Archive for August, 2011

Autumn On The River

Autumn On The River

Hi cyber friends.  I’m delinquent in posting anything new.  I’ve been so busy over at with my new duties as editor, I have to scramble to find time to post here.  I’m teaching a Stampscapes class in September, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been doing.  This is a scene I thought I might use in the class, but decided it might be too difficult for a beginner class, so I’ll be showing it in class as an example of how to use just parts of a stamp to create a different scene.  The autumn bank stamps are usually used to depict a large body of water in front, like a lake, and I wanted to create banks on both sides of the water to simulate a wide river, like maybe the Columbia River in Washington State, where I live.   Here’s how I did it.

All the stamps are from  Here are the stamps I used:

Autumn Bank Rt. – 214G
Rocky Peaks Small –   211C
Fir Row – 243A
Cloud Cumulus – 018E
Solo Canoeist – 159A
Migrating Birds – 152D

  1. I used glossy paper, cut to 4.75″ x 6.75.  Two Marvy brush markers were used to color the stamps; No. 56 dull blue for the clouds, and No. 27 olive-brown for everything else.  I started by stamping the autumn bank on the right  side, in about the middle of the glossy paper, then the mountains twice just to the left and slightly above the bank.   Then I stamped fir row repeatedly starting just below the mountains, varying the height each time slightly until I ran off the page.  I think it was five times. This picture doesn’t show the white card stock at the bottom, but it’s there.  
  2. For the bottom half of the scene I stamped autumn bank partially, three times across the sheet, working from right to left.  I only used the part of the right hand side of the stamp, leaving off the cove and all water.  I also used the olive-brown marker to scribble in some reflections below the fir trees.  I wasn’t happy with how prominent they were, but I’ll show you later how I fixed that. 
  3. For the sky, I inked up the cloud stamp, and stamped several times from left to right before reinking, randomly across the top.  I repeated this process from right to left.  I wanted much lighter color in the center of the scene. 
  4. To color the scene, I used Memento dye ink pads and sponged in color using a Colorbox stylus and tips, changing tips each time I changed colors.
  5. I started on the foliage, which represents the largest part of the scene.  I wanted to create an autumn look, so I first sponged Dandelion over most of  the foliage, being careful not to get it in the sky or water area, since yellow and blue make green. 
  6. I wanted some orange, and didn’t have an orange pad, so I sponged in a very light layer of pink (Rose Bud) over parts of the foliage, particularly in the areas where the trees were deciduous.  Rose Bud is a very bright pink, so I sponged off on scratch paper until the stylus tip was almost dry before I sponged the scene.  
  7. Then I sponged in Bamboo Leaves) again sponging on scrap paper first in some of the areas.  I wanted several shades of green, and to tone down the orange a bit. 
  8. Now it was time to sponge in my sky and water, the mountains and a few rocks.   I used Summer Sky and Bahama Blue on both the sky and water, plus a little bit of a dark blue (Danube Blue) just in the top corners of the scene.  The mountains and rocks were sponged with London Fog, a dull gray.  All I needed to do was ink up the migrating birds, the solo canoeist and call it done.  However, remember I didn’t like the way I added in the reflections of the trees.  They were way too stark.  So I took an opaque white poster paint marker from Sharpie, and scribbled in some lines across the trees, around the shoreline, and a few other places in the water for consistency.  This tended to break up the lines, make it softer, and more like a reflection.  (Whew!)  I almost never give up on a scene when there’s something I don’t like.  With Stampscapes stamps there is almost always some way to fix your boo boos!
  9. Now the scene is finished, ready to mount and make into a card.

One of the reasons I used Memento Inks, even though I don’t have all the colors, is that I read in one of Kevin Nakagawa’s articles that  they are fade resistant.  I usually spray Krylon Clear Gloss heavily on my dye based inked scenes, and I want to see what will happen if I don’t spray this scene.  I’ve made a color copy on high quality photo paper to compare the two in a month or so, and I will have learned something new to share with my class.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial and would love to hear your comments.

In the meantime, happy stamping!


Out of This World

I recently participated in a swap at an online yahoo group.  The group is focused on stampscapes stamps, and the theme for this swap was “Out of This World”.  Here is the swap I sent.  Since my partner (who lives in Australia, BTW) has received it, I can now share it.   I didn’t do step by step photos of what I did, but I will tell you what I remember about how I did it.  It features both stampscapes stamps; found here; and digital stamps from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps, found here.  The Pegasus, and the three fairies are from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps, and are by several artists, floppy lattes digital designs, and delicious doodles; but all can be found at the link above.  The rest of the stamps are all from

The process for making a scene that combines digital stamps with rubber stamps is fairly simple, as long as you have the requisite software, and know how to do it.  I stamped the stampscapes scene first; and colored it.  Then I scanned it into my computer, and loaded it into Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Then I super imposed the digital stamps in front of the scene.  A nice thing about digital stamps is that you can size them anyway you want to, flip them, and lots of other things.  One reminder.  Please check the terms of use, on both the rubber stamps and the digital stamps to make sure this is allowed by EACH stamp company of the stamps you want to use.

If you like scenic stamping, and think you would like to belong to a group that is made of many talented artists, and IF you are willing to participate, post your art, and maybe get involved in swaps, go to, and apply.  They are a wonderful group of artists, and I’ve learned sooooo much from them.

Until next time, happy stamping!