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!

Giveaway!

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.

Instagramers:

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!

Painting Gift Tags and Giveaway Winner

Watercoloring tiny images to create custom gift tags is such an easy way to make the presents even more special for the recipient.

Music credits

Looked Back, Saw Nothing by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/273/looked-back-saw-nothing-kenyon

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org

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.

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Kathleen Ann OBrien Pisupati

Love this!!!

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Bunny Hoyle
3 months ago

You are the brave one cooking in the toaster oven. It turned out cute though.

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Gab
Gab
3 months ago

Too too cute!!

Elaine Minot
Elaine Minot
3 months ago

That was fabulous…the music, the coloring, the derring-do and what a lucky little backpacker!

stephanie serrano
stephanie serrano
3 months ago

Fantastic, amazing the ideas we come up with on our walks!

Judy Kepler
Judy Kepler
3 months ago

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!

Linda Gorman
Linda Gorman
3 months ago

What a great idea!!! Love this! Thanks for sharing❤️

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Brenda McKinley
Brenda McKinley
3 months ago

Such a cute pin!!! Love Anita Jeram stamps!

Lisa Angel
Lisa Angel
3 months ago

Your card makes me want to party!!!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner
3 months ago

This is such a fun idea! I love the pin you created, and that is such a cute set!

Connie Cajka
Connie Cajka
3 months ago

Love this idea!

Holly Flores
Holly Flores
3 months ago

Fabulous ideas! These are adorable

Karen Andrews
Karen Andrews
3 months ago
Reply to  Holly Flores

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

Lori
Lori
3 months ago

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!

Vannessa Osbourn
Vannessa Osbourn
3 months ago

Love that you used shrink film! Made it even cuter by shrinking it down! So creative!

Jane Brown
3 months ago

Just amazing, very clever. I love all things Anita Jeram especially the Conga Line, Jane x

surekha Galagoda
surekha Galagoda
3 months ago

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

Catherine L
3 months ago

Such a creative use of the conga line!

Elise S.
Elise S.
3 months ago

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!

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson
3 months ago

These guys are so cute! I LOVE how you made a pin out of them, too.

Alexandra Y
Alexandra Y
3 months ago

So cute!

KathyE
KathyE
3 months ago

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!

Char
Char
3 months ago

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.

Lori Spitzer
Lori Spitzer
3 months ago

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

Giselle D.
Giselle D.
3 months ago

How cute! Love the Pom Pom!

Gayle Chrvala
Gayle Chrvala
3 months ago

Super cute and adorable….and a pin, too.

Bonnie Lowther
Bonnie Lowther
3 months ago

These Stamps are so adorable!

Joyce
Joyce
3 months ago

What a fantastic creative way to use that conga line. I love the pin.

Jeanne Rice
Jeanne Rice
3 months ago

So creative! Thanks for sharing.

Laurie Kirk
Laurie Kirk
3 months ago

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.

Janice Hixon
Janice Hixon
3 months ago

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.

Lauryne Cunningham
Lauryne Cunningham
3 months ago

These little mice look great on the backpack! Terrific idea!

Tracy Wyman
Tracy Wyman
3 months ago

Shrinky dinks! Now my mind is reeling with all hte possibilities! So great!

Carol E. Wortman
Carol E. Wortman
3 months ago

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

CHRISTINE SCHMITZ
CHRISTINE SCHMITZ
3 months ago

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.

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant
3 months ago

Great save to add the pompom! The pin your created is just adorable!

Meredith Smith
3 months ago

Such a wonderful project! I just love it!!!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado
3 months ago

Girl, that is the cutest thing EVER!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado
3 months ago

I want one now! So cute!

Helen F
3 months ago

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! 🙂

Lisa Heimiller
Lisa Heimiller
3 months ago

What a clever idea!

roxanne tellini
roxanne tellini
3 months ago

Lol! I have got to try this.

Eileen C
Eileen C
3 months ago

I am amazed by your creativity! Enjoyed looking through your entire blog!

Claudia H
Claudia H
3 months ago

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

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.
3 months ago

Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing the process.

BECCA YAHRLING
BECCA YAHRLING
3 months ago

How fun! What a fabulous project! I used to make pins years ago from shrink plastic.

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