Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Stamping With Karen Taylor: Brushed Calligraphy

At the last Summer CHA show, Karen Taylor stopped by our booth to give me a "hello and hug" from her friend and awesome Inky DT member Trudy Sjolander. Meeting Karen was a special treat all its own, as this very sweet lady also happens to be a talented designer in her own right.

That's one of the reasons why I'm so pleased to introduce Karen as the Inky Guest Designer for January:

As you'll see over the next few weeks, Karen has a wonderfully unique sense of style. Although she does make some cards, more often she creates altered art and 3D projects that show off her love of "all things vintage and old."

Want to see an example? One of the sets Karen used was 11014SC Brushed Calligraphy #3 Clear Set:

Here's the gorgeous project she created with these stamps:

Although you could call it a scrapbook layout, to me this reads more as a beautiful tribute to Karen's grandmother that is really a piece of art.

I know that a photograph can't do justice to something like this, but if you click on the above image you can see some of Karen's details.

For instance, at first glance you might spot the butterflies that are beautifully layered and embellished with pearl and rhinestone bling:

Speaking of layers, that's real sheet music...on the left, inked around the torn edges and on the right, passed through a paper crimper to add texture.

Did you notice the teal-colored vintage seam binding that was artfully arranged above the saying? Karen also used it as the stem that forms the base of her glittered paper flowers:

When I asked Karen to describe her stamping style in five words or less, she said "Artist out of the box!"

She elaborated by saying, "I just want to be free. NO boundaries, just to create with the doing that, I come up with different and fun ways to use stamps, [where] nothing is off limits!"

Karen encourages readers by reminding us: "Have fun. Remember, rules are meant to be broken...think outside of the box. This is where the next great techniques come from, but most of all, enjoy [the process]!

We definitely agree that Karen's approach yields "different and fun" results, and we hope you're inspired to experiment on your own!

Want the chance to experiment with 11014SC Brushed Calligraphy #3 Clear Set, too? Please leave a comment for Karen at the end of this post, which will enter you into our BLOG CANDY giveaway.

On Wednesday, January 4th, I'll randomly choose the winner and post that person's please check back to see if you've won!


Lucy said...

I would really love to try this. Karen's sample is gorgeous!

Deloris said...

Fantastic! I love all the little details and the colors are lovely!

Irene said...

Spectacular--this beautiful creation really gets my mind going on how I can use this wonderful stamp set!!!

stamping sue said...

What a lovely layout of Karen's grandmother. All the great layers and textures.
stamping sue

Chelsea said...

What a great page. Very pretty!

debb said...

What a beautiful layout! Every detail is amazing!

Sue D said...

Like you said--this is a beautiful tribute to her grandmother. Love all the details--like the sheet music and beautiful butterflies. I like the quote too.

Kimmy said...

What a beautiful page. I love how you added so much detail and kept the vintage feel of the old picture. Just lovely!

Debbie K. said...

Great project Karen! Love your stamps too. The quote is one of my most favorites! Happy New Year!
- DebbieK
d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh my goodness this is beautiful, what a wonderful way to use stamps.
Thanks for sharing

Allie Gower said...

I can see the love in this layout. It's beautifully and carefully done, with lots of layers and innumerate details. What a gift to share it with all of us. Thank you!

Marie said...

Stunning, vintage work of art. Love how all the beautiful elements frame the photo. Layered butterflies are fantastic.

Lillian Child said...

So very lovely, and such a beautiful tribute to Karen's special grandmother! And so many delightful layers of color and patterns.

Jovita said...

Beautiful page, love the butterflies and all the details that are added. Looking forward to seeing more creations from Karen.

True :) said...

LOVE IT Girlfriend!!!!

True :D

Anonymous said...

The entire concept of "brushed calligraphy" fascinates me.
Cynthia Davison

Jan. Guest =
Karen Taylor