Thursday, June 4, 2009

More on Digi Stamps!

If you haven't done so already, check out my Blogaversary Candy opportunity. I sweetened the pot today with a Stampin Up stamp set. Don't forget, you get TWO chances in the draw if you are also one of my Followers.

After mentioning in my last post that Copic markers work perfectly with digi stamp images printed with an ink jet printer, many of you wondered if they'd work with your own method of coloring, such as pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits), or watercoloring. So I decided to put it to the test.

First, I tried SU watercolor markers. Nope, they don't work... smeared the printed ink. I have to confess, though, that I rarely use my SU markers because I can't figure out how to blend well with them, and most are too dark. They're great, though, for thumping or coloring directly on your stamps before stamping.

Then I tried Prisma pencils with OMS, and whaddya know... it works great! Here's my card featuring Basket Full of Love, a new digi stamp image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:

This card is based on the Mojo Monday 89 Sketch Challenge. The cardstock, DP, frame behind the image, and ribbon are all from Brilliant Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions. The flowers are punched out of the same DP and layered. The little row of stars across the bottom are also punched out of the DP. It's hard to see from the picture, but I put tiny yellow rhinestones in the center of each flower in the basket. I just love a little sparkle. (*wink*)

Then, I tried watercoloring. At first, I tried to watercolor on regular white cardstock, which was not working out... mostly because I tend to be heavy handed with the water, but also because it isn't the right cardstock for watercoloring. It's not absorbent enough, hard to blend, and tends to warp the paper and bleed (at least for me). So I taped a piece of watercolor paper to a larger piece of cardstock and ran it through the printer. Voila!

I haven't watercolored in quite some time, so I tended to get a bit carried away with the water (I used my aqua painter and SU reinkers). Don't look too closely, or you'll see my bleeds. You looked, didn't you? (*chuckle*) Actually, I was reminded about how much I enjoy watercoloring, what a different effect you can get. I tend to go with the instant gratification of Copics, but I shall make a point of watercoloring again soon. The point is, no smear! I assume that if my heavy-handed use of the aqua painter didn't smear the image, then neither will using a watercolor brush.

The cardstock and DP for this card are from the same Brilliant Key Ingredients as above. The edge punch is Martha Stewart. The buttons are from Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss). I poked two holes at the bottom of the basket handle and threaded it with linen twine to make a bow.

I haven't tried blender pens with digi images yet. If I get a chance to, I'll report on that later. But in the meantime, I hope this information is helpful and gets you to try a digi stamp or two. They really are fun and inexpensive. Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps carries several. Check them out!

Thanks for stopping by! I always love to hear from you.


Susan said...

Oh how sweet these little bears are! Love these little images and the color combo on both cards. I checked out the digi stamps on Sweet and Sassy, looks like I will have download a couple of these soon.

Stamp and Smile said...

Hi girl!! Such "Cutie Patootie" cards... and the awesome coloring ON BOTH!! I like the ideas of printing WaterColor paper taped to a larger sheet... I might have to try that. I need to play more with my aqua painter... I have good and bad days!! LOL! I just posted my MoJo card and seen you posted yours too... had to pop in for a visit!! :)

You're sweetening up the pot on your Blog Candy... YUMM! :) You are SO nice to your followers! Thanks so much for the tips and I LOVE the ideas of the angle cut using your MS border punch!! I'll be watching for more digi cards... have a super FRIDAY!! Woooo,Hooo...

Hugs and SMILES... Michelle :)

Debbie Pamment said...

You are a star to try all these different methods out for us!!! Thanx soooo much!! And you've ended up with 2 fabulous cards too - and no - I didn't look too closely at your watercolouring, it may lead you to look closely at mine - LOL.
Take care and lotsaluv

Patti J. said...

Oh Lisa, your cards are SOOOO cute! I just want to reach out and HUG these little guys! Thanks for sharing! (And girl, you KNOW I'd follow you anywhere, candy or none!!!)

Debbie Olson said...

Love the little bear cards, Lisa, and congrats on your DT too!!