Smile :) -Positive and Negative Pattern Play

This is another board I made for the ArtFoamies booth at Creativation. It was a simple project, but when you are displaying for a trade show it is important that you have samples that show in a fast way how to use certain products- and here I simply wanted to have something that would show how the positive and negative foam stamps I created work.

I used the Santa Fe positive and negative Foam Stamp Set and stamped with different colors onto a black board. I love how much depth a bit of an offset stamping and the black background creates. For the top I stamped on some hemp paper which has a very different quality and texture. It also feels almost like fabric and it is quite durable. I love how different the texture of the paper makes the pattern look.

It is a very in your face project- LOL – so ….Smile ;)

Here is a list of supplies I used for this -some links are affiliate links:

Have a gorgeous day

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  • stephanie


    Hi Nat – Is the hemp paper like color press watercolor? Thanks.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Stephanie, it is really hard to say – it is like handmade paper with a kind of fabric like feel to it -yeah maybe a bit similar to a very good and thick cold press watercolor paper, but then not as thick. NOt sure if that helps and makes sense :)


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Photos from Creativation 2017 in Phoenix

Last week I went to the Creativation Show in Phoenix. Creativation is a tradeshow, former called CHA for creative arts products industries. I thought I’d share with you some pix from my time there and what and whom I saw :)

Here I am demoing with my stamps in the ArtFoamies booth. I had such a good time with Emmie and Ian, the owners, and I loved seeing a lot of people coming by to check out the designs and the new Clay and Pottery Versions too.

Here is a short video that Craft Test Dummies recorded of me in the booth …note that I am really sick …to be honest I have no idea how I made it through the show

I also have no idea how my sweet friend Birgit Koopsen made it through sharing a room with me ;) I hope she didn’t get sick when she returned home. But we had an amazing time!!! Here we are at breakfast – with one of my art mugs :)

On the way to Phoenix I met Seth Apter at the gate in Newark, which was so much fun , extra chatty time for us – and here he is demoing with his products at the Spellbinder booth.

Here are two things that I found and have already ordered – cannot wait to get them. These are by Masterson Art Supplies, a company that was in the new exhibitor section , but is actually already around for over 40 years.

On the top you see the Rinse Well which consists of a plastic bottle that holds 28 ounces of fresh water, a durable plastic base with a well in the center for brush cleaning and a reservoir to hold the used water. Simply pressing the button at the front of the Rinse Well drains the used water into the storage base and automatically refills the well with a clean supply of water. I have to try this – hopefully it saves me a couple journey to the sink :)

On the bottom of the photo above you see Masterson’s Sta-Wet Palettes. The palette is supposed to keep acrylics and other water-based paints moist on the open palette for hours. Once the lid is closed, the paints will stay in workable condition for days, even weeks. A unique sponge and special permeable palette paper provide the paint with a constant source of moisture. I cannot wait to try it and will let you know if and how it worked .

I visited the Stampendous booth shortly, they are still carrying some of my stamp lines and it was fun to see Andy Skinner and Tracy Weinzapfel do their shenanigans.

And we ran into the amazing MaryBeth Shaw and had a fun chat and laughed a lot. Thanks MaryBeth and Carol for the trail mix…that saved Birgit and me from starving later ;)

Above is Anna Dabrowska, who showed us her new patina paint set, which was really fun- I liked it a lot!

One of my favorite new supplies is brought to you by the sweet and awesomely talented Dina Wakley! Her new Media Journal has different surfaces inside including burlap, canvas, cotton rag, watercolor paper, and kraft paper. OMG  I so cannot wait to get that puppy art journal into my hand. On the left she is showing some of the amazing pages that Creative Squad team member Cheiron Brandon created in the new album. On the bottom right you see some experimenting by Birgit with Dina’s new Scribble Sticks– they are a lot of fun!

Another booth that made my heart sing, was Aladine. Aladine is a wonderful company from France with different paint products in bright and coordinating colors. From inks, to calligraphy inks, to stamps pads and acrylic paint …they have it all in the yummiest color. But I was especially intrigued by their Textile paint, and paste – which you can see both on the top . I cannot wait to try it out with my stamps and stencils and will let you know how it went soon .

Another highlight was seeing those two beautiful faces!!! Rae Missigman and Mou Saha . I could hang out with them all day. They showed this fun new Tea Stain Dye by Faber-Castell . I loved the muted colors and I already bought some plain sari silk ribbon and cannot wait to play with that a bit.

