Hey friends! Jen Schow here, and I'm happy to share three ways to add color to the flowers in the versatile Grateful Heart Stamp Set. I love that it includes an outline and layering stamps. In my opinion, this set is a must have! And I'll show you why I think you should consider the Grateful Heart Mask Stencil too!
So, let's get into the three techniques.
1 | Stamp Layering
The first and maybe most obvious of ways to add color is to use the included stamp layers. Altenew makes it super easy by numbering the layers and including a guide with each stamp set.
I cut the stamped flowers and leaves out with the coordinating Grateful Heart Die Set and added them to some elements fussy cut from the Summer Garden 6×6 Paper Pack. We will come back to the full layouts at the end, but let's first take a look at the second coloring technique!
2 | Ink Blending using the Grateful Heart Mask Stencil
For this technique, the coordinating Grateful Heart Mask Stencil is super helpful! I started by stamping the outline floral image. Next, I placed the stencil over the flower, using some washi tape to secure it. I chose a few ink colors I knew would coordinate with my photos and used some ink blending brushes to add color.
I concentrated the darker color toward the center of the flower and love the smooth look the ink blending gives to these florals. By using the stencils and masks to create a cluster of flowers and leaves, you can achieve a nice clean edge. I love how it contains the color. (You can see more in the video later in this post!)
Let's take a look at one more way I chose to add color to these stamps.
3 | Watercolor
I'm a big fan of watercolors. I love the way the colors flow and the overall look of it.
I stamped all of the florals multiple times on watercolor paper. The Watercolor 36 Pan Set has a great variety of colors and I focused on some warm autumnal shades.
The imperfections add to the charm, and trimming them with the coordinating dies gives a nice clean edge. I love the way they look on this Thanksgiving scrapbook layout.
In the video below, I show the process for each technique and I hope you'll find it helpful! You can also watch it in HD over on YouTube!
Here's a look at how I used the florals on some layouts. My favorite thing? How easy it is to customize the colors to match my photos. So again, stamp layering…
…ink blending (you may recognize that black and white stamped piece from my last blog post! Also wanted to mention that I used the floral cluster image to stamp a pattern on my title)…
…and finally watercolor.
I hope you can see the versatility of the Grateful Heart Stamp Set and will try some different coloring techniques next time you get your craft on!