Tag Archive: stampscapes

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


Hi Fellow Stampers!  I wanted to share this scene with you and tell you how I did it.  The figures at the bottom are a digital stamp by Elizabeth Bell, and it’s “mixed” with a landscape scene that is primarily Stampscapes.   The original is 8″ x 10″ and was really fun to do, but it took several hours. It is colored with a mixture of copic markers and dye inks using a colorbox stylus with a sponge on the end.   Here’s how I did it.

First, I stamped the major portions of the scene on a piece of plain copy paper to get placement and determine where to put the digital stamp.  Here is a reduced copy of that worksheet.  If you click on the image, you can view a larger version.

The bridge on the upper left of the scene is by A Stamp In the Hand, the bushes in the upper left is a small foliage stamp by Art Impressions, and all the rest of the stamps can be found at http://www.stampscapes.com.

Starting with a clean sheet of Neenah Classic Crest, I then printed the digital image at the bottom, roughly in the spot where the hand drawn rectangle is.  Then using the worksheet as a guide, I built the scene around the figures.  The “blanket” is handrawn with a pencil.  I colored the blanket with B21, and made the plaid by using a newly filled colorless blender, and drawing vertical and horizontal stripes with the larger tip of the blender pen.  I didn’t outline the edges with a black sharpie extra fine pen until I had completed the scene, because I was afraid it might bleed with my copic markers.

The sky and clouds were sponged  in shades of blue and pink dye ink using a torn paper towel to create cloud shapes.  I also sponged in some very pale green in part of the grassy areas.  Then I got out my copics and colored everything else.  I decided that I needed a bush in the middle ground in the approximate center, and created it with the small foliage stamp done repeatedly.  Here is where I almost ruined my whole scene.  I stamped it too many times, and it looked like a big blob of black.  Oh No!  By this time I had put hours into it.  So I stamped the bush again on a separate piece of card stock, colored it, cut it out and tried pasting it on top of the scene.  Here’s what that looked like:

Well, the color’s better, but it still sticks out like a sore thumb.  I was devastated.   All that happened yesterday, so I put it away, determined to figure out how to salvage my scene.  This morning when I got up I had the fix!  I removed the pasted on bush, used household bleach and a paint brush and bleached out the over-colored image .  Then I re-stamped and colored it as it appears in the final scene.  I was pretty happy with the result.  The last thing I did was color the digital image and add the birds in the sky.    I used many colors of copics on the scene, so won’t try to list them all; but the yellows on the focal image are Y13, Y15, & Y17.  The browns in the pants and hair are E29, E25, and E53.  I used mainly G40, G24, G82, YG23 and YG03 on the foliage, B21 for the water, and E11 and E00 on the skin.    I hope you like it, and I’d love to hear your comments.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Stamp Credits: House Mouse and Friends, Stampscapes, Sign Unknown

This is a scene I did for a swap at the StampscapesII yahoo group.  My swap partner, who lives in The Netherlands,  has received the original so now I can post it.  The scene had to have a church somewhere in it, and use stampscapes.com stamps, but they could be mixed with other stamps.  I got the idea for this from a friend named Pat Moore, who did a scene where this cute little mouse was painting a barn red.  I still have to CASE that one, it was sooooo cute.  This original scene is 5″ x 7″, but I reduced it to save loading time here.  I used a mixture of Copic markers and adirondack dye inks to color the scene, and it is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on Cryogen paper.  I’d love to hear what you think of it.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Winter Walk

Look at the picture before you read my comments.  You will see why when you read them.



This is a scene I did several months ago when I was trying out some new techniques in composing and coloring scenes with inks.  When I posted it on the yahoo stampscapesII group, it was pointed out to me that the perspective wasn’t quite right.  It has to do with the sizes of the deer in the foreground and the walking people.  Their relative size makes the people appear to be about 10 feet tall.  I didn’t see it until one of my friends on the group, a more experienced artist mentioned it.   Did you notice it?

I really liked the composition, so I redid it several times, fixing the perspective each time.  However, none of the newer scenes really captured the wintry, snowy, feeling of the first one.  Bummer!

Kevin Nakagawa, owner and creator of http://www.stampscapes.com saw several of the scenes, and liked this one the best, flawed as it was. Through the magic of computer technology he “erased” the deer, and turned my scene into an idea card which he sends out occasionally with retail and wholesale orders.  You can see the idea card at http://www.stampscapes.com in my gallery.  Isn’t technology wonderful?

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear your comments.  Until next time, happy stamping!