Three Stamp Sets Are Better Than One!

Over the past few weeks, you’ve seen some pretty fantastic artwork showing what each of the three My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can do on its own. We’ve raved about how wonderfully these stamp sets coordinate with one another, but the time has come to really show you what we mean. After all, we’re the company that shows you how!

So we asked our artists to whip up some masterpieces that demonstrate the magic you can create by combining these stamp sets. Up first is this dazzling card:

Hello, Life! Combo Hey Card

This card’s got pizzazz! The “oh, hey” sentiment comes from the Hello, Life! cardmaking stamp set, while the flowers and leaves come from the Hello, Life! scrapbooking stamp set. These stamp sets work hand in hand to fashion a card with a whole lotta charisma: the Grecian-looking wreaths, the spunky “oh, hey” sentiment, the addition of gold glitter paper—this card thinks it’s royalty, and rightfully so!

Up next is a chipper card filled with color and good wishes:

Hello, Life! Combo Happy Card

Isn’t it darling? The “happy” sentiment is from the Hello, Life! scrapbooking stamp set and the cute chevron heart and colorful brushstrokes are from the Hello, Life! pocket scrapbooking stamp set. Paired with the gold “be” letters from the Fundamental stickers Basics pack and a circle punched from a gold Picture My Lifeoverlay, this card delivers a sweet sentiment that will wipe a frown off anyone’s face.

For the final act, we have a scrapbooking page that uses not one, not two, but all three Hello, Life! stamp sets!

Hello, Life! Combo Page

We’re swooning over the rainbow of pastel colors on this page because we think it captures the meaning behind the Hello, Life! stamp sets. They’re all about being optimistic and creating and preserving memories, from grand adventures to the extraordinary of the everyday. Because each set accomplishes this in its own unique way, the three stamp sets work together harmoniously on each piece of artwork above.

Remember, these stamp sets will only be available through the end of September, which is sneaking right up on us! Hurry and grab them while they’re still here!

Recipes
 
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Oh, Hey Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 25
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Cardmaking, CC1040 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Scrapbooking, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 RangerPrincess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2457 ShinHan Touch Twin Marigold Marker, Z2456 ShinHan Touch TwinMahogany Marker, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
2 ¾” <Circle1> (P. 21)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Be Happy Card
CC1040 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Scrapbooking, CC11042 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Pocket Scrapbooking, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z3144 Picture My Life Overlay Gold & Silver, Z3105 Fundamentals Assortment Gold, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2066 Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1″ Icon-1 <k> (p. 28)

12″ x 12″ Love Today Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 10
CC1040 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Scrapbooking, CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Hello, Life—Cardmaking, CC1042 My Acrylix® Hello, Life—Pocket Scrapbooking, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive InksStamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive InksStamp Pad, Z3066 Boardwalk Washi Pack, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
¼”, ½”, ¾” <NewYears> (p. 50)
3″ Shift+Layer <.> (p. 5)
½” Banner <6> (p. 6)
1″ Icon-1<k> (p. 28)
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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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