How could you not love that face? I think the artist did a wonderful job of capturing the Golden Retriever expression in this illustration. This is a digital stamp from Just Inklined called Golden Retriever On Guard. They have a lot of beautifully illustrated dog images at Just Inklined. Type your breed in the search field and see what pops up. In fact, they have a lot of great images, period. I’ve spent a good deal of time looking around over there lately.
Now, I haven’t been one much for using digital stamps in the past. Over the last couple of days I’ve concluded it’s because I haven’t invested enough time searching through the many images various companies have to offer. Well, hold me back, I’ve now discovered the instant gratification of digital shopping.
I thought I’d try some different coloring methods for my digis, so this time I made a generous sized print and colored it with soft chalks. I used mustard and pumpkin on the dog, with brown and black for the nose and paw. Rust on the sign, and gray and black on the fence. It’s very easy to make a soft background with chalks, so I sponged in some distant trees (olive) and a teal blue sky.
When the coloring was finished I sprayed on a couple of coats of clear acrylic sealer. Chalk coloring simply looks chalky and some of the detail in the drawing will appear hazy. The spray sealer not only prevents any of the chalk from rubbing off, it also pops the colors, removes the haze and lets the details show through. This is my chalk coloring paraphernalia:
The chalks are from Stampin’ Up! I’ve had them for years, used them often and barely put a dent in them. All those colors at my fingertips and very compact for carrying to work in my bag. In the photo above you can see a sampling of the sponge applicators I use. There’s also a blending pen (Tombow blender) which I use in the smallest spaces, such as the lettering on the sign. The blending pen will harden the chalks so I’m always careful to touch it to only one corner of the chalk pad. The large craft tweezers are for holding the image while I spray it (outside).
Pictured below is the real deal and the reason this digi stamp speaks to me.
Love. Have a happy day!
Stamps: Golden Retriever on Guard (Just Inklined digital stamp) Paper: Ruby Red textured, So Saffron, Basic Gray (all Stampin’ Up!), Flourishes Classic White, BasicGrey Wags & Whiskers designer paper Ink: Printer Accessories: Soft chalks for coloring, leaves (CTMH), screw brads, linen thread, Martha Stewart edge punch