Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back, everyone! We have a special post today for our hop coming from DecoArt design team member Kitty Miller. She has an incredible Shakespeare-themed project to share with us for her guest post! Welcome, Kitty!

I was so excited when I received my Stampendous Stamps by Andy Skinner. I immediately thought of Shakespeare and the set props and costumes and decided to make a set of themed blocks to showcase some of my favorite quotes and to celebrate literature.

Shakespeare Block 1
First I painted all of the blocks with a thin coat of DecoArt Matte Medium and let that dry. While that was drying, I ripped up a bunch of papers that I liked from books, song hymnals, scrapbook paper and letters. I rip the pieces towards me so that I do not get that white edge on any of the papers that I am collaging down as that will draw paint into it and attract the eye.
Once I get all of the blocks covered in torn papers, I collage down the images I am using and then coat the blocks with two coats of matte medium letting them dry in between coats. After the blocks are all covered with the matte medium and dry, I like to paint the backgrounds with a thin watered down coat of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in a variety of colors, drying between colors, so the colors don’t mix and make mud. I also like to take some Paynes Grey and shade around the collaged items with a flat brush and the watered down paint.
Next, I stamped a bunch of the images onto the blocks that coordinated with the images and the quotes that I was using.
Once all of the images are collaged down the stamps need to be painted. I use small detail brushes and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to paint over all of the images, to bring them to life and make them my own. Paint all eyes, hair, feathers, etc.
I wanted some texture and interest on the top of the blocks too. So for this one I spread DecoArt Modeling Paste and spread a thin layer on top of the block with a palette knife, once the modeling paste was almost dry I sprayed the Andy Skinner Rubber Stamp with water and pressed it into the modeling paste to make an impression and then dried with the craft dryer. I the painted it with thin coats of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Raw Umber, Paynes Grey, and Burnt Umber. I let that dry and then I super glued on a knob.
For this block, I painted the Andy Skinner Stamp with The DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey, White, and Burnt Umber. Them I sprayed a bit of DecoArt Media Misters in Red.

Take the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint in Carbon Black on your finger and rub it around all of the edges.


Shakespeare Block 2
For the side of block two I used DecoArt Liquid Glass over the bottles to give them dimension. I spread DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with just a couple of drops of the DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic in Burnt Umber. Once that was dry I brushed DecoArt Media fluid acrylics watered down a tiny bit in Gold and Burnt Umber letting it dry between coats. I also rubbed the edges with some of the DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue and then also did the edges with Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic with my finger.
For this side, I just glued down my character and did the sides with the Metallic Lustre and the Carbon Black paint mentioned for the previous side. I didn’t do much else as I did not want to cover the bugs.
 For this side, I glued down my fashion model image and painted the face, and hair and added some antlers. Then I made a mask out of deli paper to protect her and put the DecoArt doily stencil down and applied Indigo Blu FlitterGlu with a sponge through the stencil and applied gold leaf to it. I also rubbed the edges with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint in Carbon Black and DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue with my fingers.
For this side of the block, I painted the birds with a small detail brush and DecoArt Fluid Acrylics. I also rubbed more of the Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue on it, sprayed a tiny bit of the DecoArt Media Mister in Red and rubbed the sides with my finger and the Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic.
For the top of block two, I applied the DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with a tiny bit of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Phthalo Turquoise. One DryI rubbed it with DecoArtFluid Acrylics in Phthalo Turquoise, Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue letting dry between colors and wiping off excess. Once dry I applied gold and copper leaf and then glued on a knob.


Shakespeare Block 3
  For block 3 first side I used a medallion for a cupboard from the hardware store and dry brushed it with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Prussian Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, and Paynes Grey till I got a color I like.

I covered the side of the block with DecoArt Texture Paste mixed with a little bit of the burnt umber in the Media Fluid acrylic. once that is dry I brushed on the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise, Phthalo Turquoise and Burnt Umber letting dry between colors and wiping off excess with a baby wipe. Then glue the medallion to the block with glue I used E6000. Glue little fake half pearls where the nail holes are and paint in Paynes reGy and Cobalt turquoise until they look like aged nail heads.

