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. I like the different ways you use the daubers — to “paint” the stamp and as a source for watercolor paint — to produce such a coordinated finished product.

  2. I do love the way the colors on the background blend so well and add to the card. The bird makes me wish it was already Spring and we haven’t even gone throught Christmas. Awesome Ideal and love the candy buttons and enameled dots added the final touch. I llove the backgrounds by Hero Arts too.

  3. how cheerful, i wish i could think that spring is just around the corner. unfortunately tomorrow is the first day of winter and there are many many many cold days ahead for us here in Northern Wisconsin. sigh.

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