Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Photo Stamps


You can create amazing photo stamps with the Stampmaker so we wanted to show you this simple but beautiful Christmas letter from Brandy who works in the US shipping department. Aren't the photo stamps of her kids great?

Please be sure to look at our blog regularly as we have some great things planned for the next year and have some projects with some great guests.

Thank you all so much for your support this year and we look forward to the future!

We have a winner!!!

Congrats to Rae Barthel-winner of the TC Stampmaker!!!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Stampmaker Giveaway!

If you haven't left a comment on our blog to win the Stampmaker from the TC Christmas Countdown please post by 5 pm MST today as we will be drawing then. Good Luck!!

Teresa Collins and the Stampmaker

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 25


Wow! I can't believe how fast the last 25 days have gone. The jewelry piece on this was one of my favorites of my grandmother's. I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with white glitter embossing powder. This whole tag was actually cut from another tag. I have enjoyed doing this project and appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Maybe we will make this an annual thing....

Make sure you enter to win the amazing prize on the TC Blog from Provocraft and you also get a TC Stampmaker. That is a whole studio-wish I had them all-wonder if I can enter LOL! We also finally figured out the sandwich to use the embossing dies you can make with the Stampmaker using the Cuttlebug so that will be nice for all of you that have one. Did you all know that the Stampmaker also makes stencils and embossing dies?

Make sure you also watch the video on the TC Blog for a great idea to use your Cricut or other electronic diecut machine to make your own negatives for the Stampmaker.


Product List:
TCD Noel Tags
TCD Noel Countdown
TCD Noel Red Damask side B
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Clear Versamark ink by Tsukineko
piece of bling or jewelry
Red and Green ribbon
metal edge tag
white glitter embossing powder

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from all of us at Photocentric!!!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 24

This tag was fairly simple-it is between two extremely busy tags. I used the music block from the Countdown paper for the top part of the tag. You could add more ribbon, seam binding, etc. Again I used spray adhesive for the bird and just covered it with glitter-I wanted a more Mercury glass look to match all the rest of the decor in my house.

Make sure you enter to win all the giveaways on the TC Blog including a chance to win a TC Stampmaker. I would love to thank everyone for the lovely comments about my tags and I would like the thank all the companies that donated for being so generous.
Helmar-I love the liquid glue dots from Helmar and have used them for years. Believe me I have tried every adhesive out there and I use different brands of adhesives for different things including Thermoweb, Tombow, Gluedots, and 3M, etc.
Tsukineko - what can I say I love all their inks and wish I had all the colors.

Product List:
TCD Noel Sheetmusic side B
TCD Countdown side B
TCD Tags and Borders
TCD Gentry's Glitter-I did not have this when I did my tags so you will get a slightly different look-much more shimmery
Onyx Black Versafine
chipboard bird
spray adhesive


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 23


This is one of my favorite tags even though it is very untraditional colors for Christmas-if you took off the 23 you could use it for a card or scrapbook page embellishment. I cut out the tag shape and then layered a piece of this paper tape stuff that I have had for years-it is not sticky backed and it had a tiny bit of superfine glitter on it (if anyone knows what it is called or who made it, please let me know). Both the frame and the quote are stamps made from TCD premade negatives included in your TC Stampmaker kit.The round 23 was made by adhering a piece of ivory thick stock to a round metal tag and stamping 23 and I added the dots with a black marker.

Make sure to enter the Punky Sprouts giveaway on the TC blog today. I have never tried their products but they look great-lots of blank surface for stamping on.

*These are not downloads-these are included in your TC Stampmaker kit.

Product List:
TCD Blingage Taylor's Clips
Onyx Black Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Canvas Corp Ivory Thick stock
metal edge tag
paper tape
leopard print ribbon
black marker

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 22

I first cut out a tag from an old book page. I then stamped the family and a simple damask shape that I created with clear embossing ink(I used Versamark as I have used it for years and it was one of the few available on the market when I started stamping) and clear embossing powder. I then used a foam blending pad to cover the whole thing with Crimson Red Versafine ink but you could do the same thing with any other ink you have and then just use a paper towel rub the ink off the embossed area. I backed it with the Ivory thick stock just to give it some support and layered on all the other pieces. Can I say I love liquid glue dots from Helmar for attaching dimensional items? I have used these for years. I attached the blingage piece to the little black clip with it.

