Welcome to my blog and my first project for the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog. The theme for this month's challenge is "Anything Goes" so I thought I'd make something nice for myself for a change.
I have been stamping for quite a while and when my collection started to grow I realised that I needed to catalogue what stamps I have; so I stamped out every single one onto sheets of A4 card. It's great to sit and look through when I'm in need of inspiration and seldom used stamps don't get completely forgotten about.
Since I started on the Clarity Design Team I've separated my Clarity stamps from the rest and given them their own catalogue. This was a boring ring binder but I felt they deserved something prettier, hence today's project.
As always, I started off by sketching out what I was going to do. I cut a piece of card the size that I wanted the cover to be (12" x 9½" - so that it fit the A4 punch pockets that I keep my pages in). The first things I stamped were the oval frames from the Letter Box kit for the title "CLARITYSTAMPS CATALOGUE". Then I just filled in the remaining space with lots of different sized boxes. I wanted a random feel to it so I didn't measure them, but you could if you wanted to fit a specific stamp in one. To get the even borders I used a ruler with a grid on it. This made the job so much easier; again no measuring, you just line up one of the lines on the ruler with your drawn line and you have an even border.
Then the fun bit began. I sat and looked through my catalogue to decide which stamps to use. Quite a few of my recent favourites made an appearance. At this stage I decided to change the title to "CLARITYSTAMP CATALOGUE" so that I had a bit more room at the top to fit an image in (the pawprint).
I thoroughly enjoyed creating all of the little scenes. As they are so small I used a sponge and my Ink Dusters to add the colour to the backgrounds, rather than my brayer. My ProMarkers were used to colour in the images.
The covers are cut down from 12"x12" chipboard that came with my Cinch binding tool when I bought it from QVC. I covered them with black card and then glued all of the pictures on, using my plan as a guide. I decided to use book rings to hold it together, instead of my Cinch, as it will be easier to add pages to it when I get more stamps. A girl can never have enough Clarity stamps!
I did consider tying some ribbons to the book rings but decided against it as it is something that will get a lot of use and I want it to be practical.
Bunny 5 (carrot drawn by me)
Geese from Remountable Village Set
Labrador from Remountable Home Set
Bus from Remountable London Set
If I've missed any or you don't recognise one just ask and I'll let you know what they are.
I hope you like my project - I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Maybe do what I did and take the opportunity to make yourself something nice.