For the top of this block I applied DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with a bit of Paynes Grey, when it was dry I rubbed on Burnt Umber and Phthalo Turquoise DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics letting dry between coats and rubbing off the excess.
 For the rest of the sides, I just collaged the images down and shaded around them with Paynes Grey. I painted my Day of the Dead fashion model.


Shakespeare Block 4
 For block 4 I used the same techniques, I shaded around the collaged images, painted all of the collaged images
used DecoArt Crackle Paste and then rubbed paint over them removing the excess when dry with diaper wipes I used several of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in the Magenta and Red hues. I rubbed the Carbon Black on with my finger and then stamped words from the Andy Skinner stamp collection.


Shakespeare Block 5
For block 5 the top was done exactly like block 4. The collaged images were all painted with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, and the corners were done with the Crackle Paste and stained with the Media Fluid Acrylics drying and wiping off excess with baby wipes as mentioned above.


Shakespeare Block 6
For block 6 I really just collaged down the images, Stamped on the words in the Andy Skinner Stampendous stamps and painted the background around the collaged owl. I rubbed all of the corners with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Black.

Once all the blocks were dry, I sprayed them with DecoArt Glossy Spray Finish.

These blocks were so fun to make. I hope you make a set you can enjoy too.

Thank you, Kitty! These blocks are amazing and showcase Andy’s stamps with the DecoArt Media products that just happen to be a part of our prizes for the hop!

Prizes!!!!! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that include Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more! All the products are sneak peeked in the banner at the top of this post, but a full list is available on Monday’s post.  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.

Here are the designer’s participating in today’s hop –


Tracy Easson
DecoArt Blog

Did you miss Monday’s post?


Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Alison Heikkila
DecoArt Blog



Join Us!

Stampendous and DecoArt are teaming up to bring you a wonderful class opportunity, open to the public!

The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) show has joined the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI)(formerly CHA) in presenting a fantastic Spring crafting opportunity. If you’re in or near Daytona Beach, Florida, don’t miss this wonderful chance to paint along with the amazing Chris Haughey and our own Tammie Wilson. This class will be fantastic.

You can register for this class by CLICKING HERE!

SDP Stampendous Class Flyer



Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop!

We are super excited about this week and the collaboration we have together with DecoArt and their fabulous design team. We have an incredible line-up of projects from both teams, and they are going to knock your socks off!

Our hop showcases the new Andy Skinner’s Stamp Set that released in January and the incredible line of DecoArt Media™ Fluid Acrylic Paints, plus more!

Prizes??? Yes, with all the great products that are being used you’ll surely want to try them out on your own!!!!! Comment to win on participating blog hop posts for a chance of one of three HUGE prize packages that include Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more!  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.

Want to see all that’s in each prize package? Take a look below:


  • ASCRS07 Cling Handle with Care
  • ASCRS08 Cling Skuldoggery
  • ASCRS09 Cling Unexplained

  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Primary Magenta
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Paynes Gray
  • Carbon Black
  • Titanium White
  • Prussian Blue Hue
  • Phthalo Blue

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Diarylide Yellow
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Green Gold
  • Primary Yellow Media Mister
  • Titanium White Antiquing Cream
  • Patina Antiquing Cream
  • 8oz Bottle Lamp Black Americana Acrylic Paint

Here are the designers participating in today’s hop –

Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Alison Heikkila
DecoArt Blog

Home Sweet Home

Welcome back to the Stampendous blog, we had a fabulous time with Eileen Hull and the Inspiration Team during the block party collaboration and we want to remind you that commenting is still open! Head back to Saturday’s post to see a cumulative list of players last week and we’ll update you again this Saturday with any new posts for the collaboration.

It’s seems we’ve been gone from our normal week and this week is going to be another exciting time of announcements, so stay tuned to our blog by subscribing by email on our sidebar.

For our product focus we have the awesome Family Home Set that is perfect for so many occasions. Friends or family moving? Check. Parents Day? Check. Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Check. Oh, it’s endless!

