Steampunk: This trend shows no sign of slowing down. Steampunk is a stamping and scrapbooking style that is a variation of vintage. Steampunk in literature and visual arts is a combination of a setting from the late 1800s—a time when steam was still widely used as a source of power—with fantastic elements that would not have existed at that time or maybe at any time. In stamping and scrapbooking, the Steampunk style has come to mean whimsical 19th century images combined with embellishments such as gears and clock faces. Think of a Victorian era flying machine background paper embellished with gears and vintage images. Companies that sell steampunk scrapbooking and stamping products include Graphic 45 and its Steampunk Debutante line of designer papers and Idea-ology's Tim Holtz embellishments.
Mixed Media: Mixed media art, that is, art that is made using various media, including cloth, fibers, gesso, paint, ink, stamps and various embellishments continues to cross over into the stamping and scrapbooking worlds. Some scrapbooking papers, such as the Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Line from Idea-ology and the Color Me designer papers, have a surface that is a built-in resist that is designed to work with paint, spray inks, ink pads and more. People are applying just about anything and everything to stamps nowadays, from Pan Pastels (pastels that come in shallow pans) to gesso to watercolor crayons. I expect this trend to continue to be strong in 2012.
Decorative Tapes: I expect this trend will continue to flourish in 2012, as stampers and scrapbookers find more creative ways to use Japanese washi tapes, Tim Holtz tissue tapes and SMASH tape accessories to dress up their greeting cards and scrapbook layouts.
Stay tuned for the second part of this topic where I will discuss stencils, chevrons, banners and other trends.