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Meet Artistic Guide – Shelly Newkirk

My name is Shelly Newkirk.  I live on a ranch in western Nebraska.  My husband and I have been married for 38 years. (Gasp! Gosh, that's a long time.)  We have two grown children, three male dogs (AKA - the boys) and a few cats outside.

I help with the ranch work and farming when needed.  I also work part-time for Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service doing farm and ranch surveys and crop plots.  While traveling around the back roads of western Nebraska I have taken pictures of many old abandoned farmsteads.  I made a hand-sewn scrapbook for these pictures and have decorated the pages with many stamped images.

I have been stamping for 16 years.  I taught stamp classes, for a short time owned a stamp store and demoed at stamp conventions. I am thoroughly and totally addicted to rubber stamping.  I have a wide range of stamps from western to flourishes.  If it doesn't move, I will eventually find a way to stamp it.

While I do do some scrapbooking, it is on stamping terms and I think as a stamper.  When I see scrapbook paper I look at it and think "how will this look as a card" or "could I stamp on this?"

New ideas for old techniques interest me greatly.  The card maps are so freeing as you don't have a preconcieved notion of color or stamps.

Blogging is new to me and very fun.  I really enjoy making the tutorials with pictures

and look forward to doing more.  To see more of my stamping and card making, please visit my blog.  I would love to read your comments and ideas about my paper crafting.

You can find Shelly tinkering on her blog at:  www.shellysblog-ne.blogspot.com

Enjoy the projects Shelly submitted with her application for our design team!

And here is Shelly's project she shared with us. We hope you find it as intriguing as we did!  Makes you just want to run right out to the store and buy some leather!

Buffalo Card
By:  Shelly Newkirk, Artistic Guide


Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Buffalo stamp (Rubber Café)
Parchment card base (A2 size)
Dark Brown card stock
Medium Brown card stock
Cream or Ivory card stock
Dark Brown ink
Brown Pigment ink
Coluzzle Rectangle cutting templates (Provo Craft)
Chevron Punch or Die Cuts
Black brads
Decorative scissors, deckle and adobe
Walnut distressed embossing powder (Ranger)
Japanese Screw Punch or Craft Knife
Baby Powder ** (See Shelly's Tip at the bottom)


  1. Dust the leather with the Baby Powder.
  2. Stamp the Buffalo with Brown pigment ink onto leather and apply Walnut Distressed embossing powder and melt with heat gun.
  3. Position Rectangular Coluzzle cutting template evenly over Buffalo image and cut. You will NOT be able to cut all the way through the leather, but the cut that you make will enable you to finish cutting cleanly with scissors.
  4. Sponge Dark Brown dye ink around the leather to add depth and interest.
  5. Carefully mark with a pencil where you want to place your brads. Cut the holes with the Screw Punch and insert the brads. Even a slit cut with a craft knife will work. You simply want the brads to all be the same distance from the edge of each corner.
  6. Glue the stamped leather to Dark Brown cardstock and cut with deckle scissors, leaving a small border of Dark Brown paper peeking out from under the leather.
  7. From Medium Dark Brown cardstock, punch or die cut 4 Chevrons.  Photo corners or even squares will work.
  8. Glue the layered Buffalo on to the chevrons, being careful to place them all equal distance from the leather.
  9. Attach the above layers to Cream or Ivory cardstock.
  10. Cut edges so all sides are evenly spaced from the chevrons.
  11. Sponge the edges of the Cream or Ivory cardstock with Dark Brown dye ink. Attach  this to the Dark Brown card stock.
  12. Cut with the Adobe decorative scissors.
  13. Attach the layered piece to the Parchment card base.
  14. Sign the back of your card, it is your art and worthy of being signed!

Shelly's Tip:  I purchase the super cheap baby powder that you can get at the discount store. Make sure the contents include two ingredients, talc and scent.  I keep a little glass votive candle holder a quarter full of the baby powder with my embossing powders, with a piece of cotton (like the cotton facial pads) in it.  I use the baby powder to swipe over the paper before stamping and adding embossing powders (EP).  This cuts down the static electricity and really helps keep the EP from straying when embossing. I use it on everything but the very dark colors, which it cannot be totally removed from.

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