New Stamp Line-Blog Hop Kick Off!






Boy, it’s been awhile since I posted; the end of the summer was a flurry of activity!! I’m very excited that one of those happenings was the release of my new stamp line by Stampington & Co!Product Logo




These are stamps designed for Art Journaling at the Speed of Life; because I know just how busy life can get! I asked some of my good art friends to try out my stamps and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with! Below is a new journal page spread I did with my new stamps and a couple of my Stencils


15 pcarriker stamps


Click on the above journal spread that I created for a FREE stepped out tutorial on how it was created!


*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using my new stamp line (on their blog), and Stampington Place will include the link! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Thursday Sept 5thSeth Apter − Link coming soon!

Thursday Sept 12thJen Cushman − Link coming soon!

Thursday Sept 19thMary Beth Shaw − Link coming soon!

Thursday Sept 26thDina Wakley − Link coming soon!

Thursday Oct 3rdTraci Bautista − Link coming soon!

Thursday Oct 10thChristen Olivarez − Link coming soon!




I was thrilled to have been sent a bunch of Dina Wakley’s super cool stamps from Stampington & C0. My instructions? Play with them!

So I played in a journal that was not finished, a class sample actually for may workshop at Art Unraveled a couple of years ago, “With One Palette” which was based off an article I did for Somerset Studios.

I’m sure many of you can relate to having partially finished pieces leftover from teaching or other art projects. They make a great starting point for journal pages! I keep a basket under my work table to keep all these potential works of art in.

I also keep the negative cutaways from other projects as they make a great and powerful statement on a journal page! I hope you’ll check out more images from this little journal and a little tutorial in this weeks issue of Post Script

If you don’t receive Stampington’s Post Script I hope you’ll sign up, there are always lots of cool projects, products and inspiration as well as up to date information on upcoming publications.

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Press Release!

Pam Carriker Transforms Lino Cuts Into New Poetic Portraits Stamp Line
Mixed-media artist invites lovers of handmade to make their mark with her debut collection

Laguna Hills, CA, June 26, 2012— Long before she was an established artist and best-selling author, Pam Carriker was an avid rubber stamper. Next month, Carriker will reap the fruits of her creative labor with the launch of her highly anticipated debut stamp line, Poetic Portraits. Featuring distinctive portraits reminiscent of a Shakespearean cast of characters, this collection of cling mount stamps is a reflection of Carriker’s own hand drawings and carved images originally featured in Somerset Studio magazine.

“I love to use and reuse my art in many different forms to watch it develop and morph into new artwork, so I create tools from it, some in the form of lino cuts, that allow me to continue exploring my art in new ways,” said Carriker. While the process of gathering ideas from years of artwork and turning them into carvable designs was a long one, Carriker is pleased with the cohesive, user-friendly collection. “I really wanted to have a line of stamps that can be manipulated with different media so artists using them can do more than just stamp the image. These images are perfect for sandwiching in between layers of other media that can totally transform them into new artwork!”

“Rubber stamping was one of the very first things I was really involved in as a creative hobby, and producing this stamp line feels like I’ve come full circle in many ways,” said Carriker. “My love of stamps has never diminished, and I look forward to helping push traditional stamping into a more mixed-media/artistic approach.”

The Poetic Portraits cling mount collection is made in the USA and will be ready to ship on July 9th. The retail price for the images is $9.95 each, and they can be purchased through select art and crafting retailers and directly from Stampington & Company at or by calling 1-877-STAMPER. To learn more about Pam Carriker, visit  For more information about this release, including print-ready images, visit

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

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