Monday, March 4, 2024

Old Favorites and New Additions!

Are you as excited as I am?  With the re-launch of Sister Stamps, we are happy to feature old favorites and new additions to the family!  For everyone who missed out on getting our images when they were originally launched, you are in luck!  Two of our old images are now available in the re-launch!  Do you remember Kiyomi?  Well, she's being released again, but this time as a clear stamp and with extra images that can be used with other Sister Stamps!  

I must admit, I haven't been stamping or coloring images in a long time. In fact, I intentionally tried to not use my copic markers when stamping these images... I thought it would be much easier to stamp on water color and then paint them up using my distress inks.  So the first three cards are just that... I created scenes using the stamps and watercolored them in.  They came out OK, but I felt out of practice and not happy with the end result.  So you may be asking why I'm sharing them here?  I just want to share my journey back to stamping.  Although I've been away from it for a bit, as I went through this process, I discovered that I really do enjoy stamping and coloring and I was able to re-teach myself how to use my pens again!!  Woo Hoo!

So let's take a look at the first card.  It's one of the watercolored ones.  I wanted to feature the cute flying squirrels that are included in the set.  The original cling Kiyomi set included a butterfly, but now you can pair her with the squirrels too!  I added in some flower sequins from my stash to fill in some of the empty space... I think it came out better once I did that.  Sorry, these photos are not great since the weather was pretty dark all day today.  :(

This next card is very similar to the first... I created another scene using Kiyomi, but this time using the bird stamps that came in another set that will be featured soon.  I like that you can mix and match the stamps and they all work well together! It needed someting to fill the blank space, so I added in clear iridescent sequins as accents.

This last watercolor card features the original butterfly that she was with when we released her as a cling stamp.  The set also includes other images you can use for backgrounds.

And now you can see what I was talking about...  Yes, I eventually caved and went back to using my copic markers.  I dont't know why I resisted. I guess I thought I could make the watercolor ones as nice as my sister does when she paints on the computer... but I guess I should stick to what I know works (for me anyway).  In this card, I printed the sentiment on the computer and mounted it on some scrap washi paper.  It was still too much white space for my taste, so I added in the birds (again) from the other set and added a thin line of gold stickles around the border of the white cardstock.  I think that little bit of stickles made a big difference. I don't think you can even see the stickles in this photo, but hopefully you will check out my video where you can see it better!

The hair always takes me the longest to do.  I hope you can see it but when coloring up the hair, I always try to mimic the way the hair grows or the way it is combed.  In this case, I added in lines where her hair is parted and pulled back into pigtails.  I also left some white highlights on her bangs.  Its more work, but I like the results.  

I guess the biggest lesson I learned is that although it may seem like a lot of work in your mind, it really isn't so bad.  And although you may be out of practice, it comes back and is probably not as hard as you think it will be!  So if you are like me and haven't picked up a stamp or a copic in awhile, I encourage you to just do it. Its not as bad as you think!

Please check out my video... I have two sets of the new release to give away to someone in the US!  All you need to do is leave a comment on the videos posted for this release and you'll be entered!  Good Luck!

So if you haven't already ordered your stamps, you can get them here:

And stop by tomorrow to see my other samples!

1 comment:

  1. WooHoo! I’ve wanted Kiyomi since I found you! I’m so excited that I can get her now!!