Stippling Inside a Stamped Image (Sort Of)

Stippled Flowers

You may recognize the card on the right from the most recent eArticle, “Sponge & Brush Techniques for Stampers”. On the left is a second take on the card that I created today using the same stamp images and the same basic color scheme. Both cards used stippled ink from an inkpad for the base color on the stamped flower. But there are some differences . . .

The original card was created to show one way to use a sponge or a brush on a stamped card. In this particular example, I used yellow and green dye inks and a stencil brush to apply color to the stamped image. I then used colored pencils to add more shading. (See page 35 and 36 of the pdf eArticle to see the process.) Originally I had intended to cut the image out and mount it on a card, but I liked the soft stippled color that went past the image lines; it reminded me of some soft watercolor looks. So I left it this way. But I kept wondering what it would have looked like if I had cut it out. So I decided to make the card again and see.

Stippled Flowers

So I got out my stencil brushes again, stamped the image in black dye ink and stippled on some color. This time around, I decided to try pigment ink instead of dye ink, although the colors are similar. (You may remember that I put a ColorBox Petal Point “Pigment Option Pad” near my work area in my recent “Keeping Stamping Supplies Close” blog post with the hope that I would use it more. It definitely is working! I used it several times for the eArticle and reached for it today as well.)

Stippled Flowers

Because the pigment ink was more opaque than the dye ink, I found that I needed to go darker with the colored pencils this time around. Once I was happy with the color, I used small sharp scissors with curved points to cut out the image. I have to tell you that I get really bored cutting out detailed stamp images like this. It took about ten minutes.

Stippled FlowersBut I do like the result. Cutting it out let me mount the image onto the card using 3D Glue Dots that create a nice drop shadow around the image that I like. Notice too that because it was cut out, I could now let the stamped image overlap the layer below, breaking up some of the rigid boxes of the original card.

On both versions of the card, I used stippled and/or sponged background paper. The background on the original card was one that was intentionally created for the eArticle. The background on the new card was instead a random piece of cardstock that I had used in playing around with sponging and stippling during the process of working on the eArticle. Although it was not intended as a background, I like the random look for this layered card.

So what do you think? Do you think it was worth the trouble to cut this image out along all its detailed lines?

(Flower: The Stamp Connection; Text: Unknown.)

Nancie, VSN

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Nancie Waterman

Nancie Waterman created and self published Vamp Stamp News magazine for nearly twenty years. These days, Nancie creates and posts monthly eArticles on stamping topics on the Vamp Stamp News website (

3 thoughts on “Stippling Inside a Stamped Image (Sort Of)”

  1. Thanks for this tip. I am just the opposite about cutting out images. I really enjoy cutting out images with small scissors. I have several pairs and styles of scissors. I used to do a lot of
    Scherenschnitte, and cut out hundreds of intricate designs. Taught a few classes in it also.
    I think i will do a post on that soon. I did use some of the smaller images to make cards, but
    still have a lot that need to be matted and framed.

    1. Hi Sarah, I must admit that my approach to most things is more a “quick and dirty” kind of thing. Patience is unfortunately not one of my virtues. I’m not big on coloring in intricate stamped images either. I like things faster. That’s one reason that I like this technique of using stippling or sponging to put down a base layer of color. It speeds things up! Nancie

  2. Both have a nice look, but I vote for the fussy cutting! I know it takes time, but I think it makes for a more interesting piece when finished…more depth. Now, if we could only combine the ‘quick and dirty’ with the fussy cutting to make things fast…wouldn’t that be nice!! I know, I am dreaming! Thanks Nancie for the comparison!!!
    Paper Hugs,

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