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VIDEO: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Hi there! I’m a big fan of taking stamps and using them in creative ways. This video shows how I created three cards doing just that using some holiday Hero Arts stamps for a bit of repeated stamping.

[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.]

I will admit – I bought a lot of holiday stamps this year. Eek! And the idea of putting them away and not using them again until next year breaks my heart. So… I decided to look for ways to stretch my holiday images into non-holiday uses.

Today I took the awesome Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamps and gave them a bold look with repeated stamping. I started by measuring where the center of the card was on watercolor paper. Next, I stamped a crystal with Versafine Black Ink repeatedly in a circle making sure the end of the crystal met up in the center. For a bit of shine, I clear heat embossed the images.

I used Tombow markers and a Wink of Stella Pen for quick watercoloring. I put down color where I wanted the darkest part to be and pulled the color out towards the rest of the image with my Wink of Stella Pen. This creates a fun ombre effect.

By the way… I found I can get a second life out of my Wink of Stella pen by adding water to it when it runs out. If you don’t have a Wink of Stella Pen, you could use a water brush or a paintbrush with water.

I added the sentiments from the new Hero Arts The Good Stuff stamp set. For the first card, I stamped the sentiment below the crystal image using the VersaFine Black ink and heat set it using clear embossing powder. For the second and third card, I punched a circle from the center of the image and white heat embossed it on the panel behind it.

I just love bold color. It is sure to cheer up a friend!

I’m a big fan of stretching stamps to get more use from them. Here I took a holiday ornament stamp set and transformed it into some fun stars and flower images. I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a different way!

HERO ARTS BLOG

By the way, these cards were featured over on the Hero Arts Blog. If you haven’t been there in awhile, I encourage you to do so! They have some new artists contributing and the ideas are outstanding. You can find it HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH of the Hero Arts stamp sets I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/13/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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