Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Video: Create a Sketchbook Look with Stamps and Pencils

Good morning! Today I will show you how to use your stamps, paper and pencils to create glorious sketchbook-like illustrations for your cards and projects!  This is a wonderful way to personalize a stamped image, and the black and white tones on gray paper is so striking and unexpected. In this video, I offer some tips about different drawing media and demonstrate a few simple shading techniques to try your hand at before making these cards with the realistic hand-drawn images in Stamper’s Favorites. Start your own practice page like I did and then get busy playing, letting go of perfectionism! The process is like sketching in a garden, and the result will have you feeling like a very accomplished artist. As you should!  

 Love how this light and airy scribble came out behind the butterfly!  The white is faint in the shadows but provides such beautiful texture!
 I think this is the first card I've made where my hummingbird was not in a sky scene, but low to the ground (pad). I love it!  Want to put my finger out for him to perch on.
 I want to keep this "gift" set for myself!!  (I'm still looking for that feather stamp! Where..??!!)
 Don't forget to the curl the edge! Like a gentle breeze ripping through, truly a moment in time! What an easy (free!) detail!

Gina K. Designs Stamper’s Favorites* stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White  cardstock, 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”
Toned gray sketch paper, trimmed 4” x 5 ¼” (or Kraft of Moonlit Fog cardstock substitute)
Gina K. Black Onyx ink pad
Spectrum Noir Professional Colored Pencils- Essentials tin (you can also try graphite pencils of varying hardness for different shades)
acrylic block, adhesive

Thank you for visiting me today!

* Still in stock as of today, woo hoo! :)


  1. Stunning!! Can't wait to try it!! Have you truly lost that feather stamp? It's my favorite image in the Stamper's Favorites set. Maybe Gina has an extra...lol. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  2. Melanie as always amazing, I love art and I love how you implemented stamps, and the grey sketch paper. just wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing. You'll find that feather, it's tucked away somewhere, lol !!!!

  3. I love that look, thanks for sharing!

  4. Mel,
    You are a fantastic. I made 4 of these and they came out good enough to mail out 2 already. I left the holey tabs on. They weren't perfect but came out looking good and were easy for me to do
    . Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. Awesome cards, thanks for the video!


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