Why should you engage in artistic rubber stamping? Why should you become an avid stamper? Stamping is very good for you! Stamping is:
- simple, creative fun
- good for the soul—it lifts you out of yourself
- improves your mental health
- calorie free and will add no inches to your waistline
- creative and releases creativity within you
- gratifying as it brings a sense of accomplishment in a short period of time
- allows you to become something of an artist without years of experience
- relational—you will often stamp with others
- an emotional high—as you give your creations away, you are filled with a sense of well-being
Do you think you don’t have enough time for rubber stamping? I used to think that, too. What I discovered is that I really need to make the time to stamp and do paper crafting. Because of the many benefits listed above, I actually NEED to stamp. I may not need to stamp every day (although I usually stamp every day anyway!), but I need to rubber stamp regularly.
Stamping is more than a hobby. Whether you stamp greeting cards, scrapbook pages, or gift items, you create quick, mini “works of art.” You can do all this by simply attending a Stampin’ Up! workshop or a class given by your demonstrator. That is how you learn the basics of stamping. So you can enjoy the true blessing of creating something lovely without years of professional lessons, arduous practice, and aborted projects. Artist Henry James said, It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” While creating hand-stamped projects, mini “works of art”, will not solve all life’s problems—or even attempt to—it will enrich, at many levels, the lives of those engaged in it. Paper crafting can also be learned online through online tutorials and articles just like this. Check out my other rubber stamping articles!
Now that you have been convinced of the benefits of creating hand-stamped projects, where will you begin? Greeting cards are a great starting point as they are small in size and scope. The average size of a hand-stamped greeting card is 5 ½” x 4 ¼”. This is your “canvas,” and it can be filled quite quickly. Whether you choose an elaborate design or something simpler, you can complete a card in 5-30 minutes. Even beginners can complete cards in just minutes.
The more experienced and adept you become, the more elaborate your designs can be and the quicker you will become at their completion. But even very experienced stampers value the beauty of simple designs. Of course, personal taste is a major factor in simple vs. complex designs. In addition to personal taste, there is the enjoyment factor to be considered. Some stamping techniques are just plain fun. Those are the techniques you will return to again and again. More elaborate and complex projects are usually reserved for special occasions.
Once you give a hand-stamped card to someone, there is no going back to store-bought! When you see the incredulity on someone’s face followed by, “Did you make this? For me?” you will be hooked! When the special people in your life realize that instead of purchasing a card made by a factory, you took some of your own time (that most valuable of all commodities) and soul to produce something for them, they are touched in a unique way that cannot be bought.
So what are you waiting for? When will you take the plunge into hand-stamped, heartfelt creations? The benefits are worth your time and effort. For further information, go to sweetstamper.com.