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Spring into Action: Lorraine’s View

By: Lorraine Revalee, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5.5" x 4.25"

For the Spring colors, using what I call the basic "Tool" technique would be appropriate.  It's fun and easy and it is so versatile.  It originated with the owner of Rubber Nature Stamps.    It's a great way to make a quick background.

Fern (Hero Arts)

Tool - CraftStamp (Michael's)
Small tool (Outlines Rubber Stamps)
Collage Crafty Cling (Magenta)
White Glossy cardstock(Chromekote)
Blue Base cardstock (unknown)
Dark Pink Double Mates (he Paper Cut)
Chartreuse (scraps from stash)
Black StazOn (Tsukineko)

VersaMark (Tsukineko)
ColorBox Fluid Chalk (Clearsnap)
* Lime Pastel
* Blush Rose
* French Blue
* Warm Violet

Punch (Martha Stewart)

Circle hand punch (unknown)
Double-stick tape (Golfsmith)
Paper Trimmer 


  1. On your glossy paper use the larger tool stamp and ink with first color.  Press stamp on paper and twist about a half turn and release.  Repeat with same color to fill about a third of the glossy cardstock.  Then repeat the same procedure with the second color and then the third color.  If there are some open gaps, take the smaller tool stamp and fill in the area with another color or one of the original colors.  I like to leave some white showing.
  2. Next stamp your image on finished background with black StazOn.  For best results press firmly but quickly and release.
  3. Trim your image to whatever size you like.  Mine happens to be 3.75" x 2.75"
  4. Cut a black panel just a bit larger than the image and layer together.
  5. Cut a coordinating color (rose) paper  approximately 2.75" wide and stamp with large tool stamp using VersaMark.
  6. Punch spiral  out of chartreuse card stock and glue to rose panel.  Also punch 3 circles and a narrow strip from same color.
  7. Stamp fern on base cardstock with VersaMark and put together as shown in the picture with doublestick tape.

I hope you try this technique--it's such a fun technique and you can make many backgrounds in different colors so quickly.  Don't forget to sign your art work!


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  1. I was looking at your awesome bkgd thinking this can't be that easy... But your tutorial proved me wrong! Gorgeous effect from such a simple technique! TFS!!