I haven’t had much time to play with my Stampscapes stamps lately.This morning I decided, that’s enough, I’m going to do a scene before I do any of the other things I’m supposed to be doing!  This is the result.  I thought I would actually write up a tutorial on how I did this using a technique I learned from Kevin Nakagawa, owner of Stampscapes.com  So here goes.

To do this scene you will need the following:

Stamps: (Stampscapes)
139H Seaside Cove
079E Tall Rocks
120F Palm Island
296C Cloud Strips Small

268E Sand Pattern
124F Palm Frond Large
Kromekote Glossy Card Stock (Mohawk)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Adirondack Dye Ink Pads (Ranger)
  Aqua, Pool, Stonewashed, Stream
Marvy Matchables Violet Ink Pad  (Uchida of America)
Aqua Adirondack Dye Re-inker (Ranger)
Half Circle Paper Mask
Colorbox Stylus Tool and Tips (Clearsnap)
Tombow Markers No. 491 and 623 (ABT)
White Fine Point Poster Paint Pen (Sharpie)
Crystal Clear Gloss Spray (Krylon) 


  1. Cut a full sheet of card stock to 8″ x 10″ and stamp the three main stamps in the black ink.
  2. When the ink is dry, (you can speed up the process with a heat tool) add the half circle mask to represent the moon along the horizon line.  Pour a little bit of the Aqua Re-inker ink into the lid of your Aqua ink pad.  Using a stylus tool and a clean tip, streak ink onto the scene starting at the outside of each side, toward the middle.  Repeat from the other side, leaving white streaks  here and there, particularly in the middle.
  3. Still using the stylus, add Pool, Stonewashed, Stream, and Violet inks in that order.  Always start outside the edge and work your way in towards the middle, and don’t cover all the ink of each preceding layer when you change colors.  You want some streaks of each color in your scene.
  4. Ink cloud strips stamp with violet ink and stamp as desired across the sky.
  5. Ink sand pattern with violet ink and stamp as desired in the foreground.
  6. Remove mask.
  7. Ink the frond stamp with black ink and stamp several times, turning it each time, at the bottom left and right of the scene.  It is not necessary to have the whole stamp in the scene each time.
  8. Now it’s time to go back and fix anything that you don’t like in the scene, and add some final colors in small places.  If you go back to a lighter color of ink be sure to use a clean stylus tip.  I colored small areas of the sky and clouds with Tombow Marker No. 623.  I darkened each of the corners with the violet ink, and added some pale blue to some parts of the waves with Tombow Marker No. 451.  Then using the sharpie paint pen, I added some foam lines, splashes, and a very few white dots to the leaves of the frond to represent water drops.    At this point I called it “done”, and put my initials on my art.
  9. All that’s left now is to spray it heavily with the krylon spray.  This is necessary because many of these inks will fade quickly if they aren’t “fixed” to the card stock.  Now you can frame it and hang it in your studio, or give it to a friend you know will appreciate it.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and, if you have any stampscapes stamps, will try this technique of coloring with inks.  I’d love to hear your comments.

Happy Stamping;

Hugs;  Linda