Besides Close To My Heart, I love Bam Pop Stamps. They have the coolest, fun, and unique stamps! If you haven't checked them out you really should!
They take a lot of pop culture images and make them into a fun pop art/graphic art design. I recently got an email about their new fall stamps and remembered how much I adored this company! So I set forth to use a stamp I bought awhile ago, but haven't used yet. Plus I had some great videogame paper that went perfect with this Super Mario inspired robot.
Supplies used are:
Bam Pop Stamp: ABC's Jump (bp00412)
Generation Tech Stack from Die Cuts With a View
Primsacolor color pencils (various colors)
Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits
CTMH ink pads: Holiday Red & Crystal Blue
Memento Fade-resistant Dye Ink: Tuxedo Black
CTMH Foam Tape
I have used the color pencils before with gamsol and really like the way the coloring turns out. I wouldn't mind getting a set of Copic Markers, but they are just too pricey for me. I think this is a great and much cheaper alternative, and I think the end results come out relatively close. I have tried other black inks before to do the stamping with, but it always seemed when I tried to blend with the pencils and gamsol there would be some bleeding of the black color. The Memento ink pad is great, and I have had no issues with color bleeding, and it also dries really fast once you stamp the image.
I have watched many videos on You Tube about this technique, and there are a ton of great resources online, there are so many talented crafters and stampers out there. Basically I color heavy around the black lines of the image and then softer towards the center. Once done coloring, I use the gamsol with some paper stumps, and blend the colors in with small circular motions. It takes awhile, but the end result is awesome. On a side note, I was watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion on DVR while doing this, wow Danielle is truly crazy, lol!
Once color completed, I inked around the edges of the stamped images, adhered to card base with foam tape to give some extra dimension, and viola a really cool/trendy card.
Here's some pics of the cards and colored elements up close: