Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tucked away on North Center Street in Downtown Northville, Michigan, you will find a truly rare specimen. A brick and mortar stamp store!
Does anyone miss the stamp stores as much as I do?
Stampeddler Plus is a thriving stamp store that is housed in an old church. What a perfect setting for the sacred art of papercrafting!
The interior of the store showcases the original stained glass windows and the lovely arches that are so typical in old churches.
Isn't that monkey display the cutest thing you've ever seen?
This shop is loaded with a lot of cool stuff! Hero Arts, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin, Cosmo Cricket, and more.
The sweet lady in the shop gave us a demonstration on how to turn a napkin into an artist trading card. Here's what it takes:
You'll need some chipboard (typically, ATC size is 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches), glitter and glue. This glue is called Perfect Paper Adhesive, but I'm sure that other thin glues would work fine, too. You'll also need a pretty napkin.
First, you'll need to separate the napkin so that you have only one thin layer. Next, smear some glue thinly onto the chipboard. Put the napkin over the glue and trim excess, leaving a half inch around so that you can glue the edges onto the back.
Next, add another thin layer of glue over the napkin, spreading carefully so as not to tear. Then sprinkle a fine layer of glitter over the top. Let dry, and you will have an ATC that makes a perfect accent on any card or project!
Voila! Isn't it lovely? I can't wait to try this technique at home. I'll be on the lookout for pretty napkins in the future. You can also stamp onto the napkin before adhering it to the chipboard. (I'd recommend an ink like Stazon for this project so that the ink does not smear).
Blessings on your day, friends!