September 2010: Linda Ellis

Accordian card full view

How long have you been stamping?
Approximately 4 years

What is your favorite technique?
I like the challenge of combining different media onto paper (inked images, photographic images, textiles, etc.)

Favorite stamp company?
Stamp Francisco

Favorite Asian stamps?
Stamps with text or script in modern and ancient Asian languages (Hindi, Thai, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, etc.)

Favorite stamping accessory?
Rolling alphabet stamper, especially the vertical title stamper, to create any kind of word, title, or phrase

Favorite colors?
Blue, burgundy, celadon green

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
Textile & fiber arts (imported yarns, crochet embellishments, lace, trim, fabric).

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

Any helpful tips for the group?
Incorporating and manipulating photographs is very easy using MS Word.  (You do not need Photoshop, which can be complicated.)  The following directions are for a MAC, but if you have a PC the process should be similar–consult the HELP menu for “formatting images.”  If you have photographs scanned in JPEG format (.jpg), you can copy and paste the images in any Word document (.doc or .docx).  Once pasted in the document, click on the image and pull down the FORMAT menu to PICTURE [On a PC, just right-click and choose “Format Picture”].  Under PICTURE, you crop the photo (remove white borders or other unwanted parts of the photo around the margins) and improve the quality of the photo (enhance contrast, increase brightness).  Under LAYOUT, you can create a montage of several photos to create an interesting collage and save space.  Click on one photo first, then under LAYOUT, click either “In front of text” or “Behind text” and repeat procedure for each photo on the page. If you use “Behind text” a part of the photo can be hidden behind another.  If you used “In front of text” the photo will overlap another. Then you can click, hold, and drag each photo around on the page until you have your desired collage.

As a member of OSA why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I have studied Asian ceramic and metal arts, I use Asian art in my teaching, and I have curated museum exhibits on Asian art.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps?
If I had the time and money, I would definitely go to Australia!! There is a wonderful company, Stamp-It, which produces stamps and papers different to what we have here in the US. Unfortunately, this company does not sell its products in North America, and the Australian government’s postal rates make ordering on-line quite expensive.

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
On-line:  The “Sum of all ATCs” and a Canadian Yahoo group, “Art for the Creative Mind”

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?
Occasionally, I buy Somerset Studio.

Published in any magazines?  If yes please list.
Unfortunately, no.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I have collected postage stamps and coins since childhood.  I continuously search for vintage photographs (1870s-1940s) of women and children to use in my artwork (I print from electronic scans of original photos).

What inspires you to be creative?
Art is a form of language and I like to communicate social messages in my collages and ATCs.  If I see interesting postage stamps with significant or thoughtful messages, or inspiring vintage photographs, I will use them as a basis for creating a collage.

Art background?
I have never taken an art class; I am self-taught.  I have a good background in the history of ancient art and Asian art.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I teach full-time at the college level.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I am married and we take care of my mother, a Chihuahua, and a gray tabby cat who plays hockey with my wood-mounted stamps.  We have lived in San Francisco for 23 years.


The Children of Chinatown: A history collage of San Francisco

Pages 1 & 2

[“Sand of Fire” free font from ]

Sources of images: vintage photos from personal collection; modern photos from Google Image

Inks:  Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy, Brilliance Gold, Versafine Sepia, and Versafine Black by Tsukineko

Embossing powders: ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Detail Gold’ (opaque) by Stampendous

Printing:  All images printed with an inkjet printer. The 1899 photo of the girl in Chinatown on page 2 was printed on printable fabric. The photo of the boy in a tiger suit in the 2010 Chinatown New Year parade on page 6 was printed on printable fabric.  All other images printed on 110 lb cardstock and backed with 80 lb red cardstock.

Pages 3 & 4

Stamps used:

(Page 1) Title page: Chinese character stamp for “child” by Book of the Month Club, Inc.

(Page 2) San Francisco in 1890s:  Cable Car Scene by Postmodern Design, “San Francisco” and “Barbary Coast” from the Frisco Slab by Postmodern Design, “GOLD!” collage letters by Stampin’ Up.

(Page 3) 1906 San Francisco Earthquake:  “Apr 18  1906” made with Rolling Alphabet Stamp (Circa 12 pt.) by Provo Craft, “EARTHQUAKE” made with Vertical Title Stamp (rolling stamp) by JustRite

(Page 4) Chinatown & San Francisco, 1930s-1940s: Golden Gate Bridge stamp by Amazing Arts, San Francisco 1942 postmark by River City Rubber Works, “Chinatown” from Frisco Slab by Postmodern Design

(Page 5) Chinatown & San Francisco, 1970s-1990s:  Chinese Newspaper Word Print by Hero Arts, Hong Kong 1975 exit visa by Stampers Anonymous, San Francisco Skyline by Amazing Arts

(Page 6) Chinatown 2010:  Chinese New Year stamp by Judikins, “2010” collage numbers by Stampin’ Up.

Pages 5 & 6

6 Responses to September 2010: Linda Ellis

  1. Beautiful and amazing work!

  2. Lindsay says:

    congrats Linda, well deserved!

  3. Barb Benson says:

    Congratulations, Linda, on being SAM! Your project is wonderfully creative!

  4. Congratulations on being awarded SAM of September. Great project!

  5. Sandra Grimes says:

    Congratulations Linda! Well deserved!!! Hope you will enjoy your month in the lime light!!

    Loved your interview and your project is amazing!

    Thanks for the wonderful tips and the details on how to create your project. . .you rock my friend!!

  6. mary waspe says:

    love the project Linda, the tips so helpful can’t wait to try it.

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