Stamping Technique: Watercolor Paints

We’ve loved the enthusiasm you’ve shown for the stamping techniques we’ve shared this month, which is why we’re especially excited to share with you another technique today. This one we know you’ll want to try out soon!

Ready to learn how to color stamps with watercolors? 🙂

We’ve already raved about how our watercolor paints are a must-have crafting supply. Now we’re going to explain a really simple watercolor technique you can use to give your stamps a whole bunch of spunk. Here’s a page that shows this trendy technique:

The Story of Today CTMH

The real story of today is the “2015” stamp on this page. We’re going to walk you through how to create this coloring effect where the yellow paint blends into orange and then pink across the stamp. Here we go!

Step 1: Using black StazOn™ ink, stamp “2015” onto watercolor paper.

Step 2: Dry the ink with a craft heater or allow to air dry until you are certain the ink is no longer wet.

Step 3: Using yellow watercolor paint, paint over 2, 0, and 1 in that order. The paint should be a bit darker on the 2. We recommend starting out with a more watered down paint. You can always add more paint to make the color darker after the first coat.

Yellow watercoloring

Step 4: With the yellow paint still very wet, paint over 5, 1, and 0 in that order with pink watercolor paint. Fade the pink paint into the yellow paint over the 1 and 0 until you get your desired look. The paint should be a bit darker on the 5.

Pink watercoloring

And there you go! This technique can be used on a wide variety of stamps, including shading flowers, like the one underneath the number 5 on this page. See how the petals fade from yellow to pink? Our artist used exact same technique and colors!

Warning: painting with watercolors can become highly addictive, especially as you try experimenting with different colors! The center blossom on this card uses this technique but with red and pink watercolor paints.

You're an original CTMH

Shading stamps with watercolor paints adds so much more dimension and life to the artwork. And what’s neat is that no two blossoms are alike! The red and yellow flower on the left side of this card shows another variation of this technique. Instead of blending the colors linearly, start with the first color in the center of a blossom. Then paint the outside of the blossom a different color and blend them into each other in the middle of the flower.

Just like this card says, you’re an original! Embrace your inner artist, and play around with creating original works of art with watercolors and stamps. We know you’ll love expressing your creativity with a paintbrush in hand!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ The Story of Today Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 14
D1665 My Acrylix® Blossoming Expressions, E1027 My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
11″ Background <p> (p. 20)
1″ <Font> “The Story of Today”

5 ½” x 4 ¼” You’re an Original Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 22
D1665 My Acrylix® Blossoming Expressions, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Thread

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A Little Bit of Love

This month’s Summer Crush campaign has everyone feeling a little enamored and we can see why! When you purchase any of the My Crush® books offered in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book and their accompanying assortments, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Summer Crush campaign

There are so many ways to fall madly in love with these crush-worthy books, but we wanted to share just a peek at another way to love them—a peek inside the books, that is. When you open any one of the wonderful books offered, you will soon see that the papers contained inside the covers are so beautifully designed, they may just jump right out of the covers and onto your scrapbook pages.

The page below features an entire page ripped from the My Crush® Modville book that was then sewn directly onto the page base for a trendy edge. Try it out for yourself! Add some stamping from the free My Acrylix® Reel Life stamp set, some journaling squares, additional stitching, and some Aqua Dots and you’ve got the ingredients for success!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

For a more streamlined look, try trimming blocks of paper from the pages you adore from your My Crush® Bluebird book and attaching them to your page base. Then pull a title and other shapes—like the banners and flower—from the assortment. Add some Oceanside sequins and stamping from the My Acrylix® Love This stamp set, like the pretty little butterfly, and you’re set with some swoon-worthy springtime art!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

The list of possibilities contained within the covers of each My Crush book is practically endless, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to become infatuated with these spectacular product pairings. This offer is only good through the end of June, and once these My Crush books are gone they are gone for good. So fall in love today by choosing your favorite My Crush pairing, adding your FREE stamp set, and getting your order in as fast as possible! Because who doesn’t need a little extra love in their life?

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Life Page
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
B1431 My Acrylix® Reel Life, Z1855 My Crush® Modville Book, Z1886 My Crush® Besties Assortment, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Currently Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Main Idea™
B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, Z1856 My Crush® Bluebird Book, Z1889 My Crush® Favorites Assortment, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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Year >> Noted Paper Kit Winners!

We loved reading each of your responses to our Year >> Noted post! From the sounds of it, 2014 was definitely an incredible year, filled with lots of holding on and letting go, tears and laughter, and everything in between. As we read your responses, we were overwhelmed with how connected we felt to each of you! It’s proof that although our lives may be far apart, we’re all connected in one way or another.

With that said, we’re happy to announce the 15 random winners of a free Year >> Noted paper kit! Drumroll, please:

  • Jane Ficiur (January 16, 2015 at 11:19 AM)
  • Jeanie Wilcox (January 16, 2015 at 1:06 PM)
  • Melanie Murphy (January 16, 2015 at 2:05 PM)
  • Laura Tandy (January 16, 2015 at 2:26 PM)
  • Suzanne W. (January 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM)
  • Wendy Price (January 16, 2015 at 5:24 PM)
  • Kathy Marentette (January 17, 2015 at 7:18 AM)
  • Marlene Collier (January 17, 2015 at 8:57 AM)
  • Bernadette M. (January 17, 2015 at 9:07 AM)
  • Helen Gullett (January 17, 2015 at 2:25 PM)
  • Diane Beruldsen (January 18, 2015 at 2:29 AM)
  • Susan Lewis (January 18, 2015 at 2:55 PM)
  • Dianne Reed (January 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM)
  • Loy Vanboxel (January 19, 2015 at 5:41 PM)
  • Lynne G (January 20, 2015 at 4:48 PM)

Congratulations, winners! If your name is on the list, please email us at ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com to claim your prize. Put “Year >> Noted paper kit winner” in the subject line and your mailing address in the body copy.

Thanks for playing! And happy 2015!

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