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Sunday, April 8, 2012

TUTORIAL -- Marrying Digital Stamps with Rubber Stamps

Hi Everyone! ---- HAPPY EASTER!!!

I'm here with a fun tutorial for your enjoyment.

I love love love pairing my rubber stamps with my digital stamps and I often get questions about how I do it.

Mostly by masking ... that can either be with post-it notes or other covering techniques, but my favorite way is with my Versamarker and clear embossing powder.

So let's get started .....

First I print off my image .. this is called Easter Egg Whimsy 3 ... you can find that in the Just Some Lines Shop (it's a fabulous image for $2.00)

The I start coloring .. I am using my favorite markers ... COPICS! ... I love them for their bright colors.

Here is my image all colored.

Then I get my Versamarker.  A Versamarker is just that, a "marker" with the Versamark embossable ink in it ... it goes on clear and takes embossing powder very well.

I like to use the brush tip and again just go over the entire image that I want protected.  In this case it is the entire egg.

Then I add embossing powder to the image and tap off all of the excess.

Here is the image ready to be embossed ... notice that it's kind of dull now that it has the embossing powder completely covering it.

Now I am heating the image to melt the powder.

Here is the image fully sealed with embossing powder ... the other great effect with this is that my egg is now SHINY!! ... You can see this mostly at the bottom of the egg. (sorry lighting was not good)

Now I am taking my cloud stamp and I am ready to stamp ON the protected image.

See the cloud image that went ONTO the egg ... I know ... but DON'T BE SCARED!!!

I took a cloth and wiped OFF the black cloud on the egg ... WHEW!! ... I love this!

Here is the image with lots of clouds added! ... Note .. None of the clouds are ON the egg!

Next I am going to sponge on  the blue sky ... I like to use Palette - Reflection Blue ink.  It makes a great and subtle blue sky.

Here I am carefully applying the ink ... carefully trying to keep some of the clouds white ... it IS ok if you do get some of the clouds blue!  Having the egg embossed also protects the egg from getting blue.

Here is the image completed and ready to be finalized into a card.

Here is my final product.  Added a black mat, some green gingham cardstock and some fun bright blue ribbon.  I also stamped the sentiment on the card.

I hoped that clearly explained how to use your Versamarker pen and embossing powder to combine digis and traditional rubber stamps.


Challenges Entered:
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Color Creative Classroom - Spring Pretties
Allsorts Challenge - Bingo (pink, yellow, blue)
Simply Create Too - Eggs and/or Bunnies
Aud Sentiments - Use "Happy Easter"
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Egg-stra Special


  1. Loved your tutorial - and Happy Easter Friend!!!

  2. This is so cute! I love your coloring and all of your added touches. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Pattie ♥

  3. Fab tutorial! Adorable images and such bright & fun colors! So glad you joined us for our Happy Easter challenge at Aud Sentiments!

  4. Loving the colours Chelsea and clean crisp feel to your card.

    Thanks so much for joining in my bingo theme at Allsorts this week and enjoy the rest of the Easter break.

    B x

  5. Chelsea: Love your cute egg card. Glad you could join us at Simply Create Too for Challenge #10 – “Eggs and/or Bunnies”.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  6. Chelsea, what a fabulous tutorial! :) Great card, too! :)

  7. A fab card, and love how you have added the clouds,
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!

    Hugz Fleur xXx

  8. Great idea and love those little clouds, they set the card off a treat. Thanks for joining us at Di's digi designs challenge blog.

  9. This is fantastic!! Love the step by step tutorial too. Thank you for playing along at the SNSDC.

  10. What a fun card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  11. Love your technique on the coloring!
    Thanks for playing in our 'Easter' Challenge #41, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  12. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing. Love your fun image too. Thanks for joining us on Color Me Creative this time and good luck. xx

  13. This is a fab tutorial - one of the most amazing things about blogging is all the wonderful ideas that people like you share!

    Thanks ever so much for joining us at CYDA for our Easter challenge!

    Julie x

  14. Oh Chelsea...I just love that egg image...way too cute. And thanks so much for showing us how you "married" the stamped image and digital image. Thanks for playing at Pattie's Creations Easter Challenge...good luck ~ Charlene PC DT

  15. great idea Chelsea.. now where's that versamark pen I have been hoarding and not using.. have to give this a try myself!
    thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Downloads. hugs Jess

  16. Adorable card and great tutorial! Thanks for joining in at Just Inspirational Challenges. xx Denise

  17. A gorgeous card and a great tutorial !!
    Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Just Inspirational challenges.
    We look forward to welcoming you back next week :O)

    Choccy x

  18. super tutorial, Chelsea!!! Loved all the photographed steps! You rock and great card!

  19. Thanks for the fun tutorial! I just love how you did those clouds! Thanks for playing along with the SNSDC!

  20. Thank you so much for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge this month at Catch The Bug. This open challenge really is a great way to see lots of different styles and techniques – always an inspiration.
    Crafty Blogocks
    DT Member for Catch The Bug

  21. This is so sweet. Thanks you for sharing your creativity with us in our “April Anything Goes” challenge at Catch The Bug! We appreciate your participation! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

  22. This is fab! Love the tutorial. I will be trying this out for sure!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge this month!

    Lynne x

  23. Really pretty card, love the fun image and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenges this month.
    Kim xXx

  24. This is so pretty. Thanks for joining Di's DigiDesigns Challenge.

  25. Another fab tutorial Chelsea, and I love the end result - need to try this, really adds a great deal to the whole composition of the card when there's a nice background for the image. Thanks so much for sharing this and also for playing at DI'S DIGI DESIGNS this time.