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Hi there! Today I have a simple technique to share with you that is both fun and addictive. You’ll only need a few supplies — a stamp with lots of solid area (I’m using the Forest Background), watercolor paints, water, a paintbrush, and cardstock. We’re going to paint right onto the stamp!


The key here is to not use too much water, or you’ll wind up with a blobby mess. Play around and you’ll get a feel for it fairly quickly. I actually ended up liking most of the second generation impressions best. If you get too much paint and water on the stamp, stamp off once onto scrap paper and then stamp again. The second print is usually a beauty! Try different colors and blends and you’ll be amazed at the variations. You can mix the colors right on the stamp. I couldn’t stop…I think I stamped a dozen or more!

I ended up making three of them into cards, all with the same basic design that included embossed sentiment strips and Woodgrain stamped backgrounds.

Winter Wonderland Watercolor by Tami Hartley for Hero Arts

I paired a silver embossed sentiment with cool, Wintery tones on these two.

Winter Wonderland Watercolor by Tami Hartley for Hero Arts

And on this one, I used warm tones and a copper embossed sentiment. This is truly a stamp for all seasons.


I also wanted to show you what the Forest Background looks like stamped “normally” with our mid-tone shadow inks. If detailed is the look you’re going for, you can certainly achieve it with this stamp! There’s nothing like red rubber for crisp, detail-rich impressions…

Hero Arts Forest Background

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