Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A review of the Original Rubber Stamp Convention 2012

The Original Rubber Stamp Convention  which is put on by Kat and her staff from the
Kat from A Stamp in the Hand Co.

 "A Stamp in the Hand"company,  recently had a rubberstamp craft show in Carson, California.

I stopped by the show to do a little shopping and take advantage of the fun opportunity this rubberstamp show offered to view a great assortment of  rubber stamping products all in one location.

My first stop was to watch Tim Holtz demonstrate his new line of distress markers.

He demonstrated various ways you can apply the ink to either the rubber stamp or

directly to the stamped image.  Tim Holtz has a great YouTube channel where you can watch his tutorials and learn some new techniques.
Here are some of the many cool cards he made using his new markers. I loved the antique effect on the

card in the middle of the photo.  These markers looked really fun.

Later, I got a chance to catch up with calligraphy artist, Lisa Engelbrecht. I talked to her about her latest book "Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering"from Quarry press.
This book features some fun modern lettering techniques.
The book also includes a section on formal invitations and cards for those who are planning formal events.

At the "Original Rubber Stamp Show" she was demonstrating one of her fun hand lettering techniques

and writing out names for show guests.
As you can imagine, this was a popular event and the line was quite long but well worth the wait.

She also displayed some of her other work like jewelry,
and home decor hand painted and dyed fabric pieces.
I loved the idea of writing on fabric and purchased a copy of her video "Hand Lettering on Fabric" that has a cool Bali Lantern project on it and step-by-step instructions for some fun lettering techniques.  Lisa also has a blog where you can catch up on her latest adventures and see more of her work.

There was also a great variety of product demonstrations and classes at this show.
Card Demonstration with felt flowers

Judy from JudiKins rubber stamps, gave a class that introduced

new stampers to a variety of rubber stamping supplies.
Judy from JudiKins giving a lecture on stamping supplies.
Judy also demonstrated some this cool stamping techniques using the Eclipse Art Masking Tape to create a fun card background.  The Eclipse paper is re-useable which makes it easy to use.

First she tears a piece of the Eclipse Art Masking Tape and covers a portion of the card.
Then she repeats that step using other colored inks.
Then she keeps removing the paper and re-applying it to different areas of the card, until she has it filled in just right.
Then she applies the ink directly to the rubber stamp and then stamps over the card stock.

Judy recommends that you heat sets the image with a heat gun so it will not smear.

Another product that I thought was pretty cool were these fun charm accents from Darcie.

They seem pretty easy to make and you only need a few supplies to make them.  From what I saw, you

need the U-Cut sheets, the acrylic charms, and
glossy accents together make these fun charm pendants.
Here is a quick video that I took at the show that shows how to put the glossy accents on the stamped image to set the base for the plastic u-cut sheets.  Note: the sound is bad on this video because the show was crowded and therefore, loud.

There were all types of fabulous displays.

The "Original Rubber Stamp Convention" was not too big and gave me enough time to be able to see all

the new products and attend classes.   I had a great selection to choose from and enjoyed watching the product demonstrations and lectures.  I recommend always do an information search on any craft show that you want to attend so that you can know what to expect.  Simple google searches on show reviews will pull up sufficient links to help you make a smart choice when planning to attend any craft or rubber stamping show.


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