Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the Seventh Day of Christmas...

Season’s greeting to BoBunny blog readers!

How are you all doing in preparing for holiday celebration?
We celebrate Christmas at our house, and this year I have four albums to make for gift giving. Several things I am doing to ensure I get the albums done on time – they are all 8x8 in size, are simple in design, and use coordinating BoBunny patterned papers. Coordinating cardstock stickers, journaling cut outs and stamps combine to make a super album for gift giving. The last album on my "to do" list is the one I am sharing today. I am still awaiting photos, but that's okay because I intend for this post to be technical in nature, and hopefully it will encourage you to use your BoBunny acrylic stamps in a new way.

Paints mix to create any color you need, and are usually less expensive than ink pads for the “mileage”. Today I want to show you how to achieve coordinating stamped images for your projects, without investing in many inkpads.

I love paint. From the time I was a little girl with my paint by number pictures, to adulthood - using paints for not only color on my walls, but also for crafts such as ceramics, fabric painting, and other projects. Long before I began scrapbooking I had acquired quite a collection of acrylic paints, mostly artist brands such as Grumbacher and Liquitex. I love the thickness, or viscosity, of these particular paint brands. The thicker, artist paints are well suited for stamping with acrylic stamp designs. Frugal tip: buy artists paints during a sale, or use a coupon - adding primary and secondary colors to your collection first, along with neutrals. This will give you a great base of paints for mixing. Often, I find I do not have an ink pad in the exact color I need, but when I reach into my drawers of paints, I can often find a color, or a combination of two or three, to create the perfect color needed for my project. If you prefer not to mix paints at all, I highly recommend stocking up on a variety of pre-mixed shades.

The page spread example shown is created for my nephew, a 21 yr. old who has been wanting an album since his brother received one last year for graduation. The “kid” has always had his hands in a motor or tinkering with some other project, BoBunny’s Grease Monkey papers are the perfect choice for him. If I do not have the photos when beginning a gift mini album, I don’t sweat it, and pick a paper line that will appeal to the recipient.



Two BoBunny Stamp & Store sets accompany the Grease Monkey collection wonderfully: “distress Me Out” and “Write On!” The stamp designs lend themselves well to paint application – if you have too much paint on your stamp, you achieve greater distress and even texture, which is great for a masculine, distressed look.


DecoArt offers a “Stamping Medium” that allows you to stamp with acrylic paints and obtain crisp images. If you are using craft paints which have less viscosity, such as Americana, FolkArt and Apple Barrel – you will likely be more pleased with your paint stamped image if you use a stamping medium to obtain a sharper image.



The stamping medium is mixed with the acrylic paint 50/50 and will thicken your average craft paint. Memory Makers brand paint could also benefit by adding stamping medium, although not as much as needed. It is important to note that the stamping medium will not alter the color of your paint.











Some tips for stamping with acrylic. Place your acrylic stamp design on the block, and use a foam brush applicator to apply paint to the acrylic design. Go light on the paint, or stamp off on scrap paper or newspaper before applying to your project. I recommend stamping your image on scrap paper first to get a feel for how it will look, and determine if you need more or less paint.


Also, unlike stamping with ink and acrylics, you obtain a more crisp image stamping with paint on a hard surface, whereas a thin sheet of foam backing is recommended under acrylic/ink stamped projects.







For multi-color stamping, I had three foam brushes in use to apply paint to the stamp design. I had more control with this method than trying to apply ink in specific areas of a stamp.

Soap and water clean up is all that is needed. I keep a toothbrush handy at the sink, and use it to get paint (or ink) out of the crevices of my stamps. I have posted additional images on my blog to show you examples of stamping with acrylic stamps with variances, so you can see the difference. Hop on over if you would like to learn more...

And we're onto the Seventh Day of Christmas!!

What do we have in store for you today??

On the Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Came To Me...

Bo Bunny's Bodacious Brads will make you heart glad!

