Virginia’s newest project is one she showed me several weeks ago and I was instantly enthralled, mostly because there are so many fun Stampotique Originals characters included.
Perhaps the most amazing part of this tutorial is the detailed instructions to color the stamped images using colored pencils. I’ll be giving her process a try!
This is a fairly detailed project, with lots of interesting angles and corners, but you can make a smaller version if you would like. The other option would be to employ Virginia’s techniques for the background, coloring the Stampotique characters, and laying them all out on a journal page spread. This project is awesome, so be sure to try either option.
Here are Virginia’s well done and very detailed instructions.
My Stampotique Originals Family Photo Album
7” x 25” Cardstock or one of Joggles Accordion Books – 5” x 7” – 10 panel, cut in half so you have 5 panels.
Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
ScorTape or Double Sided Transfer Tape
Lots of Scraps of Printed and Plain Craft Paper and Cardstock
StazOn Ink Pad – Black
Gelli Roll Pens – Assorted Colors
Liquid Pearls – Assorted Colors
Low Odor Mineral Spirits
Stubby Blending Tool (Blending Stump or Tortillion)
Sandpaper [for cleaning and sharpening your Stubby]
Stampotique Originals Rubber Stamps:
Prom Queen Sheer Gooseneck Checkers
Topher Topknot Underwhere Froggie
Moth Fab Glimmering Hope Santa Baby Twinkie
Mothloved Burru Kitty Puss Puss
[Or any Stampotique Originals Stamps you have]
Joggles Stamps: Create Definition and Inspire Definition
Various other Text Stamps
Flower Stamp(s) of Your Choice – The ones I used I drew.
Dies or Punches – Circles, Squares, Ovals and Rectangles (optional – you can cut out the pieces too)
Sheet of Craft Foam
Styluses – Small and Medium
I started out scoring and folding the 7” x 25” Cardstock. I just happened to come across this cardstock one day while I was searching for something else in my craftroom. I’ve had this pack of cardstock for ages. So I’m not even sure if it’s still available out there anywhere. If you don’t have or can’t find 7” x 25” Cardstock, a great alternative would be the Joggles Accordion Book 5” x 7” – 10 panel… You can cut this in half so you have 5 panels.
Score at 5”, 7.5”, 10”, 15”, 17.5” and 20” [If you’re using the Joggles Accordion Book you will need to add score lines at 7.5” and 17.5” – This will be the middle of second and fourth panels]
Valley Fold at 5”, 10”, 15” and 20” [Refold the Accordion Book if you’re using that]
Mountain Fold at 7.5” and 17.5”
From the Double Sided Adhesive Sheets cut 5 pcs @ 4.75” x 6.75” and 4 pcs @ 2.25” x 6.75” [or as an alternative you can use cardstock cut to the same size and glue]
Now get out all those scraps of paper and cardstock that you’ve been saving, it’s time to use some of that up.
Randomly tear strips of scrap paper/cardstock at various widths to fit across the Adhesive Sheets. You’ll need lots.
Starting at the top, layer your strips across the Adhesive Sheet [or if you’re using cardstock and glue, then apply a bead of glue to the bottom of the strips only – except for the top piece – you’ll want to apply glue to the entire strip of that one] be sure to overlap each strip as you’re working down the sheet. Let the strips hang over the edges.
Once you have the sheet covered you’ll want to trim the edges.
Remove the backing from the Adhesive Sheets and attach 3 of the large pieces and the 4 smaller pieces to the inside of the card. [If you used cardstock and glue then use ScorTape or Double Sided Transfer Tape to attach the sheets]
Flip the Card over and attach the remaining 2 large sheets in the same manner to the two outside panels.
This is what it should look like once you have all of the sheets attached to the card.
Set the card aside…it’s time to work on the “Embellishments”
Don’t worry if you don’t have ALL of these Stamps. Or if you have different ones. This card can easily be made into a 2 or 3 panel card.
