Reported by Amy Westerman
Recently, Cornish Heritage Farms partnered with world famous artist Thomas Kinkade to create a line of rubber stamps for rubberstamping and scrapbooking enthusiasts everywhere. It was a long, painstaking process to create a stamp that would, in the end, beautifully articulate the fine details so evident in Kinkade’s work.
A few months ago, when these stamps were first revealed by Cornish Heritage Farms, I was super skeptical that a rubber stamp that featured such detailed artwork would translate very well onto paper. In addition, the style of the stamps just didn’t interest me much at all. They just weren’t “me”, if you know what I mean. No matter how much they were being hyped in blogging community, I didn’t find myself drawn to them at all. I was fairly certain I wouldn’t be jumping on the Thomas Kinkade rubber stamp bandwagon anytime soon!
Well, I’ve held true to my word. I haven’t purchased any Thomas Kinkade stamps as of yet, but I was generously given two Thomas Kinkade stamps a few months ago by Sarah Moore, our dear Craft Critique boss lady (who graciously received them from the great folks at Cornish Heritage Farms). Along with the stamps, Sarah asked me to write a review on what I thought about them once I had a chance to ink them up a bit. Oh, brother. Some assignment. Make cards with stamps I’m not crazy about? I certainly had my work cut out for me.
The one thing I did vow to do before I started stamping with these new images was not allow the “style” of the stamp to dictate how my card looked. I was going to make sure the stamps adapted to MY style, and not vice versa. In the beginning, many of the cards I saw made with the Thomas Kinkade stamps were monochromatic in nature, very subdued, and elegant. Most of the time, that is completely opposite of how my cards look when I’m finished with them! The big question mark for me was whether or not Thomas Kinkade stamps could be successfully incorporated into my love of bright colors and bold designer paper choices.
And what did I discover? This tough critic discovered that YES, these new rubber stamps featuring the stunning artwork of Thomas Kinkade can be adapted to anyone’s style of cardmaking, whether you love bright colors and bold patterns, or if you tend to be attracted to the more subdued, rich colors of the spectrum. Don’t be afraid to give them a try just because they don’t seem to be your “style”. I was skeptical, but in the end, I love how my cards turned out. Have I become a Thomas Kinkade rubber stamp convert? You bet I have. My wish list is all ready to go, now I just need the hubby to find a job so I can go to Cornish Heritage Farms and buy them, LOL!