Monday, November 12, 2012

Stamp eight different ways with Birgit Koopsen!

I know it's been a while but this month I bring back to you the Guest Designer feature.. with a big KAPOW!!! Introducing Birgit Koopsen:

I'll let Birgit take it over from here:
Hi! My name is Birgit Koopsen. I'm married to Erik and mom of 3 beautiful kids. I live in a little village called Winsum in the north of the Netherlands.
I started scrapbooking officially when my youngest child was one year old, in 2003, but actually I've been doing it since I was a teenager. I always enjoyed photography and "pimped" my photo albums, just didn't know there was a name for it and special products. I love how scrapbooking keeps all the beautiful memories of special events and everyday life alive. Especially for my children! But I also love the creative outlet it gives me! I just love to get my hands dirty! Be creative, play, experiment! I love color! Bright, happy and bold colors are my favorites to work with. Lime Green, turquoise, pink, orange, yellow and red. My style goes from clean and geometric to “busy” layouts with lots of details and colors, I  love to play with paints and inks and use non-scrapbooking products! In the last few years I fell in love with mixed media and I very much enjoy creating “off-the-page” projects like canvasses and Art Journal style mini albums.In the last 8 years scrapbooking slowly turned into a job. I teach and demonstrate in my own studio at home as well as in scrapbook stores and at (international) scrapbook events, shows and conventions. Also I do freelance work for magazines. I was given the privilege to work on a couple of wonderful DT’s like in the past for Infocrea, MyStampBOX and until last year Prima. Currently I’m a DT-member for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a certified Tattered Angels Designer, an endorsed educator for WOW! Embossing Powders and designing for Sizzix.
You can find more of my work on my blog:, on Facebook:, on Twitter: @BirgitKoopsen and on Instagram: birgitkoopsen. I would love to see you there!
And here is the project I would like to share with you today a mini art journal:
1 stamp – 8 techniques
I  took 1 stamp and used it with 8 different techniques. You can find the stamp I used here!
To create the cover I stamped the image with Versamark and added WOW! Bonding Powder. When you heat the powder it turns into a hot glue and you can add Fab Foil (also from WOW!). Rub it, let it cool down and then carefully remove the foil. You now have a shiny stamped image. I colored in the open spaces using Faber Castel Gelatos and a water brush.
I didn’t throw away the negative left over piece of foil but covered a tag completely with Versmark and bonding powder. Then I added the left over foil.
To create the black and white shipping tag I just stamped with black Stazon and colored the flowers with a white pen.
The next page was stamped with Versamark and colored with PanPastel. The PanPastel gets a darker color in the places where the Versamark is.
For this page I stamped with Versmark and then embossed the image with white embossing powder. The embossed image creates a resist for water based spray paints. The image was spray painted with several colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
For this colorful page I colored directly on the stamp with Faber Castel Gelatos, sprayed it with water and then stamped on white cardstock.
To create this page I first colored a piece of white cardstock with Ecoline (water color ink). I covered the stamp with a very thin layer of blue Ecoline using a brush and then stamped it on the colored cardstock.
This little tag was also created using Ecoline, only this time there is a layer of gesso underneath the pink. If you now stamp with another color of Ecoline the original color will be “pushed away” and leaf you with a water colored look.
I hope you like my little project and that you got inspired to get out one stamp, a lot of different mediums and experiment on all the different looks you can accomplish with only that one image!
Thank you for stopping by today and a big thank you to DeeDee for inviting me to guest design for VivaLasVegaStamps!
Wishing you all a wonderful day! Happy Stamping!


Judy Cantrell said...

Thank you for sharing each page of your gorgeous mini art journal using just one stamp!

Sandra Strait said...

What a fantastic journal!

Pinky Hobbs said...

Wow just a fun time! :)

Myriame said...

What a wonderful project, a real source of inspiration, fantastic!!

Glenda T. said...

Loved seeing all the different ways you did this!

Karenladd said...

LOVE this post! I try to use all of my stamps in various ways and this really shows how different the same stamp can look! Really inspired!