Just Saying Hello

Hi bloggers! Happy Wednesday to you! I’m pleased to bring you a second day of inspiration from the new Hero Arts releases for 2014! Today we have Lisa Spangler as a guest, and she shows us some fun ways to use the paint daubers from Hero Arts! Don’t you just love that background?? A really neat outcome!

Anyhow, enjoy!


Hi there! It’s Lisa Spangler and I’m so happy to be here to share some of my favorite new Hero Arts 2014 stamps and some fun techniques with daubers!

First, here’s a look at my finished card!


I started off the card by stamping the new Five Line Background with Wet Cement ink on a kraft notecard. Love how it kind of looks like a basket!

Then I broke out a bunch of daubers and swiped them directly on to the Pattern Stripes background stamp, including the new pastel daubers. The colors blend together to form new colors, so I tried to stick to using colors that would look next to each other. I was having too much fun with this though, so I wasn’t always paying attention! ;)


Then I stamped it on white cardstock. The pastel colors are so soft and pretty — just perfect for a background! If you’d like an even lighter background and more blending you can mist the stamp with water before stamping — but I like it just like this.

*Designer Tip* If you happen to get a dark color next to a light one, just swipe your dauber a few times on scrap paper and it will clean right off.

Next I stamped “just saying hello” with black ink on cream paper, then positioned it on the background and stamped the bird over both layers.  I stamped the bird two more times on white card stock.


Hero Arts daubers are water based, which makes them perfect for watercoloring techniques. Here I used them to color the bird. I started off by tapping soft peach, dark quartz and tide pool daubers on to a craft sheet, and then used a detail water brush to pick up the ink and then watercolor. The dark quartz and soft peach daubers blend really well together. To get the different shades of pool, I just added more or less water to the dauber palette.


Then I cut out one full bird and one wing and layered them to the card front. It just adds so much dimension.

To finish everything off I added some enamel dots from my stash in shades to match the daubers — and that was that!

Thanks so much for joining me today! — xo Lisa


Thanks for reading today and thanks to Lisa for being our guest today!


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  1. Hi Stephanie!
    WOW! Lisa’s card is so GOREGOUS! The background image turned out so FABULOUS with the daubers….great job Lisa! Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful day :)

  2. The card is beautiful. I loved how you did the striped background. The bird looks so real. The card is gorgeous.

  3. Lisa, this card is fabulous – I LOVE that background technique and have to get that stamp too. The bird is charming and the whole effect is just wonderful! Thanks so much!!!

  4. I can’t wait to get a hold of some of these daubers. I am digging out every background stamp I own.

  5. I’ve been doing a similar technique as the daubers using small ink pads for awhile — which isn’t ideal because the pads smudge easily. Can’t wait to try daubers now!

  6. Hadn’t heard of wet cement ink but it sounds like fun. Very pretty card. Reminds me of spring/summer – is it here yet?

  7. LOVE this background! Daubers are going on my wish list! Over spent on Christmas this year, so it’s going to be some time before I can order any new toys!

  8. Lovely card. Love anything with birds and these soft colors combined with your 3-D piecing is absolutely exquisite!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  9. Very pretty card, Lisa, with lots of textural interest. I love the “mixed media” aspect of playing with paints/inks/paper, etc. Experimenting can lead to awesome results, as here.

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