Blog: Solid Triangle

Feeling Pretty Solid… about Solid Stamps

Looking for something solid? Like a nice solid shape that you can depend on? How about some solid stamps like my Solid Square, Solid Triangle, or Solid Hex! Haha I’m just joking around but they are pretty nifty stamps to play with.

I designed them to be used underneath my other stamps of the same shape, so the Solid Square Small fits right under my Floral Tile Small set and the Solid Square Large fits the Floral Tile Large and so on. But they make a nice base for lots of stamps like my Love Tag, Hope Tag, and Star Tag.

The shapes just kinda work together too and if you’re into making patterns or building backgrounds, Solid Hex Large, Solid Triangle Large, and Solid Triangle Small might be your new bff’s.

Mix them up and layer them. They are building blocks for something bigger.

They can be a base for additional stamping with shape and pattern and in fact they can even be used to “kiss” other stamps before they go on the page. Check out that simple process here and enjoy the results:

I used the Solid Hex Large and my Stroll Through the Hood stamps in unison and also my Embroidery and Cardboard sets too. It’s a fun way to get an old carbon copy look.

Solid stamps. Solid shapes. Solid recipe for mixed media success :)

Here are some of the supplies I used in these projects:

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Calculated Probabilities – Art Journal

I had more fun with old letters in this art journal page – in this case I stumbled across the words “calculated probabilty” and I cut the rest out of the letter to form the journaling “there is a calculated probability you remain where you are planted, affectionately your poppa”.

Now the original 160 year old letter didn’t say anything of that kind but it did have at parts a little bit of a condescending tone to it, and I gathered well meaning Poppa was writing to an adult daughter. In any event, that is what lead to this page.

I also tried my new Caran D’Ache water soluble Graphite Pencil set. I love it – the green and blue graphite pencils are so cool. I did add some yellow acrylic ink on top of the face which I honestly regret, it looked way better before… but that is fine – I learned about the pencils and I broke them in. They might be my new favorite thing.

I finished things off with my Solid Triangle Small and Numerals stamp – just stamping the triangle part of the Numerals stamp.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Sing Your Song – Judi Kauffman

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a project from Judi Kauffman. She’s sharing a fabulous way to personalize notebooks and folders using my Art Deco Summit stencil and my Nightingale, Arts and Craft Motif, and Solid Triangle rubber stamps. This month’s theme is: Sing Your Song – Everybody has their own voice, their own groove, their own one-of-a-kind personality. What is something unique about YOU that you are proud of? Don’t be shy, Sing YOUR Song!

SHE WHO CLIMBS A TREE by Judi Kauffman

I wasn’t sure how to approach this month’s theme because I was taught that ‘kvelling’ (the Yiddish word for publicly celebrating someone’s achievements) was left to others and not the person who had won a prize, graduated from college, or had just purchased their first home. That would have been bragging.

And yet, I was also given a mantra that – in a toned-down form (no hollering!) – served me well during the years that I worked freelance as a graphic artist, copywriter, illustrator, and then in the craft and needlework industry. It goes like this:

She who whispers down a well
About the things she has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As she who climbs a tree and hollers.

I learned to market myself, to cold-call potential clients and visit with existing ones to drum up more design work, and later to reach editors of publications I wanted to work with and manufacturers whose products I wanted to incorporate into my assignments.

The ‘tear sheets’ with my projects from magazines are proof that I once climbed that tree! (Not literally, of course, I can barely scale a kitchen step ladder…)

My Creative Squad project is a stenciled 3-ring binder with stenciled pocket folders to hold a small number of my favorite tear sheets (what I would like to think my nephew will someday keep as a remembrance).

I up-cycled an old denim-covered notebook and gave some damaged pocket folders a facelift for this project.



1. Paint a denim- or canvas-covered 3-ring binder (inside and out) with white gesso, allowing some of the original color to remain visible.

2. Stencil the Art Deco Summit pattern randomly onto the front, spine and back of the outside of the notebook using acrylic paint a single color as shown. Repeat on the inside. (Alternatively, use two or more colors.)

3. Using permanent ink in a dark contrasting color, stamp the Nightingale bird stamp once on the outside of the front and back cover, and once on the inside of the front and back cover. (The bird is proudly standing alone!) Stamp Solid Triangle stamps along the spine in another dark color to accent that part of the notebook.

4. Use a label maker to spell out SHE WHO CLIMBS A TREE (or whatever words suit you!). Cut the words apart and arrange near the bird on the front cover.


1. Use black gesso and/or a mix of permanent inks to color the edges of the pocket folders. Set aside.

2. Using permanent inks, stencil an 8.5×11 sheet of heavyweight, glossy laser printer paper for each folder using the same Art Deco Summit stencil. Vary the colors as well as the amount of ink (light- or heavy-handed) and placement of the pattern.

3. Using permanent inks, stamp the Nightingale, Arts & Crafts Motif, and Solid Triangle as shown or as you prefer. Vary colors and placement. 

4. Cut stenciled/stamped sheets to fit the curve of the pocket folder. Sponge on a bit of ink to darken the edges of the sheets. Using double-sided tape or adhesive of choice, adhere to folder as shown.


The light color triangles stamped on each bird’s face echo the shape of the beak. I had thought of turning them in the opposite direction so they would look like megaphones, in keeping with the theme of singing my own song, but decided against it. 

This project was created during a time when those who are seniors or have health issues are still quarantined at home due to the coronavirus pandemic and by the time it is published that may still be the case. Therefore, I thought having the bird look like she’s wearing a protective mask made more sense. 

Though you have to listen more closely than usual, you can still hear a person’s voice when she’s wearing a mask; you can see her smile in her eyes. I’d like to think that no mask could ever mute a bird’s song.

Thank you Judi – love the way this turned out but also your thoughts that you share :)

Give it a try: you can find all my Stencils and Rubber Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Judi used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

Comments (3)

  • Jean Marmo


    Oh Judi _ that quote is just amazing! And so is your binder and folders! I love the colors and the wonderful stencils!!


  • Kimberly O.


    WOW! This binder is super cool!! What a great way to keep copies of your articles too!!


  • Sue Clarke


    Theses are terrific Judi!
    The color pallet is neutral and nice to cover a book/notebook.


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Together – Art Journal

“We are in this together! All will be good!” Hope this page finds you well and coping with everything ok.

For my background I used Daniel Smith’s gold gesso and then stamped over that with my new Mini Motifs set and my Solid Triangle Small.

Then I added a bit of color with some fine point Posca markers and used a pencil eraser for the dots with an ink pad.

I think I might also be channeling a little bit of Klimt here too. Speaking of- you can still sign up for my Artful Adventures with Gustav Klimt Workshop here – check it out – it is super fun! 

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Chasing Glitter – Art Journal

“Don’t lose a diamond while chasing glitter” 

For my background I am using my new Triangle Love set – the Sunburst Triangle and the Solid Triangle Small – with a gray versafine ink pad and acrylic paints. 

I created a kind of all over wallpaper style background pattern.

And then added my quote with a Posca marker.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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