Poetic Portraits Stamps Are Here!

Poetic Portrait Stamp Collection

from Stampington & Co

The Shoppe at Somerset
Poetic Portraits
by Pam Carriker

Awaken your muse with our newest collection of cling mount stamps by Pam Carriker – reflections of her

own hand drawings and carved images originally featured in Somerset Studio! Transform these distinctive

portraits, reminiscent of a Shakespearean cast of characters, in your next paper crafting, art journaling,

and mixed-media creations with a dab of paint, intricate lettering or personal musings, and the addition of any

materials of your choosing. Lovers of handmade, make your mark with Pam Carriker’s debut stamp line to infuse

your own signature style.

Meet the Man
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Heart on a String
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Beatrice
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Meet the Man
3 x 4″
$9.95
$9.95
Beatrice
3 x 4″
$9.95
Send in the Clown
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Viola
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1-2-3
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$9.95
Viola
3 x 4″
$9.95
1-2-3
3 x 4″
$9.95
Lady Macbeth
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Ophelia
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Desdemona
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Lady Macbeth
3 x 4″
$9.95
Ophelia
3 x 4″
$9.95
Desdemona
3 x 4″
$9.95
Cordelia
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Rosalind
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Cordelia
3 x 4″
$9.95
Rosalind
3 x 4″
$9.95

I’m so thrilled to announce that my new stamp Poetic Portraits line from Stampington is now available for pre-order! And at a 10 % discount!! (to be taken off the prices shown here)

A couple of weeks ago I was able to visit Stampington & Co while in CA, with my friend Joanne Sharpe. Let me tell you, the talking, brainstorming and wonderful ideas for artistic pursuits that ensued would make your head spin! So amazing to hang out with others interested in art to the degree that you are.

I spied my book keeping company with the love Rice Freeman Zachery’s book at the Shoppe at Somerset

And we got to take a tour of the shop where all of the stamps are made…here…in the USA…by one man…Darryl Groves

Who cooks

(these are some of Dina Wakely’s new line!)

hand cuts (looks like he may work out in between;-)

and packages each stamp!

The attention to detail is personal to him and he obviously takes great pride in his work. It makes me very proud to say my stamps are Made in America and I’m in awe that this one man handles the whole process!

Here’s a little video from Stampington & Co about how the stamps are made

Packing Tape-Transfer

We are moving! To Dallas! And every time I tape up a box my mind wonders to the many uses for packing tape that don’t have a thing to do with moving-lol! This ‘packing tape transfer’, is not nearly as fun as the crafty kind. We are excited though to transfer our family to a place where my DH (darling hubby) won’t have to fly a day-long commute to work. After 12 years of that kind of living arrangement we are happily walking into phase two of ‘See Nate Commute’, a 25 minute drive to the airport!

LOST AND NOT FOUND

During our last trip, on the flight from Springfield to Chicago, I left my Art Journal on the plane.

It was full of lino cut images that I was turning into journal pages. I had it about 3/4 full of almost done pages like these, just waiting for the finishing journaling and doodling.

So if any of you see some of these faces ‘out there’ let me know! I’d so love to find this journal again.

The one nice thing is that because these pages all started with my lino cuts, I can use the same images to begin new pages. I still have all my hand carved stamps and will begin again. Just like our move, where we will begin a new chapter in our lives.  One we hope will bring us more family time with Nate home more often, less stress with him trying to commute a long distance to work, and with new opportunities for growth. It feels good to move somewhere where we already know some people and already have offers of help unloading on the other end of the move.

So you may not hear much from me in the next couple of weeks and now you know why:-)

Journey on…

Carving Time

Summer is speeding by and right smack dab in the middle of it I get sick. This happens to many of us and puts a damper on the outside activities. With my creativity at a low ebb along with my energy, I picked up my carving tool and some Jack Richeson Easy Carve Lino and used some of the designs I’ve been creating for stencil products. This is one of the ways I like to reuse artwork, by making art tools from it.

Focusing on the positive and negative space and the lack of color to distract, forces you to simplify and make every line count. The art becomes a sort of puzzle that you carefully put together to create impact. Less is more when carving stamps. There are no shades of grey, just black and white. Positive and negative.

Summer is a busy time, but it is still possible to carve time for art out of each day. Try something new like carving stamps, it only takes one tool, you can do it outside, and the stamps can be used for future projects.

Carving Tips

Use a sharp blade

Start with simple designs and work up to more intricate ones

Never cut towards yourself! Carve away from your hand holding the Lino

Use a bench hook/inking plate to carve safely http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-bench-hookinking-plate/

Cut a groove with V shaped tip around all of the design out lines and the carve away lino to that groove. This will help prevent cutting into the design lines.

Take your time and enjoy the process. This is something that takes time, it’s not a fast process but you can come back to it and spend a few moments on it throughout the day.

Ink your lino cut with a stamp pad to see areas that still need carving (see last two images)

I show some carving tips on my newly released DVD from Interweave Press, you can see a preview and order it HERE