Getting Creative with Stamps

Every time a new release comes out from Colorado Craft Company’s Anita Jeram series, I am in awe. This time was no different. And my head was spinning with ideas when I saw all the amazing little critters — but the one stamp that stood out right away was the Conga Line! I mean, look at these cuties! How can you resist them?

Conga Line Stamp Set by Colorado Craft Company

Just like last time, I didn’t want to make a card. Don’t get me wrong — nothing wrong with making cards, and I’ll probably be making a ton of them with this series of stamps. But I really wanted to stretch out of my comfort zone and do something different. I’ve been doing a lot of journals, so I skipped that idea. I also considered using them in conjunction with gel plate prints but what’s new about that? And then, while walking to school with my little one last morning, inspiration struck! I needed to give that Conga Line a 3-D avatar!

Conga Line Stamp, Hero Arts Intens-ified Black ink, Grafix white shrink film and Tim Holtz stamp pad

I love working with the Grafix line of products, be they the Dura-lar archival polyester film or their craft plastic but the white Shrink Film was new to me, so you’ll see me feeling a bit challenged with finding the right mediums to work with. In the past, I’ve worked with colored pencils successfully on sanded shrink film, but this opaque white film didn’t take colored pencils at all. I finally settled on a combination of alcohol ink markers — if you have Copics, they’ll work great! — and POSCA acrylic markers along with some accents with Sakura glitter gel pens. I also gave them (my traditional) garments easily enough with a Sharpie retractable ultra fine tip marker.

Giving these cuties clothes is my favorite part!

You might have noticed that I also chose to die cut the image before coloring, something I never do! The reason? I was worried the colors might smudge when passing the shrink film through my Big Shot die cutting machine.

Of course, it’s nerve racking to bake a colored piece in the toaster oven! What if it curls up horribly? Or the colors run? Maybe the whole thing will burn! So many fearful thoughts. But I reminded myself that it’s only a piece of polystyrene. And I did it afraid! Yes, the whole thing curled up and warped…yes, one of the hats extended a bit much and the tip broke off…but that gave me another idea — use a real pompom!

Nerve-wracking business!

Oh this is just so darling! And I know my kiddo will be over the moon when she puts these cuties on her backpack! They will definitely be the talk of the school, don’t you think? I hope you enjoyed this little fun project that filled my heart with so much warmth. I can’t wait to experiment more with the shrink film and these stamps — who knows what’s next? Magnets? Earrings? Keyring charms? Buttons? Zipper pulls? Oh the possibilities!


And before I forget, no release is complete without a giveaway! So here is all the info you need and a list of all the fabulous artists who are joining me in celebrating Colorado Craft Company! To participate in the giveaway, please leave a comment here for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice. There are 19 designers participating in this blog hop, so your chances of winning are higher if you leave a comment on each designer’s blog post and Instagram account. The cutoff for entries is midnight Mountain Time, September 6. Winners will be announced on the Colorado Craft Company blog on September 8.


Check out the entire stamp and die lineup here:

And if you’re still new to this line, I highly recommend checking out some of these mini stamps and dies which are just too adorable to not have in your crafty stash!

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Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

85 thoughts on “Getting Creative with Stamps

  1. I love this creative idea! You’ve sparked such an interest, I need to try this!! Thank you for posting the tutorial to go with!

    1. Amazing. I’ve learned a lot by watching your video. I love the idea of making a zipper pull for my granddaughters. What fun.

  2. Super cute and festive! I’m sure your kiddo will be taking orders for more kids wanting dancing critters – ha! Love the Pom Pom idea. I’m always rummaging through my embellishments to make things more dimensional – that did the trick on this pin – love a happy accident! Thanks for the inspiration – Happy Crafting!

  3. Dear Mansi
    Your creativity just blew me away You have really done justice to the products of CCC

  4. Too cute! Great idea to add it to the backpack! I love creating my own embellishments, and these little critters are perfectly dressed for the fun!

  5. This was wonderful…I have not used shrink film in years, I’m sure I have sheets somewhere in my craft roomT Thank you for this mazing inspiration!