Make sure you enter to win the Crate Paper Collection on the TC Blog today.

I wanted to use my maiden name as part of these tags but Japanese kanji doesn't really match the Noel line so I have decided to just cut it out and cover with glitter and hang this by the tags in my front hallway. Ok so I now have a stamp my whole family will want.


Product List
TCD Noel Countdown side B
TCD Blingage Miranda's Jewels
Black Onyx, Crimson Red Versafine ink and Versamark by Tsukineko
Liquid Glue dots by Helmar
round tag-Jenni Bowlin
clear embossing powder
seam binding colored with Cinder color by Tattered Angels
old book page
Black clip

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 21

I cut both the green cardstock and the transparency into a tag shape and then added a 1/2" strip of the red damask. I stamped all the images on lined paper. As you can see you can get all the extremely fine lines in the Silent Night words. The flourish is one of the additional 20 TCD images you get with you Stampmaker kit which is nice as you can then resize the images.

Make sure you enter to win the Graphic 45 giveaway on the TCD Blog today. I love Graphic 45 papers and I even used their green Ivy and Holly paper on several of the tags. They always have the most amazing projects.

*This is not a download-this image is included with your TC Stampmaker kit.

Product List:
TCD Noel Words Transparency
TCD Red Damask
TCD Blingage Miranda's jewels
Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
black ribbon
green cardstock
lined paper

Monday, 20 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 20

This tag was inspired by the glitter stars I have on my Christmas tree. I have always loved the look of the antique German glass glitter and the texture it adds. This was a more simple tag. I recommend you figure out where your stars are going to go and then stamp the numbers before attaching the stars as it is hard to stamp around dimensional products.

Make sure you enter to win today's prizes from Bazzill and Margie Aslett Romney's-Girls Paperie Tinsel and Twig collection at the TC blog. I have always loved the Bazzill cardstock since it first came out and it is still one of my go to items that I constantly use. Even though I don't live that far from Margie-I don't really know her but I have always admired her energy and her style and her products are amazing.

You all may be wondering why I use the Versafine ink. I own and have tried about every brand out there on the market. The Versafine ink is the only permanent ink I have found that does not stain my stamps and it gives crisp clear images and I can emboss with it. Since I do frequently use clear watermark type ink like the Versamark pads and white ink pads-I need to have my stamps clean as to not contaminate them. But this is a totally personal choice and it also depends on what look you want your projects to have.

I already had the quote from several years ago but you could actually make a stamp like this. Basically to do text stamps you create a black text box and make the type white. You can create legible text stamps with type as small as 6 pt but you need to be careful when washing it so you don't scrub away the teeny, tiny dots for the i's etc.

* Note-If you are wondering why the glitter looks a little different than the Gentry's glitter is that I did not have any when I did this project and also I wanted to use the chunkier, antique glass glitter. Please be careful of this if you have small children and when cleaning this up because it is glass. The TCD glitter is not glass and adds a beautiful shine to your projects.

Product List:
TCD Noel Red Damask
*TCD Blingage Gentry's Glitter-see note
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Chipboard stars
pop dots
green velvet ribbon
Quote on ivory cardstock

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 19

On this tag, I first stamped the damask, which is one of the TCD negatives that come in your TC Stampmaker kit. Then I stamped the jingle bells words on ivory thick stock and cut out the word strips. I threaded all the jingle bells on to a large jump ring-I actually used a metal ring that was on the metal tags that I took off.

For all those of you going home for Christmas and the Holiday Season and those who will be separated from your loved ones-I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season,
Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaii is my home and half my family is still there) and a Happy New Year (since that is my birthday.)

Please enter to win the generous gift from Amy's Paperlife on the TC blog today. I am grateful that I can count them both as my friends.

*this is not a download-it is the negative and the stamps used to create the card.

Product List:
TCD Noel Sheet Music
TCD Noel Ribbon
TCD Bligage Jamie's gems
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Canvas Corp Ivory thickstock
metal edge tag
Jingle Bells
jumprings

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 18

This tag was one of the few green ones I did to add a pop of color. All my Christmas decorations are silver, crystal, ivory and green mixed in with all my black and ivory decor since I hate to take everything down. But all the black and fleur de lys' and damask need to be toned down a little for the holidays. Funny that I love all things French when I am an Asian American (well half Asian anyway.) The red glitter ornament diecut is from a sheet of Anna Griffin Christmas papers from last year I think.

