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Santoro Stamps and Coloring

So I'll start off by saying that I am NOT much of a stamper. I like them, but I never seem to know what to do with them.

About a month ago I was at the lovely scrapbook store in Branson, MO and found these adorable stamps by Santoro Gorjuss.  They have a very strong Alice in Wonderland vibe to me (which for anyone who knows me, I ADORE.) I held off that trip but I made another trip yesterday and decided to splurge and buy a few.

When I got home I busted out one of my mixed media art pads so I could stamp them and decide how I liked coloring them best.

I have several different makers, watercolors, pencils, etc to choose from.
I decided to try out each image with a different one to see what I personally liked best.

All the images.


So for the first one I did I decided to use the Tim Holtz distress markers to color it in. I like that they can be toned down or blended out with water.
I like the way this turned out, though I'm not crazy about some of the harsh edges I got. I will be trying a few different things next time I use them to avoid that.



For the next one I used the Spectrum Noir markers. I really like these, but I had issues with the colors blending which makes me crazy. It's most noticeable on the arm of the girl.  For part of her dress I used watered down Tim Holtz Distress Crayon is Festive Berries.


For the third girl I used a couple of the Copic markers that I have. I'm still learning how to use the Copics. I like them, but I've noticed that no matter what ink I use to stamp my image it makes the black ink smear. I haven't noticed this with the spectrum markers.


For my last image, this go round, I used my Prisma Color pencils. I love these, and this is what I use 98% of the time.


So out of all the images I have finished, I think the girl in the teacup is my favorite. I haven't used my watercolor pencils or crayons yet, but I plan on getting to that later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

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