  6. Mansi Bhatia + Anita Jeram = Absolutely Darling Outcome. I especially appreciate you showing us the pin and backpack; we are always open to new ideas. Thank you.

  7. Oh, my goodness. This takes me back a LOONNNGGG way to Shrinky Dinks. Wow! Your project is inspiring. I love Anita’s designs so much and your ingenuity and skill are just off the charts!!! Love this! TFS….
    Lori S in PA

  8. Mansi, Thank you for your unique take on these stamps and dies. I would never have thought of using my shrink art plastic for this and it works beautifully. Mind blown.

  9. I used to play with shrinky dinks when my kids were little and they loved it. I never would have thought to stamp with it though. It can be temperamental. Yours turned out lovely. I may have to see if I still have some laying around.

  10. Oh my goodness, this takes me back to my early crafty ventures. What fun and a perfect image to dynk around with (as my mom would call the shrinky dynks). Fun fun fun

  11. I LOVE all of Anitas stuff. Of course I’ve already bought some of the new sets. Can’t wait till it arrives. So, so,so cute. I am going broke, but loving it. This cracked me up. Putting clothes on them & then Shrunk them. I am going to try it on one or more of them. I love shrinking them. Like little stain glass. I have done this b4 for embellishments.

  12. What a wonderful creation! I love this fun conga line image and using it on a pin is super fun!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  13. What a great idea! I never thought about using shrink paper for this. My daughter has made jewelry out of it but we never thought about stamping. This is a game changer. And the stamps are so whimsical

  14. Love happy accidents that lead to wonderful items. Great idea for a pin – love it! Love the new release of adorable critters, too!

  15. So creative, and a really fun way to use these stamps! I even have some shrink plastic somewhere around here!

  16. Terrific ideas for stretching the use if these great stamps! You inspire us to look at our stamps to use them in a variety of ways!

  17. OH MY… you certainly got creative. I haven’t used shrink plastic in years. There’s nothing you can’t create with it and, especially around Christmas Time making ornaments. I just love your little pin too. Thank you for sharing and please stay safe.

  18. What a fabulous idea to use these adorable stamps on shrink plastic ! I usually used my heat gun to shrink my plastic so that it can curls the ways it wants but at the end becomes flat again (to help, when still hot, I put an acrylic bloc to flatten it more). Totally in love of this idea and the real pompon is the perfect final touch ! Thanks so much for sharing and the wonderful inspiration.

  19. Wow. That is ultimately the best creative idea I’ve ever seen on a blog post for a stamp set. Fantastic idea.

  20. The kissing kitties would be a fun one to
    shrink. Love the idea. thanks for sharing
    Often forget some of these techniques.

  21. Eeek! We love using shrink film in our house and my girls would love to have something like this to hang from their backpacks. Thanks for sharing your fun and creative take!

  22. Absolutely love your ideas of making these images more dimensional . Your work is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing I plan to return and explore more of you art!

  23. How creative you are! I am casting about for Christmas gift ideas, and then I watched your tutorial! Inspiration! Genius!

  24. Good to “meet” you here Mansi 🙂 Great to see a unique application of this adorable stamp!!! You child will be the envy of their classmates when they see this sweet congo line! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  25. I make shrinky dink crafts with Stan sets tooooo! This is brilliant! And it was nice you dressed them up, most of the time I just give them fur with different colors so basically leaving them naked! 😂 Now I need to think of giving my critters some clothes!

  26. What incredible cute Mansi! Love this and I know for sure your kiddo was very happy with it.
    I can so imagine that it was nerve-wrackin to put it in the oven. I turned out great!
    Thank you so much for sharing, for the short how to videos, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

  27. I have just gotten in to Mixed media and making journals this year. I am enjoying it and I have started looking for stamps at our local craft store. The selection seems limited and it doesn’t help that I don’t know exactly what I am looking for. I made a few stamps from foam and have been using them. They are fun to play with.

    Thank you for your newsletter and blog.

    Take care.

  28. this is delightful…love how you “save” the project and made it even cuter if that is possible by adding a pom pom

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