Welcome! I hope you are all staying warm. I am running behind on my blog due to a third snow day. (I love having the kids home though!) But today I have a video for you showing how to stretch your stamps – literally! – with some new Hero Arts stamps. I also share a fun watercolor technique…
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
Sometimes I get a stamping idea in my head and I just can’t shake it. Today is the perfect example of this. I really wanted my greeting on the succulent pot, but it didn’t fit. Instead of changing plans I decided to make it work with partial stamping.
After I masked portions of the Hero Arts succulent pot image, I stamped it on some watercolor paper using some Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. (This ink works great for watercolor!) I stamped the image in two parts, which allowed me to get a taller image by I connected them using a black Copic Multiliner pen. This “stretching your stamp technique” would work great with tree trunks and flower stems as well.
I used a variety of Distress Markers (Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, and Evergreen Bough) and roughly colored in the images. I filled an “empty” Wink of Stella brush marker with water and used it as I would a paintbrush. The shimmer that is left in the marker is activated by the water and gives a gorgeous shine to the images and blends the marker. I also like how much control you have with this brush.
NEW HERO ARTS
Hero Arts has just release some new products… and some of their best yet! You can find them all HERE at Simon Says Stamp and HERE at Ellen Hutson. My favorites? The Triangle Background, Waves Background, Stamp Your Own Fruit and Thankful For You.
Want THREE new Hero Arts stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment here telling me what theme card you make the most by 11:59pmEST on 2/24/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)
Below are the products featured above. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.