I know that this seems a bit geeky but I love the new Adhesive Lines by Scrapbook Adhesive- I am a sucker for good adhesive :)


As always I visited my friends from the Alumilite booth and I loved their samples with resin and molds – still on my to-do lists- there I shout it out to the universe I will do some stuff this year – hold me accountable ;)

Vicki Boutin came out with a fun Scrapbooking Line with American Crafts in yummie colors and designs. I really liked her new pens in various colors that had a super nice feel to them and seemed to write easily on acrylic paint. I have to play a bit more with those- you can never have enough awesome journaling pens!


Bright and happy colors were everywhere this show- as you know that makes me happy.

Here is a photo of Marjie Kemper (Marjie- so sad it was just a short moment I saw you ) and Seth

and here is a little break with Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door and Birgit. Always fun to spent time with Rachel! The three of us might have hashed out some plans for 2018 …psssttt ;)

my girls – it was the best to spent so much time together this show!

and of course a dinner with these sweet friends outside (under a heating lamp- boy it was cold in Phoenix) was the best of this trip!


I spent some more time at the ArtFoamies booth …and don’t ask me what Julie is doing there to me…LOL

And here is us together with Emmie and Ian in the ArtFoamies booth – love you guys!

That was it. The show was shorter than usual but I do have to say I really enjoyed it. I saw some interesting things, met a huge amount of people and …the most important thing, spent time with my peers and had awesome conversations. I cannot wait to play with all kinds of different new things and share them with you.

What did you see posted about the show that is new and excites you ?

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  • Marjie Kemper


    Awesome pics! So glad to see you if only for a moment. Congrats on your new releases!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Marjie! Yeah- next time I hope to see you longer. Stay warm today on this snow day :)


  • Marie-Anne Raeman


    Hi, i’m so curieus what you and Birgit been cookin for 2018 ….with Rachel… yummie stamps maybe….


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      LOL- not stamps …although that is what all three of us have in common ;)


  • Nancy Faulls


    I absolutely LOVE my Rinse Well!

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of Sta-Wet. Been thinking about it for a bit.

    Thanks for sharing all the pics…looks like a blast.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Hi Nancy, that is so cool to hear. I just got it and set it up. Did you use it with acrylic paints yet too? I dabbled in watercolor yesterday and that worked very well :) I will let you know about the Sta-Wet – I got it as well but haven’t been painting yet. Cannot wait though! Have a gorgeous week :)


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Put a Stamp on it or… Check it out

Today is all about stamps :) Stamps on Video and about Stamps in a podcast:

Christine Urias from ScrapTime visited me at the Stampendous booth at CHA – Check out her video of me

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Thank you Christine for coming by and doing such an awesome job every year to cover what is new at CHA – always fun to see you and Mark!

And now…if you are tired of seeing me …how about  listening to my kraut-accent on this Adventures in Arting Podcast hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Julie, Rachel Greig and I talk about how we each started designing stamps, both the why and the how of how we each design stamps, the experience of seeing work that people make with our stamps, the appeal of stamping in general, and we give some stamping tips too!

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Thank you Julie for having me and to Julie and Rachel for this fun and interesting discussion about stamps.

I hope you enjoyed the visual and auditory stamp information !

Which kind of stamps would you love to see?

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  • Joi@RR


    What a great demo video and I sooooo loved seeing you in action Nat. Delightfully fun. Your stamps sets are just amazing to me…. I can’t wait to have a day to just play with mine. XX j.


  • Gunvor


    I love them! And they’re on their way to me now!!!! If I’m real lucky I’ll have them today so I can start playing with them this week-end!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Yeah! I hope you will share with me what you made with them, Gunvor!


  • Jean Marmo


    Such fun! I LOVE your stamps!!!


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Photos of the CHA 2016 Winter Show – or …Nat goes Anaheim

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At the beginning of the month I flew out to the CHA Winter Show. CHA –  organized by the Craft and Hobby Association – is a trade show showing the latest craft industry trends and forecasts. It is also a yearly meeting point to network and attend seminars and workshops and a lot of Craft and Hobby Retailers are traveling from all over the world to come and check out whats new.

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The Winter Show took place in Anaheim (as it has been the previous years) and it started off with a nice outside party (alas…it was pretty pretty cold in Anaheim this year)

Besides all the work and lot’s of meetings – the best part of CHA is meeting old and new friends :)

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Here is my sweet friend Cat Scanlon (one of our Creative JumpStarters!) , Marjie Kemper and Jonathan Fong. We had a fun talk and evening together. I love hanging out with creative people :) I also had a wonderful breakfast with JumpStarter Joe Rotella, but wow- we forgot to take a picture …you know..the food was just more important ;)

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Speaking of JumpStarters – here is Suze Weinberg– love her so much! It was just too short this time!

