Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Launch Night #4. It's Meeeeeee!

Finally it is launch week. The past 3 nights over on the PaperArtsy blog have seen lots of new products being launched for 2015. So much goodness, gorgeous new colours of paint, some limited edition paints and tons of new stamps. 

Tonight it is blast off for my new stamps.. It is such an exciting time for all of us designers, waiting, waiting, waiting.... trying desperately to keep things a secret...of course there are always sneak peeks, but we have wanted to show you the stamps for agggggges. 

The process starts way back in October/November, that is when the sketches start... so you can see keeping a secret that long is so hard. Of course the nearer the launch date gets, the more we worry about whether you will like them!

So here they are.. 

Please join us over on the PaperArtsy blog to see some samples of what can be made with these stamps. There are projects from myself and also 3 guests.. 

Here are some snippets.. 

Here is a cool video for you, showing all kinds of goodness with my stamps.. They are available NOW from your favourite PaperArtsy retailer. 

Come over to the PaperArtsy blog and see all the samples from me and my guests.. 

Here are the steps for one of my samples.. This is a set of wooden drawers. I first covered them in 2 coats of gesso. 

I knew I would be using translucent colours, so starting with a base coat of white will keep the colours truer. On the bottom half I used, Guacamole, Tinned Peas and Hyde Park.. on the top I used Beach Hut and Inky Pool.

Using coordinating Archival ink, I stamped the small background stamps from EDY11 and EDY13 onto white tissue paper, and used this to line the drawers. 

I painted tissue paper and then stamped the large flower from EDY11, before gluing the tissue to the side of the drawers I first stamped the grasses, from the same plate, directly onto the wood.  I painted some Brown Shed onto more tissue, and then stamped the border I cut this out and glued it over the bottom of the stems. 

 I used the same technique on tissue to create the mushroom from EM09 for the side of the drawers. Again I stamped grasses directly to the wood, and added the fence-type border to the bottom. 

This is one of my favourite techniques when using fiddly stamps, or stamps with small areas that need colouring. I colour my substrate first, in this case tissue paper. it means you can add a pattern with stencils and then stamp over that. I added extra shading with Fibralo pens, these are translucent and allow the colour and pattern from underneath to show through. 

I painted the tissue with Pumpkin Soup, then added random marks using Autumn Fire and some splatters of Snowflake. Then I stamped the  border from EDY13, and coloured the boxes with Fibralos. 

These were cut out and glued to the front of the drawers, of course cut in half first..

I used almost all of the flower heads to create the pediment. First I painted some smoothy card in greens, yellows, oranges and blues then went crazy stamping the flowers and leaves. I also stamped the text from EDY11. The text was glued on hinged card to the top of the drawers and all the flowers and leaves piled up around it. 

I painted more smoothy and glued this to the back of the flower pediment, this covers all the joins and criss cross stems it adds strength and makes this top part really stable. 

Here it is finished, I love it.. so bright and funky

There are more photos of my other samples over on the PaperArtsy blog, in total I have about 12 projects to show you, and starting next week I will blog the step by step instructions for the other projects here on my blog. So do pop back here as there will be lots of photos. 

Darcy x


  1. *is stroking screen and drooling on keyboard...and it's all your fault* :D XXX

  2. Such fabulous stamps and even fabulouser (well you know what I mean!) samples - love the little chest, and love love love the basket of flowers on the video. Well done, I will be going shopping again soon!! xx

  3. Wow Darcy loving all the new stamps! Impatiently waiting for the sets I ordered on Sunday night! Congrats :-)

  4. Congrats on your new stamps, fabulous designs! It was a pleasure to be one of your wingmen :)

  5. Darcy, congrats on a fabulous array of new stamps!!! Your projects are wonderful and I look forward to all your posts sharing them!!!

  6. Oh Darcy, I so need to win the lottery, lol! I want them all! Congratulations on a brilliant release of stamp designs and gorgeous samples. I am blown away by the basket of flowers in the video. How long it must have taken you to cut out and arrange all that lot. It's totally amazing!

    Lesley Xx

  7. These are gorgeous. Congrats on your new stamps. Hugz

  8. Darcy, well done on keeping the secret for so long!!! The anticipation has been killing me, but you haven't disappointed - your new releases are just amazing!! I didn't think you would be able to outdo your last release, but you've gone and done it!! I love them all! Can't wait to get my painty mitts on them! Thanks - Jean.x

  9. I LOVE your stamps - and the samples that you have created are amazing - thank you for the wonderful designs and inspiration