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Nathalie Kalbach & Friends Blog Hop – Win all three Stamp Sets!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Creative Squad, designed by n*Studio

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Woot Woot- so stoked that the Stampendous Design Team and my wonderful Creative Squad is doing a blog hop together this week. It always is my favorite thing to see how others use my stamp and stencil designs – makes me so happy. Loads of yummie projects – check it out!!!

Here are the links for today:

Louise Healy 

Janelle Stollfus

Marsha Valk

Gwen Lafleur

Michelle Rydell

Cheiron Brandon

Lea Fritts

Pam Hornschu

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I thought I would play along with my awesome team’s theme this month “My City Speaks To Me” and I used the Urban Scribble Stamp Set as well

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My city – Jersey City – is such a city of juxtapositions. Grungy – Spotless, Old – Modern, Artsy – Financial, Jersey – NYC, Loud – Calm ….and so much more. I love it – it is such an inspiring place to live.

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I stamped with the solid side of the Urban Scribble Foam Stamp and yellow acrylic paint into my art journal and then used the Rubber Stamp with black ink to stamp over it. The Solid Foam Stamp and the Rubber Stamp pattern fit perfectly together. I painted the background and for the grungy side on the left I used the rubber stamp on purpose rudimentary and in a non perfect manner to enhance the juxtaposition of the two sides.

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Watch this video if you want to know how to apply acrylic paint to the foam stamps:

Rule of Three – #1 “Three Ways to “Ink” up Foam Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Check out all the wonderful posts, comment on any of those posts and win a price and join us :)

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Stampendous is offering three prize packages that consist of ALL THREE of the foam/cling/stencil sets. THEY’ll ship them to anyone who wins (yes, internationally, too) just comment on this post here or any of the posts the teams or Stampendous or here to be eligible to win. Good luck!!!!
Thank you so much for visiting- I hope you like my new Bird, Elephant and Urban Scribbles Foam, Cling Rubber and Stencil Sets ! Have a beautiful and creative weekend!

Nat

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  • Carol I Moore

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    Thank you for the video. Your city speaks of many interesting stories. Enjoy your amazing creativity!

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  • Karen D

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    Blog hops are such fun! It’s great to see how people use the same stamps in totally different ways.

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  • Bec

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    I loved seeing your stamps used this way. I love the ease of it and the ‘off centre’ sketchy look of it. Thanks fo sharing!

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  • barb macaskill

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    LOVE the yellow against the blue background!!! I have fallen in love with Urban Scribbles which surprised me because it isn;t my usual style! Now I am dying to get my hands on it to get creating! This week’s hop planted an idea in my head using it and I am excited to get started! TFS!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Love your journal page. This could be any big city, anywhere … looks like Miami to me (I love very close!). Awesome hop full of inspiration this week.

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  • Dee Ann O'Brien

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    Fabulous electric city!

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  • Pam B

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    Great layout!

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  • Liz

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    Love your journal page- I think the cityscape is my favourite out of the 3 stamps. Great to see all the different creative ways your team has used the sets.

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  • Nicole N

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    Great layout. Thanks for the opportunity to view everyone’s “work-of-arts”.
    Great way to showcase creativity.
    Sent from Connecticut

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  • Karen Petitt

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    My brain has been stimulated and enthused by all of the wonderful inspirations here and on the rest of your DTs blog. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head that it is popping with colours and ideas – huge thank you for that. Thanks for the blog hop, the art, the inspiration and education I have learnt so much. I hope you have a great weekend Karen x

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  • Laura Weed

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    Wow, love this page, Nathalie! It’s such a good depiction of the wonderful weirdness that is any big city! Great job!!

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Wonderful products you
    have created and have
    enjoyed the week on
    all the blogs!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Ina Good

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    Great video love the new line and stamps especially the interesting I love Birds one in particular!!! Thank you and stampendous and the designers for the great hop!!!!

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  • Amanda Rhodes

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    I love how you overlapped stamps and the different textures! What a great hop!

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Nat, I love your sets, everything inspires creativity. I plan to get them at the scrap/stamp convention in June. Hope to see you there.

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  • Miriam Prantner

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    Wonderful pages! I love the images on the right and how the left is kind of an abstract impression of them!

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Very cool spread Nat! Love love love your stamp/stencils sets!! xo

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  • Kate B

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    Fantastic stamps & project!!

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  • Alison

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    I love this journal page!!! I think I love it because of the cool stamp that was used! Thanks for sharing this page and thanks for the chance to win!!

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  • Florence Turnour

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    That city scape is my favorite of you new stamps. Maybe you’ll work a Sydney Opera House into it someday? :)

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  • Carmen Lucero

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    Natalie, I saw the CHA demonstration video and fell in love with your awesome stamps. Wonderful blog hop!

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  • Carol K

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    Thanks for the tutorial! Love how you use colors. . . .

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  • Jacqueline

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    Hello form the Netherlands! Thank you so much for your inspiring pages, I love your stamps and love the blog hop :-). And of course I would love to win them!

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  • Karla Yungwirth

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    These stamps and stencils are awesome!! Love the cityscape and your beautiful project!