Using a StazOn Black Ink Pad, stamp just the Head portions of Stampotique Originals Stamps, Prom Queen, Sheer, Gooseneck, Checkers, Topher, Top Knot, Underwhere, Froggie and Moth Fab.
Again using the StazOn Black Ink Pad stamp the Stampotique Originals Stamps – Glimmering Hope, Santa Baby, Twinkie, Mothloved, Burru, Kitty and 2 of Puss Puss.
Time to color. I always color my images before I cut them out. My preferred method of coloring is using colored pencils. But feel free to use what you like. I am going to give you a run down of how I color my figures.
I just lay a small amount of color down. Especially on small images.
NOTE: As you change or work on different colors you’ll want to clean and sharpen your Blending Stubby. This is accomplished by rubbing the tip on a piece of sandpaper. Keep your Stubby at an angle to keep somewhat of a point on it. You can also use a Stubby for each color if you wish. But I don’t like to bother with looking for the correct color I need, so I just work with one or two Stubbies at a time. I’m not going to mention the cleaning of the Stubby for each color change here, so just keep it in mind.
NOTE 2: “Blending” will refer to using a Blending Stubby dipped into Low Odor Mineral Spirits for moving the colors around. If the color isn’t moving good for you, you probably need to dip your Stubby into more Low Odor Mineral Spirits. Again I’m not going to mention this for each Fig.
Fig a – Using a Medium Purple and a Minty Green add just a bit of color around the edges of the head and a splash across his face.
Fig b – Using a Blending Stubby dipped in Low Odor Mineral Spirits “move” the Purple to the inner area of the face
Fig c – Next “move” the Minty Green around to meet up with the Purple in the same way.
Fig d – Add some Dark Yellow
Fig e – Blend the Dark Yellow into the Purple and Minty Green
Fig f – Add a little Dark Purple to the top middle section of the head
Fig g – Blend this down taking care not to cover all of the Medium Purple
Fig h – Add a Dark Forest Green at the bottom and top of the eye area
Fig i – Blend the Dark Forest Green around his eyes. Keep it close to the eyes. You don’t want to move it too far out
Fig j – This is the results for the face
Fig k – For his pants, add just a line or 2 of a Rusty Orange to the outer edges of the legs
Fig l – Blend to the inner portions of the legs letting the color fade.
Fig m – Finish off by adding Yellow for his shirt, Dark Purple for his hair, some Blue Gloves and Socks and Green Shoes.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I color outside of the lines. That’s how I roll. Ok not really. Well sometimes. But the main reason I do this is so when I cut out the image there is not a white line around it.
Add a bit of Bling with some Stardust Gelli Roll Pens
Don’t forget to color up some flowers.
Cut out your images. I like to cut as close to the lines as I possibly can.
Time to add some dimension to your images.
Place the image face side up on the Craft Foam. I start out using a small stylus to indent the eye area. Next flip the image face side down on the Craft Foam. Using a medium sized stylus with medium pressure “draw” in a circular motion on the face area. Avoid the eye area, you don’t want to undo the indentations you’ve already made. You will need to go back and forth between the front and back of the image 2 or 3 times to get the dimensional effect you’re looking for. You can also add dimension to the hair area, depending on which image you’re working on and what sort of effect you’re looking for. On this image I did add dimension to the hair, then with the image face up I made a little indentation on the ponytail holder area to get the ponytails to come forward just a tad.
I used the same technic on the flowers.
Using a small Stylus on the front I “drew” along the bottom of the flower center. Once I flipped it over I used small circular motions with a medium Stylus and medium pressure to shape the petals and flower centers, avoiding the line I “drew” along the Flower center. Once I got the dimension I was looking for I decided I wanted the tips of the petals to flip up, so I turned the flower right side up on the Craft Foam and added just a little pressure to the tips with a medium Stylus.
Continue to do this to all of your images.
