No Rainy Days // Card Creations + Chat

December 05, 2017

Fellow crafters, hello! I am not the most professional crafter on the market, this card is an example of that. This stamp set was originally designed by Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp Stamptember, but I did not get it from either of those stores. I bought it off of a website that gave no credit to these wonderful designers. While I didn't know this at the time of purchasing or making this card, it makes me incredibly sad to see this type of thing happening. A small business called Craftin Desert Divas is combating these sites and companies that steal artwork by selling this stamp set called There For You. Please consider purchasing this or any stamp set from them to help them stay afloat as they try and combat the people stealing their designs. 

We all like a good deal on stamps, but these from overseas retailers are not even close to half of the quality of USA designers. Next time you are looking for stamps start with these great American retailers before hopping on and checking out other places like I did. While I made the mistake of buying fake designs, I don't want you to as well. Some of the stamps and dies on these overseas websites are original designs, so those are great and at a very low price. But that is no excuse to buy these artificial designs. If you do by the artificial versions like I have, be sure to point the people you share your creations with to the true artists, like I am doing here. Mama Elephant has expanded their line to include more cost friendly stamp and die sets at the big box stores. A 40% or 50% off coupon allows these awesome sets to fit in to anyone's budget. I have a couple of those sets and absolutely adore them.

Now the details of this card are pretty simple. I used two different shades of Recollections green cardstock and my stitched hill dies to create a cute backdrop for my characters to sit upon. I used my stamping tool from Hampton Arts to make sure these poorly made stamps put enough ink to the paper. It took several sounds of stamping for it to make a crisp image.

I took my watercolor pencils (minus the water) and lightly shaded the stamped images in. If you would like to spice up a card like this, some Stickles or Nuvo Drops as the rain drops would be absolutely adorable! I hope you enjoyed this card share and little chat. Cheap stamps with stolen designs are not good, but we know great quality stamps from American designers are better. Thanks for stopping by!

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