Family Home Perfectly Clear Set

During last week’s product collaboration, Jamie Martin posted this amazing artist trading block with Family Home.

Family Home Artist Trading Block by Jamie Martin


Here are a few designers sharing their homey projects today —

Pam Hornschu

Janelle Stollfus


Owl be in the Study

It’s Literary Owl who’s in our study today. He’s one of our any occasion stamps that would work great for those projects that instill the reader in you or those that have inspired you through the love of learning. There’s just so many directions you can take with this stamp that we’ll just have to show you a few samples to spark the inspiration bug.

There is a whole bunch of goodness going on with the torn paper, coffee stain map and Fran•táge style bling on this card created by Jennifer Dove.

Literary Owl Map Card by Jennifer Dove

Wendy made a golden card with a colorful stack of books for his perch. You can recreate this card from the project page on our website.

Literary Owl _ Wendy Price
Literary Owl Card by Wendy Price

Here’s one more Literary Owl on a beautiful bookmark. This one was created by design team alumni Suzanne Czosek. Look how she’s created the precariously stacked set of books.


Literary Owl _ Suzz
Literary Owl Bookmark by Suzanne Czosek

We love this stamp and the projects that were inspired by it. We’ll be back tomorrow with some delightful inspiration from the design team .


A Batty Twist Friday

We are back today with a twist on the Gone Batty! theme week. You’ll still see bats but you’ll have to look hard to find them.

In between the bending branches of the Twisted Tree Stamp you’ll find itty-bitty bats along with a few other friends that are settling down to rest. Suzanne Czosek has created a stunning card with the tree and a few other bat stamps from our July Catalog.

Twisted Tree Card by Suzanne Czosek
Twisted Tree by Suzanne Czosek

There are more batty projects ahead! Thank you for stopping by!

Lea Kimmel
Kristine Reynolds

It’s a new month and that means a new challenge. Get the details about the newest theme and the official rules on our

October Monthly Challenge Page

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

This week we’re taking a look (and checking it twice) at some of the cool Santa Claus images that Stampendous has created for our July 2013 Holiday Catalog. Old St. Nick is always a popular choice for Christmas card creation, and we’ve given him a bit of trendy flair this year!

For starters, our friends at Michaels Stores have chosen our Jolly Santa again this year! A classic look for lots of fun coloring and adding glitter or Shaved Ice to his beard and hat! You can’t go wrong with this terrific and simple card for the holidays!

Jolly Santa by Debi Hammons
Jolly Santa by Debi Hammons

In a hipper, trendier vein, Santa is coming to town in a hot air balloon on

Kristine Reynolds

blog today as she uses our terrific new Santa Air Drop image

R188 Santa Air Drop Stamp
R188 Santa Air Drop Stamp

Scarecrows Don’t Have to Be Scary!

Hello readers! This week we’re focusing on a few stamps in our July 2013 Catalog that were designed by Lisa Hindsley. You guys really embraced her Wizard of Oz stamps in our April catalog, and she drew some super fun Fall Designs for our holiday catalog. Our designers this week are focusing on their projects using these cool stamps.  Today BlogStar Asia King has a great tutorial for you all the way from the UK! Be sure to check out the other designers posting this week at the end of her post!


Hello Stampendous friends, it’s Asia here with another autumnal make. I’ve always been fascinated by scarecrows. although when I was little I used be a little afraid of them, too. My grandparents once had a mahoosive scarecrow in their field and at the time it looked so real and magical to me. It had a proper coat, hat and trousers, it moved when the wind was blowing so there was nothing to tell me that it wasn’t real…. even the straw face didn’t alert me then :). Funny how differently things look when you are a kid!

In my project I was trying to capture exactly this – the magical look of a scarecrow in a middle of a field bursting with crops, flowers, butterflies and a riot of colour. I also wanted to try my hand at mixed media art in Finnabair’s style – which I thought would be the perfect way to recreate my idea of a countryside field full of colour and texture.

