Playing With Natural Elements

I had the pleasure this week to design with new stamps created by Rae Missigman for PaperBag Studios.  From the moment I opened the package, my mind was racing with ideas and ways that I could use this amazing set!

The stamps are big and bold and originate from hand-carved designs by Rae.  I instantly thought of stamping on canvas!  I had some large zippered pouches in my studio and set to work painting.

I used a large acrylic block with a handle and Staz-On black ink to transfer the designs.  Next I used Golden Hi-Flow Acrylic Paints to brush some color onto the stamped images.

I loved using the feathers for leaves and the fall colors on the natural canvas.  I decided to go brighter on the next few pouches, alternating using the stamps with both acrylic paint and ink.

I wanted to make some cute little zipper pulls for my pouches, so I grabbed some Shrinky Dinks and stamped the designs right onto the plastic.  Next I used some acrylic paint pens to roughly color in the stamps.  No need to be too careful as the designs shrink down and the colors get more intense!  I punched a hole into each design then used the heat gun to shrink them down.  These cute little plastic designs could be turned into earrings or charms for a necklace or bracelet also!

I also used the stamps to create designs in this canvas portfolio – I love the texture elements – perfect for backgrounds!  I could have spent another week creating with these stamps – they are an essential set for any mixed media artist!  Be sure to visit Rae’s Blog, Roben-Marie Smith’s Blog and PaperBag Studios website for more inspiration!

Share this Post


  1. Rae Missigman

    oh my goodness! GORGEOUS! I am thrilled you had fun playing with these and love all of your projects so much! You are just so talented and I am honored to have you on the team! xo Rae

  2. Mary W

    WOW the shrinky dinks are GREAT! I want to make a batch for zipper pulls for my grand daughter, Sadie. Rae’s stamps work perfectly for this. Your colorful pouches are a treat for my eyes like walking in a candy store for samples but not gaining weight!

  3. Roben-Marie Smith

    Wow! You sure went all out and what a variety of cool ideas! Thanks so much for being a part of the team. I especially love how the ShrinkyDinks turned out with Rae’s stamps! 🙂

  4. Avatar

    Love these bags! I want to create them so badly, but fear messing them up the canvas with paint or ink, maybe this will get me moving on this project. Your work is inspiring!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.