Mama Elephant Tiny Heroes with a Vintage Look

Hi everyone,

I love Mama Elephant Tiny Heroes clear stamps set.  All the heroes are adorable especially when they are given bright colored outfits like this one I made earlier.

But today, I decided on trying something different.  Going for a more mellow color tone and to have a more vintage look.

So, this is what I came up with.

I inked the tiny hero using Memento Rich Cocoa, stamped it on a scrap paper first before I stamped the lightened Rich Cocoa on my 140lbs Water Color paper.  It is much lighter and more suitable for my attempt for a vintage look.

I water colored the image using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and here are the details of the colors I used,

  • Hair - Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey
  • Skin - Scattered Straw and Spun Sugar for light blush on the cheeks
  • Star - Mustard Seed
  • Mask, outfit and boots - Seedless Preserves
  • Cape - Vintage Photo
  • Ground - Forest Moss

For the ground, I used the Forest Moss marker and drew a line across where the hero is standing.  I used a wet brush and gently dab across the line, transferring a good amount of water to let the ink spread downwards by holding up the water color paper.  This allows the water to flow down naturally.

Next, I stamped the sentiment by altering a little.  The original stamp says “I Think You’re Super Duper In Every Single Way.  I decided to do away with “I Think” and so, I stamped “You’re” first by positioning it in the center above the hero.  Next, I stamped the rest of the message before “You’re”.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa for the sentiment but this time, I inked and stamped directly on the paper without lightening up the ink.

Lastly, I randomly stamp the stars around the sentiment and completed the whole image by blending some brown chalk around the four sides.

I adhered to a dark brown cardstock and finally, attached to the card base using foam tape.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card.  Try out the way to I watercolor the ground.  I find it gives a very nice natural color blending and where I have applied the distress marker ink, it is still very clear and distinct.

Supplies and Tools

  • Mama Elephant Tiny Heroes Clear Stamp Set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers
  • Chalk to blend
  • 140lbs Fabriano Water Color Paper
  • Brown Card Stock
  • Foam Tape

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  1. Bonnie says:

    This is adorable, Ren! Great job of watercoloring with the distress markers and thanks for sharing the colors you used! So glad you shared this with us at ATCAS!

  2. Joanna Harty says:

    This is stunning! Love the vintage look on your little superhero and she is perfectly colored! Thanks for sharing with us over at Addicted to CAS!!

  3. Stamping Smiles Designs says:

    Oh my gosh! My jaw dropped when I saw this card. You are a fantastic color-er? If that is even a word. But, seriously, this is stunning! Beautiful job with the distressing too. So amazing!

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