Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flying Unicorn Unis and Dolls Blog Hop



Welcome to the Grand Uni & Dolls bloghop party! If you have come from Erica's blog you're on the right track. If not, head back to the Flying Unicorn blog, because you don't want to miss a thing!

We have a fantastic and inspirational line up for you today featuring Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamps from Prima, and each designer will be highlighting some of their favourite tips and techniques to create with these stamps. So grab a cup of your favourite something and hop along for your chance to win an amazing main prize as well as individual prizes on each blog.

Let's get hopping!

It's no secret I love Julie Nutting's Mixed Media Doll stamps (and the die/stamp combos). Today I wanted to showcase the versatility of these stamps by colouring the same stamp (Shay) in 4 different ways.




For my first tag I used paper piecing. This is my go-to way of colouring the stamps - I love that it allows me to use patterns for the clothing and to create dimension. I have used papers from Prima's Princess collection for the doll, as well as Princess and Something Blue ATCs for my tag background. Some fussy cutting, an Ingvild Bolme resin, pearl pen and some trims finish the tag off.


I love the way paper piecing allows you to layer - here I've added dimension to the skirt using 4 layers of paper.

I also like to paper piece my doll's hair, though it is finicky - just look at all the gorgeous detail the patterned paper gives her 'do.


Products Used

- Prima Princess papers: Charlotte and Olivia
- 4x6 Princess ATCs
- 3x4 Something Blue ATCs
- Viva Pearl Pen: Salmon

For the second tag, I used Copic markers on specialty stamping paper. The stamping paper makes this doll more lustrous than the others because of the glossy finish. Prima ATC cards are perfect for adding paper to the background without cutting into your 12x12 sheets (I hate to cut into a fresh 12x12 sheet), and you just have a little excess to trim off. I added some masking to the background with modelling paste, and a little colour with a Color Bloom spray, then added some trims, a wooden icon, misted flowers and a tag. The "Happiness" plate was painted with Distress Paint, which I then wiped off the raised areas.


Alcohol markers are a great way to add shading to your stamps. The stars in the background are modelling paste misted with the new Prima Color Bloom sprays.


I always stock up on white flowers as it is so easy to customize them using sprays - here a little bit of Shimmerz and they match my tag perfectly.


Products Used

- Copic Sketch Markers: skin: E00 & E02; hair: Y21, Y23, YR 24; 
shirt: B32 & B34; skirt: BG02 & BG 05; shoes: C9 & 100
- Prima Princess 4X6 ATCs
- Distress Paint: Broken China
- Prima Le Mia: White
- Shimmerz mists: Cotton Candy & Pop Art Pink
- Prima Color Bloom: Summer Sky
- Prima Chalk Inks: Black, Turquoise Stone, Pastel Brown, Shabby Tote, Branch Bark
- Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Stars & Burlap
- 13 Arts: Modeling Paste & Gesso

For the third tag, I used Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils on the flat side of watercolour paper. Watercolor pencils are another great way to add subtle shading to your stamps.


For the background, I used Distress Inks on a Prima tag, splattered it with water and heat set it, then added stamping and some lace stickers.



I added some stacked Prima Mechanicals and a Kaisercraft rub-on sentiment to complete the tag.


Products Used

- Faber-Castell Aquarelle Pencils: skin: 183 & 187; shirt 119 & 125; skirt 123 &
125; hair: 250, 187 & 176; shoes: 175 & 199
- Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers
- Prima Chalk Ink: Black Coal
- Kaisercraft Rub-Ons: Violet Crush
- Prima Lace Stickers

For the fourth tag, I used Prima Color Bloom sprays and a paintbrush on watercolour paper. You may not be able to see it in the picture, but this one shimmers beautifully. The Tea Stain gives her skin a tanned look, so she belonged on a beach-themed tag. The paper accents are all fussy cut from Prima Seashore ATCs.



Products Used

- Prima Color Bloom Sprays: skin: Tea Stain; hair: Gold Foil & Worn Leather;
shirt: Soft Teal & Summer Sky; skirt: Gilded; shoes: Worn Leather
- Prima Seashore: 4x3 & 4x6 ATCs, Typewriter keys
- Prima Seashore flowers: 574949 & 574963
- Prima Resins: 891985

There are so many other ways you could colour in your doll stamps - using crayons, paints, inks - and we'd love if you'd stop by the Flying Unicorn Forums and share your favourites!

Want to win a Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp of your choice as well as a Time Traveler's Memories or Seashore 6x6 paper pack perfect for creating tags and cards? To be eligible:

- Become a follower of my blog if you aren't already

- Leave me a comment below and answer the question: What's your favourite way of 
using your stamps (doll or otherwise)

- International entries welcome



But wait, there's more…

One lucky person will win the Uni's and Dolls grand prize:


Thank you for hopping along today! Your next stop is Denise's blog. If you get lost along the way, you can always return to the Flying Unicorn blog to get back on track.

