Win these stamps & try this faux sumi-e technique!

Hi Friends! We have another great giveaway from the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) today! You can win the stamps I used in this postcard:

DCF 1.0

In today’s tutorial I will show you how to use a waterbased ink that bleeds with inktense blocks or watercolor paints to create to mimic the look of Chines brush painting and Sumi-e. Β Watch the video to see how:

* You can see how I created my inktense block travel palette here.

Supplies:

  1. inktense blocks or watercolor paints
  2. crab, seashell and sentiment stamp from Art Neko
  3. postcard back stamp from Art NekoΒ (this large stamp is on sale right now for .99 cents! regular $10, hurry!)
  4. thick smooth paper torn to 4″x6″ size
  5. black soot Distress Ink

Directions:

  1. Stamp images with black ink.
  2. Use a small brush to add paint, let the colors run.
  3. Paint swirls and accents around the card.
  4. Stamp large postcard lines on the back.

If you want a chance to win the Art Neko stamps I used on today’s project then leave a comment. I will choose a winner in one week. If you are heading over to Art Neko to shop make sure you use my discount code: Lindsay10% to save on your non-sale rubber. Good luck and happy crafting!

227 thoughts on “Win these stamps & try this faux sumi-e technique!

  1. I am going to blame you for showing me even more asian inspired stamps which only make me miss living in Okinawa even more. I agree, everyone should go to the beach this summer. Salt water heals the soul.

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  2. Hi Lindsay, I have found your site recently and “watch and learn” daily now! Thank you for sharing so freely and for the opportunity to post for a chance to win. God bless you. Eliana

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  3. What a neat postcard. I would love to get a piece of mail that loomed like that. Thanks for the chance to win the stamp.

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  4. So lovely as always! I enjoy all your videos but I especially love when you paint because it’s just so calming to watch. Hopefully I will get over my fear and try that sometime soon.

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  5. Lindsey, I always learn something new when I open your blog posts! You are really awesome! Thanks for a chance to win some great products!

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  6. As always I liked this tutorial, I check everyday for one…I like using my inktense pencils with stamps and your inspiration is always welcome.

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  7. Reminds me of the Smothers Brothers song “Crabs walk sideways and lobsters walk straight and I can’t take you for my mate! ” The song was funny and a social spoof! I just love the card it’s soooo summery!!
    The stamps are so fab u los !! I would love to win them!!!

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  8. You paint wavy lines and it instantly looks like water on the beach. I paint wavy lines and it looks as if I’m reverting back to my early childhood.
    Anyone would love to receive that postcard in the mail!

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  9. Dear Lindsay,
    i am a true beginner to art and craft and i thank you so very much for your help and guidance. i don’t know what i would do without you. i have learnt so much and you inspire me to create art works of my own. i hope to meet you one day and give you a hug for all the fun you have put in my everyday crafts. Sadly i am in Toronto but i still have a dream that i will meet you one day. i don’t have any stamps but you have inspired me to make my own lino stamps which i carve by hand. You helped me paint my first watercolor painting. THANK YOU SO MUCH LINDSAY!!! I AM SUCH A BIG FAN!!! YOU’RE AWESOME!!!

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  10. I’m new to your website I love, love ,love it. I just signed up this week and I look forward every evening to seeing what up post! This stamp looks like so much fun. I can’t wait try it.

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  11. Beautiful postcard! I never thought about stamping my paper with a postcard stamp, but this is the simplest card I’ve ever seen! Thanks for the chance at the stamps!! Also, thanks for experimenting with the watercolors to make them look like the Peerless. I didn’t quite hear what type of paper you used to put the color on.

    Happy crafting!

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  12. What is the difference between the distress ink and say Stampin up ink pads? (I’ve seen tons of videos of people using “distress” ink, but never an explaination as to the difference). I’ve just started using Stazon Ink for coloring in stamped images. I watched your other coloring video, is the colorless marker filled with Oderless mineral spirits? (someone else’s video used stumps dipped in mineral spirits for blending several kinds of colored pencils).

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  13. Love the beachy vibe. One of my fave places to be! Thanks for sharing the techniques you use for your paintings, they make it seem a bit easier once I understand WHY the paints do what they do and how.

