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I found yesterday’s post to be an intriguing, fascinating, and fun discussion!  I *should* be working, but, I wanted to take a few moments to explore it more . . .

BTW, in case I confused anybody, on the topic of scrappy vs. stampy cards (which wasn’t intended as adverserial), one is not better than another–they are simply different beasts.  For example, if I design a card that uses patterned paper, scrapbook embellishments, and then I stamp a sentiment onto it, that is not a "stampy" card; it’s a "scrappy" card.  In other words, stamping is definitely not the focused art medium used in its creation. If stamp images and techniques (not necessarily complex or time consuming ones, either, I should add) are the intended focal, and the project is geared towards that in various ways, that’s what we mean when we say "stampy". *chuckle*  The card "Strong Friendship" that I’m uploading subsequently after this post, is what I’d consider a "hybrid" ‘cuz it’s somewhere in the middle, with no strong leanings one way or the other, really . . .  *chuckle*

"it appears that ‘scrappy’ cards are what many magazines seem to favor most, so, I’ve had to make adjustments to my publication submissions . . . this saddens me to a degree, although I’m not sure that I can put my finger on exactly why it does . . ."–me

I totally agree… I would consider that is unfair, because each artist has his/her own style, and one style being different from another doesn’t make it less beautiful or less ‘art’.–lacyquilter

Yes, at times, it does seem unfair.  I think, and, it’s JMHO, that readers miss out on many wonderful creations that would indeed inspire them, because they are considered "too stampy"?  I can certainly appreciate the speed with which a quick card can be made by using patterned paper as the foundation of a design, but, on the other hand, one of the reasons I enjoy stamping so much is the freedom, versatility, and options it provides me–I’m not locked into a pre-determined color scheme, etc. 

And, there are things that can be done with a stamp, that can’t be done with an image printed onto paper . . . I love patterned paper, so don’t misunderstand me at all–I buy gobs of it, use it sparingly, hoard it away, take it out and gaze at the beautiful designs, and then stash it back into the vault–’cuz I izzzz a freak that way, *chortle* (I also own Cuttlebug/Big Shot embossing folders and love using them, too)–but, I think the beautiful flexibility of art stamping is often over-looked in magazines, in favor of a great deal of pre-fab . . .  I guess that’s what makes me sad, really . . .   Well, that and a pre-conceived notion, or assumption, that stamping is somehow too difficult or complex for the average card-maker . . . ?  While I’m a stampy stamper, I don’t think my totally stamped card designs are overly complex or too difficult, but, then, that may be a hard thing for a long-time stamper like myself to gauge? 

I guess I wish stampy cards were given equal space and attention in the paper crafting magazines . . .

What I don’t understand, with many blogs that I read, is why is being published such a big deal when it causes you to step away from your true style? Seems a bit like selling out.–Crystal

Aaaaah. Well, I suppose one could look at it that way . . . I tend to look at it as "work", and what pays the bills.  *wink*  I liken it to those in the acting/entertainment biz:  There are many who earn their living making TV commercials, or playing bit parts, being extras, etc., but, not everybody is going to achieve the kind of stature of someone like Harrison Ford, for example, who can pick & choose the projects and roles he wants to play.

Are the actors that pay the mortgage and putting food on the table with their TV commercials, as opposed to playing dramatic roles in the movies, "selling out"?  I’d surmise that those individuals work every bit as hard as the more famous folk do, mebbe some are hoping for that lucky break to make the big time in show biz, and mebbe they’ve decided that the price of fame is just a little too high, so making TV commercials is just as honorable a way to make a living as an actor.

On the flip side, I imagine there are also a number of Hollywood stars whose true love is the Broadway Stage, but, it’s the movies or TV series they work on that earns them their living . . . ?  I’m sure many "starving artists" reach a crossroads, and, end up choosing the path that prevents them from starving?

Food for thought, whatever your opinion happens to be, at any rate!