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  • Gayle Kush

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    Love your tutrials and all the things you so graciously share with all of us on your blog. Including your friends in the form of this blog hop! Thank you for the tips on inking your stamps. I work in fabric but almost everything you do I can use in my fiber arts adventures. I love your stamps and use them all the time in my work. Thanks again!

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  • Sandra L.

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    Love your project and love the stamp set. I live in New Jersey and you summed up your area perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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    robynseaniger

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    I love these new stamps Nathalie and I thoroughly enjoyed using them at your recent Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Darkroom Door. I know I need these for my art journaling :)

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  • Tracy Moloney

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    EXCITING pages, your city is ALIVE – LOVE IT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your video too, these sound like such an ADVENTURE to CREATE with :)
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Agata

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    Such a beautiful layout you have created! Love your products!

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  • Keitha

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    Love all three sets Nathalie; it will be hard to decide which one to get first. Great blog hop!

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Won’t Be Easy or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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“It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it”

I have to remind myself 😉 This page started actually out as a demo page in class and I had shown my students how to apply gesso over a pre-painted page and then scratch into the still wet gesso to reveal the under layer. This is a technique called sgraffito.

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Once the gesso was dry, I stamped loosely parts of the Urban Scribble rubber stamp and parts of the Mish Mesh stamp onto the background.

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I cut some self adhesive canvas sheet for journaling, fringed the edges and added some titanium white before journaling because i didn’t like the stark white of the canvas pieces.

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It was a fun page ….actually easy and still worth it 😉

Here is a list of the supplies I used:

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I wish you a wonderful day !!!

 

Nat

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  • Joi@RR

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    What an art journal treat this is Nat. I have never tried scratching thru paint like that but… I”m ready now!!! Might just try it today!! It looks wonderful and so do the stamps. Perfect background for your very chic gal. Love her outfit and face. You always inspire me girl. Thanks bunches! Have a happy Sunday and a super fine week. Hugs. j

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Opposites Attract – Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad

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It is another Tuesday and therefore time for my Creative Squad to show you a fun project. The theme for March is Opposites Attract and the team will use my new Bird Foam Stamp, Rubber Stamp and Stencil Set. Just as opposite colors on a color wheel highlight one another, or yin and yang fit together so comfortably, sometimes the best is brought out when we celebrate extreme differences!

We’re very excited to share with you the very colorful, layered mono prints by Marsha Valk.  Take a look at her nifty interpretation of our theme!

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My thoughts on the theme ‘Opposites Attract’ were positive vs. negative and opposite colours on the colour wheel. And that immediately made me think… monoprints!
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I started with sketching different placements on a scrap of paper so I could figure out how many masks and stencils I would need of the bird shape. Turned out I needed one stencil and three masks. I made them by stamping the solid foam bird shape onto transparencies and scraps of paper and then cutting them out.
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I decided to use my 6 x 6 inch Gelli Plate so I could have a nice white border around my monoprinted images. I started with the yellow/purple print: added black acrylic paint to the Gelli Plate, put my handmade bird stencil on top, masked off part of the stencil with a handmade bird shape mask and then pulled the print and cleaned the plate.
I added yellow paint to the plate, positioned my bird stencil on the print with repositionable adhesive, pulled another print and cleaned the plate.
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When the print was dry I masked off three birds on the paper using repositionable adhesive. Then I added purple paint to the Gelli Plate, created a pattern on top using the stencil and masks that come with the Bird Foam Stamp and pulled a print on a scrap piece of paper. Then I removed the stencil and masks and pulled a ghost print with my original paper.
Once I had removed all masks and any adhesive residue that was left on my print, I stamped the foam stamp bird with yellow paint on top of the negative (white) bird shape and the cling rubber bird with black ink on top of the yellow bird shape.
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The second print was created in a similar way, but this time my black ghost print background didn’t work out as I wished. So I ended up adding another green colour and I stenciled the plant shapes over it with white paint.
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The last print on blue paper was a ghost print that I pulled to clean the Gelli Plate and that I stamped over with the foam stamp bird.
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Monoprinting like this is always a puzzle and rest assured that I had a few misprints too. I will keep those around for other projects! Whilst choosing my paint colours, I discovered that I hardly ever go for opposites on the colour wheel. It was fun to try this with a limited colour palette, out of my comfort zone!
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I love how Marsha showed how to use all three stamp surfaces together, by creating a reverse print of the solid foam stamp, and using the patterned side of it to stamp on top.  The layering and colors are super intriguing.
Besides the supplies listed below, Marsha also used black and blue cardstock to create these prints:
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Maybe you will even play along -we would love to see how you interpret the theme – email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share what you did at the beginning of next month!

See you next Tuesday for the another project with the theme ‘Opposites Attact’.

Nat

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  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell

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    Beautiful work with the theme Marsha! I love your opposite colors, and how you layered the birds!

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  • Joi@RR

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    So unique and fun Marsha. What great colors. It’s so amazing to see how Nat’s birds look so different in so many settings. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’s DAY!!! j.

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    Love how these turned out! Such cool compositions… and I really love your interpretation of the theme!

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  • Karen Petitt

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    Please come teach me how to use a Gelli plate like that! Your projects are stunning. And the more I see of these new stamps the more I want them. Many thanks for the blog hop, the fabulous inspiration and for sharing your art with us Karen x

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