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:

VerveStampsHeadshot-04232014-550WJulee 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!



76 replies on “Featured Company: Verve Stamps”

  1. Love the robots! Have a grandson who would go wild about them, too. Thanks, Julie, for sharing your neat ideas–just perfect for the subject’s character! You always have both cute and wonderful cards, and your distressing techniques are right up my alley, so to speak.

  2. This is just adorable! I love how you used the tole technique and the paper piecing. Such a big impact.

  3. What a fabulous project! Thanks for reminding me of the paper tole technique; really makes things pop. Love the die, too!

  4. Great spotlight on Verve stamps! This card is adorable with the 3d look of stacked “parts” and rhinestone “lights”. I just love the clever use of both. I too have a wish list a mile long from Verve! ; )

  5. What a cute card and love how the robot looks popped up in certain areas plus fantastic company to feature today. Plus I enjoyed reading the article and viewing these adorable images!

  6. My first introduction to Verve Stamps. So cute! Can’t wait to see more of what you offer.


  7. Absolutely love the technique used on this card. I’m a new fan of Verve stamps and look forward to trying this technique myself really soon! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I love your card, Julee and would love to try that paper piecing technique. The robot has so much depth with this method. Congrats on being featured here. I love my Verve products!

  9. Those are so cute!!!!! I especially like way the robot has been layered for dimension with the added rhinestones that bring him to life. The sentiments, numbers & gears are so versatile. VERY nice Verve and Julee.

  10. Your baby card is adorable. I just love Verve stamps. I also love how Julee inked each layer to give it more depth.

  11. The Baby Bot is adorable and the card would make anyone smile.
    Thank you for sharing…

  12. Love the verve stamps and what a creative way 2 celebrate a new baby…those robot stamps r 2 die 4…4 boys layouts and scrapping…NICE!

  13. Such cute designs! this stamp set would be perfect in my collection of robot and monster stamps!

  14. I came over from the Verve blog after seeing the announcement about Julee being featured here today. I just love her stamps and her cards! Her style is just awesome! I’m off to check out more of your site. Thanks!

  15. Congrats Verve! Adorable card, love the baby bot! I went to my daughters science night and played with a finch robot, so fun! I have a thing for robots I guess!! Lol

  16. What an adorable card. I have never heard of this technique but always looking for new ways to make my cards and other mixed media projects. I will give this a try. The card is just adorable. I’ve been to Verve Stamps and bought some of Julie’s wonderful stamps. She has some really nice products to offer. I really enjoy reading this newsletter each week to find out about all the wonderful designers and products that are available that I may not have heard of before. This was a great article and showcase of Verve Stamps and Julie.

  17. I really enjoyed taking a closer look at your card as I have not heard of the technique. Can’t wait to try it.
    thanks for sharing your products.

  18. I love Verve stamps! I am very familiar with the company, but not with Julee so this was an exciting read! Thank you for spotlighting them so the rest of the world can see!

  19. I love the way she framed the little robot – cute!! I need to remember to layer my images like she’s done here – it adds so much! Thanks for a great card!! Janell

  20. Have to say this is the cutest card I have seen in a long time….makes you smile even tho he is not really taking your picture! CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!!!

  21. This stamp has a life. All the layers just give it dimension and the bling sparkles like little lights. I can see many uses for this cute bot. Thanks for creating such a versatile stamp.

  22. I love it Julee!! Bots and Monsters are my favorite stamps to use for children — they always love them. This set has some really cute bots and I would love to own them. However, I’m not sure I could do a card as detailed as yours, but I would give it a try because I love the dimension it adds. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  23. The Robot stamp is out of this world, my nephew loves anything out of space, would love to make some space cards for him. Fingers crossed. xx

  24. Verve has so many wonderful stamp and die combinations. I love these cute robots. Great card. The grey and green combination with the little diamantes which look like LEDs is such fun.

  25. These stamps look like so cute and fun! Definitely going to try the layering technique in the future.

  26. Julee.That is so cute, that robot reallystands out, just love it! and to have a change to win those beautiful stamps and die would be great, from down under.

  27. I LOVE playing with my Verve goodies.
    Not only do they have wonderful products their customer service is wonderful.
    Thanks Julee for sharing your oh so sweet bot card.
    Crafty hugs,

  28. Oh my gosh!! These robot stamps are sooo friggin’ cute!! I love the different layers of dimension included on the card!

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