Friday, August 31, 2012

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop {Fall Favorites}

It's time once again for our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring September's Stamp of the Month, Fall Favoritesset of 11.

If you've come from {Shirley's Blog}, you're on the right path. We have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!  

I decided to create a layout using this month's stamp set.  I chose to use our new Make It from Your Heart pattern book. This new pattern book is chock full of new layout patterns, as well as card patterns.  I flipped through and chose Pattern 08 (slightly modified).

As I flipped through the Cricut Artiste booklet, I found a cut that sort of resembled a fence.  It's actually one of the rosettes (there are 7).  I used Shift + Accent 3 [x] cut at 2 inches. Using B&T paper from the Dakota kit, gave the fence a nice wood look to it without a whole lot of effort.  I also found the grass on the Cricut Artiste. I used Shift + Accent 3 [Spring] cut at 3/4 inch. I cut 4 pieces to make sure I had enough to line the fence.

Here's a couple of close ups of each page.

For the scarecrow and pumpkins, I used my watercolor pencils and water brush.  I stamped the images using StazOn Brown ink onto Colonial White Cardstock.  Watercolor is one of my favorite ways to color in images! I'm not sure if this is the correct way, but this way works well for me and I get the results I'm after.

Stamp your image in a non-waterbased ink such as StazOn, pigment inks, or archival ink.
Outline your image in the colors you wish to use.
Add in a little shading where you want your image to be a bit darker. I tend to think in shadows, but you can also imagine where the sun would not be shining.  If there are shade lines, I also color those.

When you're done outlining and shading, grab your water brush. Make sure it is moist, but not wet. You do not want it dripping. I test mine on the back of my hand.
Start with one color first. Here I did all the green. Start pulling your water brush from the outside towards the inside (where you did not color).  I use the water brush just like I would with a regular color pencil, using strokes instead of a circular motion. Do not work in one area very long. Just keep going across until you have a nice blended image.

I colored the scarecrow the same way. You can see a little of the shading in his pants.

I then cut out each image and used 3D Foam Tape to add the accents to the page.

(links will open in a new window so you won't lose your spot in the hop)
Stamps: Fall Favorites (Stamp of the Month)
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Water Brush, 3D Foam Tape, Cricut Artiste

Now hop on over to {Brae's Blog} to check out her fabulous artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! The complete list of participants is here.  

Don't forget, the Stamp of the Month is only available until September 30th! Contact your consultant, or click here! Everyone who purchases the Stamp of the Month from me is invited to my FREE Stamp of the Month workshop next month where we will create a fabulous project or two using Fall Favorites. Check my calendar for dates and times!

Until next time...


Shirley Ross said...


Sarita said...

Love the coloring and love the fence! Clever!

Nancy said...

Great Layout!!!

Joy said...

So cute! love the fence and grass.

Haley D. said...

Great layout! Beautiful coloring! Thanks for the tips too.

Krista Ritskes said...

Nice job!

Judy said...

So very cute! Great idea with the fence.

Wendy Coffman said...

Really lovely coloring! Thanks for sharing!

Creative Crafter said...

I'm lovin it!

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