Q-tip® Pointillism

by France Martin

Use cotton swabs to apply ink in a new way.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Whisper White used here)
  • Dye reinkers (SU Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive used here)
  • Compatible ink for stamping (Memento Tuxedo Black used here)
  • Stamp image (SU Winter Woods used here)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubber band or washi tape
  • Clear block or other non-porous surface for a palette
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’Up!® supplies used here: Gather Together stamp set, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze cardstock, circle dies, Wink of Stella brush pen, Cajun Craze Linen Thread, Old Olive and Balmy Blue ink pads, Dimensionals, adhesive, sponges)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp an image using black ink.

  2. Step 2

    Sponge a background onto the panel.

  3. Step 3

    Onto an acrylic block add a few dye ink drops.

    Used for the sample: 3 to 4 drops of Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie and one drop of Old Olive

  4. Step 4

    Tie or tape five cotton swabs together. (A rubber band was used here.) Tap the bundle onto the ink drops.

  5. Step 5

    Using the inked swabs, tap ink lightly onto the image. Keep repeating until you have the coverage you want.

    Optional: add Wink of Stella onto the colors dots.

  6. Step 6

    Assemble and complete the card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Q-tip® Pointillism. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is beautiful! What a unique technique. I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing it.
Angel Louzon  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 3:13 AM
Beautiful card!!
mcass  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 5:31 AM
This is such an awesome technique, France. I can't wait to try it. I watch your videos all the time. Thank you for sharing this with us.
floridaperson  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 6:52 AM
What a beautiful and easy to do autumn card. I watch your blog every day, your Thursday Facebook presentation, your "live" videos and inbetween, I make some cards! Thank you for sharing!
hopemitchell  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 7:11 AM
So Easy and So beautiful. Thanks a bunch.
Carolem46  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 7:11 AM
This is so beautiful and looks easy enough for me to give it a try. Thanks France!
very_inky_fingers  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 7:34 AM
So peaceful and elegant in it's simplicity. I'm excited to start my Thanksgiving cards. Thank you for the inspiration!
katecq  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 10:15 AM
Great card & ideas! Thanks for sharing Frenchie! smile
Susanne527  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Frances...LOVED your tutorial, and THANK YOU for inadvertently showing how to SAVE paper by using the cardstock that you had punched the hole into to mount your trees...WHAT a GREAT idea...will STOP throwing out my scraps now and using them in this fashion....cheers
mariannek  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 1:11 PM
Lovely card. So glad it's time to use the fall colors.
GMathis  |  Wed Sep 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM
Oh wow this looks fabulous Frenchie, thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and tips.
susie australia  |  Thu Sep 12, 2019 at 12:05 AM
Love it! Thank you for sharing!
SunshineMDJ  |  Sat Sep 14, 2019 at 8:41 AM
Simply Brilliant and Beautiful!
idletiger  |  Sun Sep 15, 2019 at 2:51 PM
Fabulous, Frenchie. Thanks for demonstrating. Loved it!

shirlb19  |  Mon Sep 16, 2019 at 12:06 PM
really lovely. will have to try this.
beas stamping  |  Tue Sep 24, 2019 at 1:44 PM

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