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and then there was this crazy bunch – LOL. Nothing better than seeing my bestie Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and her mom and Dina Wakley – just keep a distance- lol- we are nuts…and we do not know how to take selfies ;)

We actually took this picture after our DVD signing for F+W (Art Journaling Live 2)  – that was a lot of fun …despite the fact that Julie and Dina were stealing the best pens all the time ;)

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Here we are with my sweet Dutch friends from The Craftorij – where I taught last summer. So good to see those girls again and I am glad we also got to spent some more time together later.

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I actually had a bit of time to walk the floor and to check out some new/newish stuff. This watercolor brush by Kuretake which is extra long and can keep more water made me happy and was one of the first things I saw. Yep …I know…weird things can make you happy as an artist :)

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I am dreaming of this paper by Hemptique – it is hemp paper and it was so wonderful and pliable and oh man i want to have it and paint on it!

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I loved seeing Seth Apter and his amazing new dies with Spellbinder. He said his goal for this year is to get me use dies again …I am very tempted with his amazing designs!

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I was also super excited to see my wonderful friend’s Birgit Koopsen new stamps and artwork with Carabelle – and I made those guys pose for a photo for her ;) – I just wish they would have flown her in- I miss my room mate at CHA – I actually just miss her period ;)

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I loved seeing my friend Limor Webber – look at her beautiful smile and love that she visited me while I was demoing my new stamps at the Stampendous booth.

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Love the new Neon Graffiti Set she came out with Lindy’s Stampgang- I love those spray paints.

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I fell in love with this Marbling Set by Atelier de Paris – I hope I can find where to purchase it  as you do not need any chemicals – you do the marbling in water with those colors- oh man – yeah

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Spent more time with my friend Cat at the ArtC booth.

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And got crazy excited about these amazing PrimaTek Watercolors  by Daniel Smith – I cannot wait to play with those. They are made with authentic mineral pigments and create just the most amazing effects.

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As mentioned I also worked and demoed at the Stampendous booth to show my new stamp sets and their possibilities :)

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Apparently I have funny facial expressions when talking to other people…lol

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Loved seeing those wonderful samples by the Stampendous Design Team using my sets :)

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I also loved seeing my sweet friend Mou Saha at the Faber-Castell booth. We had a great time many years ago when she, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I were teaching in France…and Mou at that time actually saw snow for the first time. Since Mou now lives in NJ- I am sure she is done with snow by now ;)

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I was excited to see that the Faber-Castell girls were using my stamps from the last release. Thank you so much!!!!

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I also ran into Jamie Dougherty and Traci Bautista – so much fun those girls!


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Something else that caught my eyes – Real Wood by Arc Crafts -omg- so cool! And wood sheets


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I can see so many possibilities with this- can’t wait to play with this either :)

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Oh and here is a picture of Julie, me and the amazing Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door. Rachel is going to host us for our Mixed Media Circus Art Journal Adventure Workshop in the Sydney area in Australia in April this year. We soooo cannot wait :)

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And that was it from CHA in Anaheim. Next year for the first time the show will be in Phoenix, Arizona and I am actually quite happy about the change of scenery. Hope you enjoyed this little trip :)


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  • Janet


    What a blast! So many fun things to see (and people). Thank you for sharing. Glad to hear it will be in Phoenix next year…I’ll be there! (maybe you’ll do a workshop while in town???)


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      I would love to janet, if there is a place and enough people to join. IF you have a source, place, let me know!


  • Rae Missigman


    This looks like so much fun! It was like going on field trip! Looking forward to the time I can go and just stroll around! Maybe next year as I have family in Phoenix! Thank for sharing! xo


  • Birgit


    haw miss you too! period! awesome post!


  • Denise


    I love seeing CHA posts. Yours is great. When you get that paper I want to see it! Looks like a great time.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      I will def. let you know about the paper – it was really so cool- It felt like leather …and the texture- nom nom!


  • Linda


    Thanks for the photo tour of CHA…looks like so much fun…always wondered what that would be like.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Linda, it is fun – but it is also a lot of work. It is inspiring to see the new ideas and products but really the best of the show is meeting people.


