New Video: Creating Highlights and Lowlights on Stamped Images

Today is a two-for-one day here at  Yippee!  Not only am I sharing a brand new project with you, but I’m also unveiling a brand new, accompanying video.  That’s a whole lot of fun bundled into one blog post.  Wheee!

For starters, I’m excited to share an adorable birthday card I made:

Boys Will Be Boys, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Boys Will Be Boys.  It might just be an “adorable” way to excuse boys from the trouble they get into, but it’s also a stamp set filled with fun images that could also be used for girls or adult kids.  I’ve not seen a lot of projects that feature this set, but it’s a good one to have around – for the moments when you just need a robot or a pile of Lego’s.

    Boys Will Be Boys stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Boys Will Be Boys stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamp-a-Ma-Jig.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to perfectly line up the sentiments in the background of this card.  I alternated lines between “best kid ever!’ and “happy birthday!”  Interesting tidbit – neither entire phrase (including the “!”) appears on the card, but our smart brains are able to piece it all together to make sense.  Yay for brains!  If you missed my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig video (or if you just want to relive the excitement of it), click here.
  • Color Selection.  I wanted bright and cheery for this fun birthday card, but robots are gray…so I made the primary panel of the card Daffodil Delight (does it get brighter than that) as a perfect accent to the steel-gray robot and base and popped that with Basic Black.  Just what I wanted.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight

And here’s a fun video I created to show you how I created some highlights and lowlights using the white from a Stampin’ Chalk Marker and the glycerin from a Blender Pen to shade in areas on the robot:

Stamp Sets:  Boys Will Be Boys  Papers:  Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Chalk Marker, Blender Pen, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. I am sitting in the airport in West Palm on my way home with a quick layover in Atlanta. Made me think of you even more while reading your blog on this adorable boy card and watching your video. Well done my friend. Love the highlighting tips in the video.

  2. I never thought to use the Blender Pen without ink. Love how it created depth.

  3. These ideas are seriously “thinking outside the box”, and I LOVE them. Way to go Brian!

  4. Great video! My son is a Lego addict so my heart skipped a beat when I saw the “Boys Will Be Boys” stamp set in the catalog last year. I’ve got a Pinterest Board dedicated only to this set and its loaded with samples from great artists…now including yourself. TFS the two-for-one today!

  5. Use the chalk marker to high/low light!? Brilliant! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. It’s always a pleasure to see you in action on a Sunday morning!
    And now we also know the secret ingredient in the blender pen…..I always wondered what it was! Thanks for this video, Brian!

  7. Love the card, and as usual, love your video, esp. your expressive ways of getting the point across.

  8. great tips Brian. I never had thought to use the chalk marker to add highlights but it works great. Thanks

  9. What a super little card for a young boy. And, as always, a great video with lots of helpful tips. Thank you Brian, you ARE the best!

  10. I didn’t realize a Blender Pen by itself could create a shade darker than the cardstock. Good to know. Is that how you created the shadow along the right hand side of your robot?

  11. Chris R. from Iowa

    Very cute! Love the color combination. You could put an apron on the robot and it would almost be the same as Rosie in the Jetson’s cartoon! Off to watch your video – sounds like a good one from the comments.

  12. Great tips ! Guess I will pull out that Chalk Marker and play with it again . Your Blender Pen technique is a keeper too !

  13. Love this adorable Robot, so darn cute. I don’t have a Chalk marker but I think I will get one, great tips on how to use it to give depth to your images. Love your video Brian, thank you for taking the time to show us this tips.

  14. Great video and such a professional video! Thanks for the ideas!

  15. I meant great tips!

  16. Nice tips! Always love your vids, Brian.

  17. Awesome Video!!! Thanks for all the wonderful tips

  18. Great card, Brian. All the blending etc. but I also really like what you did with the background, very clever! Great idea. Thanks, as usual, clever one!

  19. You are an expert fussy cutter! Love the card!

  20. Great tips, Brian. Enjoyed the video.

  21. Super awesome tips Brian, you enabler you.

  22. I can’t believe I don’t own the chalk marker, great inspiration!

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