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Look like an Expert with These Coloring Techniques!

In Featured, National Stamping Month, Other Goodies!, Video Tips for Paper Crafting by Lynn Como

The Good Life Cardmaking Stamp Set

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For National Stamping Month, we’re sharing a stamping technique that will have you looking like you can draw and paint like a pro! The best part—it’s incredibly simple! To start things off, you will need a detailed stamp. Look for one with elements that you would enjoy coloring in. For our illustrations today, we are using the cardmaking stamp set from The Good Life paper collection. This stamp set includes a large stamp of a calm brook and a wide selection of beautiful sentiments suitable for a variety of occasions.C1994 The Good Life Cardmaking Stamp

C1994 The Good Life Cardmaking

A stamp set like this creates a beautiful scene and our creative manager, Karen Pederson @ Close To My Heart is going to show you how to COLOR two of the cards above with watercolor paint or our dye based inks and a waterbrushes. It’s so easy to do!

This technique works well with most media—watercolor and colored pencils are two of our favorites.

C1994 The Good Life Cardmaking Stamp

Most of our inks are water-based, and that means that they can smear if they are colored over with watercolor. If you choose to watercolor an image stamped in Linen, make sure to give the ink ample time to dry. Even still, the ink may run a bit as you paint and, in this case, that is okay! Linen is such a light color, especially when applied on white, that it will hardly be noticeable, if at all.

This image of a brook we are using, from The Good Life–Cardmaking stamp set, works especially well for this stamping and coloring technique because it was designed to look like it was hand drawn, even when stamped in a darker color.

C1994 The Good Life Cardmaking

Here it is watercolored again, but this time stamped in Intense Black.  The Intense Black stamp pad is intense not because of its color but because it is a non-smearing, fast-drying, solvent-based permanent ink. It’s waterproof qualities make it ideal for watercolor (and alcohol markers!).

So pretty and effective!  I hope you give these techniques a try on your next crafting session. They definitely offer a fun and inspirational way to color in our stamps.

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