8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping

8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

September is National Stamping Month and, as you know, we live and breathe stamps here at Close To My Heart. They are where we got our start many years ago, and to this day just simply can’t get enough of them! And from what we can gather, we are not alone in this obsession hobby! 😉

With care, you place your stamp on your block, prudently ink it with a color that you carefully selected just minutes (if not days) before, then press it to your paper and upon removing the block your image looks as perfectly crisp as you planned for. The next step in the creation process of this new image is to breathe life into it with some color.

We’ve taken one of our many (many) favorite stamp sets, My Acrylix® Bunches of Love, from the Holiday Expressions catalog to illustrate some stamp coloring options. Each is unique in it’s own way and, depending on what you’re looking to achieve, has a place in your coloring spectrum. For comparison purposes, we’ve kept the mediums separate, but by all means do combine them in your artwork to make your images look exactly how you envision them!

First up, the original.

Some of our stamp sets already come with the parts to fill in the white space of a larger image, and the My Acrylix® Bunches of Love set does just that.

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To keep things quick and easy, use the corresponding filler pieces to complete the image.

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In cases where the stamp set is not designed this way or you’re wanting to showcase a stamp differently so it’s not the exact same every time, continue scrolling through our list.

A Watercolor Look:

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watercolor pencils8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

For a soft look, watercolors are the way to go!

If you’re still working on mastering the art of using watercolor paints, try watercolor pencils. By applying color with pencils, shading and color blending is easier to control than with paint. Once you’ve penciled the color in, gently brush water over it with a damp fine tip paintbrush or waterbrush to spread the pigment. For best results, follow the pencil lines using smooth strokes. Keep in mind as you decide which watercolor medium is right for your project, that the direction of your pencil lines will still show through, unlike with paint.

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For a more vivid “watercolor” look that doesn’t require layers of watercolor paint to achieve, give “painting” with our Exclusive Inks™ a try!

Squeeze your stamp pad in the middle to get some of the ink to rub onto the lid. Remove the inked lid, and from there decide how strong or light you want your color to appear. If you want the saturation to match the ink color exactly, use the ink as is. For a lighter variation of this same color, mix some water in with it (straight on the lid). The more water you add to the ink, the lighter the color will be. Pick the color up with a brush and ink-paint your stamped image.

Our Exclusive Inks™ are available in every one of our 41 exclusive colors (plus White Daisy and several black options). Enjoy effortless color coordination with our patterned papers, cardstock, and embellishments by using this method for coloring in your stamped images.

Pens:

ShinHan™ Touch Twin markers8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

When going for a saturated, vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring and adding intricate details.

shimmer brushes8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

Until recently, the shimmer brush was considered mostly an accenting tool because it only came in clear and gold. Well, those days are over friends! Now also available in Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint, these new hues carry enough weight to be used on their own to add a little bit more than shimmer. When you use these, prep your brush before you do. You will want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Brush it on your scrap paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

Heat Embossing:

Give your stamps a little lift and texture with the right inks and embossing powders. (For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface.)

VersaMark™ ink and embossing powder8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalstampingmonth #ctmhnationalstampingmonth #stamping #color #colour #stampcoloring #stampcolouring #watercolor #watercolour #pigment #exclusiveinks #shimmerbrush #embossing

Sometimes a flat image just isn’t the way to go. That’s when heat embossing comes to the rescue. To start, stamp your image with the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. Use a heat tool to dry and seal your design. The heat tool blows extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute! We have several new embossing powders in our new Holiday Expressions catalog to choose from (for a complete list click here).

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Okay, so we’ve shared this last idea on here before, but with our new large stamp pad-sized pigment inks added to our coloring repertoire, we just have to share again.

Did you know that you can pair any of our Exclusive Inks™ pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in that exact color? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your heat tool! It’s that easy! Match our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Whether you use these stamp coloring ideas alone or mix and match them, we hope you enjoy a full spectrum of color in all of your stamping projects!

Happy stamping! 🙂

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Highlight This Year’s Faves with Year >> Noted

We know you’ve raved over the spunky B&T paper and the exclusive pastel cardstock pieces of the Year >> Noted paper kit, but have you noticed the kit’s amazing stamp set? As the most expressive part of the kit, it’s worth seeing again and again on your projects.

This set is just the right tool for creating perfect captions, journaling spots, titles, headlines, and dates on your scrapbook pages. Its fun sentiments can become the inspiration for your journaling and even what photos you choose to display. They work seamlessly with the other pieces of the kit–especially the golden foil stickers—to help you note the moments that matter most.

See what we mean:

Year Noted scrapbook page

Take a look at this page, which shows just how nicely the kit works in a pocket scrapbooking format—the “cards” trimmed from the B&T paper fit perfectly into the 4″ x 6″ pockets of these Memory Protectors™. But the stamping is really the star here:

Embossed date stamp

This date stamp is a definite must-have for a scrapbooker. We’ve given it extra glam here with our Ranger™ Princess Gold embossing powder. The look matches the fun golden foil stickers that come with the kit so well you can hardly tell they aren’t the same material.

Year Noted page title

Stamps and golden foil stickers work hand-in-hand to create this title. Technically, those “Year” letters come from the negative spaces of the golden foil sheet, but we prefer to think of them as positive spaces. (It’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?)

Okay, the arrow looks stamped, but that is just a trick of the eye: it’s actually a piece trimmed from the zip strip. Of course, the set does include a great arrow stamp that matches that zip strip perfectly! (Wait for it…)

Year Noted scrapbook page

On this more traditional scrapbook page, the artist has taken the stamping up a notch with embossing to match it to the shimmer of the golden foil stickers again. Ooooh, shiny!

Check out the versatility of the dotted line stamps in this set. The image stamped across the bottom and middle of the page makes an understated border, while you’ve also got an image ideal for creating journaling lines. Top off your journaling with a few fancy bullet points made from golden foil stickers. Or, if you like a checkbox look, stamp a few the way you see them done on this page.

Arrow stamp

There’s that true arrow stamp! Told ya it was cute. A classic stamp image works great whether it is in the spotlight or playing a more subtle role as an accent.

Year Noted stamps

The clustering of the B&T trimmed cards makes a great backdrop for your photos, and stamping your favorite sentiments on them ties the whole page together nicely.

Year >> Noted is available for a few weeks yet. Get your cute stamp set (we’ll throw in the paper kit too) before the end of January!

For a chance to win a FREE Year >> Noted paper kit for yourself, share a comment below telling us about a milestone event that occurred in your life in 2014 or an event that you are looking forward to in 2015 that you plan to include in a Year >> Noted mini book or layout. Fifteen random winners will be announced next week!

Recipes:
12″ x 12″ This Year… Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

12″ x 12″ This Year’s Highlights Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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