Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Awesome Stampbord ATC tutorial!

Take a look at all of Judi Kauffman's lovely ATCs here. She shows great techniques and so many awesome things you can do with Stampbord! Enjoy!

ATCs by Judi Kauffman

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Stampbord Gift Sets Make Great Stocking Stuffers!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your crafty friend or even a treat for yourself? Check out the Stampbord Sample Offers and Gift Sets!

From single bags to sets with tools, there is something for everyone!

Order by December 16th for Holiday delivery. 
(US shipments only. For International orders, please order by December 2nd.)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ATCs - Stampbord™ and Nature's Print Shop

Check out Judi Kauffman's ATC Triptych titled "A Dream Come True" on page 18 of the CardMaker Magazine special issue, "CardMaker Presents - 37 Popular Techniques for Card Making" (Fall 2011), available at stores starting September 6. It features Stampbord ATCs from Ampersand Art Supply and rubber stamps from Nature's Print Shop.

Monday, September 19, 2011

2011 Stampbord Contest Winners

Thank you to all who participated in the contest!
Our Facebook Stampbord Fans have spoken. Here are the contest winners!

First Place Winner:

Judy Kreitler - wall hanging

Second Place Winner:

Robin Clendenning - card

Four Mini Prize Winners:

Shannon Mccauley-Bielke - Frame

Kimberly Crick - Checkerboard

Vicky Fernando - Book

Alison Hall - ATC

Monday, September 12, 2011

NEW! Stampbord Sample Offers!

Stampbord sample offers are now available through Ampersand's website. 
Click here to see all of these exciting new offers! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September/October 2011 Featured How-to by Lisa Bourget

• Stampbord™ 5" x 5" Box Kit
• Stampbord™ Scratch Knife
• Scratchbord/Claybord™ Inks - Light Green, Yellow, Sepia
• Hero Arts® Stamp - Manuscript Background
• Magenta Stamps - Architectural Rose
• Ranger - Archival Ink™ - Jet Black
• Tim Holtz® Idea-ology™ Foundations Box Feet
• 7gypsies® - Murano Patterned Paper
• Ranger - Inkssentials™ Cut n' Dry™ Foam
• Ranger - Inkssentials™ Glossy Accents™
• Double Sided Tape or Glue
• Pewter Color Acrylic Paint

1. Using Scratchbord/Claybord™ Inks in Light Green and Yellow, begin sponging on the inks with the Cut n' Dry foam. Apply the inks in a random pattern all over the lid of the Box Kit. Apply the inks to all sides of the lid, box and the inside edges of both. Continue sponging on the inks until desired color is achieved. 

2. Then mix the Light Green and Sepia inks together and lightly sponge around the outer edges of the Box Kit lid and all of the sides and inside edges. Don't use the Sepia ink in the center of the box lid. This should be the lightest part of the lid. This will be stamped on later.

3. Using the Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp the Hero Arts Manuscript Background over the entire box lid. Allow to dry.

4. Next, using the Jet Black Archival ink, stamp the Magenta Architectural Rose in the center of the box lid. Allow to dry.

5. Once the stamped images are dry, begin scratching away parts of the Architectural Rose, using the Stampbord Scratch Knife. Let the stamped image be your guide for scratching away the shaded areas and revealing the white clay surface below. This will add highlights and details to the design.

6. Using the paper of your choice, line the entire inside of the box using double sided tape or glue. Inside top of lid and bottom - Cut two pieces at 4" x 4" and adhere.Box sides - Cut two pieces at 8" x 2". Fold each piece in half and adhere to sides. Lid sides - Cut two pieces at 8" x 3/4". Fold each in half and adhere.

7. Using Ranger's Glossy Accents, adhere four Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundations metal feet to the bottom of the box. Allow glue to dry. (While glue is drying you can paint the hinges for Step 8.)

8. Install the hinges that are provided with the kit as per the instructions. I have painted these hinges and screws with pewter color acrylic paint. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July/August 2011 Featured How-to by Vickie Kammerer

• 1 - Stampbord™ 5" x 5" Box Kit
• Zinsser® Bulls Eye® Shellac
• Modern Options - Rust Antiquing Set
• 3M™ Scotch-Blue™ Painter's Tape
• Natural Beeswax
• Hot Plate
• Teflon Pan
• Butane Torch
• Hake Brush or Natural Bristle Brush
• 2-3 Foam Brushes
• Heat Tool
• Sea Sponge
• Copper Letters
• Glue
• Screwdriver for Box Hinges
(Inspired by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's book "Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax)

1. Using the blue painter's tape, mask the edges of the Stampbord box lid surface and the top of the box base. Using a foam brush, paint the sides of the lid and the base sides with the Iron Surfacer from the Rust Kit. Let dry completely. Then paint a second coat and let dry over night.

2. Using a clean foam brush, paint a coat of the Rust Antiquing Solution over all of the Iron Surfacer painted surfaces. Let this dry and cure and then paint another coat. If you want a uniform shade of rust, paint subsequent coats with the foam brush. If you want a more random rust finish, use a sea sponge and sponge some areas lighter and some areas heavier. Let each coat cure in between. Repeat layers until you are pleased with the finish. Do not seal. Let the box and box lid dry completely over night after before moving onto next step. 

3. Remove all of the masking tape from Stampbord surface. Plug in the hot plate and heat the Teflon pan. Place several pieces of natural beeswax in pan to melt. While the wax is melting, cover the wooden sides of the box lid with painter's tape. Pre-heat the lid's Stampbord surface by running the heat tool over the surface until it is warm. Using the hake brush, paint a single layer of beeswax over the entire box lid surface then fuse (reheating with the heat tool until surface just appears shiny). Allow to cool. 

4. Paint a thick layer of shellac over box lid with a new foam brush. Let dry.

5. Using the butane torch, burn “spots” into the shellac on the box lid. Do this by first placing the flame directly onto the shellac and when it begins to burn the shellac, pull the flame away when the spot is the size and shape you wish. Repeat this over the box lid, moving the torch to where you want a new spot to be, until you are pleased with the pattern. Let the lid set overnight.

6. Spell out the word "trinkets" with copper letters and glue into place on the front of the box lid. Attach the enclosed hinges to complete the box.