(Well they do!LOL)

Leave us a comment today and we'll enter you to win a fun assortment of our brads! Comments will close tomorrow morning as we move onto the Eigth day!

173 comments:

  1. awesome tutorial! I need to think outside the box like this a bit more.

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  2. thanks for the tutorial on using paints. I need to get some stamping medium and start using all the paint I have collected.

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  3. Love that stamp...thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. You jumped from the 6th day of Christmas to the 9th day? I love the orange circles!

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  5. Very cool! I love making minibooks too!

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  6. I never think to use paint with my acrylics. What a great idea and one I'm certain to use.

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  7. What a useful tutorial! I can't wait to try this on my projects!!

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  8. Ahhh, now we are on the 7th day - whew, thought I was losing it

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  9. Love the idea of using paint with acrylic stamps! It was very useful to know about the stamping medium! Thanks so much!!

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  10. What a great idea - I'm going to try it today!!!

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  11. I've never seen that stamping medium before. Hmm.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. This is SO cool!! TFS this great technique!!

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  13. The paint tutorial is really cool -- I need some stamping medium now!

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  14. I would love those brads. I will have to try this paint technique..

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  15. love to paint, never thought of it on stamps.

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  16. Thank you for an awesome tutorial! Love the idea of using paint to add more interest and textures. Your 12 Days of Christmas are sweet!!!

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  17. the paint is great! Those brads are awesome!!!!

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  18. Thanks for sharing this paint technique! I love finding new ways to use my stamps.

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  19. Very good idea. I will try that on one of my pages.

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  20. oh i would love to win! It would be a nice bday present for myself...lol

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  21. Fun stuff!!! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  22. I love to paint too! thanks for the tutorial

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  23. I love this lay-out...can't wait to dig out my stamps and paint and be creative!!!

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  24. WOW... I love acrylic stamps, and love paint, SO glad I read this great tutorial! I can't wait to try out this technique! :)

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  25. Very cool technique! Love it! This gives me motivation to break out my paints!

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  26. Thanks for the tutorial Rita! Love it!

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  27. he paint on the stamps is awesome, love the colors!

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  28. I love the paint idea, I will have to give it a try. Today I'm working on finishing Christmas card that need to be mailed. have a wonderful day!

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  29. I Love Bo Bunny brads! Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  30. WOW! That is a VERY COOL technique, and will definitely try it out, thanks for sharing the "how-to".
    I would LOVE me some brads! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Me-Ma Kim

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  31. Great technique I love it, Happy Holidays!

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  32. Thanks for sharing the technique and showing us the paints and medium which you used!

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  33. wow! Stamping medium, love it!

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  34. Thanks for sharing the cool technique!!!love that circle stamp.

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  35. Thank you for giving us the info on paint medium. I can't wait to try this option out.

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  36. Your rockin' the rhyming! :) Great tutuorial!

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  37. I would love to use paints with stamps. Thanks for the ideas.

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  38. Thanks for the tip on the stamping medium, I have never used that before, can't wait to try it out !

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  39. I love stamping with acrylic paint. You can also use different stuff to stamp when using paint such as a cup (the bottom of to create circles), bubly wrap, mesh wtc. It gives different textures to the page and a unique look.

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  40. What a great tutorial, will have to definately give it a try.

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  41. I love working with paint...even though I get it everywhere! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  42. Nice tutorial. I already use a lot of paints but having more ideas is always welcomed!

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  43. Very nice!! I will have to play with paint more!

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  44. Love it! Thanks for the paint tut!!

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  45. Nice tips! I've never thought of stamping with acrylic paint :P thanks for the chance tow in!
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  46. I never would of thought of using paint on my stamps....I learned something new.

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  47. I love the grease monkey papers. Those are on my wish list. And I will definitely have to look into paint medium. My first few attempts at stamping with paint were quite unsuccessful so maybe this will do the trick.

