Friday, August 22, 2014

Covered Bridge Stamp

I don't remember ever seeing Northwoods Rubber Stamps until we were wandering through a scrapbook store in Canada last month and both noticed a display of stamped images that had been colored or painted and then enhanced with glitter. The images were mostly scenery and wildlife, and I immediately wanted to do something similar. Robbie bought me a wonderful scenery stamp with a covered bridge on it, and last week I finally put it to use.


After stamping the image, I filled it in with colored pencils. I know lots of cards makers and stampers use alcohol markers or watercolor pens for these types of images, but I haven't yet invested in those things and am happy to play along with my colored pencils for now. Then I added green glitter for dimension and emphasis on the leaves.


Although my final result doesn't compare to the samples we saw, I'm very pleased with this first effort. I checked out Northwoods Rubber Stamps website and there are tons of great examples there along with some tips for coloring.

I already had plans for this first covered bridge image, so I set to work creating a layout with photos from our May trip to Pennsylvania. This layout will be the companion page to the digital layout I created about Cheri's covered bridge.



I can definitely see myself using this stamp for cards and art journaling, and I'll also be playing around with adding glitter and stickles to more images. Do you use scenery stamps? Have you added glitter to your colored images? Please share inn the comments how you use these stamps and any additional tips you have for adding dimension and interest to colored images.

8 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

Such a perfect match for your photo.

Jo.C said...

I think that looks fab and really adds a great touch to the page. He really is such a special man to pick such a perfect stamp for the photo x

Barbara Eads said...

OMGosh! That stamp is absolutely perfect for your photo and you colored it just right! Lovely!

S said...

What a fabulous addition that stamped panel makes to your layout. I'm inspired to use this idea.

Cheryl M said...

Melissa - first of all, wonderful job on the coloring AND the layout. That stamp was made JUST for you! It looks like it was made FROM your photo! LOL
I'm sorry, no tips from me about coloring stamps. I've never done that other than to use embossing powder on them.

Karen said...

What a perfect stamp for your layout! Just wonderful!

Cheri said...

I can't believe how much that stamp image looks like my covered bridge!!! Do you suppose the maker visited Perkasie? What a perfect image for your layout and I feel honored that my little bridge warranted two pages in your scrapbooking!

Becky said...

Great stamp and coloring. I don't really use stamps like that, only the occasional word or small shape one, so no hints I am afraid!