Wednesday, July 12, 2017

STAMPlorations Mini Release - Classic Shoes and Walking Boots

I've got two new stamp sets out on the STAMPlorations blog, both of them masculine and both of them footwear.  Masculine cards are always the hardest to make (well, the coming up with ideas is the hardest), but hopefully these two sets will help you to expand your masculine card repertoire.   First up, there's Classic Shoes, great for those classy guys in your life, whether they're hipster or just hip.

I'd been playing with Distress Oxides, and the Faded Denim reminded me of blue suede.  Couldn't resist it...  Elvis, anyone?

Then I thought I'd stamp onto kraft.  That also looked quite textured, like suede.  I added a bit of shading, and some pattern to make it look like a brogue.  Added some Art Deco style washi tape to give it a Thirties look.

Then I thought I'd make something a bit more city/hipster-style.  Stamped and coloured the shoes then masked them off while I stamped a background using Shery's Mixed Media Grunge set.

My other new set is Walking Boots.  If you think you've seen it before, you're probably right.  This was one of the first designs I made on my little stampmaker machine before Shery invited me to design for STAMPlorations.  You can see the original post here.  It's lovely to have it as a 'proper' stamp, tidied up a bit.

I thought I'd start with one for the girls, and pink is always a good place to start with girl cards.  This was watercoloured with Distress Inks.

For this next card I used coloured pencils.  I started off very neat (well, for me) but then I just got scribbly.  

For this final card, I thought I'd bring a bit of the great outdoors to the background.  I scribbled a landscape using a 0.5 pen, and added just a hint of shade to the boots, and a hint of grass to the foreground.  I used a Dymo to make the sentiment.  Nancy Sinatra, anyone?

I hope you've enjoyed this walk through (sorry) my new stamps, and I hope I haven't left you with an ear worm or two ;)

Want to win one of these sets?  Leave me a comment here, and also leave a comment on the STAMPlorations blog post for two chances to win.  And if you feel like shopping for any of my stamps, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.


  1. Such an interesting design!

  2. great design, I love your cards! the stamps are just perfect!

  3. The walking boots are really growing on me. Love that sketchy mountain background. Great inspiration Shirley. Hugz

  4. I love how you drew the last card! Oh and the Mixed Media Grunge background is awesome...

  5. Fun stamps. Love the wing tips.

  6. I enjoyed the Walk. Though I'd enjoy it more with some lovely pink boots! Mine are still muddied up from grape harvesting. Last fall. Nuff said.

  7. Wonderful cards and I love the stamps - perfect for masculine cards.

  8. I love shoes ... such fun stamps

  9. Wow, great cards! Love your scribbled background landscape...incredible! I thought it was a stamp! Thanks for the chuckle with Nancy Sinatra!

  10. Wonderful stamp designs and great cards! I really love the sneakers, although both sets are practical and useful - just like shoes should be!

  11. Wow. These shoes are really impressive that I would like to have. How can we buy these shoes online if we live in UK?
    Emma Charlotte |

    1. You can buy them at this link
      International postage is very reasonable, or even free depending on how much you spend :)

  12. Love both of these images though my fav would have to be the walking boots - they are so rugged and masculine:)

  13. These are great stamps for masculine cards--thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Great stamp sets and perfect for the masculine card...thank you for eh inspiration x

  15. Just all your fabulous shoes.