Thursday 23 February 2023

NEW PaperArtsy Products: JOFY {February 2023}

A note from Leandra:
Oh, how a JoFY stamp release just makes your heart sing. We adore her quirky flowers, the simple, effective gel prints, and the bright colours she uses; year round these stamps adds sparkle and a smile to your day. Whether it is a junk journal or cardmaking, these stamps just tick all the boxes, go large, go small, it doesn't matter, everything is possible!
Jo will be along to share with you LIVE her new products and ideas over in our Facebook Group, PaperArtsy People shortly after this post publishes. I hope you can drop by for the live, or try to catch the replay. We love to hear from the designer about each new release and understand more fully the ideas they have with each product!
Please check the list at the foot of this post to find a retailer online or geographically near you, it makes sense to order within your country wherever possible. We have been shipping to them for the past 2 weeks so everything is in stock now!
Hi everyone, Jo Firth-Young here ( I hope its not too late to wish you a happy new year? I hope 2023 is treating you well.
I'm here to share with you my latest release of 3 new stamps sets and 3 new stencils. When I started to think about these sets I knew I wanted to create smaller designs - sized to work on cards, pocket sized art journals, ATCs, tags and postcards etc.... motifs that would work together or as little stand-alone elements to accent a page.

I've designed an informal alphabet that I know is going to be very useful (& one I will be using A LOT!). There are several styles of flowers - some realistic and some less so - the ones on JOFY123 are lovely doodle flowers that are great for paper-piecing and layering up.

There are also designs that compliment and coordinate with previous designs, but slightly smaller ones in this offering for size options! I love a loopy border so I've created a couple of smaller background stamp designs and 3 loopy masks that will be great for using with a gel plate.

I imagined these stamps being used in small sized journals so I decided that's how I would make several of my samples - in a 8 x 12cm handmade mini journal created with gel-printed and repurposed papers ... lots of bits of this and that - you'll see pages from the journal throughout this post. But don't worry if journaling is not your 'thing' the designs are easily transferable to cards.

There's lots to see so lets get started....

Price: RRP €23.00 +VAT Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam, with a laminated storage/index sheet.
JOFY Collection Stamp Set 122 (JOFY122)

One of my favourite designs from recent releases is the loopy border on JOFY114. I thought it would look great as a background design. So I played around with it and now we have a cute little loopy background - it can have standing loops (as shown) or hanging loops by rotating the stamp 180degrees.
Doodled circles always seem to be popular so this plate has 3. - so many uses for these!
Thrive journal page

This flower is based on a garden daisy - but when painted with bright colours it takes on a very different look.

Thrive tag

I've included 3 words on this plate- perfect for garden themed projects but that will also suit other journal themes (great for positivity mantras).

Flower Arrangement

I created this sample to show that even though these designs are smaller they can still be built up and used on bigger projects. This vase of flowers, on a panel created on a gel printed background using the new PS371, measures 18cm tall.

Mixing realistic and imaginary flowers makes an interesting arrangement. The flower in the photo below was inspired by one of my previous designs (JOFY80) one which I love but is quite large - so I thought it would be nice to have a smaller, daintier version. 

JoFY Collection Stamp Set 123 (JOFY123)

Can you ever have too many doodle flowers? No, me neither!

Doodle flower meadow

Oh my goodness I like these doodle flowers so much!!! I had so much fun stamping and colouring them - they're so pretty I can't help but smile when I see them! These were stamped onto pages of gel printed paper and accented with coloured pencils - but you can colour them with watercolour or acrylic paints - and they will look fantastic coloured with alcohol markers too for extra vibrance. 

I have not supplied a stem stamp for these - I encourage you to draw your own - I think this gives you more freedom in how to use them.
Here is one of my 'in progress' photos - you can see how I have stamped the designs onto several sheets of gel prints and have cut, layered and coloured them. IT can be a fun mix and match opportunity.