Make sure you check out the giveaway from Cosmo Cricket and Maya Road on the TC blog today!

*this is not a download-you can get this free download from Day 17.


Product List:
TCD Noel Ribbon
TCD Blingage Stephanie's Gems
Canvas Corp cork and Ivory thickstock
Black Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
The Holly and the Ivy paper-Graphic 45
Ornament diecut-Anna Griffin
black ball fringe-Fancy Pants
popdots

Friday, 17 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 17

This was a very simple tag-mainly stamping. Everything is so hectic and busy at the holidays and tomorrow's tag is much more busy, I did this tag to just be a little more calm. I cut a 1" wide strip of the Ivory thickstock and stamped joy on one side and then attached that to the card and added the bling. The 17 label-I stamped and then trimmer the one side so it just sits under the joy paper strip. Make sure you enter to win the Bella Blvd giveaway on the TC Blog. This was so generous of Stephanie-knowing the trials her family has endured this year.

*This is not a download-this was the download on Day 2.

Product List:
TCD Noel Definitions side B
TCD Blingage Jamie's gems
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
red velvet ribbon
black tulle

Merry

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 16

This tag is another more simple tag but I love the extra dimension that the paper flower-if I could do this again I would brush on some iridescent art medium to give the flower some shimmer. The love bling is an old product from MAMBI-I actually cut it apart and put the letters closer together. The heart is stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder and then I stamped and cut out the numbers (make sure letters are dry before you start cutting them LOL!) The paper flower was made from the page of an old book I bought for like a $1.00 USD at secondhand thrift store-it was not a valuable book. As an avid reader, I had a very hard time cutting up a book. I simple cut it in a wavy spiral and rolled it up-if you know anyone in the medical profession-clean, unused hemostats are great for holding the paper. After the glue dried, I turn my flowers over and lightly "smoosh" them on a flat surface.

*This is not a download-this is a special TCD design image that will be available soon.

Make sure you enter to win the giveaway from Wescott on the TC Blog

Product list:
TCD Noel Stripes
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
old book paper
love bling-MAMBI
black ribbon
pop dots

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 15

I mixed up the negatives I would be sharing as I already shared the negative the Santa is on with you on day 2, I will have the one with the peace on earth one later this week for you to download. The dear is my handwriting and the frame is a TCD one you receive in your Stampmaker kit. I liked the way the frame turned out so I actually made several more blank ones. It was stamped with Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat embossed with fine clear embossing powder. The muslin fabric ribbon I bought but it would be easy to recreate even if you don't sew. Basically, it is just 2 layers of fabric folded in half, stitched and then clipped to make a fringe.

Today's giveaway on TC blog is from Canvas Corp I have used their products for several years and I love their thickstock-it is extra, heavyweight cardstock.

*This is not a download-I will be posting this negative on Friday, December 17 as a download.

Product List:
TCD Noel Cards and Notes side B
TCD Noel Ribbon
TCD Tags and Borders
TCD Blingage Jamie's gems
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
Black Onyx Versafine by Tsukineko
muslin fabric
clear embossing powder
black pen

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 14

Wow can't believe how fast the days are going by-day 14 already! This tag was stamped and then I added the bottom dotted piece and it didn't look finished so I added a piece of the border that is on the bottom of all the TCD papers. The little white tag is actually stamped on white shrink plastic. I sprayed the chipboard heart with spray adhesive and then added the glitter.

Note to self: wipe off the adhesive before adding glitter or you end up with a glittered craft mat.

Make sure to enter to win on the TCBlog for some amazing giveaways from some very generous companies.

This is not a downloadable negative-just an illustration of a negative and the resulting polymer stamp.

Product List:
TCD Noel Countdown side b
TCD Blingage Gentry's Glitter
TCD Blingage Jamie's gems
TCD Noel Chipboard elements
Canvas Corp Ivory thickstock
Onyx Black Versafine ink
black ribbon
jump ring
chipboard heart
white shrink plastic

Monday, 13 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 13

This tag was just sort of a collage of various items-I was actually going to use the heart for something else but I accidentally dropped it and decided I liked it better on this tag than the others. The numbers are from the first download I posted on day 2 I think. If you have any questions about any of the tags-please let me know and I would be more than happy to give you any directions.

