What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.
Vern McLellan

Clear stamps button girls

On scraps of watercolor paper I did some idea sketching, and mentioned that scrap papers can be used in a lot of fun ways. You could stamp your own note paper, for instance.

Button Girl stamped (Copyright Hanna Andersson)

These printer scrap papers are perfect for the kind of thank you-notes I always include when I ship sold items from my shop!

I have this set of clear stamps that I really really like. They are simple buttons and silly girly figures. Figures that express a childish joy that I find compelling. A joy I want to cultivate!

Keep Calm and Craft ON baby

I could do something cool on the computer and print a million copies, but for now I really like including a little handwritten note – with a colored in stamped design on. And I like that the paper is recycled from other projects. Little scraps of paper finding a new form of life.

Making a stamped notepad (Copyright Hanna Andersson)

Stamping and using your stamps

With all the mixed media I do, I often forget to incorporate stamping. It’s just not in my creative DNA for some reason, and the few stamps I own are hidden away in boxes on my shelf and even when brought out into the light they are not as magic to me as other creative tools and materials. But these stamps, I simply love!

Some images you like more than others. Some images have a way of finding your heart and staying there, building a nest there. I think that is the case with these clear stamp designs.

I really like that the dolls are patterned with stripes, dots and flowers, because that makes it super fun to bring out some ink…

Coloured in Button Girls (Copyright Hanna Andersson)
…and color the stamped design in, using the still much used (and loved) pitt pens.

Quick, cute and easy! Give it a try, if you have forgotten stamps that needs some love too. What do you do with your stamps, if you have any?