Adopt an Animal — Stamp Set, that is! (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Howdy partners! Have you heard the news? Technique Tuesday is having their first ever animal adoption drive! 

When I was growing up I had a thing for HORSES! Who’s with me? I read the Black Stallion way too many times to count — full confession, I still have the book. He’s up there on a shelf with my Little House on the Prairie collection. :)

My sister and I had a horse for our Barbies, remember those? Our poor horse suffered a broken leg when she was galloping too fast, poor girl! I’m pretty sure it was my sister who did that…we kept her forever tho, she was never put out to pasture.

And that brings me to my card! My sister’s birthday card is July 7th and I just HAD to use Hanna Horse — she’s perfect:

I started off by inking her up with antique linen ink + a Tombow black marker for her eye — you can use any dye based marker for this, but not a permanent one like a sharpie or a Copic — those will just stain your stamp and not come off on the paper.

I stamped her on bristol paper — love using this for gouache as it’s really smooth and it won’t buckle under layers of paint. Then I went to town coloring away.

It’s really easy to using gouache as it’s opaque so you can put light colors over dark. Whoa!

And then! Going back to my Barbie theme I had to decided to make a calico inspired background on pink cardstock, once again taking advantage of how gouache is opaque. I just let the brush do all the work — almost anything looks like a flower after you add the center and some leaves.

You can practice a few petals on scratch paper to get the hang of it, then put on some music and color away. (Pro tip: Riders in the Sky is a great group to listen to haha! Another full confession, I got to see them in person! They’re hilarious! :)

After coloring Hanna I cut her out with the matching die, because well yeah nobody should have to wrassle around with cutting out legs with scissors. This wasn’t my first rodeo, ha!

Then it was just a matter of stamping the “WHOA you’re how old” on a strip of green and tying on some twine and lickety split, the front was done.

Before I trotted down this card down to the mail I just had to stamp the “STIRRUP some trouble” sentiment on the inside and add a few more flowers. :)

And that was that!


Want to win your favorite Animal House stamp set? Here is how:

  1. Have a look at all the cute critter stamps on the Technique Tuesday website. Click here.
  2. Choose your favorite stamp set.
  3. Leave the name of your favorite Animal House stamp set in a comment on the Technique Tuesday blog by June 29th. Be sure you leave your comment over yonder on the TT blog so your entry will count!
  4. Technique Tuesday will pick a winner and announce it on their blog on July 1st.

If you’d like to make sure you receive a free stamp set, you can! Everyone who is or becomes a member of the Animal House auto-ship program will automatically receive the “Hay Neighbor” stamp set in their June shipment. You can find more information about the “Hay Neighbor” freebie here.

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This is the set of gouache that I used for my card — it’s a great starter set. And while I was adding my Amazon affiliate link (thanks!) I saw where there’s a newer Holbein set with slightly different colors — that’s less expensive! — here. Holbein makes great gouache, can’t go wrong!

Here are the details:

  • I used yellow ochre, burnt sienna, black and white for Hanna
  • The pink flowers are flame red and white mixed to make pink
  • The flower centers are yellow and then a stripe of either the mixed pink or white depending on the petal color
  • The leaves are a mix of emerald green, white and yellow

Find the Animal House stamps and dies right here at Technique Tuesday — you can purchase them individually or sign up for the monthly subscription program and save! Find out more over there. PS. I just saw where there’s a SALE on the Hanna Horse stamp + die bundle! (It says low inventory tho!)

Annnd, here are the links to the supplies I used over at Ellen Hutson, where I’m an affiliate. If you make a purchase by clicking a link I’ll receive a small commission at no charge to you — thank you!

Thanks so much for joining me! I’d love to hear if you all would like a video showing how I color with gouache. Annnnd don’t forget to leave a comment over on the Technique Tuesday blog to enter the contest.

2 Replies to “Adopt an Animal — Stamp Set, that is! (+ GIVEAWAY!)”

  1. barbara lassiter says:

    A video showing how you paint with gouache would be fabulous! Just saying! :)

    1. Hi Barbara — I’ll add it to the todo list! ;-D

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