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. I love this technique! So easy yet so cool.

    Gail Larsen

  2. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Wow what a pretty card…i just love how the colours spill off the circular piece on to the base! My kids coming off the school bus at the end of the day makes me smile! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome goodies! jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

  3. Maureen Hayes says:

    The thing that makes me smile is when my kitty cat holds my “paw” when he is sleeping beside me. He reaches out for my hand with his paw and holds my fingers. It melts my heart each time.

    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful stamp and these daubers. I would be so happy to have the chance to win them and would put them to very good use.

  4. Seeing my elder daughter explaining something to my younger daughter gives me a huge smile :)

  5. The thought of winning this makes me smile but also my little kitten who sits on my lap whenever I am on the computer, purrrrrrr……. :)

  6. Fun colors and refreshing to look at! Thanks for the chance to win this plus a few other goodies. Also love your first PL page. It’s natural and simple and put a smile on my face :-)

  7. Wonderful idea! Must try soon! Your creations make me smile! And a good fudge brownie!

  8. Love the dauber technique on this card! I haven’t had the cash to dive into this trend and Id love to try it! Things that have made me smile today are: coffee! My oldest son and his beaming face while delivering his 100 days of school project to his class, and a few crafty moments this evening!

  9. I love this card! And the script on this stamp is beautiful. Hoping to get my hands on some Hero daubers soon.

  10. Love the soft washed look of the colors. Makes me think of summer at the beach; being ta the beach makes me really happy!! Perfect card to get me through the next cold blast! The sentiment is great, so many uses come to mind for it. Thank you for sharing so many pretty cards and ideas.

  11. Denise Luscan says:

    Love your card! Really nice & bright. My son always makes me smile. We went on a scavenger hunt before dinner, just picking up leaves & whatnot but he’s 4 so these little things are so exciting for him. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I love your beautiful card! Love the stamps and daubers too! Thanks for the chance.

  13. What a fun card the colors are so much fun! Hearing my little baby “talk” back to her siblings is the sweetest thing ever. (she’s 6mths old)

  14. Lovely colors and very beautiful card. Bright and good color combinations make me smile.

  15. I love that card – it’s perfect! The daubers are on my “must have” list. I’m doing my wedding album
    (after 23 years) and our wedding was peach. This would be absolutely fantastic for me. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  16. Lots of pretty colors make me smile! I love your card, with so many pretty colors! Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. My husband fixing dinner to surprise me makes me smile.

  18. Hi Lisa! I’m smiling today because of the snow that’s been coming down all day and sticking to all the branches, all sparkly and white! Love your colorful daubings today; they are the perfect highlight for that stamp!

  19. I just reorganized my home office into a craft room/office and that is making me smile these days. Now I won’t have to take over the dining room table or unpack supplies to craft so I hope to create more in 2014! I really like the sentiment on that stamp it’s a keeper. Love how you used the daubers on the card, love the rainbow of colors.

  20. With the long and very cold winter here in MN it is so fun to see the pastel colors…cheerful! ♥♡♥

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