November 2013: Thrifty Stamper


How long have you been stamping?
I started stamping about 5 years ago. I was invited to a stamping party at my daughter’s house and got hooked!

What is your favorite technique?
My favorite technique right now is bleach stamping.

What are your favorite colors to work with?
I like yellow and green.

What are your favorite Asian stamp images?
I like the stamps of people and animals. Right now I use some stamps from Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Co called Asian Delights and Big Cats. I love that tiger!

Favorite stamping accessory? (such as scissors, etc.)
I swore I wouldn’t get a crimper. I even made fun of my daughter for buying one. But you know what? I traded for one and it is the best darn thing since sliced bread!

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
I can’t live without my cutter. I am very thrifty minded. If I can get it used or very cheap, then I buy something. Not with my cutter. I bought that sucker full price and don’t regret it at all. It’s a 12” x 12” Tonic guillotine.

Any helpful tips for the group?
Get a group of friends together, (church, lodge, family, etc) who all craft. Hold a monthly Craft Supply Swap and trade your gently used items. You wouldn’t believe what people think is trash! I’ve gotten some great things! I got a DRILL one month! Now I can put holes in thick Cork that won’t fit in a Crop-o-Dile!

As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I like the feel of oriental art. There is something that sooths and excites me when I see something with an oriental theme.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend and why do you like them?
I am partial to Rubber Stamp Madness. I love scenic cards. I don’t make many, but I sure like to look at cards other stampers have made!

Published in any magazines?  If yes, please list.
Yeah, right! Hee hee. Nope, never been published.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I love to save money. I also like to knit.

What inspires you to be creative?
I like to walk my dog. We go different places every day. You don’t know what you will find that will inspire you. Just today I saw a man with an odd color combo and thought, “hmmm… that could work for a card!

Art background?

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
I go to to get ideas for stamping. I also go to Rubber Stamp Madness’s website.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I am 71 years old! My job is to stay alive! Hee hee

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I am a widow. I moved to Florida a few months ago to be near my daughter and grandchildren. I live in a guest house that I built on my daughter and her husband’s property. I bought the property, put up a fence and put in a pool. Now it’s mine and I can do what I please. I have a nice size craft room and spend most afternoons and early evenings doing crafts.

Bleach Stamping Project


For this project you will need:
Stamps (Be Virtuous and Mother’s Magnolia from
  Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Co. were  used here.)
Ink-Versa Mark
Markers-Red, hot pink, yellow, lime green, dark green
White Embossing powder
Concentrated Clorox Bleach
Paint brush
Red ink
Acrylic block to mount the clear stamps
Heat tool
Adhesive to stick layers together.


Card Stock: 
White base4 ¼” x 11 folded in half
Black layers3 ½” x 4 ¾” and 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”
Fabric Covered Card Stock3 ¼” x 4 ½”


You will stamp on the 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” black square.
1. Mount the image on the acrylic block.
2. Ink with Versa Mark.
3. Stamp image into corner of the card stock.
4. Cover inked black card stock with the white embossing powder.


5. Gently tap the excess embossing powder from the card stock.
    Put excess into the container.
6. Heat emboss with Heat tool.
7. Make sure the entire image is embossed before going on to the
    next step.  


8. Pour a small amount of the Concentrated Clorox Bleach into the cap
    of the bleach bottle.
9. Dip the tips of the paint brush into the bleach.  

10. Brush the bleach into the image. Try not to get bleach outside
of the 
image area.  Work quickly.  


11.  You can leave some areas inside the image untouched by the bleach.
*If you go outside the image lines you can cover it later with
a black marker.

13.SAM.Thrifty.Stamper.712.  Let image dry. You can use a heat tool to speed up the process.
13.  The image will dry and you will see where you added more or less
bleach to areas.

14.  This variance in color gives the image depth.

13.SAM.Thrifty.Stamper.815.  Color in the image. I use yellow for the inside of flowers.  I add in pinks and reds to give the image depth.


16.  For leaves I use lime and dark green as shadow.

17.  I used the sentiment from Be Virtuous on this card.  Ink image in VersaMark.


18.  Cover stamped sentiment in white embossing powder.
19.  Gently tap off excess embossing powder and return it to the container.
20.  Heat emboss the sentiment with Heat too.


21.  Now you will move to the base of the card.


22.  I inked the small chop from Be Virtuous ink red and stamped it in the bottom right corner of the card base. 13.SAM.Thrifty.Stamper.14

23.  Assemble your card.

Finished project



11 Responses to November 2013: Thrifty Stamper

  1. Barb I says:

    Congratulations on being selected for this honor. Great sample project for you month of fame. Glad to see another Floridian getting this recognition.

  2. Mary says:

    Congratulations, love your project, and reading your bio..enjoy the month,

  3. Carla says:

    Congratulations from me too.
    wonderfull card

  4. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Congratulations! Love your project and reading your bio…always fun to learn more about our OSA stampers! Enjoy your month in the limelight!!

    Sandra Grimes

  5. Wendy A says:

    More Congratulations!! Great project – will go check out the black paper at that website…paper here, won’t bleach!

    Enjoy YOUR month, and thanks for sharing!!

  6. Shirley Ting says:

    Nice technique for a lovely art card. Keep up the good work

  7. Leo says:

    Congratulations – love the project – enjoy your month hugs Leo

  8. Jan Castle says:

    Congratulations…enjoy your month! Your project is GORGEOUS!!!!
    You are in a great place…look forward to seeing more of your work! Do you have a blog???
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan Castle

  9. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Beautifully done technique- so pretty, and how wonderfully it makes the flower pop right off the page! Congrats on the honor of SAM!!!

  10. Bonnie aka raduse says:

    Congrats Thrifty!!! Enjoy your month as SAM!!

  11. So pleased you are our SAM and your project is just stunning! I enjoyed your bio, you have a super sense of humour! Enjoy your month as SAM and hope you get well real soon xx

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