Lisa Spangler is ROCKING NEON for Halloween in STAMPtember™

We are so excited to bring Lisa Spangler to Day 6 of our Stamptember™ celebrations!  Many of you know Lisa as the “Queen of Neon”.   Hopefully you have also had the pleasure of meeting her in person.  She has an infectious laugh, a keen eye for photography, and a delightful personality that lights up a room.

Lisa started stamping during graduate school in 1994 when she discovered that stamps were a creative – and economical — way to create cards and keep in touch with friends and family.  In 2005 Lisa was invited to create card samples for the Hero Arts catalog.  This was such fun that in 2006 she left her job as a software engineer to work for Hero Arts full time.

Lisa’s work has been published in several magazines, including Paper Crafts, Somerset Studio, The Stampers’ Sampler, Take Ten and Rubberstampmadness. She was on the design team for The Rubber Stamper Magazine for two years and won several Hero Arts contests.

Lisa and her husband Jason live in Austin, Texas, with their two goldfish, Smiley and Woodfin. When she’s not stamping, Lisa enjoys hiking, riding her road bike or mountain bike, photographing native plants, and working to preserve Texas prairies.

Lisa speaks to us below:

card #1 – Washi Wishes :)
This card is all about the little details! I put die cut hearts from the new Simon Says Holiday Shapes die UNDER the washi tape and then burnished around them. This is a subtle detail, so add a gem to the center of the heart to call attention to it.

Also I used Hero Arts’ new soft granite mid-tone ink to color the back of the Simon Says Folded Banner die cut to make a shadow — just ink under the part that folds under the front, or else the ink will seep through!  And used it to color the hat, too. (Love love love love the banner die!!!)  (Used a foam applicator to apply the ink — I folded it so that I could get into all the small areas — got the idea from watching Tim’s video where he curved the cling stamp!)

Finished off the hat by coloring it with neon gel pens and adding a bit of diamond stickles :)


Card #2 – Scary Neon: For this card, I wanted to show how you cold color the jack o’ lantern stamp using neon yellow ink — it really gives him a scary glow! Add black gems to bring out the eyes.

This time I used the washi tape as a “ground” — love doing this with all kinds of stamps, helps make it so elements aren’t “floating”.

Another trick is to ink the whole stamp with neon orange, then wipe off the stem and color it with a brown marker. And one last trick! I stamped the message bubble (in white) from the Simon Says Stamp For the Record set as a cloud :)


Thank you to Lisa Spangler for creating these cheerful cards for our inspiration!  Be sure to check out her blog.  She may or may not ;)  have a coupon code for 25% off washi tape in our Simon Says Stamp Store…hint hint!

In stamping fun,

 Heidi and our Simon Family

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