P.O. Box 530778
Livonia, MI 48153-0078
Stamp artist Alesa Baker adds beautiful new Nature's Blessings sample cards to her Catalog Review page! Check it out at Catalog Corner
We were reviewed in the September 1998 issue of Vamp Stamp News! Vamp Stamp News, a great resource for ideas and stamping news is available at your favorite stamp store or by subscription. For more information, e-mail VSN editor Nancie Waterman. The following is the review, reprinted with special permission:
Nature's Blessings Catalog Review
Do you love detailed botanical images? Do you look for the fine lines of an etching when you choose a stamp? Or are you more a fan of adorable cartoon-like images with a minimum of lines and detail? Nature's Blessings has them both and so can keep both camps of stampers happy!
Nature's Blessings is owned by Ann Buszard and Laura Welcher. Laura explains "My mother and I are crafters from way back. We have been doing craft shows together since I was a little girl. (I bet I was a big help back then.) Several years ago, I discovered the world of stamping and fell in love. Of course, I made sure mom caught the bug too! We were frustrated at the time, because we wanted to put our new hobby to use making stamped cards to sell at craft shows, but none of the stamp companies we supported would allow it. We'll just start our own company, we thought!"
"Over the years, I had collected Victorian books which I admired for their beautiful etchings. We dreamed of the beautiful stamps they would make. Because I love to draw, mom encouraged me to combine these passions by turning my collection and drawings into our line of stamps. This is why we have both antiquarian art and original art in our catalog."
"We have been making stamps for one year now (we published our first catalog in Spring 1997,) and are very pleased by the interest shown in our images. We have also recently branched out from having a mail-order catalog to supporting a web site with an online catalog."
The catalog offers thirty pages of images with an average of three to six images on each page. Some images are quite large and could easily fill an entire card. Others are smaller elements that can be used to build a card design. A nice touch in the catalog is the inclusion of suggestions for ways to use different stamps. If you ever look at images in a catalog and find you love an image, but don't know how you would use it, you will appreciate these suggestions!
The catalog is divided into three sections. The first twenty pages are antiquarian art - art from antique etchings. There are also two pages of John Wagner's art lettering and calligraphy offering card greetings. And finally, there are about eight pages of Laura's original drawings.
The antiquarian art includes elegant detailed horses, etchings with a book theme (for use as book plates), and architectural images from ancient Greece and Egypt. Nature images include a large pumpkin for your harvest stamping, onions, a carrot freshly pulled from the ground, a card sized grouping of many vegetables, lovely flowers and vegetables. There is a card sized pond scene. (Later in the catalog, there are little creatures to sit on the lily pads) ad a very nice large mushroom (or "fairy umbrella.")
For your holiday cards, you will find Santa starting down the chimney and Santa and his reindeer flying through the sky. (Both are card filling images.) Laura Ann Original Art completes the catalog. Here you will find a little dressed mouse putting a love letter in a rustic mailbox, a frog in tailcoat singing a serenade accompanied by a violin playing cricket, another mouse smelling a flower . . . There are also images for Easter, Halloween and Christmas including three leaves blown by the wind and Santa and a reindeer consulting a world map to prepare for their trip. These images are a lot of fun.
The sample stamp is deeply etched red rubber on a thick red rubber cushion that is very closely trimmed. The images are indexed in black on the hour-glass shaped mount. It stamps very nicely. Stamps range from $2.50 to $24 with an average stamp price of about $8.50. (Mounted only.)
Laura says "We are about to put out a supplement of artwork by John Wagner (he has art lettering in our current catalog.) They are going to be really fun images - think wild and wacky! We will also be offering a new catalog by early 1999. Also, be sure to visit our web site often. We recently added new full color samples with instructions and a monthly contest to win free stamps." The folks at Nature's Blessings also plan to be at the spring 1999 ARTS convention (a wholesale stamping show.)
Copyright statement: "We are an angel company! We encourage people to use our stamps in craft products for sale. We only request that each image be individually hand stamped."
Review Copyright Vamp Stamp News 1998, Reprinted by special permission of Vamp Stamp News.
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