This week we are thrilled to welcome Verve Stamps! In today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about Verve Stamps, see a fantastic project by the owner Julee Tilman and have the opportunity to win the Birthday Bots stamp set, Geared Up stamp set and Rounded Scallop Frame die (details at the end of this post).
About Verve Stamps
Verve Stamps was started by Julee Tilman in August 2007 out of a desire to pair her passions for stamping and graphic design. Often used in the performance world, the word Verve (rhymes with curve) means “creative enthusiasm” and that’s just what we try to bring to everything we do at Verve. Our line of high quality clear stamps and coordinating steel dies feature timeless elegance, meaningful sentiments and a hint of modern whimsy. Each stamp is designed with the purpose of uplifting and encouraging others because we believe that kindness really does matter.
Verve Stamps Designer
Today we welcome Julee Tilman. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Julee Tilman’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:
Julee Tilman has been hooked on stamping since attending her first D.O.T.S. (now CTMH) stamping party in 1993, but even before that could often be found making handmade cards using coloring book images and construction paper. Card making is near and dear to her heart, and she shares her love of all things stamping on her blog, Poetic ARTistry, as well as offering her card layout sketches on her long running Mojo Monday weekly sketch challenge and monthly on the Viva La Verve Sketches blog. These days you can find her hanging out with her twin two year olds, trying to juggle being a mom, running her own stamp company, carving out time to illustrate stamps for Verve, and keeping up with her papercrafting hobby.
Welcome Baby Card
This card was made using the paper tole technique, which was one of the first techniques I fell in love with as a new stamper. It involves stamping an image multiple times and then cutting just portions out and layering from the largest to the smallest to create a three dimensional image.
Here I stamped the robot image from Birthday Bots four times on grey cardstock. The first was my base image, which I left uncolored except for some silver glitter pen accents on the antennae. The second image was cut out and I separated the head portion from the overall portion. I like to ink a little coordinating ink on each layered piece to give it a bit more depth. The overalls were paper pieced directly onto my base layer. The head was attached with foam tape and I accented his nose with the glitter pen. The next stamped image, I just cut out the mouth and eye portion. I layered these on two different thicknesses of dimensionals so that the eye portion would stick out just a bit farther than the mouth. The final stamping, I cut out just the square around the eye and paper pieced it onto the eye portion. I accented with some bitty rhinestones, then stamped the image one more time on the green designer paper to paper piece the little pockets.
I framed my bot with a Rounded Scallop Frame die cut and then stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and colored with a copic marker. To mirror the dots on my designer paper, I used a colorless blender to remove some of the ink on the baby lettering. I finished off with a strip of black rhinestones, a thin black mat and a 4.25” x 5.5” card base.
Stamps: Birthday Bots (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Bundle of Joy Dots & Stripes (Echo Paper), smoky slate, basic black (SU!), white
Ink: smoky slate (SU!), black (TPC Studios), copic markers, spica glitter pen
Accessories: Rounded Scallop Frame Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), rhinestones
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Julee Tilman for her fabulous project and for sharing Verve Stamps with us. Be sure to visit Verve Stamps to see more of their great products and stop by their blog for inspiration.
In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. One winner will be announced next Wednesday on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!