As stated in my previous post, I have no insider knowledge of the scrapbooking and rubberstamping industry, but it is fun to speculate on what trends will continue to be hot and will take off this year. Please note that references and links to products, websites and online stores in no way represents an endorsement of them. I am not affiliated with the products, websites or artists mentioned in the article.
Stencils: Stencils have become popular in the last year or two and no doubt will continue to be popular in 2012 and beyond. They are a great tool to quickly make backgrounds, focal images, and accents for greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) and scrapbook pages. The Crafter's Workshop has stencils available in many designs, including butterflies, trees, geometric shapes and brocades. Their Balzer Designs line has innovative stencils from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, the well-known scrapbooker and mixed media artist. StencilGirl Products features stencils designed by Michelle Ward, Mary Beth Shaw, and other artists. Stencils that are made specifically for scrapbooking and stamping can be expensive. If you would like to use stencils, but want to limit the money you spend on them, look in other sections of your local craft store to find architectural, home design and fabric stencils. They are usually much cheaper than scrapbooking stencils.
Chevrons: A chevron is a pattern in a "V" shape. The point of the chevron can be directed up or down. Chevrons are used in heraldry and on police and military uniforms. The black zigzag pattern on Charlie Brown's yellow (sometimes red) shirt is also a chevron. Scrapbooking products featuring chevrons include My Mind's Eye designer paper, The Crafter's Workshop chevron stencil and Unity Stamp Company's Urban Chevron and Poppy Chevron background stamps.
Banners: Another trend that has been around for a couple of years and shows no signs of abating is the use of banners on scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Stamped images in the shape of pennants or hand-cut pennant shapes are "strung" across a page or panel with twine, ribbon or sometimes connected by pen marks. Banner and pennant stamp sets are available from Paper Trey Ink, Green Pepper Press and Waltzing Mouse Stamps, just to name a few of the stamp companies offering pennant and flag stamps.
Baker's Twine: Often used as a design element to make banners as well as on it own, baker's twine is used to add color and texture to scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Divine Twine comes in a myriad of colors, including a red, white and blue airmail twine.
Bright Colors: Color is back in a big way. There was a time not so long ago when it seemed that every greeting card or scrapbook magazine was page after page of beige and brown occasionally spiced up with a little black. Those basics will always be with us, but the return of color in the last few years has been pleasing. Colorful inks and papers go well with every scrapbooking/stamping style from super cute to vintage to clean and simple. If Pantone's Colors of the Year for 2011 (honeysuckle) and 2012 (tangerine tango) are any indication, color is going bold and toward vibrant variations on red. The 2009 Pantone selection was Mimosa, a sunny orangish yellow, and the 2010 choice was turquoise. All of those colors are versatile and vibrant. And whether you call it lime, chartreuse, pear, apple or simply yellow-green, bright green has become so popular in recent years that it is almost a neutral color. Tsukineko's Pear Tart ink and Clearsnap's Color Box Lime Pastel chalk ink are two examples of this great color.
I have only scratched the surface of trends in stamping and scrapbooking in this article and the previous one. There are more to come and more to write about. Stay tuned.