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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Daily Special - Featured Stamps - Angel Company Stamps

Do you have a stamp set or stamps that you're not sure what to do with because either they are too small or you're just not "feeling" them. You know what I mean? In other words, you don't really like the image but you have the stamp and need to use them. Well. . .this is what was happening with these stamps. I really like the sentiments in this set but I think the images were more appropriate for tags or smaller cards. The Stamp set is by the "Angel Company". They're a stamp company similar to Stampin Up but I think they have a very lax Angel Policy so you can sell your cards without having to worry if you are violating any copyright laws.

I needed to be a little more imaginative or creative with these stamps, especially with the layout. In the end, after I finished the cards I actually had grown to like them.

Back to the subject of "Angel Policies". . . .don't you think it's sort of stupid? I think so. . .I mean, isn't the intention when buying rubber stamps is to copy the image using ink and shouldn't you be able to sell your cards in any fashion you want or any venue? I mean. . .it frustrates me to think that I buy an expensive rubber stamp and I'm restricted as to how I use it. I feel once I buy the stamp, it's my stamp to do whatever I want with. Right? I sometimes feel like the stamp companies still own my stamps even after I paid good money for them.

Anyway. . .don't forget to scroll down for the two other cards I made with the stamp set as well as the sketches for the cards. I would type the detail but I have to cook dinner right now. . .

I added Crystal Effects to the image on the first card.

I drew the stems and cut out the leaves and drew the veins on them myself. I used rhinestones for the center of the flowers and I used a 1 inch and a 1 1/4 inch circle punch to punch out the flowers from the original image which had a border around it as shown on the first card.

After coloring the image with Prismacolor Pencils, I added Crystal Effects to give it a 3D appearance. Sometimes you gotta add a little somethin'-somethin' to make the image pop, otherwise, I think it would have been a dull looking butterfly.


Michelle said...

I also have a hard time using small images.
Your sketches are amazing, as usual!

Tejal said...

The sentiment on the first card reminded me of a rhyme I used to write in year books. "May your days be bright and sunny, May your husband be fat and funny"
Those were the days. As always, i love the bright and bold colors

Fran M said...

Love your work and your bold colors. I also agree with you about the companies that restrict you selling cards using their designs. It's really irritating to me - that's why I don't worry about it and sell whatever I want - of course, I'm not putting them in stores - I sell privately. I figure the chances of being caught are pretty slim!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

I agree with your sentiments about the stamp companies and their angel policies. Too much control? I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and i'm not sure if i want to continue because of their restrictions, I'm tired of them and they aren't the only stamp company that has great stamps. At times they limit my creativity. I love your web site Maria, you're very inspiring!

Maria said...

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