  • Joi@RR


    Hehehehhe – this was sooooooooooooooooo fun to see Nat. Loved every inch of reading this and seeing the wonderful pictures. Highlight of my week. Thank you so so so much for sharing this. Hugs. j.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      thank you joi :) glad you enjoyed this! Have a wonderful day, hugs,nat


  • Sue Clarke


    Wood tape…white birch…must get some!
    Thanks for sharing your CHA adventure and Arizona does sound nice for a change.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Yeah – I am all up for Arizona next year. And yes- the wood tape looked really great as well as the wood paper.


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Designed by n*Studio: NEW Stampendous Stamp Sets


I am so excited that there are four new stamp sets coming out this year designed by me through Stampendous. And I am even more excited that these are something that I have been wanting to do for a couple years now- I am a huge foam stamp fan and I have been including foam stamps in a lot of my classes throughout the years. Over the years I told many people I would love to do my own foam stamp designs and I so hope that you will like those 3 Sets (Elephant, Bird and Urban Scribble) including 1 foam stamp with 2 stamping surfaces,  and the Fashion Dame Set with 1 rubber stamp and 1 Stencil and the one set with layering rubber stamps.

Let me show you in a video how they look like and some of the many ways to use them:)

New n*Studio+Stampendous Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Coming Soon to Mixed Media & Craft Stores and My Website

There are so many possibilities with those sets!














Which one of the new sets do you like best?


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  • Michelle


    Genius! Love how you have a mix of items in the collection. They are all fabulous – and your samples and your video!


  • Jackie Smith


    I love the elephants the best! Love all the stamps!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      who can’t resist an elephant, right? ;) thank you Jackie!


  • Florence


    So great! Nathalie, since I make my own stuff, I’m not often tempted to buy stamp sets, but I think I’ll make an exception for yours. Fabulous work!


  • Sue


    URBAN SCRIBBLES!!! I love this, Nathalie! Thank you for designing it….how did you know????


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Be a voice not an echo


This is a watercolor paper page mounted on a piece of cardboard which I made for CHA a couple months ago, in order to show my new stamps with acrylic paints. I also used some canvas letters that I altered with acrylic paint and a pen.


I used the Kaffeeklatsch and Mark Maker set set with this one and I love how the white and green pop off the ultramarine blue.


I wish you an amazing day

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Studio Time or … Is Scrapbooking Dead?

Yes, hold your horses, I did a Scrapbooking Page ! And it was fun!


I used my new Stampendous Mark Maker Stampset and did some monoprinting on white paper using the stamps and acrylic paints.


I free handedly cut out little circles and applied them to the Cardstock.


I used a Bamboo Sketching Pen and Acrylic ink to write the title on the very same paper and then I just cut that out to and applied it with some foam pads onto the layout.


I used a Journaling Pen to scribble around the circles and do the journal.


Very easy peasy layout. Here is a video by Scrap Time which they made of me at CHA. Thank you – you rock and you do a fab job covering CHA! – I am talking about the stamp sets and also show the layout in the video.


Why not doing a Scrapbooking Layout once in a while- right? The big talk at CHA was that Scrapbooking is dead. I don’t agree, I think it has just changed and is not a mega hobby trend anymore and everyone who is interested in it just has to adapt it to their own style. Just like every other crafts that go and come in waves- but it will be still something that people will do as a memory keeping hobby. I also like it because it is so adaptable with Mixed Media and Art Journaling. What do you think?

Here are the supplies I used for the Layout:


Have a gorgeous day!

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CHA Show – Work Hard – Play Hard


As posted a couple days before I just came back from six days at the CHA Show in Anaheim, California. CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association and holds a big Trade Show for the latest and greatest regarding Craft and Hobby every January. This year my second round of stamps were released with Stampendous at CHA and so one of the reasons to go there was, of course to promote them. Weeks ahead of the Show there is sample work involved- which is always a headache for everyone because the show is right after the holiday season. Besides demoing I also did some filming at the Show, visited some very good business seminars and attended some meetings. Many years I didn’t even had time to walk the floor but this year was all under the motto : Work Hard – Play Hard and I had a lot of fun meeting friends in between. Most of these photos are intended to make my friend and annual room mate Birgit aware of how much fun she missed and come next year again (girl, I missed you soooooo much this year !) – Here are some photos :)


getting sandwiched by my sweet friends Cat and Anna!


being super stoked and showing my tonsils because Helen bought my Flat Iron Print and is bringing it to her home all the way in Australia


checking out the gorgeous work by the Stampendous Design Team and spying my Stamps and Stencils in their work!


once in while visiting my bestie Julie and have her show me the Scan N Cut which I got for Christmas and make her show HER tonsils ;)


Filming a 2 minute tip of the day for Scrapbook Expo without flinging paint over the very clean filmset (yes I managed …barely but I managed ;) )


Talking to Tenia who just got published using my stamps (woot woot talented girl!) and being photobombed by JumpStarter John (Tenia’s Face- price less)


Running into Suzanne, Suze and Anna – love! And …photo stolen from Suze  (confessing!)


