First of all and most important: The quality of the printer ink, the quality of the paper (try to use a paper of at least 80 lbs, typically used as light weight business cards, greeting cards, post cards, etc. ), and the materials you use to paint. Use solvent based markers such as Bic Mark-its, Sharpies, Prismacolor, babyoil, watercolor pencil or Copic markers.
If you want to use water-base markers, watercolors or other wet media, as we mentioned before, you need to use a nice thick cardstock that can handle alcohol-based markers without smearing, running or bleeding. However if you still notice your ink smears or colors run, you can set your image before coloring by heat setting or embossing.To heat setting use your heat gun and hold it around 7 inches from the images. Do not hold it too close or you'll burn the paper. Wait until the image get cool and then start coloring. Use Copic or Prisma markers.
To embossing grab a glue pen or embossing ink pen and place it on the image. To use an embossing ink pen to draw around the digital stamp image, carefully following the printed lines. Then, and before the glue dries, add some clear embossing powder. The finished result is waterproof making it ideal for painting. Embossing powders are normally sold in small tubs or jars of a single color powder. Finally, use a heat gun (or blow dryer) and dry the image. As soon as the image is cool begin coloring as usual.
Cool tips from artisans:
- Spray with hairspray to set the ink and leave for a couple of hours
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match - many of my images are coloured with brush pens, distress ink, watercolour pencils and promarkers.
- Use the Marvy Memory Blender to go over the area to color, this “locks” in the area.
- Get some Microglaze. You can do all kinds of neat things with this stuff. Rub the Microglaze all over your image. Colour your image however you like.
Notice there are tons of tutorials, articles and even videos online that can help you to learn about working with digital stamps wich recommends great methods and very useful supplies.