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  48. I love stamping with paint, though I usually get those little paint pots for kids that are super cheap. Thanks for the tutorial because that will make my stamping even better :)

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  49. It took me a minute to realize those pages weren't pre-purchased papers. They are perfect! I am sure he will be elated to receive his scrapbook.

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  50. I wish I had more time to dig my paints out.

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  51. oh cool love the fun paint and stamping info!!! sooo cool

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  52. looks like a wonderful assorment of goodies.

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  53. Very cool idea! Thanks for the awesome inspiration.

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  54. Gotta try this...Looks like lots of fun!

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  55. love it!! I love pait too!check my painting blog!
    http://artsycraftsy.blogspot.com

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  56. Thanks for the tutorial! Didn´t know that paints could be used like that.

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  57. What a great idea, I never thought about using my paints! Thanks!!

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  58. cool technique! and I am way behind on my Christmas shopping! Been too sick and too busy at work, uugghhh.

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  59. Cool tutorial! I think I will try this out soon.

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  60. Thank you for reminding me to use my paints more. I love the look but keep forgetting to use this technique.

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  61. I never think about using paint and stamping in my scrapbooking. I think you inspired me!

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  62. Bo Bunny brads make my heart glad too!

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  63. fun... thank you for the inspiring ideas!

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  64. Love the tips for stamping on acrylic!

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  65. Love the way you can get a good stamped image using the stamping medium.... must try. Appreciate the technique. Thanks Tracey

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  66. Great idea for stamping with paint.

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  67. that is a fantastic idea with paint! Thanks for the medium tip! I've always had issues with acyrlic paint & stamps and now know how to fix it! Thanks bo bunny!!!

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  68. The painting technique is wonderful. I need to try this and I love the Bo-Bunny fun brads.

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  69. I love the look of paint too...to me it looks very artsy!

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  70. thanks for the tips on stamping with paint.

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  71. The stamping medium is a great idea. I love the brads!

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  72. Love what you did with the paint, I can never get it as neat as I want.

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  73. Wow!! What an amazing offer! Love the blog topic as well. Have a great day!

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  74. Awesome idea to use paint with stamps!

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  75. Awesome usage of paint. I'd love those brads in my stocking!

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  76. HOw cool! I never knew that about acrylic stamps and having a foam backing.(YOu mean under the paper, right?) Thanks for the tips! I also have to look into that stamping medium...

    OH I do love BOBunny brads! Come to think of it--what is there Bobunny that I DON'T like!? LOL

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  77. Great tips on using paints with stamping! Love those brads!

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  78. I wish my LSS carried the BoBunny stamps...I'm going to have to order them online.

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  79. love the tutorial and love the funky colors.

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  80. How very cool - I love to use paint!

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  81. Oooooh, I love those brads....

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  82. Oh, I love how you made your own patterned paper!! Cute!

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  83. Very helpful tips indeed. I so want entered into todays draw, A: I love brads and B: I love decorating the packaging when I'm done.

    Thanks

    S

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  84. always like to learn something new! and love the chance to win those awesome brads!

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  85. I never knew about stamping medium-here's a great BIG Thank you. I love paint and I can't wait tot ry this.

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  86. I love the texture that this paint adds!

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  87. Great ideas! I love the Grease Monkey line too!

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  88. great paint/stamp techniques!!! Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  89. Bo Bunny rocks with paint techniques to expand our horizons when it comes to scrapbooking for boys and men. It's definitely not that easy to find papers, embellishments that cater to the men in our lives. Praise the Lord for Bo Bunny!!!!

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  90. I had never thought to use paint instead of inks! Thanks for the great tip. : )

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  91. Looks like its time to have a paint challenge!

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  92. Fantastic paint background on the layout. And the brad giveaway looks awesome too. Thanks for the chance!

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  93. paint is so much fun to play with.

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  94. Awesome!! great ideas going to the scrap room now!!!!!

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  95. How cool with the paint, wish I was brave enough to try it, maybe someday!

