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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Handsome Hares Postcard Tutorial

I have noticed decorating snail mail with stamps has become popular again!  Stamping a postcard is quick and fun - and such a joy for the receiver!  This is a sample I created using the classic Handsome Hares stamp.

First things first, you must gather your supplies...


Mixed Media Paper (4 in by 6 in), glue stick, dauber, and scissors


 ARCHIVAL -cornflower blue, sky blue, jet black

DISTRESS - tumbled glass and peacock feathers

STAMPS - Hydrangea Flower, Handsome Hares (small), Towns in Blocks, postcard scroll, hand writing, monarch

1. On this postcard I used a technique called masking.  The first thing I did was to stamp the handsome hares on a piece of yellow sticky paper and carefully cut it out to create the "mask."

2. Then I stamped, in black, the hydrangea flowers along the border and handsome hares on the postcard.

3. After I stamped the hares on the postcard, I covered the hares with the mask I created in step one and started daubing around the image with tumbled glass distress ink leaving piece of paper to protect the hares on the postcard from the blue ink.

4.  I kept going with the daubing switching between the two blues to cover all of the card except the hares, and I tried to avoid the hydrangea along the edge so they would stay white.

5. While the yellow paper was still covering the hares on the postcard I stamped the towns in blocks with sky blue.

6. After that I stamped the monarch with the tumbled glass distress ink.

7. I stamped the hand writing and the postcard scroll on white paper, cut it out, and glued them in place on the postcard.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial.  I have been creating a lot of postcards lately - I love working with the 4 by 6 size. Just drop me a postcard in the mail, and I'll happily send one back!

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hopping and Stamping into Spring

An Art Journal Page by Corrie Herriman

I have been a long-time fan of Corrie Herriman's bright and colorful stamp art.  Her stamping really brings the images to life and I am delighted to share this tutorial she has created as a guest designer for 100 Proof Press.  Enjoy!

Don't these hares look handsome?

Corrie started off this art journal page by applying gesso to a piece of Mixed Media paper.  Then she used different colors of acrylic paints and brushed them on the page, to blend the colors she used her fingers and baby wipes and did a little smudging.  After that, Corrie stencilled polkadots in the same colors, moved the stencil a little and used white paint. Then, around some of the polkadots she applied watered-down black paint with a bottle cap, and brushed some black paint in the corners.  

Corrie stamped the Large Handsome Hares on a plain sheet and on text before she decided to use the hares stamped on text on her final page.

You can see in the background here Corrie has also stamped the stylish numbers in pink and blue, and the Profit and Loss Sheet in black before adhering the Vincent Van Gogh quote.

If you would like to read Corrie's tutorial and find many other lovey samples of her artwork you can visit Corrie's blog MadeByCHook.

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