*This is not a download-we post the negative and the stamp just to illustrate that we did create them-not purchased them. This will be available in a few days as a download.

Tip: You do not need to mirror or invert text when making a text stamp. You simply print it out as normal and then flip over the negative so it reads wrong and place it on top of the polymer sachet.

Product List:
TCD Noel Red Dots side B
TCD Blingage Zach's Book Plates
TCD Giving Thanks tags
Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
gingham ribbon
glitter chipboard heart
bling gem

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 12

This is one of the tags that has sentimental value to me as I have included a piece of jewelry that belonged to my grandmother-this was not a valuable piece of jewelry. The white december is from an old set of rub-ons that I have had for years but you could use white ink also. Fleur de lys stamp is form pre made TCD negative that comes in your TC Stampmaker kit

Product List:
TCD Noel Tags and Borders side B
TCD Noel Countdown side B
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Cream satin ribbon
white december rub on
bling or button

I also decided I wanted a way to give back at this time of year because I have much to be thankful for this season so I am going to be giving away a complete premade set of all the stamps I have used on all 25 tags for the person who gets the most people to like Photocentric on facebook from now until the end (cutoff is 12:00 AM PST) of Christmas Day which is December 25.

We are also having a little contest for all of you that own a TC stampmaker already-from now until the end of December who ever creates the best original project using original stamps that you create (you must send a photo of the negatives and stamps created) will also receive a full set of the stamps I used for the tags and we will display this project at CHA show in Los Angeles. More details to follow.....

Happy Holidays

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 11

This tag was made with some handmade type paper that I have had for years. The houndstooth was from an older TCD collection. You could use any type of bauble or chandelier type crystal-you can also color them with Copic markers or alcohol inks. This stamp is a special TC Christmas negative. I heat embossed the letters as kept smearing them because I sometimes get impatient and don't let things dry before I touch them.

If you have any questions about anything I did or any part of any tag please email.

Product List:
TCD Houndstooth
TCD Christmas Negative
Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
Cream and red circle sticker-Jenni Bowlin
black handmade paper
clear embossing powder
black ribbon
metal edged tag
crystal bauble or chandelier crystal

Friday, 10 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 10

The stamp on this tag is one of the TC negatives you receive in your kit-I stamped it on Ivory thickstock from Canvas Corp with the Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Did you know you can emboss with Versafine? The numbers are from the free download we did at the beginning of the countdown. The leopard print ribbon I added just for an unexpected look.
Product List:
TCD Noel Cards and Notes
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
leopard print ribbon
green cardstock
clear embossing powder
black velvet ribbon
square bling piece

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 9

This is one of the tags that has special meaning for me as the button and the key were with my grandmother's belongings when we went through them after she passed away this summer. I decided to add a little more green as there was so much ivory, black and red that it needed a pop of color. I love black and ivory combination as most everything in my house is black and cream but needed some green for Christmas. The Home and large artisan label stamps are ones I created and the background on the label is from one of the preprinted negatives you get with your TC Stampmaker kit.

Product List:
TCD Noel Countdown side B
Onyx Black Versafine from Tsukineko
Canvas Corp Ivory thickstock
Graphic 45 Christmas Past-The Holly and the Ivy paper
Button
Cream ribbon
key

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 8

I love the way this tag turned out-I just started layering pieces and various elements until I ended up with something I liked. The looking back was left over from an old TC paper collection. The artisan label stamp was one I already owned but it would be easy to create your own. I created the thankful stamp for the stampmaker-text stamps are some of the easiest to do-you can create them in programs like Word or Photoshop or Photoshop elements or Gimp(which is free). I had a lot of chipboard stars and I simply covered it with spray adhesive and glitter (I love the Art Glitter glue that dries white for glitter but I didn't have time to wait for it to dry).


Product list:
TCD Noel Black Damask
TCD Noel Countdown side B
Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Canvas Corp Ivory Thickstock
chipboard star
metal edge tag
black velvet ribbon
bling flourish

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 7

This tag was stamped with a script stamp I made with the Stampmaker. It was stamped with Crimson Red Versafine ink that almost matched the TCD Noel line. It is on Ivory colored cardstock so I am not sure how close of a match it would be on white cardstock. The fleur de lys is from one of the premade negatives you receive in your TC Stampmaker kit.


