How to Create the Perfect Holiday Image Using Any Stamp Set

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
You can make any stamp set work for your DIY holiday cards. Learn how in this cardmaking tutorial.

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You can use any stamp you have and turn it into the perfect holiday image!

Supplies You Will Need:

Spectrum Aqua Markers: Essentials, Primary, Nature and Floral (Evergreen, Bud Green, Moss, Slate, Charcoal, Peach, Topaz, Terracotta, Chestnut, Chocolate, Crimson used)
Adhesive Tape Runner
Acrylic Blocks
Versafine Onyx Black
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Old Paper Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Lawn Fawn Snow Day Patterned Paper 6x6 Pack
Prima Julie Nutting Adara Stamp Set
Sentimentals Mistletoe Kisses EZ Mount Stamp Set (or Sentimentals Home for the Holidays EZ Mount Stamp Set)
Watercolor Paper
Black Cardstock

I stamped this darling image from Prima onto a piece of watercolor stock, cut to 4 x 5.25. I stamped it onto the smoother side using Distress Ink Old paper. I know I wanted more of a soft, less lined look. With the Old Paper, the ink is still there, but it's not as obvious as black. And it blends well with watercolors or other inks that react with water.

I stamped the same image onto some patterned paper. I chose trees, so I could make this stamp into a Holiday image, even though it was meant to be! Some of the image got cut off, but I knew I only wanted to cut out the dress, so I wasn't worried about it. This is a great tip - only stamp what you need. You can keep the scraps for future projects!

I started to color in the image using Spectrum Aquas. I scribbed the colors I wanted to use on an acrylic block and then picked up the color with a waterbrush. I began with the flesh tones and added shadows. I blended the colors with the same waterbrush.

Once I was done with the skin, I colored in the other elements that I wouldn't be covering up with patterned paper. I made sure to place the shadows in the same place as the skin.

I added some shadows and color to the patterned paper. Then I trimmed out the dress.

I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine ink and covered it with clear embossing powder. I then activated it with the heat gun. Not only does this protect the ink from bleeding, it makes the sentiment nice and shiny so it stands out a bit!

I painted in a background, using the same technique as I did previously with my Spectrum Aquas, using a waterbrush and an acrylic block.

Finally, I adhered the watercolor panel to a black card base. I think the black really makes the softness of the watercolors stand out more. I hope you will take a look at your non-Holiday stamp sets and see that they can be used even during the Holiday season!!!!

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Happy Crafting!