Finnabair style Stampendous Friendly Scarecrow mixed media altered frame
Friendly Scarecrow altered frame by Asia King

There will be quite a few steps here so grab yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfy and let’s begin!

1. You will need: Stampendous cling Friendly Scarecrow, white gesso, cheap wooden frame, small wooden shape for stamping, Jet Black StazOn ink, Fresco Vintage Lace paint (or matt emulsion paint), spatula and paintbrush, stencils.

Tutorial altered mixed media frame with rubber stamps inks and stencils
2. Paint your small wooden shape with Fresco paint and once dry, stamp the Scarecrow with black ink. Fresco paints have a chalky finish which is perfect for stamping onto it.

Tutorial altered mixed media frame with Stampendous rubber stamps
3. Colour the image with water colour pencils or Distress Markers and inks.

colouring tith distress markers and Stampendous rubber stamps
4. Glaze the image with a layer of Glossy Accents and allow to dry thoroughly. Glossy Accents will react with the Distress ink creating a soft hazy ‘glow’ to the image.

Glazing the image with Glossy Accemts
5. Gather some lace and textured ribbons and apply to the recess and the outer frame. You can use a multimedium as an adhesive but using gesso as an adhesive works too. When it’s dry, all the fabric elements will be well cemented in.
6. Add more texture using the stencils and texture paste. If you don’t have texture paste, gesso will work for that too! Allow to dry.

Creating texture with Gesso

7. Grab a handful of embellishments, off cuts and paper flowers, whatever you have to hand. Don’t worry about matching colours – we will paint everything over anyway! Start layering and embedding the elements with gesso. Allow it to dry.

Using Gesso as adhesive in mixed media art
8. Mist your frame with a selection of spray inks and mists. Immediately heat set the colours with a heat tool. Blot any excess ink with a paper towel.

Spraying with colorwash inks

9. Add another layer of embellishments and fix them in place with DODZ™ – Small and DODZ™ – 3D from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Dodz 3D by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

10. Cover the top cluster with gesso. Sprinkle some crushed glass glitter over the wet gesso (I used Green Glass Glitter but any colour you have will be fine). Allow to dry.

texture with Stampendous crushed glass glitter

11. Spray the cluster with inks and heat set with the heat tool. Once thoroughly dry, dry brush more gesso over the entire frame – this will bring up all the texture and soften the colour blend.

embedding image with texture paste

12. Embed the glazed Scarecrow element into the frame with generous dabs of texture paste. Allow to dry. When dry, spray with inks and heat set. Dry brush some black acrylic paint and then more gesso. You can keep spraying/gesso-ing until you are happy with the final result :).

Prima flowers May Arts ribbon altered mixed media frame

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and my first take on Finn’s mixed media style :). If you’d like to see additional close up photos please hop over to my blog here.

Thanks for popping in today and I look forward to seeing you next time!   Big crafty hugs,  Asia


Now check out what our other designers have done!

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Jennifer Dove

Fall is Going Jumbo This Year!