Julie- Have you ever encountered snobby scrappers? I attend occasional crops with a couple of these. They just can’t believe that anyone would "waste" time making cards.–Krystie

Now that I think about it, yes.  Once.  However, I would be dis-inclined to describe her as a "snobby" scrapper–just someone who doesn’t "get it" (For the record, I don’t get a lot of things, like altered books, etc.)  It’s all good, and to each his own!  *chuckle*  Anyhoo, I was conducting a workshop, and the conversation went something like this:

"How can you give these away???  And, WHY would you??  That’s why I scrapbook! If I’m going to make something, I’m making it to keep for myself.  It’s for me.   I could never make these cards and just give them away to anybody, for any reason!"

She was genuinely, utterly mystified by this.  I just laughed, and, replied, "Well, I guess that’s just the crazy thing about us stampers–it’s the making of something beautiful ourselves, and giving it away, that is, in part, behind the immense satisfaction we get from stamping, and making cards!"

She was the lone scrapper in an audience composed otherwise of all stampers.  Those within earshot, reacted with rather surprised looks on their faces, but I answered the only way I knew how, with what I believed and felt, and still do. *wink*

Thank you to everybody that shared their thoughts–some stamping friends and I have these discussions, and we enjoy (for some bizarre reason???!!! *chuckle*) kicking our thoughts around, and getting each other’s perspectives on them.  I enjoyed hearing some of yours!

Have a wondermous day!

  1. I s’pose I’m a scrappy stamper, having started with the paper & only just discovering stamps (I thought ink was for the edges of paper LOL) but I’m having more & more stampy stamper days & when I grow up I want to be an artsy stamper (while still being both stampy & scrappy IFGWIM) – loved the article tho’

  2. This is a very interesting discussion. I am often drawn to paper crafting magazines that feature cards but am almost always disappointed in them. You have just given me the reason why… I am a stampy stamper and I long for publications to show me cards that have been stamped! I look at scrappy cards and admire them and appreciate all the work that the artist put into it, but I am often disappointed at the fact that stamps are merely used for sentiments or small accents. I realize that in the paper crafting world, scrapping is king but I wish us rubbah lovers would get a little more respect. :)

  3. I think I’m a scrappy stamper because I am artistically challenged…my stick figures are even hard to recognize.
    I think it takes more actual talent to be able to stamp, color, shade, etc. I can punch out a few shapes, arrange things in a way that pleases me, tear an edge, add a bit of glitter, some ribbon, and then, stamp a sentiment, maybe the only thing stamped on the whole card. I try to be more stampy, but when I’m in a rush I revert back to my comfort zone.
    (lower lip so out for a pout!)

  4. Thanks for sharing this Julie. Lots of food for thought. I’m glad that there still are magazine that are dedicated to stampers only. Like Stampers Sampler. Rubberstampmadness. etc. The sad part is that the paying magazine lean more towards the scrappy style, Papercrafts, Cards, etc. Oh well.

  5. Interesting discussion. When I think about a stampy stamper that do cutsy or artsy style I think of Godelieve from StampingMathilda. Have you seen her blog?

  6. I love that I’m not the only one who makes a distinction between scrappy and stampy. I was at a stampin workshop recently and asked a customer if her ATC’s were artsy, cutesy, or stampy! She completely understood the distinctions (the other newbies at the table, however, were totally mystified.) For the record, I enjoy all styles (except for barfy-cutesy) although it’s sad that there seems to be less stamping out there. I haven’t submitted to magazines because I have no idea where I’d fit in and which mag to submit to. I especially love the style of stamping I see a lot on Splitcoast.

  7. I find myself going through “phases”… for a very long time I was a stampy stamper… lately I’m more of a scrappy stamper…. and I’m sure I’ll go back towards a stampy stamper again one of these days! as long as I have a creative outlet and am pleased with my creations at the end of the day, I’m a happy girl!

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