Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we take a look at some fun craft books on the market, and give them away to three lucky readers, I want to announce the winners of the Zoom Creative Products prize package offered on the May 10th blog post. The winners of the Coloring Glitter Kits, as chosen by Random.org, are:
Terry Fowler, Sharon Gullikson, April Lopez and Shirley Hutchins
The winners of the StickPiction Magical Glitter Craft Kits for kids are:
Natasha Poteraj, Marilyn Tucker, Nancy Siebert and Donna W.
Congratulations, winners! I will contact you with more prize info via email.
Zoom Creative Products has generously offered Crafts ‘n things readers an exclusive 50% discount on any order placed through June 30th! When you place your order, enter coupon code cnt and hit “apply” to get the discount.
Now, here are three craft titles available in your local book or craft store that will introduce you to the art of hand-carved stamps. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win; winners will be announced here on June 7th.
Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More by Meagan Lewis, Chronicle Books, (www.chroniclebooks.com), ISBN: 9781452115719.
Stationery lovers, paper crafters, hand-printing enthusiasts and anyone looking to make personalized gifts will love the simple, colorful projects found in this book. From hand-stamped gift wrap, journals, and cards, to towels, totes, aprons, and hair accessories, each project is presented in the author’s engaging, easy style. Filled with templates and extra tips, Put Your Stamp On It is a great reference for beginners and experienced hand-carvers alike. The author includes excellent guidance on materials and tools, how to clean and care for hand-carved stamps, how to create your own custom color palette, and more. Artsy and inspiring chapters include Decorations, Gifts, Accessories, and Organizers. Project #13, the whisk-stamped Kitchen Apron, belongs in every crafty girl’s kitchen! Put Your Stamp On It retails for $19.95.
Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs by Jenny Doh, Lark Crafts (www.larkcrafts.com), ISBN: 9781454703990.
Author Jenny Doh, former editor of Somerset Studio magazine and President and Founder of www.crescendoh.com, invites every crafter to expand the creative horizon through the versatile art form of stamping. In the opening chapter, Basics, Doh writes: “With a single stamp, you can customize stationery, embellish a tote bag, create a card, or personalize wrapping paper. You can design wedding invitations, print on T-shirts, or make unique placemats for your kids. You don’t have to take a single art class or know how to sketch. All you need is a stamp, ink, and a surface.” In addition to giving great tips and techniques for rubber stamping, Doh also teaches that it’s easier than you think to carve and work with custom stamps. The eclectic motifs included in the book, approximately 20 each from Jenny’s hand-selected group of contributors, can be used in countless ways on countless surfaces. Stamp It! retails for $19.95.
I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods by Charlotte Rivers, Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York (www.rizzoliusa.com), ISBN:9780789324887.
I Heart Stationery presents work by stationery-industry designers from around the world, showcasing a number of different processes including screen printing, block printing, letterpress, hand illustrating and more. Block printing is the process of inking a design that has been carved into wood, linoleum, cork, rubber, vinyl or foam. Rivers tells readers that the art form originated in China and India and has been used for centuries to print images and patterns onto fabric. Gather all that knowledge and use it to create your own modern, hand-carved stamps, using the designs in this book as inspiration, or visit the blogs and websites of the included designers to purchase these texture-rich, visually exciting paper goods. Rivers’ fabulous Resources section includes a list of suppliers for various techniques, popular blogs and online communities, tradeshows, and details of the contributors and where to find their crafts. I Heart Stationery retails for $24.95.
I’d like to send these beautiful books to three lucky winners! Leave a comment for a chance to win. We’ll announce the randomly-selected winners here on June 7th.
Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff