It feels like it’s been ages since I last released new clear stamp designs. I guess mommy duties really get the better of me. Which is a good thing, right? Being a homemaker is on top of my list. But creating and designing some new products for my small business is just icing on the cake.
It won’t be long now and we’ll be releasing two new designs very soon. Hopefully they arrive before the end of February. One of the challenges of being a clear stamp designer in the Philippines is having to wait longer for the stamps to be manufactured in the US and shipping it here to my side of the world takes longer. I’m sorry if I’ve shared this too many times but I actually read my posts after a year or two and I just want to remember the triumphs and the challenges I went through for every design I released.
These new clear stamp designs I was working on late last year is quite special. I’ve collaborated with a very talented calligrapher who also happens to be one of my Creative Team members. Yes, Aina’s beautiful calligraphy is featured in one of the clear stamp sets I designed. Also featured in that collection is another layered flower that kept me pretty busy the last month of 2015.
I was looking for a flower inspiration from my Aunt Joy’s garden. This flower caught my attention as she had them in different varieties. This flower actually brought back so many fond memories of my childhood. Back when the neighborhood was filled with Gumamelas and we would make Gumamela bubbles. It was passed on for generations.
You would take the flower’s petals and grind them using a stone on a flat surface. It’s easier on a mortar and pestle. Add the paste to one part detergent soap or powder and one part water. We would use straws to blow bubbles. This was how we would make bubbles back in the days.
That flower is known here in the Philippines as Gumamela. In other countries, this is popularly known as Hibiscus.
Thus, the inspiration for this new clear stamp collection I designed. Apparently, my clear stamp designs are not dictated by themes but by memories or things related to telling stories. I think it’s surprisingly interesting how I go about the process of designing and creating them.
One thing that makes me so giddy with excitement for this collection, apart from Aina’s beautiful calligraphy, is the fact that it is so versatile to use. Here, I used it for memory-keeping. The word prompts are just perfect for telling your story and documenting it through Project Life.
I stamped the words on to a 3×4 premium luxe white cardstock. You can mix and match the words to tell a story and journal on those pages. I just added a line using a pen to create this very clean journaling card. I find myself drawn to clean layouts, with lots of spaces for journaling.
Please do keep posted for more updates on the two new clear stamp designs and how I use them in different projects.