Dauber Layering and a Giveaway!

Hey there! I’ve got a fun yet easy technique to share today: dauber layering! If ya hadn’t heard, Hero Arts came out with pastel daubers in the 2014 catalog release. Love these so much! They have a white dauber base with a hint of color and are semi-opaque. I experimented with layering the pastel colors with coordinating non-pastels on regular white cardstock as well as watercolor paper and I gotta say that I love how it turned out!

Dauber Layering by Lisa Spangler

I just swiped on alternating colors of pastel and non pastel, sometimes in several layers. For example, the pastel yellow at the top and the pastel peach I did one layer each since they are both pastel. Then I added a swipe of dark quartz (fave!) over the pastel peach and then added another swipe of pastel peach over the dark quartz. Then I moved to pastel pink and ultra pink — I had to add a few swipes of the pastel pink since the ultra pink is super bright!

dauber layering by Lisa Spangler

You can see how the colors are more vivid on the regular white cardstock and more muted on the watercolor paper. I also tried misting the watercolor paper blend the colors even more!

Gotta say that I like how the different textures look together, too.

Some good colors to layer:

This is just a small list — I haven’t had nearly enough time to play with this technique!


Now then, how about a giveaway! Somehow I ended up with TWO of the Always Remember stamp, so I checked with Hero Arts and I can give one away, yay!  This stamp was newly released for CHA — it’s not even available in stores yet. There are so many fun things you can do with this stamp — I haven’t even scratched the surface here.

Always remember, things will get better.

And! To make the giveaway even better, I’ll be including my fave dark quartz and pastel peach daubers, plus some goodies from my stash! I’m planning to absolutely stuff a flat rate box, so US addresses only please. :)

To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment on this post by Monday, January 27th with something that makes you smile. I’ll announce the lucky random winner on Tuesday.

Updated on Tuesday, January 28th:  Comments are now closed. I asked J to pick a number …and the lucky random winner is #37, ~amy~! I emailed you for your addy! Thanks so much all who entered — seeing your comments really made me smile! :)


Here are the daubers I used on this card — notice there’s no purple because that was the ultra pink and the tide pool blending together! :)

69 Replies to “Dauber Layering and a Giveaway!”

  1. Love ur technique!! My kids always manage to make me smile especially when having a bad day!!! Thanks for the chance to win….looks awesome!!!

  2. Making cards for my friends and family makes me smile. That stamp will be perfect for cards to brighten those who are going through a tough time.

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a great weekend!

  3. I LOVE this technique and love this stamp too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Wonderful card – something that made me smile was the combo of the saying and pleasant colors on your card. It has a pleasant and hopeful feeling to it. In general another’s smile makes me smile!

  5. I love this technique Lisa and your pretty card–guaranteed to cheer up anyone! Thanks for a chance to win; I love that stamp!!

  6. your card makes me smile. I needed that message today :)

  7. When my granddaughter Kayla’s smiles I have no control she makes me smile and beautiful new colors to create with do too.

  8. Every day when my husband walks in the door after work – I am definitely smiling! Fun card; the daubers look cool.

  9. Love the mix of pastel and bright. What a wonderful giveaway.

  10. I LOVE how you use these daubers! I have been eyeing them since forever! They are definitely on my wishlist. Loving the stamp too! Very clever to keep the sentiment part in subtle colours.

  11. Diane Seaward says:

    LOVE this look using the daubers! Rainbows in the sky ALWAYS make me smile.

  12. I love how these turned out. Looks like I’ll need to add these daubers to my craft room!

  13. Hey, Lisa, these daubers look like a lot of fun!!! And I LOVE how you did the pastels! They are my favorite! Thanks for sharing and THANK YOU for a chance to win the beautiful stamp!!!

  14. Lisa, your cards always make me smile. I just love the way you use color. But, if that makes you blush too much, I’ll say that having the sun shine when there is snow on the ground makes me smile! Love that stamp!

  15. I love your card, Lisa. I want to get these daubers for my residents at my carehome. I think they will have a great time with these. It makes me smile when I give them some creativity time, they really enjoy it and they create some fabulous artwork.

  16. All of the Hero Arts new colors make me smile. I’d love to try the new daubers.

  17. super LOVE the color swiping…it’s such a gorgeous technique and that sentiment stamp is simply perfect!

  18. I love this technique! Those colors are fabulous. I would love to win that stamp. So many uses for it – love it!

  19. I am VERY slowly accumulating daubers – so far I have 3 neons. I would sure like some pastels to go along with the neons. My wish list is about 7 miles long now. I love your experimental color wash – very pretty.

  20. Watching my grandchildren make cards for their parents and for their grammy, ( great grandma).

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