I think it’s fitting that as I’m writing this post, it’s National Puppy Day! Our puppy passed away in 2017, at 15 years old, and not a day goes by when I don’t miss him. Maybe we’ll adopt another dog one day, but until then, I’m still happy to celebrate all animals! I had never seen this Stamplistic stamp line before, but seeing this stamp, I knew I had to have it! It’s called Into Your Heart, designed by artist Dean Russo. He has created 3 lines of stamps; one of dogs, one of cats, and another of wildlife, all carried by Stamplistic.
INTO YOUR HEART
I love sort of doodle art design work in his images. I’m sure there’s a name for this technique – if you know it, please tell me! He also colours them in the same way – I tried to replicate that type of colouring when I created this card.
I love how the sentiment wraps around the image of the dog. It says “A DOG SEES PAST THE HORIZON AND INTO YOUR HEART”. Which we all know, is true!
It wasn’t until I was editing the photos of this project that I saw it; I unconsciously created a pattern of colours while I was painting! I honestly didn’t even realize that it was happening. So much for ‘abstract’, right? To start, set up a piece of watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Ink up the stamp with Nocturne ink, and stamp. Because of the textured nature of the paper, you’ll need to ink & stamp a second time, for a nice crisp image. Next, cover the image with clear embossing powder, and heat set. I didn’t want to lose any of the ‘doodles’ in the image, so embossing them preserves them, and eliminates any ink blurring.
In an ink palette, sprinkle Brusho colour crystals in each palette well. Brusho Crystal Colours are highly pigmented ink in powder form, that are activated with water. I chose Prussian Blue, Moss Green, Orange, Lemon and Purple. Add a bit of water to each well, and mix. Now, paint one colour at a time onto the image. Be sure to clean your brush between colours. Try to keep the colour separate when moving from one area to the next, to retain definition. For instance, I moved purple on the lower lip to blue underneath.
The only areas I paid special attention to are the nose and eyes. I used a Zig watercolour marker in Brown for the eyes, and added a white highlight with a gel pen.
This photo above, has a bit less glare on it. To finish off the card, I masked off the dog image, and splattered some of the Lemon, Purple and Prussian Blue paint onto the panel. Finally, the panel is mounted onto a dark purple card base, using foam tape.
I ordered this stamp, and another (a Lab, of course!) from R & R Scrapbooking here in Canada. You can also find the Stamplistic stamps at Simon Says Stamp, and of course from Stamplistic directly, in the U.S. Affiliate links for other products used are supplied below, at no cost to you. When you use my affiliate links, you help support me to purchase new products, & maintain this blog. Then I can continue sharing new projects with you!