! I’ve really excited about Mitten State Stamps, licensed exclusively through Technique Junkies!
When you shop, if you want an extra 10% off non-release stamps, please use my code “tj10jan” (tee-jay-one-zero-jay-ay-en” all lower case).
It’s time to go on to the next stop on our blog hop, Giovanna Smith!