72 comments:

Shona said...

Jax they are all so amazing and its awesome to see them all with the same stamp...and yet all so diferent :)

Tammy said...

Jax, Love the different coloring techniques! Stunning tags!! Love them all!!

LolĂ´ Artesanato said...

Amazing tags my dear
xoxo
Leila

Robbie said...

I love how they are the same stamp, but yet so different! Great tips, too!! WTG!

Nitasha said...

Gorgeous!!!! What a fantastic display to show the versatility of the JN stamps!!! I love using stamps on tags and cards as the focal piece!

Lainie Michel said...

Such gorgeous tags, Jax! I love how you incorporated mixed media into them - and I also thought the way you used the paper as the hair was ingenious!

Delaina Burns said...

I adore each and every detail!

Mrs Frizz said...

Your tag set is gorgeous ... Love your set of tags ... They all look so totally different. Each so unique. Amazing.

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JRABS -Jennifer Snyder said...

Brilliant way to showcase how different the dolls can be using different mediums. And also how dramatically different each doll is depending on the paper and the coloring chosen. My fav way to use dolls? on a tag or canvas...with paper. I like to layer the dresses

Nicole Doiron said...

WOW! 4 tags, all so beautiful each their own! I love to colour in my stamps as i've always loved colouring, and also layering them with pattern paper. Thank you for the inspiration!

Laura Turcotte said...

wow---so lovely! So far I have liked using the dolls for my journal, and layouts. AND making paper dolls for my daughter, with many styles of dresses!

Tina said...

Thank you for sharing the different ways to use the one doll! Brilliant! I love using my doll stamps on Canvas using mixed media Art! I get so creative and love creating a masterpiece with the Dolls!

Denise said...

Oh wow Jax..I LOVE what you did with her!! They're all so beautiful and the layering is fabulous!

marijke said...

Looks real good what you have made, I love to use my stamps on my layouts, sometimes in the front and sometimes as a background, I am going to follow you from now on

Jennifer Waugh said...

Love, love, love your tags Jax. I've got 2 JN doll stamps still unused in their packets. The blog hop has inspired me to get them out the packets and have a play :-)

april dawn said...

Mixed media projects

Buffy Esser-Burnside said...

Just beautiful!

HELLO KITTY LOVES STAMPING said...

Beautiful

Lisa Lucchese said...

I definitely use my stamps alot - my fav way is to incorporate them in scrapbooking but I love making cards too.

Love how you customized the flowers- great idea!

CARLA PREDIGER said...

Amazing work!
I love to use embossing power while stamping.

Cyndi said...

Super cute! My favorite way of using these dolls are on canvas to give away as gifts.

fyrefli said...

I use my stamps for backgrounds, mostly on canvases. I can't wait to get some stamps like these to do all kinds of new things though. it's very exciting seeing the inspiration!

Erica said...

Oh my goodness, each is absolutely gorgeous! :) I love your different techniques! Thanks for sharing!

Pakrat said...

I use tags in albums - your dolls are amazing

Debi said...

Love your techniques.. I like to do the paper piecing myself. I like how adding the layers gives it more dimension.

Shannon Miller said...

Love your tags!!..I use my stamps on tags, atc's, cards and on my canvas projects

twinkles11 said...

Beautiful job on the paper piecing love all of the elements on your tags too!

Manda_K said...

Following! Love these stamps, so cute! I really like how you showcased all the different methods.
I love coloring in stamps with Smooch or Silks. Paint it up!

Kathleen White said...

Cute, cute, cute!! Love your dolls!

Lisa Gardner said...

Love your dolls. So many ideas.
I love making tags with these dolls and making gift bags, and using them on 12 x 12 layouts.

Sherri said...

love that beautiful quote

Heather Thompson said...

Stunning creations. Very awesome. I haven't had the opputunity to play much but these look so fun. Would love to try!!

New follower via google+

Debbie L Gregory said...

Love all the layers on your tags and dolls. I love using my stamps as texture and layers on backgrounds.

Rhonda said...

For me, stamps are used mainly for backgrounds. EXCEPT for the paperdoll stamps. I use them in everything you can imagine. LOVE them! Thanks for all of your helpful tips. :o)

MLiss3 said...

Love all your tags and all the various methods you used. So fun using these dolls!

tallulah1 said...

Love how you did this Jax - so inspiring. So far I have paper pieced or colored with Twinklin H20s. Now I want to play with my watercolor pencils, and alot of other ideas are popping in my head!
Thanks for always sharing your techniques, we all learn so much!
Love these tags!
Janelle

Cindy Keogh said...

Beautiful!

On The Wings Of A Scrapper said...

I love that you showed us how each type of coloring looked. I love making cards with my stamps and giving them away.

Romy said...

Gosh, these tags are truly divine! I love them all!
I love to use stamps on my cards and to make backgrounds.

Candy Chelepy said...

