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DIY Layering Stamps: ABNH Bloghop

 

I’m excited to be invited to join in on the ABNH (A Blog Named Hero) 5 year anniversary hop today! You should have come here via the Hero Arts blog….if not, head back to the start of the hop at ABNH!

DIY Layering Stamps

I’m continuing with my marker week (sale ends today at Ellen Hutson – additional 10% off all markers), so I’ll use the Art & Graphic Twin markers from Zig Kuretake again today! I’ve been goofing around with stamps to see which kind work best with these pens – I was pretty sure some interesting effects could be had, and I was right! I had these birthday animals from Hero that I thought could work well. In the video you’ll see how I created the giraffe – and below, photos of some other animals I used the same technique for. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I noticed the bear and kangaroo were facing each other…so why not make them a couple? (Though I’d love to see what they’d act like in each other’s presence. Ha!)

The elephant proved to me the wide variety of greys available – this used a bunch but could probably have been done with a bit less fanfare. LOL. #overachiever

And how about a darling octopus? I used a variety of the blues (great selection in these markers) and white gel pen to add suction cup details.

Bloghop!

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for their wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $400!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today’s prizes include the following: 

Good luck and happy hopping!!**

Keep hopping!

Your next stop is Coralynn Murray!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Yupo + Art & Graphic Twin + Waffle Flower

 Yupo + Art & Graphic Twin + Waffle Flower

I’m one of those people who tries to find the “sweet spot” for different mediums – so I’ve begun some exploration of these new markers that have a couple interesting properties. 1) Colors like Zig Clean Color (nearly the same list, a few different; but with 2) a rubber brush nib and a bullet nib. I wanted to see how they’d work directly coloring onto the stamps, and it worked relatively well once the stamp was “primed” – and works pretty decently on Yupo paper…be sure to come back tomorrow, I’ll show you how this works on Neenah! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’ve tried Yupo, you might be one of those folks who’ve emailed me asking if it ever dries or becomes non-sticky….that could mean you’ve got tons of pigment on there. This is a synthetic paper – which means it won’t dry like regular paper. So if that’s an issue for you, just build your card like a shaker – this would be a great solution for other mediums you want to “protect” from damage, too!

PS I said in the video I’d share some coloring in other mediums – that didn’t happen yet. Eeek! It’s been quite the week, though I can’t tell ya why. But watch Instagram, I’m hoping to get a coloring break today and play with the Copics I busily re-inked yesterday! Don’t forget the sale on markers that’s still on this week – Copics are normally 25% off, and they’re an extra 10% off right now.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.
The Enveloper series of stamps is so cute – check them out!

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Lettering and Stamping – Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

Lettering and Stamped Florals Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

First – before you watch this video, remember I’m no pro letter-er! (Letterist? Calligrapher?) But I’m a type nerd, with a background in graphic design, so I did study a lot about typography, so I do love to play with text. Today’s verse (hopefully if I’ve scheduled this right!) for the 30 Day Bible Lettering Challenge is from Revelations, and decided to turn on the camera in case this worked out. And it did! I even watercolored the stamped flowers with the Sparkle Pens. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Capturing the sparkle from these pens in a photo is a challenge…my phone did a fair job even if it blew out the color a bit. In the end of the video I did film a little of the twinkliness.

These pens come in sets of three – I don’t own them all so can’t swatch em out for you, but maybe someday I’ll go FSS for ya. LOL!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

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My marker storage

A little birdie told me there’s a 10% off sale at Ellen Hutson this week on all markers! Yes all markers! So to get you revved up, I figured I’d answer some questions I get asked a lot – and give you a heads up on a new class that’s around the corner.

PS an earlier version of this post listed the sale at 15%…I was wrong, sorry!!

How to store markers – vertically or horizontally?

The question never really came up until we were all told to store Distress Markers horizontally…then it got everyone panicking.

The rule of thumb: Look at the manufacturer website. Do they offer any storage options? Show any? They’ll show you the preference. But in general – the only markers that must be stored horizontally, as far as I know. are Distress markers. Everything else can go either way.

How do YOU store your markers?

