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Sketch, Paint and Sponge a Scene

Farm Friends
By: Kittie Caracciolo, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: 5.25" x 5.25"

I love to create scenes around stamped images. Sketching in a few lines with an artist pen and adding color with sponges and brushes takes a simple stamped image and adds a scene full of life and color. If you can write, you can sketch straight lines, and you will be amazed at how easy it really is.

Hay Hanna (Hanna Stamps)
Kittie Kits Outdoor Master (Rubbernecker)
Old Olive (Stampin' Up!)
White (Papertrey)
Watercolor (Arches)
Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Peeled Paint (Ranger)
Shabby Shutters (Ranger)
Black Soot (Ranger)
Fired Brick (Ranger)
Lemonade (Ranger)
Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up!)
Going Gray (Stampin' Up!)
Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up!)
Brushes (Loew- Cornell)
Stylus and Foam Tip (Color Box)
Ink Blending Took (Inkssentials)
Artist Pen- Waterproof (Faber-Castell)
Deckle Scissors (Stampin' Up!)
Nestabilities Dies (Spellbinders)
Gingham (Unknown)


  1. Stamp your first image, mask and continue stamping and masking until you have added all your images.
  2. Using your artist pen, sketch imperfect straight lines around the images to create a fence and tree trunks.
  3. Sponge green ink on the ground area around you images and fence with small sponge applicators.
  4. Dab a small dry brush directly on your ink pad and then use a stipple motion to apply the ink around the tree limbs. This method is also helpful when adding color to small areas.
  5. Paint or color your images. I use the lid of my ink pad as a palette to mix reinker and water for coloring.
  6. Mask your images and apply texture to the trees and gassy to add depth to the scene.
  7. Sponge a light yellow base around the tree and grass line to highlight your scene and then add blue to the upper sky.
  8.  Finish your card as desired and step back and admire what you have accomplished.

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16 Responses »

  1. What an inspiring concept !! Yours sort of reminds me of the painted tiles ( Dutch etc ) you can buy in the stores .. never thought of using the stampsets in this manner.. bravo..

  2. AWESOME thanks kittie great tutorial

  3. Kittie, thank you for the great tutorial. I love how you build a scene around the stamped images. It puts the "BAM" in what would be ordinary!

  4. Loved the tutorial and the artwork.

  5. Trena, Try mixing just a dab of reinker with water in your lid or a palette. You can control the level of color and the amount of moisture in your brush. Let me know how it goes.

  6. Wow, This is a great tutorial, just like taking a class! Thanks so much for all the idas & tips!

  7. Excellent tutorial! I really appreciate the step by step pictures and words to support. I'm going to have to try adding water to my stamp pad lid - that makes so much sense. No wonder my colors are so strong. :o) I've tried to add more water to my brush, but then I lose control. Thank you Kittie!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  8. Ah, Michelle! Thank you for the wonderful compliment. Believe me...you can!!!!! 🙂

  9. Sunshine, Thank you for the sweet compliment. If I can do it....anyone can!!! I have never drawn or sketched anything in my life until a couple of years ago. I became frustrated that stamp sets would come with great images but with nothing to add scenery so I started trying to add it myself. The trick it to be sure you have a waterproof artist pen to sketch with if you are going to use water coloring so your ink won't run. Also, having an artist pen on hand comes in really handy to fill in images when your stamp doesn't apply your lined ink well. I've saved lots of paper buy filling in little gaps.

  10. Thank you for this fantastic tutorial. It's exactly what I've been hoping for, Kitty! If I can produce cards half as beautiful as your's I will be truly happy!!

  11. Wanda,

    I used three sponge tools but failed to mention one of them in my supplies. One is a Stylus with foam tip made by Clearsnap/Color Box. One is an Ink Blending Tool is made by Ranger/Inkssentials. The third is a little dual ended wooden dauber and I can't remember who makes it or where I got it. Sorry.

    The reason the pig and lamb look blue/green in some of the photos is that I have them covered with a little paper mask to protect them from sponged or stamped in. I use a little piece of Post-It! paper to create my masks and use the sticky part to hold the mask in place.

    I hope this helps.

  12. Now this is fantastic. You make it look so easy. More ideas to try someday.

  13. Kittie, great tutorial - one question? What kind of sponge and tool of you using? Also, why is one picture showing blue/green pig and calf, and the other is not? Any reasoning? Thanks,

  14. Gorgeous!! And you make me believe that I too can do this! I will try it!