Simply amazing Ajax love your work, I have used copies, watercolours, paper pieced and have done a little mixed media on them just love these dolls.

Bev Lanphear said...

I love each of your tags. I use all kinds of different ways to enhance my stamps, color pencils markers etc. I am now a follower of your blog. TFS!! BJL

Amy said...

My favorite way to use stamps is layering or collage. I'm new to JN dolls but love them more and more seeing the different ways they can be used. Thank you for sharing.

janell said...

Four absolutely wonderful tags... love them. I am a follower and love using my stamps as cards and in journals.

alda stevens said...

Love how you showed the versatility - awesome creations every single one of them!

Dawn LL said...

Loved seeing all the examples using the same girl...you are so creative. I love to color and use my copics and gelatos but always add some paper piecing somewhere. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Andrea Montalvo said...

Each of your tags is so unique I failed to realize it was the same doll in each! Beautiful work! I love to use stamps on background for texture and layering.

Denise Luscan said...

These are wonderful! I love all of the different ways you used Shay! I haven't used any doll stamps yet but thank you so much for the inspiration. I really want to try them now that I'm seeing what everyone has created!

Jane said...

I love the 4 options you used. They all look wonderful and I cannot choose a favorite. My favourite and current way of using stamps is for background interest in my multimedia art journal. I usually create a background with paint or spray or gelatos, etc. and then stamp designs on the page and then add whatever else I plan to use. We also use them when making cards and have coloured them with various mediums as well. Now that I am seeing all the amazing ways these blog train talented gals are finishing the Julie Nutting stamps, I definitely have to get them so I can use them as the centerpoint of my pages and for cards.

Scrappinkar said...

How beautiful and different each of your tags are!
My favorite way to use these Julia Nutting dolls is to use them on a card. I usually either fussy cut and layer them or add layers of fabric and lace!

Axel....{Carol} said...

I love to stamp on to different papers then cut them out and use the as embellishments , some times I layer them, I have just got my first doll stamp today, so haven't had a chance to play yet but I can see its going to get some use lol so here's hoping I win another one :)

KarenB said...

I'm a new follower, and I love how you were able to use the same doll 4 different ways just by changing the colours and techniques.
I love to do paper-piecing and fussy cutting with stamps. I don't have any JN dolls yet.

Missy said...

Now following. Love your tags. Colors and dimension are great. One stamp, four beautiful tags. Love them. TFS

Lynne said...

Jax, your tags are gorgeous!! Totally love that you made each one with different media!!! Have to say, that my fave is the the one colored with the FC watercolor pencils! Love the colors, and the distressed background!!

MsMad said...

Cute...cute...cute....cute !
Gee a favorite way to use stamps, I do like to do multi stamping and then layering.
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Jess said...

I love your tags! I love background stamps. I would love to use more!

magi giger said...

they are so beautiful ... i used stamps to coplet the layout or card i make...

Bobbi Ann said...

Hi, I'm a new follower and I'm very pleased to meet you! All of your tags are wonderful! I love your techniques!
I would make tags and also use them as Paper Dolls for two of my granddaughters. The Paper dolls make for a fabulous project that's fun and shared with good memories! Have a creative and lovely day!
Hugs and many blessings...
Bobbi Ann

Dawn Edwards said...

Love all the different ways for the same stamp. I love to use my stamps with every project!

Memurz said...

Gorgeous projects! I am so glad to have found such wonderful inspiration on the blogs with my new prima dolls!!

Ziggyeor said...

I mostly stamp and color in areas or I use colored inks on my stamps to stamp it in color.

Jean Bullock said...

I follow you via Bloglovin, GFC and Google Plus. Your dolls are fabulous and I love the sentiments you picked for each one. My favorite way to use stamps is for cards and I love heat embossing the stamped images.

Papercrafting Princess said...

What cute themes! They are absolutely adorable. I stamp, color, paper pierce and embellish mine.

Donna Bolo said...

Lovely tags...
How I use stamps:
Mainly the focus cards and sometimes on layouts or other stuff, I used on the background as added interest.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Already a follower!

Dria said...

I love using my stamps on scrapbook pages. I followed your blog with blog lovin!

Cristina Criscolores said...

I use the stamps in mixed media projects, thanks for sharing your ideas.

Mile92 said...

Love this I use my stamps for mixed media

Beverley Lowe said...

Hi - I am now a follower of your blog. Great tags & great inspiration with the different techniques. I like to paper piece but at the moment I am into watercolouring my stamps. Thanks for sharing. Bev xx

Moore Art From The Heart said...

I love making tags with my doll stamps. Yours are sweet! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Laurie Moore

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

I love to use my doll stamps on cards and mixed media. They are so versatile!

Love the four different designs you've shared here today! Thanks so much!

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

p.s. I'm a new follower! : )

Erica said...

Oh my goodness Jax - I love each one!! They are all so pretty - and great techniques!