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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tips & Techniques Thursday: Painting with Stickles

Hey ATS fans! Today we'd like to welcome our FIRST guest blogger, Julie from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers! You'll be sure to want to stop by her blog because she is having a STICKLES GIVEAWAY! Please give her a warm welcome as she shares a super fun tutorial with us, we hope you love it as much as we do! I know I'll be giving it a try in the future. :)

It's a sunshiny day no matter what the weather is!  I'm excited to be here and share with you one of the ways I like to use Stickles.  A huge thank you to Ashley and the All That Stickles design team for inviting me today!

Now, on to my project.  I have lots of Stickles in my possession, but sometimes I want to spread them on a large surface that looks globby with the applicator tip or I'm not as neat with the applicator as I would like.  That's when I turn to my rescue tool!  Follow along with this tutorial and you'll see what I mean!

I'll show you the finished product first, then walk you through how I got there.

Now, isn't that an adorable little bird? It won't quit snowing here in Wisconsin so I was tempted to make a snowman instead but that didn't seem very spring-like, so I went with this cute litte guy. I'll show you my process for making him. The stamp I used is a Unity Itty Bitty stamp called "Dance in the Rain." 

First, I stamped his boots on My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Jack & Jill 6x6 designer paper. Then, I fussy cut them.

I did the same thing with the umbrella.  I only inked up the portion of the stamp I needed, then fussy cut that, too.

Here's what you need to paint on the Stickles  -- a fine mist bottle, a small paint brush, and your Stickles.  I used Lime Green and Icicle Stickles.

I mixed a small amount of water in with the Lime Green Stickles until I got a consistency that made it easy to paint, then applied it to the whole surface of the umbrella. That paint brush is the rescue tool I mentioned earlier. LOVE my paint brush!

I didn't have the angle quite right to get good sparkle, but you get the idea.  I'm using a craft mat to mix and paint on.

I used a slightly different technique for the boots. Because they are smaller, and I was afraid red Stickles might cover up the stamped pattern, I went with Icicle Stickles and mixed in a little red watercolor paint with them. The look is more subtle.

I love Stickles. I find glitter very messy, so whenever I want a little extra bling, it's Stickles that I reach for. I often paint them on when the surface is large enough to accommodate. Give it a try!

I'll leave you with a close up of the glammed up bird, wishing you a Happy Easter!

Please stop by my blog, http://muddypawsinkyfingers.blogspot.com for more of my work. I would love to have you visit!



  1. Congrats on your feature Julie ! This card is awesome

  2. Congrats on guest Designer spot on such a fun Blog. Your card is so cute. The little chick in boots is just adorable. It's good to know there are others that love Stickles and finds creative ways to use them as I do. I will have to try your technique...thanks for sharing!

    Have a sparkly day!
    Dee B

  3. Thank you for being our first Guest Blogger. And what a great way to use Stickle! Thanks for sharing with us.

    All that Stickles

  4. Awesome painting, Julie! It really makes the umbrella and boots pop! Congrats on being guest designer :)

  5. Nice job, Julie! :D Love the sparkly umbrella & boots! :)

  6. Such a wonderful tutorial and that little birdie is adorable! Never thought about using paint brush with a Stickles... I'll definitely be giving that a try! :) Thanks so much for being our first guest blogger.


  7. Such a sweet card!!! Great job, Julie!!

  8. Terrific tips...thanks for showing us a cute card!

  9. WAHOOOOOO Julie! What an awesome technique!!!! So glad you are our guest design teammie! The technique AND the card are perfect!

  10. such a cool technique love the chickie so glad you were a part of out guest dt !!

  11. I love your card and thanks for the great technique.

  12. Great tutorials, Julie! That's a rockin' bird there, too! Love her boots! :)