Easter Bonnets and Rocks

I’ve actually been doing and writing about crafting for years.  At one point in my life, I had a rubber stamp business and wrote how to articles for Rubberstampmadness, National Stampagraphic, Craftworks for the Home and other small publications.  All this before the internet, so you know it’s been a long while.

I had lovely friendships and working relationships with a number of the stamping companies back then.  Many, sadly, are no longer in business.  One of my favorite was Museum of Modern Rubber, who were not far from my home and they were always sending me free rubber images.  I used the heck out of many of their stamps and after bringing back my stamps from storage, I recently started weeding through my images and I am currently looking at possibly writing for magazines again.  Not sure if I will actually do it, but I definitely have been contemplating it seeing all the great stamps I have.  Not to mention I horde crafting supplies…so I need some sort of motivation to actually use the stuff.

So, I made some Easter type of dex cards using a variety of images, many of which are from discontinued stamp companies.  That goes for many of my valentine’s day/romantic rolodex cards I did for earlier in the year.  Here are some of them.

The image of the woman with the flower hat is from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, which I just purchased on sale.  Now I am on the prowl for more stamp companies with unique images.  Wish me luck I don’t break the bank.

The techniques I mostly used on these cards is stamping then embossing the images.  I hand color with Tomboy markers and fussy cut the images out.  The Eastern tag has a napkin glued down the the tag base for the background (using glue stick).  Then I just added the flowers and matching embellishments using my hole punch.

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