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  96. What a great idea! Thanks for the chance :), hlcarroll@hotmail.co.uk xx

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  97. love the idea and the color too! Got to try it fr sure. Tks for the tutorial

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  98. Brads are so fun! The paint looks like a fun but messy project!

    Denise Wells
    mamascollections@aol.com

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  99. This is such a cool tutorial...thanks for the tips!

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  100. Love the paint tutorial! I really hadn't thought of using paint rather than inks. Great idea.

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  101. my husband has a ton of paints left over from art classes. Maybe I should get my stamps out

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  102. still havent tried paint on a layout. This might be a good way o start!?

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  103. Great ideas! I love Bo Bunny brads.

    Allison M.

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  104. Love The Paint ~ I Love The Paint With Chinky Stamps Too....

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  105. I just want to leave a big THANK YOU for blogging about acrylic paints! I have just begun experimenting with them and your tutorial and suggestions are the perfect timing!

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  106. I LOVE BO BUNNY. Thanks for sharing this lovely and great ideas.

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  107. Thanks for the advice on stamping with paitnt...I had never thought of that before.

    Cynderellaj - MN

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  108. I have never used paint... may need to give that try! Looks funky! Love it!

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  109. cool ideas! Thanks so much :) Jennifer

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  110. I would love to win some of these beautiful brads !

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  111. Thanks for the paint tip.

    I love me some Bo Bunny Brads!!!

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  112. Another great technique and another great gift!

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  113. Love the ideas...keep them coming.

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  114. Great tutorial! I love paint! And brads too!

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  115. I like the paint.Its all so good.Thanks for sharing.

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  116. I have lots of paint and haven't really used it alot. I will have to try it with the use of your great tutorial. Would love to win some Bo Bunny's Bodacious Brads! Merry Christmas

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  117. Love the paint idea. Really love brads.

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  118. LOVE, LOVE the painting tips!! Thanks so much for a chance to win some of you bodacious bo bunny brads!!

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  119. I like to play with paint! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  120. I can't wait to try this, thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  121. I'm also making photo books and feeling the push to get them done, thanks for the great ideas.

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  122. I love your bodacious brads - they are so sweet!

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  123. Oh wow i have to give this a go thanks for the inspiration!!!
    xxx

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  124. Great post today!
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    I love your brads!!!!

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  125. Yeah! I always wondered how to get a crisp image with paint! TFS!

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  126. Fantastic painting I have to get my paints out! Love those brads way to cute!

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  127. Love that look! Thanks for all the fun this week.

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  128. Thanks for the great paint/stamping tips! Can always use more tips as I'm not very creative. Do love those Bo Bunny brads..and the packaging! Love to use it to make shaker cards, so I get a bonus!

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  129. Thanks for the inspiration to use paint more often.

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  130. Another great tip. I'll have to try it --- after Christmas!

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  131. I love it! I am going to have to give this a try.

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  132. Rita, Great new things to try for us traditional rubber stampers. I love your funky and fun style!! I hope you get everything done on your list!
    Have a Blessed Christmas.
    P.S. I would love to win some of the great brads too.
    Donna

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  133. Brads, Brads, I just love Brads. Hope I win.

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  134. I would have never thought about paint! Thanks for the tip...and BRADS! Who doesn't love them!

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  135. What a great fun look, so glad you showed us how! Thanks!

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  136. Thanks for the painting tips love the project


    Janie Boots

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  137. super idea. thanks for sharing!

    annette

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  138. Oh Rita! That was an awesome tutorial! I never knew you could use paints with acrylic stamps! Fabulous! And your mini book rocks!

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  139. Thank you for providing technique tips on your post. Painting my stamps is new, and I especially like it with the Grease Monkey line (gotta get that book done for my son;) Kathy P.

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  140. Love the paint! And the brads are awesome :)

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  141. Stamp and store is ab fab! ;-)

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  142. Awesome. Everyday gets better.

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  143. what a great acrylic background. I love how you stamped everything at once. I will definitly have to try this one.

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  144. Thanks for the tutorial! Awesome idea!

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