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  14. I am really enjoying your YouTube Channel. You make me believe that I can be an artist!! Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

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  15. I would love to win those stamps! Your card looks like one of those vintage posters advertising a holiday by the sea. In fact I thought that was what it was before I came over. Thank you for the chance Lindsay Karen x

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  16. This postcard is great and brings back wonderful childhood memories as I was never more than 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean growing up

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  17. Wow! I love this card…we just came back from rehoboth beach and had such a fun time..I would live to make some crab and seashell cards. You are so talented and I am so inspired by your work..thanks for the opportunity to win these stamps..hugs

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  18. Lyndsay you are awesome, I really like this little project and have a dozen people who would enjoy getting this postcard.
    Thanks for all you do and your entheusiasm.
    Iris

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  19. Love the postcard and love the beach. Glad you are able to enjoy the nice weather. Hoping to add these stamps to my collection and try the technique. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. Great card & a wonderful tutorial! You are so kind to do so many instructional crafting/art videos. I have learned so much from watching your videos. Thanks!

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  21. I finally found it! Thanks for the opportunity to win these adorable stamps. I love the card created with them. Keep having fun Lindsay. …Bobbie

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  22. I loved this card. You share a variety of techniques that have opened a whole new way of card design and creating. In fact, I’m so inspired, I’m investing in tools and more stamps as I can afford to, so I can create even better cards. Thanks for all the time and hard work you put into your channel. I really enjoy it.

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  23. I really love Inktense and using them with stamps gives a great look verses using them alone. Thanks for your tutorials, they inspire me to take more chances in my art.

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  24. I’m looking to get a travel watercolor journal do I can go outside this summer and watercolor from real life….can’t wait.

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  25. I was a papercrafter when I stumbled across your videos, but you have inspired me to go way beyond that. I have already done very well with the homemade gelli plate, and now I am ready to give painting a try! Thanks for expanding my horizons!

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  26. I love this video! I love those stamps!
    Loved the last video you used them in as well!
    The results are AMAZING and look so authentically Asian.
    Brent

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  27. Love these rubber stamps and how you made the adorable scene into a postcard. You make it look so easy. TY for the giveaway!

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  28. I love this card and I love the stamps. I have a friend who’s a very accomplished Japanese brush painter and makes these etagami postcards frequently.

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  29. Very fun ideas. Who knew it was okay for the black ink to run? Mine does that all the time… but it isn’t on purpose. Such a fun idea to make a postcard!

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  30. That is the cutest ! I have a soft spot for a crab since I’m a cancer . I love your inspiring energy . You have no idea how you help lift my spirt to get threw some difficult times right now . Crafting is food for my soul . Thank you for being you πŸ’œ

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  31. Beautiful post card, colors. Makes me want to go “beaching” lol. Thx for chance to win the stamps. I want to try this you make it look so easy and since I can’t draw, stamps are great!

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  32. Love how this looks! I remember the first time I watched you flick paint on you work to finish it up and thought why would anyone want to do that. But over time I could see the value in the flicks and I dare say this postcard doesn’t look finished without the flicks!

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  33. And this is another fine example of how you educate us conversation style, regarding dividing in to thirds axis points vertical & horizontal I swear I learn something from you on every video!!! You never act like it’s a ‘secret’ that only artists should know, the world is full of them, YOU totally are Out Standing in your Art and your teaching and how freely you share, Just sayin…
    And don’t for one second listen to a criticism from one person who clicks on you for the first time & wants to critique you!

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  34. Enjoyed your tutorial today, as usual. I, too, live close to the beach and usually can only find the broken sand dollars, empty crab shells and clam shells too. But I love making beachy cards for friends and family. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing for those cute stamps.

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  35. I am enjoying the Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketchers Pocket Box Set that you recommended.

    Do you know if refills are available for it? If not, do you have a recommendation for refilling the colors that are getting low?

    Thanks, as always
    Sharon, Stampin’ Penguin

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    1. you can order half pans to replace the plastic pans in the kit but I just refill from watercolor tubes:)

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  36. Fantastic card (as always), Lindsay! You’d be proud of me, I finally bought some watercolor paints and have been playing with them. So much fun!

    Hugs,
    Snoopy πŸ˜€

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  37. Another fun card and tutorial…love beach themed things. Thanks for the chance to win these cool stamps. πŸ™‚

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  38. Lindsay, this card is a beauty. The way you created the sand and surf was perfect. I really love the stamps you chose for this project. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway! Hugs, Pamikins

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  39. So cute, I am used to our Louisiana blue crabs. My northern friends and I debate over boiled or steamed crabs πŸ™‚ boiled is best by the way haha

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  40. As always, love all the videos you do, and love anything having to do with the beach. And yes, I had my favorite dinner tonight, crab!

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  41. Love the way you make painting seem so effortless and inspired me to make my first purchase at Art Neko – what a very friendly and helpful shop.

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  42. what amazing stamps and wonderful technique. I would love to be able to purchase but i am already over my limit for art spending, that is why I love watching your ideas and techniques on how to utilize what we already have. thank you

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  43. thank you lindsay for posting all these videos and thank you for your givaway. i have learned so much from you and the youtube artists and i look forward to watching all your crafting delights!

    i love this beach scene…it makes me wast to go fishin’. i, too, love inktense. i have been looking at the artneko designs and i love the asian inspiration.

