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.
- Prima Princess papers: Charlotte and Olivia
- 4x6 Princess ATCs
- 3x4 Something Blue ATCs
- Prima Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Treasures: Dell 'Arte
- 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.
- 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
- Prima Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings: Jean Plates
- 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
- Prima Wooden Icons: Birds
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.
- 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 Finnabair Vintage Vanity stamp: Advert 1
- 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.
- 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: