It’s my first post here at A Blog Named Hero for the year and I am excited to bring you a new series called Medium of the Month! I know we all love our inks, but I think it’s really fun to try new things once and a while to see how to really stretch our stamps and give them a different look. I love colors, markers, paints and textures so I will be featuring a new medium each month of 2014 and give you some ideas on how I like to use them with my stamps.
This month, I am showing you how I like to use the Hero Arts Ink Daubers. I know it’s winter, but these new lovely pastel colors are making me long for spring. The thing I love most about these daubers is that the water based formula that does not really make a mess like some other water based products and you do not need a brush to use them. Just swipe on your stamp, stencil or project and put the cap back on. It’s that easy.
For stamping, I love the way the daubers work on the more solid stamps. I thought it would be fun to use the pastels on some of the new Hero Arts flower stamps. Simply color the dauber on your stamp, and stamp as you normally would.
Another fun thing you can do with these daubers is to make your own backgrounds. You can dab the daubers to get a nice round shape on your background. I was inspired by these notecards from Paper Source for this one. These dots can make you a little dizzy, but do look fun in real life!
Or you can press them hard onto your paper to get fun and festive splats for something a little more artsy. The farther away you start from the paper, the more “splat” you will get.
A fun thing and easy technique I also like to do is simply to swipe the daubers in stripes to make my background and add a solid image on top. Super easy and super pretty.
Do you own any stencils? These daubers work great with stencils too! Just remember not to press too hard or the ink will seep under your stencil. The pastel daubers look great on black paper using the Lotus Stencil:
*GIVEAWAY*: What is your favorite medium to use? What are some mediums you’ve been dying to try but haven’t yet? Let me know in the comments below and I will pick one lucky winner on Friday to receive this fun new Thanks Blackboard stamp from the 2014 catalog.
UPDATE: The winner is Gina! Gina, I have emailed you. Thanks to all for your sweet comments.