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  44. Thank you for demystifying watercolour and showing how vibrant the colours can be. Love the post card idea. Going out to get some soon as.

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  45. I have tried using the Chinese brushes to create this kind of style, I was blown away at how much easier your method was.

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  46. YOu make this look so easy. Our crabs here in Va. are blue before they get cooked. One of my favorite foods.

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  47. This is so beautiful Lindsey, and just a shame I didnΒ΄t have it last week, when I was asked to write something about maritime cards, as itΒ΄s not something IΒ΄ve ever done much of, so it was quite a challenge, and I couldΒ΄ve used this as a help he he, but now I got a bit wiser on this too, and your card here is gorgeous.

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  48. I love the beach! But because of my job–I’m a children’s librarian– I can’t get to the beach until September. Summer is our busiest season. Got to keep the kids reading.

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  49. Lindsay, this crab is alive and well because of you. What a delightful surprise you created. Love the technique and the colors you chose. Outstanding! Annette “:O)

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  50. Just moved to Florida. Seems everything I create now has a beach” flavor”. Wouldn’t a crab make a nice addition to my collection? Love that postcard.

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  51. Great stamps — beaches are my favorite vacation. The technique is very cool. It would be a good one to practice not being in complete control. πŸ˜‰

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  52. Lovely! So summery and you make the look really easy. Love how you break things down for tutorials. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Blessings!

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  53. It’s such a treat to watch your videos every day. Thank you for doing that. Today is even more special because of the chance to win the stamps. Count me in.

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  54. Love the stamps! A friend of mine loves the beach. What a great idea to make a postcard using these stamps to bring calmness into her life while her son who is in the Navy is away.

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  55. My family is at the beach right now . Someone had to stay behind and take care of all the animals. 😦

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  56. Love, love it! I grew up on the lakes in Michigan where there are plenty of beaches. The water always inspires me, I honestly don’t know what it is..could be I was a mermaid in a previous life or because I’m a piceas or just because the water is always where my mind goes when I’m reminesing about the best times I spent with my parents and siblings. And as a parent, I now do the same with my 3 kids, in hopes that I will make the same kind of memories for them. Sorry that I got sooo personal..lol. Oh, and No..I really don’t think I was a mermaid in a previous life..I’m weird, but not that weird..lol

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  57. Thank you for such a cool and fun project idea! I love all your videos and really learn a lot. Thank you for sharing so freely.

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  58. Thank you for all of your great videos. You have inspired me to get out and try things that I had put away. πŸ™‚

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  59. Hi my Love Lindsay, another amazing technique. Love those stamps!! Love the postcard!! Thanks for sharing. Love ya’

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  60. Love you, love your work. I would love to start every day with you. You are so uplifting and encouraging.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Ida Mae

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  61. Oooooo! love the card!!! makes me wish we lived closer to the ocean rather than the river!!! love that lobster!!! for some reason the shell reminds me of a frog! Guess I don’t see many shells that size!! LOL!!

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  62. Hi, Lindsay. You are one-of-a-kind! Thanks for all you do, love to watch you and I always learn something useful!

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  63. I’ve done this technique accidentally before, but it never turned out looking like that LOL! Such a cute set and great deal for the postcard stamp. LOVE your ideas and videos πŸ™‚

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  64. I love this painting Lindsay! It makes me want to go to the ocean. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  65. LOVE your tutorials! I have binged on watching ALL your videos. So many great tips. But I love to watch your watercolor videos! Great giveaway!

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  66. I would love to win. Thank you for making this opportunity possible. I can imagine lots of creative uses. Good luck to all.

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  67. Hi, Lindsay, I’m very excited about this video, because the results of this technique are so nice and vivid. I took some lessons of chinese painting and I like combination of black ink and colours. And I admire how easily you work with aquarell colours. Please, make more videos like this, they are alwas very inspiring. Thanks :0)

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  68. Great postcard and a chance to win stamps, awesome!! I love your videos. I recently discovered your You Tube channel and blog and am watching a lot of your videos. You have some great tips, ideas and projects. I love the Inktense pencils but haven’t tried the blocks yet.

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  69. I love your videos! I am a beginner watercolorist and your videos are an asset in helping me improve. Thanks!

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  70. You are amazing, I am in awe of the endless ideas your head is filled with. I am loving your videos…Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  71. Living on the Eastern Coast-a crab is just the thing to make cards! Great idea and it looks professionally done! Hope I win!

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  72. I love this one!! Postcards are something I really would like to try!! The colours you’ve used are perfect! Thanks so much for the chance to win and all the great hints on how to use these colours!

