SAF 2015: Pointillism Play with Heather Nichols

By July 23, 2016Stamp-a-faire


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Did you see the term “pointillism” in the title of today’s post and scratch your head a little? Pointillism is a fascinating form of art that incorporates many small dots to create an optical illusion of sorts. Some say it is all about applying science to the arts. This little video clip discusses the artist Georges Seurat who was famous for his use of pointillism. It also takes the mystery out of pointillism and may answer questions you have about its origins.


Heather says, “Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Let’s explore that idea with stamping and use a polka dot stamp and other tools to apply color to stamped images in a dot form to color them in. Layering the colored dots together create wonderful blending opportunities that take your stamped images to a new level.”



  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Basics (or polka dot image from other set), Year of Flowers: Violets, The Skinny, Graceful Greetings
  • DIES: String Frames die, Graceful Greetings die, Double Ended Banners die
  • INK: True Black, Amethyst Allure, Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Classic Kraft, Stamper’s Select White
  • OTHER: sequins, clear embossing powder, heat embossing tools, standard pencil eraser


  • 7″ x 5″ kraft cardstock for card base
  • 3 1/4″ x 3″ white cardstock for violet
  • 2″ x 3″ white cardstock for leaves
  • 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ white cardstock for “thanks”


  • 8 1/2″ x 5 1 /2″ kraft cardstock for card base
  • 3 1/4″ x 3″ white cardstock for violet
  • 2″ x 3″ white cardstock for leaves
  • 3 1/4″ x 2″ white cardstock for “hello”
  • 4 1/4″ x 1″ white cardstock for banner die cut




Start filling in an area with larger dots first and then use smaller dot size to fill in smaller areas and details.
Stamp an inked tool or stamp more than once and take advantage of the color variations (generational stamping.)
Start with lightest tones of color and then build on top of them with darker tones to create shading.


–Now it’s your turn!  Create a project using some form of pointillism.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Heather above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

–You will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


–As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list on Tuesday, July 26th. The winners will be posted on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winners will each get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Thanks for joining us!  We look forward to seeing your projects!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 28 Comments

  • 1
    Nancy Ward says:

    OMG! You ladies have out done yourselves! I am in awe of the inspiration and techniques presented!

  • 2
    JanetB says:

    I really enjoyed your video and the video clip and learning more about pointillism. Very interesting. Thank you!

  • 3
    Dana Kirby says:

    Such a unique technique! Definitely something I need more practice with, but so Fun to give it a try! Thanks for the great video!!

  • 4
    Pat Whitley says:

    Heather, I love you pretty purple violet. I need to try this!

  • 5
    Greta H says:

    Wow–that is absolutely amazing & I can’t wait to give it a try! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • 6
    Susan P says:

    This technique was fun! I think it’s the kind of thing where you need to step back from it to really see the “big” picture! Thanks for this great video Heather!

  • 7

    Love this technique!! So much fun to create with dots.

  • 8
    Beth M. says:

    This technique creates a lot of texture and dimension. Will have to give it a try.

  • 9
    Iris Shubert says:

    I really enjoyed this technique 🙂 I will try it for sure 🙂

  • 10
    sanketi says:

    Love this one ..!

  • 11
    Jen M says:

    Heather – as always your work is fabulous! Thanks for developing this intriguing technique for SAF

  • 12
    Sydney says:

    Such a beautiful card–Love the idea of adding this fun technique to stamped images.

    You may never need to say it again, but Pointillism is actually pronounce this way: 😉

  • 13
    Marianne says:

    Such an amazing project and technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 14
    Colleen Howell says:

    So pretty, this is an awesome technique. I may have to try this one and love the cards the ladies have started sending in

  • 15
    Joyce says:

    You made this look so effortless, I’m just going with the idea my violets just took on a bit of artistic flare! And I’m glad you used a set I have, I love when I can pull out sets I haven’t used in a while. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 16
    SabineV says:

    I love this technique!

  • 17
    Holly Saveur says:

    such a great inspiration…love your card!

  • 18
    Paulette Still says:

    This is so interesting Heather! Really Pretty too.

  • 19
    Donna Gourley says:

    This was unusual!! Papertrey may need to make some more “open concept” stamps since many are small and/or solid stamped images which don’t really work with this technique. This stretched my creativity.

  • 20
    Helen F. says:

    Unique and fun technique! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration, Heather.

  • 21
    Noelle says:

    I remember doing a pointillism art project in college – it does take a lot of time – but it’s so neat. I would have never thought of trying it with stamping!

  • 22

    Such a wonderful way to add depth of color and texture to a stamped image, Heather! We have some wonderful examples of Pointillism on display at The Art Institute of Chicago. It felt so relaxing to fill my floral image with tiny dots of color… almost like meditation! It will be fun to add touches of Pointillism to my cards, now that I know the ‘secret’ to all those teeny, tiny dots! ♡

  • 23
    D.Ann C says:

    Not as easy as it looks. I love how YOURS turned out! : )

  • 24
    AOK says:

    Thank you Heather for a wonderful tutorial. It was definitely a new technique for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will use it again. I really loved yours cards for Stamp A Faire. They were superb.

  • 25
    Carmela Hubler says:

    I really enjoyed this technique. I didn’t have any polka dot stamps to use so just used the pencil eraser and I loved the way it turned out. Will definitely try it again. Thank you for the great technique to add to my tool bag!

  • 26
    Karen W says:

    I loved this technique and thought everyone’s card came out beautiful! Thanks for teaching us this great technique.

  • 27
    super stick chick says:

    Love this technique and the results. Love your beautiful card.

  • 28
    Ohhh Snap says:

    I really enjoyed this technique! Even though it was late in the evening with the deadline looming I found it enjoyably calm and listened to the latest episode of Paperclipping Round Table (all about scrapbook titles) while I stamped and fussy cut.

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