Its a JoFY garden!

These designs can be used for dimensional projects too. I can't cope with the cuteness of these! I don't often describe my work as 'cute' but these petal filled pots just are! lol  They're so pretty. I think their size adds to the 'cuteness' - they measure around 15cm tall.

There are a couple of flowers from other stamps sets in the flower pots, nice to show how the sets are interchangeable.


 Pretty Maids all in a row...

These individual flowers look great in small bottles - this design could be easily recreated on a card or panel.

JoFY Collection Stamp Set 124 (JoFY124)
Bloomin' lovely

The alphabet is the main image on this plate, but I wanted to create a project where the flowers are the focus.  The main flower has 3 layers that can be easily trimmed to create different sized blooms as shown on the panel below.  

I designed the alphabet so it can be used as block as a background or cut apart and used as individual letters to create words or phrases. The photos above and below show the alphabet block stamped & embossed on the background.

'Now' journal page

On the journal page in the photo below I used the alphabet block as a 'feature' background (part of the image rather than a base for other images) and coloured the letters to show how the different ways they could be used... solid, shadowed, outlined, and in blocks - just a few of the ways.

'Love your life' journal page 

I wanted to design an alphabet with letters that could be mixed and matched with other alphabets and words I've designed previously or that you might have in your stamp collection. On the journal page below I've used the individual letters of the block to create the words and teamed them with 'love' from JOFY86.

Large Size: 6.25" x 9.5" (16 x 24cm) Price: RRP €6.58 +VAT
PaperArtsy Stencil 371, Large (PS371) by Jo Firth-Young


These journal pages feature prints of different sizes of the loops masks - a first-pull print (on right) and a ghost print on left - interesting to see how the ghost print gives an outline of the mask.

PaperArtsy Stencil 372, Large (PS372) by Jo Firth-Young

I like designing stencils that build up to create a 'scene', motifs that can be used on their own or in any combination. With these images as the base layer you can add detail using stamps from this, or any previous, releases.


On the sample above I only used the stencils to create this scene. The top right shape on the stencil is the base layer for the spiky flower head - but I found it works just as nicely as a flower on the ground - imagine a cactus or similar. (It also reminds me of waterlilies...)

The photo above shows the detail of the layered flower.

Its easy to place a few stamped pieces on top of the meadow scene so you can see how effective it looks with more detail added.

Meadow gel print

This was the first 'meadow' scene I made, working on a gel-print brayer-clean-off page that I decided was too nice to throw away. I've included this as it shows the spiky flower without the solid background. On this sample I added accent/shading to the shapes with coloured pencils. You could also outline these shapes with a black pigment pen for a sketched effect.

PaperArtsy Stencil 373, Large (PS373) by Jo Firth-Young

This stencil features 3 background designs - the middle one was initially designed as a border but works really well as a repeated/tiled background design, and makes a beautiful accent on some of the journal pages I have created.

Love your life journal page

The spots stencil makes a fun background for the above journal page.

The flowers stencil  makes a lovely corner accent - it would look lovely on a card with a die-cut greeting, or a sentiment stamped using the letters on JOFY124.

The flower stencil has been used here to create a gel printed background (the print was accented with coloured pencils) - you'll achieve a good print of this stencil if you use a lightweight paper.

These new stamps and stencils have been such a lot of fun to design and work with - I have so many plans for them! They will pop into my journals and onto my cards on a regular basis I'm sure.  I hope I've inspired you, if I have please tag me (and @PaperArtsy) on your social media project posts as we love to see what you make!!

I hope to see you soon, take care


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Teaching Schedule:
I'm feeling ready to start in-person classes again - I miss seeing people and talking all things arty! Please contact me if you would like to discuss this.

Below is a list of the retailers who have already got these new releases in stock ready for you to buy NOW!     


Helen said...

love the designs and your samples!

PaperArtsy said...

Stunning releaase Jo! Congratulations!