Product List:
TCD Noel Tags and borders side B
TCD Noel Chipboard frames
Ivory Thickstock by Canvas Corp
Crimson Red and Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Seam binding ribbon-white and the Grey was colored with Cinder by Glimmer Mist
Bling flourish-bought at Wal-Mart or Target
strip of green cardstock

Monday, 6 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 6


This tag was probably one of the most simple tags I did for the Countdown-I thought about doing some Christmas carol lyrics stamps on the white lines but had that thought after I had already glued everything else down. I did use the 6 from the Christmas numbers I posted for download on Day 2. The flower is just simply crepe paper that I glued to a medium size metal edge tag.

Product List:
TCD Noel Stripes
TCD Blingage Maxon's Crowns
TCD Noel Ribbon
YCD Noel Tags and Borders
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Black Crepe paper
Metal edge tags

Tomorow's tag is much more detailed and is almost all stamps.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 5


AHH Paris!-The city of lights and my favorite city that I have visited. After studying and majoring in art in college and taking 7 years of French language classes-going to Paris was an amazing event in my life. I am very glad I made it to the top of the Eiffel tower-I have an overwhelming fear of heights (Acrophobia).

This tag was stamped with an eiffel tower image then I added the paper strip to the bottom and the side strip since I messed up on my accent over the e when I wrote the words by hand.

Product List:
TCD Noel Tags and Borders
TCD Blingage Gentry's Glitter
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
Seam binding ribbon sprayed with Cinder Glimmer Mist
Metal edge tag
black pen





Saturday, 4 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 4


This is a cork tag-I wanted to mix things up a little but I still wanted all the tags to be consistent in size. You can see the fine detail you get with photopolymer stamps really well in this picture. Actually text/word stamps are the easiest to create with the stampmaker.


Product list:
TCD Noel ribbon
TCD Blingage Stephanie's gems
Black Onyx Versafine ink
Cork from Canvas Corp
Silver Metal frame
Black waxed twine

Here is our second little gift for you to download:

Believe

Friday, 3 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tag 3

This tag is a mixture of different items-I have had the lace and snowflake for years and never used them. The ornate frame and the 3 are both made with stamps from the TC Stampmaker and stamped with Onyx black Versafine ink from Tsukineko. The Versafine ink is the only permanent ink I have found that doesn't stain clear photopolymer stamps and it gives a very crisp, clear image. You can use Stazon but over time the solvents in it and the cleaner will break down Photopolymer stamps.


Product list
TCD Noel Red Dots
TCD Noel Countdown side B
TCD Noel Chipboard
Black Onyx Versafine ink by Tsukineko
cream cardstock
snowflake charm
Black ribbon
lace

Recently, the Teresa Collins Stampmaker was features in Creating Keepsakes magazines new special edition: Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas-Day 2


This next tag is one that I wanted to add a little personalization to so I added the S so please feel free to add whatever letter you would like to your tag. I inked the chipboard S with a thick layer of the Onyx black Versafine ink and embossed with several layers of clear embossing powder.


Product list:
TCD Stripes paper
TCD Blingage-Ty's Stars
Onyx Black Versafine ink by Tsukineko
cream ribbon
Chipboard letter
Clear Embossing powder

Our first little gift to you is the number negative to make your own number stamps that I used on the tag-if you use them please share with us the projects you use them on.
Christmas Countdown Numbers

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas tags



I will be showing a new countdown tag each day until Christmas. Each of these little tags is unique and some very simple and others are more intricate, some are not very traditional but I actually like some of them best. Several of these tags contain some pieces of jewelry/bling that belonged to my grandmother (she passed away this summer while I was at the CHA show) so I am dedicating these all to her.

This first tag is a Santa tag. I made the number and the Santa Claus words with the Stampmaker. The Santa image is available to everyone as it is a public domain image.



Product list:
TCD Red Definitions paper
flattened bottle cap
cream cardstock
bling-source unknown
black ribbon
black buttons
Onyx black ink from Tsukineko
Santa Image-public domain image

As a small little gift we will be making several of the stamp image negatives available as a free download.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Not Just for Crafters



Debbie Heller from Your Scrapping Cafe in Ohio created this stamp of her logo. The Stampmaker is a great tool for businesses to create your own business cards, logos, etc. You can see the negative, stamp and resulting stamped image. Great Job Debbie!

http://www.yourscrappingcafe.com/