Our focus stamp set this week is our new Cling Jumbo Leaves Set. We’re really in love with these gorgeous leaves and have used them (and their FREE coordinating template!!) for so many things! Wait until you see!!
Here’s BlogStar Rhea Weigand with an altered art project that will leave you feeling that crisp Autumn air even in the midst of the heat wave we’re having.
The journey to creating this box was quite unexpected.  It started out as most to be card.  However, it was a little special.
 #1 –  I used the double sided permanent adhesive sheets from Stampendous to cover a piece of card stock.  I then tightly covered with May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon.  This was going to be my beautiful background.   The background wasn’t to size at this point.   I had intended on cutting it down to size later or die cutting it.
 #2 – I wanted to airbrush a little color here and there to give it a little personality and a vintage feel.  Next thing I know I see a fence start to appear right before my eyes.  “Shut The Front Door” I gasp as I grabbed for more shades of browns and a couple greens.
I sat back and giggled at what I created by accident.  Texting a picture to my BFF and laughing at her reply of calling me names names through love and fun…I now scratch my head.  The Perfectly Clear Summer Leaves I was going to stamp ON the ribbon background I fear will not show up.  What should I do now???
EUREKA!  JUMBO FALL LEAVES are perfect for this warm textured fence!!!  I will attach it to a canvas board for a fall “Thing-A-Ma-Gig” and hang it from wire 🙂  (You call it a “Thing-A-Ma-Gig” when you don’t have a clue what you are going to make.)  So I started coloring the leaves with my Copic Markers.  Using YR 23, 24, 27, E07, YG 93, 95 97, 99.
Time to lay out the leaves and get even more inspired.  Ah, needs more depth to the background.  The leaves need to pop.  I need to add embossing powder and Fran-tage….
#4 – Start with the Stencils that are included with the Jumbos Fall Leaves.  You can use them two ways which I have done on my new design.  First lay out the long leaf and sponge Versa Mark inside the stencil.  Sprinkle Aged Scarlet and Aged Ochre Embossing Powder and Heat with Heat Tool.  The other way is to take the insert leaf and lay on background and sponge ink around to create a shadow.  You can also airbrush and of course emboss with powders and Fran-tage..
More texture!  What sentiment should I use?  “Oh, wouldn’t it look awesome hanging from a little sign post!”  The next thing I knew I was digging through my cigar boxes and adding more details.
Now the card that went to a canvas ended up as a cigar box.  And you can not even see the yummy background that was such a wonderful accident.  Not to mention, I can’t even remember the colors I used.  Ha!  But, in the end, the result turned out great and was fun to create.  That’s what counts right!?

Monica Mouse is Diving Right In

We’re still jumping for Joy this week as we celebrate having two more House-Mouse Designs® stamps in the Stampendous family!

Cupcake Jump by Debi Hammons
Cupcake Jump by Jamie Martin
Juggling Dice by Debi Hammons
Juggling Dice by Debi Hammons

Cupcake Jump and Juggling Dice have been so well received, and our Design Team has even more inspiration for you today! Be sure to visit their blogs and leave them some love on these terrific projects!!

Tobi Crawford

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

Coloring Maxwell Mouse! BlogStar Rhea Weigand Shows You How

Hello, Rhea here to today and I’m happy to bring you Maxwell from the House-Mouse Designs® Family.  I have a quick tutorial on how to color this little prankster with Copic Markers.  

Everyone, meet Maxwell.
Maxwell is reddish-brown and has a perpetually curled tail.  He thinks he is extremely good looking, in a handsome mouse like way.  He is the prankster of the House Mouse Family and loves to play tricks whenever he can.  As you can see in this Maxwell is doing his thing by showing off in “HMV03 Juggling Dice”

Skin tone on the mice is just like on people.

  1. With E50 color the face, hands, feet and inside ears
    1. Make sure to go into the fur area.  You don’t want a line.  You will also bring the fur down into the skin tone to give a natural look.
  2. With E51 add shading around eyes, inside ears, hands where fur meets and feet where fur meets.
  3. With E04 use tip to tip with E50 to lightly add color to cheeks, nose and inside ears.  you can also add a nice little shadow to hands and feet.
  4. With BV20 add shadow in the darker areas of feet and inside ears.

Fur is important.  With the mice the lines are drawn which will make it easier.  You will color making a flicking motion.  “light” flicking back and forth.  It is also important is to color everything around the mouse before you color the mouse it’s self.  It is furry,  if you color the mouse first you will loose the fur outside of the body.  You will see when you color it.

  1. With E31 first then E35 “flick” lightly back and fourth and go outside the lines.  Leave white paper showing
  2. With E35 lightly “Flick” in your shadows to start bringing Maxwell to life
  3. With E57 lightly “Flick” more shadows in smaller areas then blend by “flicking” with E35 and E31.  The darker areas now are becoming fully saturated with color and that is ok.  You should still be seeing some of the white paper in the lighter areas.
The background is textured with Blending Solution and piece of burlap.  This was done first as the blending solution will “push” all colors away.
Here is the full color pallet for reference.  Feel free to pin it!