Once you have all of your images dimensionalized, (ok that’s not really a word…but I’m using it anyway, it kinda reminds me of the word institutionalized which these figures bring to mind. Not being mean here…I LOVE these stamps…they’re my favorites) add Liquid Pearls to the eyes. Set aside to dry while you make the “Picture Frames”.
Ok let’s make the “Picture Frames”
I used dies to cut out my “Picture Frames”. But Punches or Hand Cutting will work too.
Using the 2 1/8” and 1 5/8” circle dies make 3 frames out of Black Cardstock
Using only the 2 1/8” die cut out 3 pieces of White Cardstock
Using the 1 5/8” and 1 1/8” circle dies make 3 more frames of Black Cardstock
Using only the 1 5/8” die cut out 3 pieces of White Cardstock
Using the 1 1/2” and 1” square dies make 3 frames out of Black Cardstock
Using only the 1 1/2” die cut out 3 pieces of White Cardstock
Using the 3 9/16” and 3” square dies make 1 frame out of Black Cardstock
Using only the 3 9/16” die cut out 1 piece of White Cardstock
Using the 2 3/4” x 3 7/8” and the 2 1/4” x 3” oval dies make 1 frame out of Black Cardstock
Using only the 2 3/4” x 3 7/8” die cut out 1 piece of White Cardstock
Using the 2 9/16” x 3 7/8” and the 2 1/8” x 3 3/8” rectangle dies make 1 frame out of Black Cardstock
Using only the 2 9/16” x 3 7/8” die cut out 1 piece of White Cardstock
I used White Cardstock for my Picture Frame backgrounds because my Card background is so busy I didn’t want the “kidz” to get lost.
At this point you can decorate the Black Frames with Gelli Roll Pens. Or you can wait until you have the images in the Frames. I’ll be honest, I did it after the images were in the frames only because I didn’t think to do it beforehand. It was an after thought on my part. So I’m giving you the opportunity to do it the easy way.
Now let’s get those kidz into their frames. Decide which image you want in each frame.
Add just a bit of glue to the bottom front of the image.
Tuck the bottom of the image behind the bottom of the frame, making sure to keep the rest of the image to the front of the frame. Adjust the angle to your liking. Press together. Don’t worry if the angle you have chosen lets part of the image show from the bottom or side, as in my photo, you can trim this off.
Now add a piece of foam tape to the back of the head and some glue around the frame.
Remove the backing from the foam tape, line up the White Cardstock and press together. Proceed to do this with all of the head images.
When putting the full images into the frame the only difference in my process was as follows:
1) I positioned Twinkie so he would hang by one foot with one hand over the frame. I added a piece of foam tape to the frame where his hand was rather than using glue. I wanted his hand to be off the frame, not right on it.
2) With Glimmering Hope and Mothloved I:
- Positioned them where I wanted them
- Drew a pencil line on the outside to find my mark when attaching them
- Applied glue just inside the pencil line
- After attaching the girlz I trimmed off the access
3) Using Santa Baby, Puss Puss and Burru, I used the same process as the faces to attach Santa Baby and the backing. Then using Foam Tape and glue I attached Burru on the outside of the frame so it would look like he was sitting on the bottom edge of the frame instead of being in it. Using foam tape I added Puss Puss to Santa Baby’s hand covering the gift he is holding in the original image.
Punch out several 1 inch circles in various colors.
Stamp out some text on different color cardstock. I used Joggles Create Definition and Inspire Definition, plus several others I found stashed in a bag. You never know what you might find when you go looking.
In keeping with the tearing theme of the background I chose to tear out the stamped text rather than cut it out.
Decide where you want your Frames, Flowers, Circles and Text placed and attach them with a bit of glue. I decided I liked the look of the Circles being tucked in behind the strips on the background rather than having them fully exposed.
And this is what the finished project looks like:
I hope you all enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it. Happy Crafting Everyone!!!