Here is my card i have made for the October frames and boarders challenge at http://www.oakhousestudio.blogspot.co.uk and you can also join their Facebook group inspired by Oak House Studio. The challenge ends 31st October and you must use at least one Oak House Studio product to qualify.
I used the Sea Shells Stamp set for this project. They are a very good size for using on any project and range in size from 3 cm x 1.5 cm for the smaller stamps and 6 cm x 1 cm for the longest stamp.
I just stamped these out onto plain card using a stamping mat underneath to ensure a clean image is stamped out, you don't need to press down too hard as the stamps hold the ink very well. I have used many acrylic stamps in the past to find that the ink bubbles on the surface causing the image to come out patchy but not with these stamps as they are ready to use straight away without having to scrub off any of that residue you get with the acrylic ones. I then cut them all out and mounted them in a frame around the sentiment using 3d foam pads.
Here is a shaker card i made using the Crab stamp. It is so detailed that you don't have to color it in. I love the fact these stamps are very British and remind me of the illustrations you find in old books. to make this card i embossed an A6 card with a stencil mask, then i layer up some patterned papers which i decorated the edges of with a couple of boarder punches.
To make the shaker card i took a circle nesting die and placed a smaller sized one inside the largest sized circle, i held it in place with washi tape to create a frame and i did this twice once with funky foam and with patterned paper. Next using the larger sized circle die i cut out one plain paper circle and one from acetate. i stamped my image onto the pain circle and heat embossed it. i then adhered the foam ring to it using PVA glue. once dry i placed some green wool in to look like seaweed and glued the acetate to the foam. i finished off the shaker box by adding a ring of patterned paper to hide the foam. I again used the Sea Shells set to accent the frame with. The crab stamp is part of the Sealife set and comes with a starfish.
These stamps are beautifully designed with so much detail and at an affordable price too. As a crafter i am amazed at how easy it is to get a clear image with these stamps. if you would like to get some stamps for yourself and look at the other products available the go to http://oakhousestudio.com/. Its free postage on stamps and free postage if you spend £25 or more.
Thanks for looking and i will be back with more projects soon.