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Coloring Stamps With Markers – GENIUS!

Why would you want to be coloring stamps with markers? Well, have you ever seen one image with each detail in a different color and wondered how in the world it was done? It's not magic, it's an easy technique but there's ONE THING you need to know that will make ALL the difference!

First, let's take a peek at a simplified version of this:

You can see that the flower and the stem are different colors but are evenly stamped and perfectly lined up. Here's a pic of the stamp:


You can see that it would be pretty tricky, even with the Stamparatus, to get those petals perfectly lined up.

So here's what you do. Color ON the stamp with your water based markers! Yup, just color right on there with whatever you want. I start with the lighter colors first because if you touch a light section with a dark marker, you won't leave a “stain” on the marker tip (whereas a dark ink can temporarily tint a lighter shade on the marker tip). I used a simpler two color scheme here but you can get as detailed as you want with any stamp. And DO NOT WORRY about the ink drying – take as long as you want to color and get your details the way you want them. And you can always go over a lighter shade with a darker one if you change your mind.

Now here's the one key thing you HAVE to remember when coloring stamps with markers. Let's say the ink is dry – like really dry – like overnight dry. No worries! YOU are going to bring it back to life.

Some people call this step “huffing”. I think that sounds too much like the illegal huffing. I call it the “Breath of Life” (cue the music – say, the Big Number from Lion King?) which sounds dramatic but it's actually The Thing that makes this work so well.

Pick up your stamp with the rubber facing your mouth. Open your mouth (don't purse your lips) and huff on that stamp like it just called your mama ugly. Like a BIG exhale! The moisture in your breath will be just enough to “wake up” the ink and make it stampable. A lot of people either don't know this, skip this step or forget and are always disappointed when their image isn't looking so good. You can do it a few times if you think the ink is really dry and you can't really over do this unless you are, like, spitting on it and that's gross and overkill.

You can see where I went a little heavier on the ink on the outer edges of the stamp. I wanted a final image that had a little texture to it because I added a lot of texture with the layers.

Speaking of those layers….. One of the reasons this card works so well is I used a tone-on-tone all over texture with the white on white embossed panel, another tone-on-tone look with the repeat stamping of the Bermuda Bay on the same and then a curvy shape to complement the straight lines on dimensional adhesive for lift. Adding the greeting over the focal image and a tiny touch of linen thread tied with the 10 Second Bow Maker finishes off this super simple card with lots of visual impact.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card. (Note that the stamp set I used today DOES come in as a bundle if you want with that killer SIX in one Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.)

 

Supplies

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Use this handy pin to save on Pinterest so you can find it when you are ready to practice your own coloring with stamps and being all fancy and stuff!