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  73. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I really enjoy and learn lots from all of your videos and I love your loose approach to your artwork. Keep up the good work!

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  74. This is the perfect card for this time of the year. I was just down cleaning up my beach. Another great video. Thank you Lindsey.

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  75. Lindsay, just wanted to say that I loved the postcard, the colouring is just awesome and I was amazed at how the bleeding distress ink only seemed to enhance the finishes! Probably too late for the competition but just on the off chance, count me in! Thanks for all your videos, I love them

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  76. Hi Lindsay,
    You inspire me each and every time I watch your videos. I love the fact that I can go back in my history to revisit your videos, watch, learn & listen to your happy voice.
    Thanks for sharing your joy of creativity!
    So. Cal Barb

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  77. Thanks for all your comments on crabs and sea shells ..living in Albuquerque I don’t see much of them. I have a crafting group that gets together every other week in my home and I have them hooked on watching you on utube . Thanks for sharing your gifts and talents!

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  78. Thanks for sharing this technique!! I look to your you tube channel ALL the time for watercoloring ideas and technique! I have been a crafter for years, but only really tried watercoloring my cards in the last few months! YOU gave me the confidence to give it a try and I am LOVING IT!!! Keep up the amazing videos!

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  79. I love your tutorials on watercolors and I am beginning to venture into doing some stamping. I love the cards you made with the crab. Really cute and reminded me of growing up on the beach. Very fun tutorial. Thank you!

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  80. I love marine cards and I own several of the Inktense pencils so I would love to try those with these stamps, thanks for the chance to win them.

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  81. I love your watercolor project’s, they are beautiful. I just bought some Inktense pencils and I’m.working up the nerve to give it a go. Thanks to you. Please keep teaching.

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  82. What a terrific way to use the black soot pad that never gets used at my house either! Can’t wait to give this a try!

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  83. What a fun postcard! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and knowledge with us. I have learned so much from you, Lindsay!

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  84. This are perfect image to be used for beach or any water sceneries…love to have them….i like the cards you made out of these stamps they are awesome…kept on thinking peaceful feeling by the beach with this crabs wondering around and seashells scattered by the shore..you did a perfect coloring l…the crabs look real….
    Vi
    Vicreates@gmail.com

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  85. LOVE IT! I’ve never used watercolor paints like that before. I like the idea and the look is so unique! Thanks for all you share! And your videos are NOT boring at all! Love them!!

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  86. I have the intense blocks but have never used them. Thanks so much for sharing this technique! Love the stamps you used…

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  87. Amazing results; thanks for the tutorial. I love to visit your blog and watch your videos because you have so munch energy and display the fun of creating. giggle giggle

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  88. Thanks for sharing this fun little tutorial… after watching the video I felt as if I’ve been to the sea as well. πŸ™‚ Love the postcards you’ve made…

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  89. I can’t wait to try this technique. I’m think it would look great with a bird stamp.

    PS I live that you find such different ways to use the distress inks.

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  90. I love this card. Being from MD where we have the blue crabs, I would use this stamp set so often. Thanks for the opportunity πŸ™‚

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  91. I always learn so much from you! Not just about the project but about art in general–sumi painting etc.. Love this, as I always love your work.

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  92. I love watching your vid’s. I’m a beginner to using stamping and art so am learning lots. Love all your ideas.

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  93. Love the realism of these stamps! Sure wouldn’t mind receiving such a lovely postcard. Beach sand and I don’t get along very well, but this postcard beach is perfect!

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  94. It’s absolutely beautiful. Love your tutorials. You make it look so easy it inspires me to try and make somthing

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  95. It’s absolutely beautiful. Love your tutorials. You make it look so easy it inspires me to try and make something that hopefully looks at least half as good as yours did. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  96. Another beautiful card with gorgeous stamps. I really appreciated the video tutorial,though I don’t know if I am brave enough to try that technique yet without being convinced I’m going to end up with a blobby mess!

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  97. Awesome technique. Love your take on this one. I just received my first Art Neko order and realized I didn’t use the discount… whaaaa!

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  98. So Cute! Sea shells are so pretty…Crabs, not so pretty. I’m land locked in MN. Well, not land locked seeing as they say we have over 10,000 lakes, but the ocean is awesome!

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  99. I would love the chance to win your cute Crenshaw stamp. I just love the picture you made. I’ve just started stamping and I am building my collection, slowly, but surely. I hope I win!!!! πŸ˜ƒ

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  100. I just saw this today….great tutorial….love the beach theme! I miss it living in Dallas Texas…we don’t get to go very often. But I grew up in Southern Calif. so know how wonderful it is to go to the beach!!

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