Category Archives: Simply Stamps

Make Art Happen Paint Brush Holder

Happy Tuesday! Today’s project is a cute way to organize your art supplies. I made a paint brush holder this time but this could also be used for colored pencils or markers (in addition to other supplies!)

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This project started out with a cleaned up green beans can. Give your can a good wash and soak off the label. Once you have it clean and dry add a couple coats of your favorite acrylic craft paint.

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I cut a strip of watercolor paper (mine was 3″ but adjust to the size of the can you use) and then did some loose watercoloring in colors that worked nicely with the paint used for the can. Let dry.

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After your watercolor strip is completely dry sponge the edges with brown ink  and attach to the can. I used a thick white glue and held it in place with some rubber bands until it was set.

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Now to start on the coordinating tag. I used the same colors of water colors to add some color to my tag. Let watercolor paper dry completely and stamp the sentiment in black ink. This is a custom one line stamp from Simply Stamps. I thought it would be perfect for mixed media projects. Fun, huh?

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I trimmed the tag to the shape I wanted with scissors, added a border with a fine black marker and sponged the edges with brown ink. I added some cording to my brush holder and attached the tag.

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For a final step I added the pretty button to my can. This is the Pretty in Pink Fashion Button by The AG Studio from Simply Stamps. I thought the sweet watercolor image was perfect for this project. I removed the pin back and attached it to my brush holder with foam tape.

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Strut Your Stuff!

Hi Jeanne here today!

I have a project to share today using a really pretty rooster stamp from Simply Stamps along with a custom one line stamp (Simply Stamps)I had made from  for the phrase.  Custom stamps aren’t just for addresses. It was fun to get a phrase I wanted made just the way I wanted it.

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I started by making my background. I painted a simple watercolor background with a grassy area and a sky (leaving some areas white to give the illusion of clouds).

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While I had my paints out I decided I wanted to get a little creative for my coloring on the rooster. I knew which colors I wanted to use so I made some blobs (technical term… haha) of watercolor on my paper.

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Once my paper was dry I stamped my rooster (Designer Rooster Craft Stamp by Karmabee) with black ink.

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I added some highlights to the rooster image with a white gel pen and then I used scissors to cut out my rooster. After cutting I went around all the edges with a black marker to eliminate the pesky white edges.

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I stamped the “Strut Your Stuff” phrase onto a strip of white cardstock. This is a custom one line stamp from Simply Stamps. the custom line stamps are available in 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines so you can use them for so many things.

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Happy Birthday Balloons – Two Ways!

I always like to have lots of birthday cards on hand for last minute giving and mailing (for both my own personal stash and my non crafty friends. I have a project to share today using a very cute birthday stamp from Simply Stamps.

I’m going to share two different ways to use the adorable Happy Birthday Balloons stamp. This is just two ways to use it.. I have more ideas running around in my head. I’ll save those for another post.

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I started out by making a simple watercolor background. Lots of circles and splatters with green, blue, orange and a pretty dark pink. Don’t worry about being perfect with your circles. It’s all about random colors.

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I then stamped my Happy Birthday Balloons stamp with black ink and mounted it onto a blue card. How pretty is that for a very simple card?

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For my second version of this image I’ll step it up a bit and add another layer for the balloons and banner. I made a quick wash background with the same blue and green paints for the balloons as I used on the background. I wet my watercolor paper and let the two colors blend.

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I stamped my Happy Birthday Balloons with black ink. I added a little shading to the balloons and highlights with a white gel pen and then used scissors to cut them out. I used a black marker on the edges after cutting.

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Next I stamped the “birthday” banner onto white cardstock with black ink.

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Here is a close up of the card after the cut out pieces were layered onto my card. This version is still very simple but adds a little more punch that the first version of the card. I liked how festive both of the cards turned out.

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Have a great day!

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