Seeing my gorgeous Finnish friends again …next time in Finland? ;)


My friends Barbara from Italy and Jing from Dubai – too short …so sad – another year till I see you again!


Getting a hug by Denny ….I must be on a stool or something or he is kneeling down- because he is really way taller than me – LOL


Filming with ScrapTime and talking about the new Stamps. Fun!


Having a good talk with Seth sitting outside in the sun before the show starts on the last day

And that was it – I met many more friends in between- but you know …you cannot be attached to your camera ALL the time (well you can…but – LOL) . It was a great show – I had a really good time and I am looking forward to next year …even though for two days after coming home,  I was pretty much exhausted and did not want to talk much (I think that is how we all end up after the show – it is pretty intense to be on all time).

And now it is back to the studio and do some creative work :)


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Have You Seen Anything Exciting at CHA? or … What about Surfaces/Substrates?


I just came back from six days at the CHA Show in Anaheim, California. CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association and holds a big Trade Show for the latest and greatest regarding Craft and Hobby every January.

The most asked question between Designers, Artists, Crafters and Educators this year was “Have you seen anything exciting at CHA where you think I should head right over to?” This wasn’t an easy question to answer. My friend Seth Apter did a great job listing the Trends to Watch and some thoughts on his blog – and I agree with everything fully .


I personally was on the hunt for Surfaces/Substrates at CHA whenever I had a bit time between meetings, and demoing (I will post some photos of that later ;) ). As most of you know I am working with my dream paint company right now and I am always on the look out for some wonderful surfaces that I can incorporate in my artwork or in my Mixed Media Workshops.

Mixed Media is still a hot and climbing trend in the Craft and Hobby Sector and it was EVERYWHERE but it was really hard to find something that made me excited to work on regarding as a surface. Most paper crafting manufacturers seem to venture into producing paints and media that already exist. I was a bit surprised by that. Wouldn’t it would be so much more innovative and successful to come up with something unique that works with the products a paper craft company already manufactures but also supports other media? Oh well….

Here are my top 5 surface products I found by Craft Manufacturers:

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These resins excited me! They were unique and not main stream- they can be used in Mixed Media – Assemblages, Canvases but also for Scrapbooking and Card Project. For me a great idea and I love the unique designs !

Mixed Media Albums by Graphic 45


Nice and sturdy cardboard albums, in different color schemes, with nice and thick paper inserts – different designs as with pockets and tabs. Graphic45 came out with some great paper lines and embellishments to go with those books to make them into calendars or recipe books- but they also can be altered and used with paints – I cannot wait to play with one and make an Mixed Media-photo-album out of one of those.

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I know… Boxes – but- I liked those- nice quality boxes – with so many possibilities. Alter them with Scrapbooking Paper, make recipe boxes, make shadowboxes, home decor items- with photos – use them for a Mixed Media project …you see –  endless possibilities and a good fit with their already existing paper products!

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Cosmo Cricket did it for me this year in coming up with great surface ideas for the craft and hobby industry!! I love their Watercolor paper, cards, tags and blocks printed with gold and clear foil resist. You can not only add watercolor, but also acrylic inks and make some easy yet artsy looking cards etc. I think this is a great gateway into experimenting with Mixed Media for people that want to get a tiny bit messy but are still clean paper crafters !

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This one was my favorite! These are  canvases with a wooden back. You can use them either kind of like a shadowbox or paint on the wooden surface- which is fun too – as you will have a frame then already. BUT even cooler, if you want to wrap it in fabric, they added super strong adhesive on the edges and every block comes with thumb tacks for reinforcing the corners. this means you can add any painted fabric – duck canvas, stained and painted canvas or fabric on top of  it- in an easy peasy way. GREAT idea!!!

That was the result of my Surface and Substrate hunt . Oh wait, speaking of Mixed Media Surfaces ….looksie what I found in the Ice Resin Booth ;) That is the suitcase that Jen Cushman made for her Creative JumpStart Video- if you are signed up – you will recognize it :)


If you were at CHA- let me know your thoughts- and if you weren’t let me know your thoughts about surfaces or substrates you personally would love to see !


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