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Stamping with Subtle Tones


Hi! Jill here and today’s card features one of my favorite techniques-coloring directly onto my stamp with my Stamper’s Big Brush Pens.  The fern image on my card was stamped using Subtle Tones Stamper’s Big Brush Pens Light Flesh 132, Ivory 103, and PITT® Artist Pen Cold Grey I 230. 


Begin by coloring directly onto the stamp.


Next, for a soft watercolor effect, lightly mist the stamp with water and stamp onto cardstock.


This next step makes a HUGE difference in adding depth to your stamped images.  Add a soft outline around the fern leaves using PITT® Artist Pens Cold Grey I 230 and Warm Grey I 270.  Lightly color over the center stems as well.  To see what a difference the Subtle Tones outlining makes, take a look at these before and after photos. 

To finish the card, color with Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Light Flesh 132 onto the background cardstock that shows under the curled edges.  Stamp with script using Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Nougat 178. Color butterflies with this same color.  Accentuate texture on upper portion of card by coloring with PITT® Pastel Pencil 176 onto a piece of scratch paper, removing some color with your fingertip, and rubbing fingertip over the embossed area. Finally, adhere twine, butterflies, pearls, and sentiment.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®:: Subtle Tones Markers (Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Light Flesh 132 and Ivory 103 and PITT® Artist Pens Warm Grey I 270 and Cold Grey I 230), PITT® Pastel Pencil 176, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Black 199
Penny Black Stamps: 40-111 Breezy, 30-113 Petal Party, 1999L Letter Background
Other: Spellbinders (Butterflies Two and Twisted Metal Tags and Accents), Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly Punch, Pearls, Twine, Sizzix Gridlock Embossing Folder


Jill Foster Preschool teacher by day and stamper by night, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. She also designs and teaches classes for her local scrapbook store, Mementos. 


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Very pretty! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)


wow Jill...this is so different from your usual colourful style but I love it...hugs kath xxx



Not only are you so talented, but I love that you share tips, like the outlining, with all of us, to help us grow in the things we create. Thank you!

barbara lassiter

Really great card! It seems that you can create in many styles. Thaqnks for sharing your talent and tips with us!


WOW! What a difference that small extra step makes to the finished art. I'll be trying that on my next project. TFS

Maureen Chandler

I love this card and thank you so much for explaining the steps and coloring!


Beautiful card and ideas !


Mary H.

So soft & beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. My big brush pens never work this well for me. Will have to try again. TFS

Renee VanEpps

Wow.. what an amazing difference! thanks so much Jill :)

Cathy A

Stunning work Jill

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