May 2009: Sandy N.

May 2009 – Sandy N.
“Faux Enameling”

Locust Grove, GA, USA

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How long have you been stamping?
I started in 2000. I watched a project being done on Carol Duval; took a class and was totally hooked.

What is your favorite technique?
I like creating backgrounds. My favorite is to take Distress Inks and cover a craft sheet; then spritz with water and take glossy cardstock which I have stamped with resist and swirl over the inks. I also love water coloring and the stampscapes technique.

Favorite stamp company?
I have ordered from all the elite vendors and they are great but because I love water coloring I would say Art Impressions; also Stampscapes

Favorite Asian stamp?
Asian Women

Favorite stamping accessory?
Stamp Positioner

Favorite colors?
Purple, Red, Black and Gold

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
Fibers and beads

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?

Any helpful tips for the group?
I would like to suggest that if you join a group, participate in that group. It is amazing how much it expands and stimulates your creativity.

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
The serene beauty of Asian artwork beckons me.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps, supplies, or Asian art elements?
I would love to go out west to the stamp designers’ studios and see their artwork.

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
Sweet Georgia Stampers and Saucy Sassy Stampers.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
Vamp Stamp News. Loved Rubber Stamper and Expressions. They are gone but not forgotten.

Published in any magazines? If yes, please list.
Rubber Stamper and Stampers Sampler

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
Love to cook, knit, read, and play with polymer clay. I have done lots of crafts over the years but I have never enjoyed any craft as much as stamping. I never tire of it.

What inspires you to be creative?
I love any kind of challenge and taking classes whets my muse.

Any art background ?
None. My daddy was a Realist painter but I did not inherit that gene. I can’t even draw a straight line.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
Encaustic Wax, bottle caps, cookie cutters, drawer liners, coffee can sealers, buttons, dried flowers.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
Tim Holtz, Ranger, and Goggle will just about find anything. I also love to look at stampers’ blogs to see their artwork.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?

Tell us about your family and where you live.
My husband and I live in Locust Grove, Georgia (35 miles south of Atlanta) with our baby (a miniature Schnauzer named Chase) We have six children between us. My son lives in Boise Idaho. He has a 17-year-old son named Evan. My daughter lives in Mason Ohio and has a 5-year-old daughter named Grace. They are all my pride and joy. My husband has three girls, two live in Georgia and one lives in Alabama. He has six grandchildren and three great grandchildren so we have a big family. We have an RV so we do get to travel. My husband is a retired police sergeant (35 years) and I worked as a code enforcement officer (22) years for the same municipality. My husband is currently working on a craft room for me in his workshop. It is going to be fabulous. I have definitely outgrown this room I am in.

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  • Card stock: Standard Size White Cardstock for base, green cardstock (¼”smaller) and white card stock (¼” smaller than green) for collage
  • Stamps: Bamboo – PSX; Coin – About Art Accent; Small Ginkgo – Kodomo; Small flower – Inkadinkado; Dragonfly – Invoke
  • Ink Pads: All Brilliance – Ivy, Copper, Olive, Beige, and Black; Versa Mark
  • Copper Krylon Pen
  • Perfect Pearls Powder: Green, Purple, and Copper (Pearl Ex may also be used)
  • Embossing Powder: Clear and Mystic Rainbow (Sparkle Embossing Powder may also be used)
  • Brass Charm
  • Clear Sugar Beads (holeless)
  • 1 ½” x 1 ½” Memory Glass
  • Soft Brush to apply Perfect Pearls
  • Small Spoon for Embossing Powder
  • Redline Tape
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors
  • Pick to hold charm while heating
  • Double Stick Tape


To create my collage card, start with the bamboo (largest stamp) inked with Ivy and stamped in three areas, then stamp with the coin (next largest stamp) inked with Copper, stamped in three areas. Fill in with the small ginkgo inked with Olive and the small flower inked with Beige. Stamp the dragonfly with Black in three areas. Edge the cardstock with the Copper Krylon Pen.

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Attach the green card stock to the white base card stock and then attach the collage cardstock to the green cardstock and set aside.

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Assemble the charm, green and purple Perfect Pearls, Versa Mark, Clear and Mystic Rainbow Embossing Powder, spoon, brush and pick.

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Press your charm into the Versa Mark ink pad and then brush the main part of the body with the green Perfect Pearls and then the wing tips with the purple Perfect Pearls. Place the brass charm on aluminum foil and heat until very hot. Spoon the clear embossing powder over the hot charm. The majority of the powder will melt. If not, heat until melted. Sprinkle with more clear powder and add some Mystic Rainbow. (Remember – start high up with the heat gun otherwise powder will go everywhere. You might want to put it in a box)

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Set the charm aside for the time being.

Gather together your memory glass, sugar beads, clear embossing powder, copper Perfect Pearls, and Versa Mark.

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Press the memory glass into the Versa Mark ink pad then cover with a nice layer of copper Perfect Pearls. Heat the glass and cover with a layer of the clear embossing powder (remember start high so it doesn’t fly everywhere). I added another layer of clear embossing powder.

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Flip the glass over (make sure it’s clean) and cover with redline tape (preferably a sheet if you have it so there isn’t a line). Trim.

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Remove the tape covering and place your dragonfly in the middle and then cover with the sugar beads.

Place redline on the embossed side of the glass and attach to the card.

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The scan does not do it justice.

One Response to May 2009: Sandy N.

  1. Suz says:

    I have been looking back over the SAM’s since I became one and can’t believe no-one saw your wonderful dragonfly.
    I want to give this a try…it is so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous project.

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