Tips & Techniques Article

Deanna Tubb has been stamping for less than three years, yet she’s been able to create marvelous and detailed scenes. She began her stamping career by imitating others, but she rapidly developed her own unique style. This style depends on a variety of tools and utilizes many different mediums.

She routinely uses a variety of inks, color pencils, markers, pan pastels, and more on a scene. Deanna’s favorite technique is using a stylus and foam blending tips with dye-based inks on coated yardstick—Kromekote being her favorite. This issue’s Tips & Techniques column focuses on Deanna’s color techniques, ones you may want to try on your own scenes and cards.

For her Beached Canoe scene, she stamped her images with StazOn ink, which allowed her to apply water-baed mediums without the risk of the image dissolving or smearing. To color the scene, Deanna applied layers of many colors, creating a deep, rich vibrancy. “I used seven different colors on the sandy beach alone,” she explains. “I worked from the lightest color to the darkest, using a combination of blending tips and a flat paintbrush to apply the inks.”

The banana tree and canoe were masked while she worked on the water. The water was stamped with blue dye ink and colored primarily with a flat paint brush. Two shades of blue, two shades of pink, and a touch of yellow were added. By layering blues and pinks, you create subtle lavender tones. To accentuate the movement of the water, Deanna added white highlights with a gel pen.

Deanna wanted the sunset sky to be smooth and rich. To create this effect, color from dye ink pads was added with foam blending tips. A mask was placed to loosely define the sun. Once again, Deanna used two shades of blue, two shades of pink, and, of course, yellow. The masks were removed to complete the coloring. The banana tree and canoe were colored with Tombow markers. This scene appears on page 26 in the current issue.

Beached Canoe by Deanna Tubb. (Stamp credits: All images—Peddlers Den.)