I don’t have a “pretty’ system – no organized cabinets around this wacky studio. It’s cobbled together, but at least I’ve gathered all my markers in one area, right? Ha. The brown shelf pictured above is left over from a desk I once had. And the rest of the containers are pictured below – links in the supplies list at the end of the post.

What did you just say? New class?

Shhh! It’s a secret, just between you and me. It’s a Hex Art class I taught in my travels last year (peek at it in the photo at the top of this post), soon to be an online class – on the (shhhhhhhh) top secret new website. I don’t have a launch date yet, we’re tackling stuff behind the scenes. But it’s coming. Soon. (Please, God, soon. I’m losing sleep!)

If you’re looking for markers for the new class – it’s about the same list as for Copic Jumpstart.. If there were colors you didn’t get during that class that you wanted, this is a great time to stock up. (And if you haven’t taken Jumpstart yet – it’s the prerequisite for the new class, so….it’s a great time to nab a seat in class right now!)

And if you want ideas for colors for Jumpstart? Try this page – these will definitely get you through!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Layered Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

 

Have you seen the new stamps from Elizabeth Crafts Designs? I am so excited – they’re adorrrrrable! (check them all out HERE.) (after you watch the video.) (LOL)

Layered Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

Lots of crafters like *strong* color. Bold, bright, intense. That sometimes hampers us – we sacrifice some features of mediums that don’t provide that instant “pow.” Well if you’ve bought watercolor pencils (not Inktense ones) that you think are “weak” and haven’t used them – don’t fear! You can use layering to intensify color and increase contrast to do some fun shading. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And of course….a fox. *big puffy heart love*

And the puppy…reminds me of another little baby….

heehee. I love Giallo’s baby pictures!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Hovering Butterflies

Hovering Butterflies

I’ve had this stamp set for ages and just hadn’t pulled it out…well that’s a-changing! I love that these butterflies are detailed enough to be pretty but simple enough to have open space to color – and enough solid black space to add white pen! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Close-to-the-ground shadows should be nearest the object; flying butterflies should have shadows that land on the surface of the ground underneath them. The higher they are, the further from their shadow – and the lighter and softer the shadow.sandy-allnock-zig-clean-color-butterflies

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Hare Mail: Precoloring Stamped Images

 

Hare Mail: Precoloring Stamped Images

I was doing some online shopping and stumbled onto this Hare Mail set – oh my gosh. I couldn’t click that button fast enough! They’re such cute little guys with a super simple style – they’ll be fun to color in a variety of ways with different mediums! For these, I did the watercoloring before stamping the black lines – whaaaa? Check it out and see what you think! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The envelope was pretty fun – the “To” block was simply stamped with a few colors, and the bunny was painted by scribbling some color on an acrylic block; fancy painting on an envelope is pretty impossible but a simple shaded line worked fine!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Caffeine. First. (Zig Clean Color Pens)

 

Caffeine. First. (Zig Clean Color Pens)

Today’s Zig Clean Color video has a variety of tips in it – skintones  (and other colors that just don’t seem to blend); making a cup look dimensional; layering hair; and adding the shadow on the ground with a brush. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The design is a little kittywompus – because coffee makes folks a little jittery anyhow, right? Lol!

Supplies

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Creating a Pizza Scene – Watercolor Pencils

 

Before I get rolling on the video….I have to say I cracked up finding the accordion music for the background. LOL. Hope you enjoy it like I did!  ha!

Creating a Pizza Scene – Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

This little pizza not only made me hungry…it inspired a simple little scene! Watch how I made the plate and the pizza slicer thingamabob (and weigh in on what your family calls it!)….and I dare you not to get hungry! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Albrecht Durer pencils are a lot of fun – they really do water out so nicely. I need to make sure they don’t get hidden in the bottom of the pencil drawer again. Yes, I have *gasp* a drawer full! Eeeep! So embarrassing. But…it’s my job. I’ll use that for my excuse!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Foxes in Love

 

Foxes in Love

This stamp set might be a winter one – with scarves and snowmen – but I love getting sets I can also use year-round! I bought this one for the foxes – these two have nothing wintry about them so they can hop into all kinds of cards all year long! I pulled out both my Inktense Pencils plus my Daniel Smith Watercolors to make this card…hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.