Friday, November 25

Day 25 - Extend Your Stamps (Tutorial)

You don't always need to rush out to buy brand new seasonal stamps when, with just a few lines, you can turn your regular stamps into cute Christmas images.  This is one of those instances where practice really does make perfect, so stamp or print out a bunch of images, make yourself a cuppa and settle in for an afternoon of creativity!


YOUR TURN: Extend some of your non-Christmas stamps to create a holiday project.
Upload a photo of your creation HERE.


I started by printing and colouring several cats.  As you can see, they are not at all holiday themed, but I'm going to change that with a few well placed lines.  I'll let all the pictures speak for themselves, but if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comment section. 

























Now that you've added all the pen work, it's time to add some colour and mediums to finish transforming your images.  I used Liquid Pearls and some markers to decorate the little wreaths, bauble and string of lights that I added.



And now I have some fabulous Christmas cats to add to my cards!






Images: Beccy's Place - Cattitude Set
Sentiments: Beccy's Place - Christmas Goose Set & Finn's Scarf Set

All photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
All rights reserved.


39 comments:

Petra Raams said...

What a great idea, your cats look fantastic!

Fiki said...

love this cat!
is super cute!
thank you for sharing!

pst said...

Wow, your additions look fabulous. Thank you so much for this tutorial I will definitely try this. I do like the use of the liquid pearls so you also add a dimension.

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - LOVE your WONDERFUL Christmas cat cards Beccy!!!
How clever you are to fill them with Holiday Cheer :)
I haven't used Liquid Pearls before, added them to my list. Also, I was wondering how you cut out each of these cuties, did you fussy cut or use an electronic cutting machine?

Aunty Sue said...

Oh wow love this idea those liquid pearls look awesome. Thanks for the idea

Aunty Sue said...

Oh wow love this idea those liquid pearls look awesome. Thanks for the idea

Sarah said...

Wow, you are so gifted. I wouldn't even have thought of doing all that let alone being able to pull it off. Great job.

Kathy D. said...

Oh you are a wonderful artist and you make it look so easy...but I know better for myself...I mess up stick figures!! I love changing a product and making it work for something else. Love the orneriness of your kitties! Love all of the cards.
P.S. - if you decided to turn your ornery Christmas cats you made into a digital stamp I think that would be AWESOME!!!

Nicole Douthit said...

WHAT!?! This is an ABSOLUTELY ULTRA FABULOUS post!!! Your coloring is PERFECT...and your Christmasy additions A-DOR-ABLE :-)

Maxine D said...

What wonderful transformations of your basic stamp Beccy - those poor cats look quite confused! :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Milka Gubo said...

Oh how cool!!! TFS Beccy xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow, Beccy, how ingenious,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Angela said...

That's a great idea :)!
Thank you for the inspiration Beccy... I surely will try it!

gildett marillac said...

Uau!!! Amei de paixão, trabalho fantástico e inspirador, parabéns!

Olga Fink said...

That is a great idea Beccy! They look awesome!
Xoxo Olga

Teresa said...

Wow! Never would have thought of all those ways! Great!

Sandra H said...

Ooooh wow what a tutorial thank you Beccy for showing us your creations are absolutely amazing x

Enigma Artist said...

This was great. I love the colored cats and really appreciate photos instead of video. I can read and reread your tutorial, and really learn quite a bit. Thanks for the idea and for sharing your talent!

Beccy said...

Hi Tracy. I fussy cut around the images. I find it easiest to use a craft knife to cut away any inside pieces first, such as the gap between the tail and the body, then cut around the image with small, sharp scissors.
Cheers,
Beccy

terrie said...

Super nice on how you decorated each cat and your cards turned out fantastic...each one has a different personalilty....
well done

crafty said...

Super cute cats. Great idea

Mel C said...

Wow, just awesome how you extended your stamps! It's like getting new stamps with a few strokes of the pen!

Margreet said...

Such a great idea to turn your lovely cats in Christmas cats, Beccy! Great coloring and gorgeous X-mas additions....love it!
xxx Margreet

Suzanne Harkinson said...

These are so adorable! We have three cats and each of them have Christmas personality too.

Marianne said...

Such fun Christmas cats and cards, Beccy. Love the alterations you made. We have 5 cats and a dog, that have all adopted us. One of the cats has gone missing (again). She keeps going back to her old hunting grounds, about 1 km away from here. But this time she's not responding when we go there and call her...

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

What a fabulous idea and I love the cat stamp! Thanks for the inspiration! Awesome!

Marleen said...

So we can see it is not a must to have Christmasstamps if we have sombody like you to give us idea's.Thanks.

karin said...

Beccy, such a great idea to create your own Christmas stamps,to add something to another non -Christmas image. Thanks for it!
Karin

Gail said...

This is such a clever idea and just purr-fect for a cat lover like me. Sadly I don't have enough artistic talent to even try this.

Crafting Queen said...

Amazing, love this idea. Your cards are stunning!!!

Tina Z. said...

oh, this is great idea. I often do this because I don't want to buy new Christmas stamps - I have them already way tooo much ...
hugs xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Eeeeeek! I LOVE these! This is such a clever idea! I'm not very artistic so I don't know if I could actually pull it off myself but these kitties are sooooooooo cute! My favourite is the one with the bauble on his tail! The other one that caught my eye is the kitty caught up in the lights! The way you coloured the lights looks amazing - they look like they are glowing! Awesome job with these!

TracyM #6773 said...

Thank You ... I'm a fussy cutter too :)

Daffodil Cards said...

BRILLIANT cards and ideas.
Faith
x

Nancy Soetaert said...

fun how you changed the cat into a christmascat!
nancy

Aunty Sue said...

Love this tutorial I am defiantly going to give it a go as I like to use non christmas images for Christmas cards and this idea works so well. Thanks

KathyA. said...

I absolutely LOVE this posting. Thanks so much. You really are the Queen of extending images. Adorable kitties, btw.

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Borqna said...

Great idea! Stunning cards! Thank you for sharing!
Good luck!