Stamp A Song Article

In 1877, Thomas Edison’s phonograph brought music into the homes of those who might never have attended a “live” musical performance. Edison might not recognize the ways we listen to music in the 21st century, but whatever the delivery method, the artists whose work appears in this section stamp to the beat of their own favorite songs.

For example, Sue Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, is a big fan of the My Fair Lady movie. “I’m very excited that this card was chosen,” she says. “There are so many reasons why I have always loved this movie. I saw it in 1964 when it was released in the U.S. at the Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kansas, an Art Deco theater built in the 1930s. Now this theater has been fully restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was always a treat to go to such a wonderful theater.

The street scene Sue created is one stamp from Stampa Rosa. She applied ink and acrylic paint with multiple brushes of varying sizes and Q-tips to achieve the brick effect. “I like to blend and layer paint to get depth,” she says. She cut out the Victorian couple with manicure scissors and colored their clothing with watercolors.

Sue used a large Sizzix Framelits die circle to frame the street scene. “I stamped the card and colored it, then placed the circle over the street scene,” Sue says. “I like the street where I live, but I’d love to live in one of those old English brownstones, too!” Sue’s artwork appears on page 33 in the current issue.

On the Street Where You Live by Sue Williams. (Stamp credits: Street scene—Stampa Rosa; woman, man—Sweet Impressions.)

Time to “sing-along.”

See below for links to YouTube videos for Stamp a Song artwork in this issue.