Craft Stamper Blog Hop Extra

Welcome back to the Craft Stamper February 2013 – Looking Back Blog Hop Event.

If you haven’t already then check out the blog hop by going to the original Craft Stamper blog post, you still have time to join in for the giveaways, it is open until Midnight 8th February.

If you have done the hop and are back for my heart tag tutorial then welcome back! Nice to see you!

So here is what I made for the Craft Stamper blog hop –

and here is how I made it –

You will need:

Card – at least 240gsm if not more

Khadi papers

Old book pages

Watercolour paints

Creative Expressions Texture plate stamp set

Black ink (I used Kuretake ZIG Sumi ink)

Dip pen


White acrylic paint

Plastic sheet or craft matt

Plastic card or palette knife



Eyelet and setter




Heat tool (optional)

Step 1 – A Simple Tag

I collaged my card with some book pages using PVA and if you need some tips on how to do it then check out my Collage Background Tutorial. When this was dry I cut my tag shape from a template.  

A little TIP – I make handy paper templates of all my favourite shapes such as hearts and tags and keep them altogether in a plastic folder for easy reference.

Step 2 – All In The Colouring

The colouring is a splash of watercolour, I’ve put a pool of water into a dimple palette and added some colour picked up with a wet brush then used a pipette to put droplets of colour onto my plastic sheet covered workspace. I then pressed the tag into the drops a couple of times to pick up the colour and let it dry.

Step 3 – Splodge On The Gesso

A technical term I’m sure! I wanted a little more texture and to soften the colour so added a rough layer of Gesso spread thinly over the tag with a plastic card. Whilst the Gesso layer was drying I made the hearts.

Step 4 – Tearing Hearts

Using another template, this time for a heart shape, I tore three hearts, one from Khadi paper, a slightly bigger one from a book page and then a larger one still from Khadi paper again. The first heart was coloured red with watercolours.

Step 5 – Stamp It Up With Paint

The next step is a little bit of paint stamping, I do love adding stamping details in acrylic paint and Gesso and it is really simple to do. There are different methods but my favourite way is to spread a very thin layer of paint onto a plastic sheet with a palette knife or plastic card and then lightly press the stamp into the layer, then stamp it as normal.

Just remember to dampen or wash your stamp immediately so that the paint or Gesso doesn’t stick.

Step 6 – Doodle The Details

After stamping the coloured heart and the tag it is time to doodle the edges with the dip pen and ink. There is something very immediate and tactile about using dip pens and ink, and I love working with the ZIG Sumi ink as it gives a rich deep black mark. I then layered up the hearts.

Step 7 – Final Touches

The final touch was a bit of wire work. I curled some black wire around a thick marker pen and attached it to the heart like a paper clip. I then curled the other end around a thinner pen to attach to the tag. The layered hearts were then held in place with some 3D-foam and an eyelet was added to the tag.

There, finished! Or almost; I did think about adding a sentiment but after trying several different sentiments in several different ways, I decided to keep it simple!

Hope you have been having fun with the Craft Stamper blog hop and keep your eye out on the blog for more events this week, including more tutorials and a live Q&A on Wednesday with Katy Fox, the Editor of Craft Stamper, over at their Facebook page.

Thanks for popping in.


Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. nicoleqmullen

    Love this tag and it is fab being able to see how you got such a fantastic effect!

  2. Crafting Queen

    Great tutorial, really like how you created your background.

  3. Artyjen

    thanks for the handy tips…love that tag 😉
    xoxo Sioux

  4. Linda

    Lovely tag, thanks for the great tutorial, full of techniques. really enjoyed the Blog Hop, you all did a great job! xx

  5. Dots Dabbles

    Hi Kim…I love all the different techniques and textures that you have used. I like the tip too, a huge time saver!
    Dot x

  6. Rita

    Fabulous tutorial Kim. Thank-you so much for sharing. Hugs Rita xx

  7. Sanna

    thanks for showing! love the tag!!

  8. Elly

    I'm in search of my watercolours….and i love the effect of the gesso stamping.(:o)

  9. GA

    I'm back for your tutorial! This is great ideas! Love it!

  10. Elaine

    Great tutorial – thanks for explaining everything so clearly!

  11. Michelle Webb

    Excellent tutorial Kim, love what you did with the gesso and stamping, I love doing that too. Wonderful grungy tag. Michelle x

  12. Danielle Champagne

    Hello Kim, thank you so much for sharing all those tips with us through a very well explained tutorial. I loved you tag when I did the blog hop, and techniques demonstrated here have my mojo running fast! I love the collage idea, love the watercolor & gesso technique. Will try that certainly. Cheers from Montreal. Have a lovely day!

  13. toni

    Definitely going to try this, love it x

  14. Ellie Knol

    I am following by e-mail now, I LOVE what I see!

  15. Redanne

    Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial, I like the tip about putting the paint on the worksheet for stamping into.

  16. Maggie

    Hi Kim thanks for sharing this tutorial great pics and tips!

  17. Kezzy

    Wow stunning creation, love the khadi papers what else could you use them for? Kezzy xx

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