I do love my inks and my lovely friend and fellow Demonstrator Gillian Whitcombe showed me a beautiful watercolour stamping technique a while back however I must admit to having forgotten exactly how she did it so here is my ‘attempt’ at it using the beautiful Watercolor Wings stamp set. What do you think of it?
My feelings are that I could have placed the butterflies a little better, and the colour I used was much stronger than the original card however I do quite like it. I think anything made with Watercolor Wings is gorgeous lol and the 3 step stamping is perfect for this technique. 🙂
A very quick explanation of how to create this watercolour effect. You MUST use watercolour paper. Stampin’ Up! do an excellent quality card. Check out listed supplies below.
Using a Stampin’ Spritzer, you liberally spray the watercolour card with water, then stamp your image immediately on to this whilst its still very wet. I started with the solid butterfly stamp and So Saffron inkpad. It will run and bleed. This is the intention. You can use kitchen towel paper to mop up an colour that has run into areas that you didn’t wish it to. Do this as you go along, before it dries. A quick blast with the Heat Tool dried it off enough to work on the second layer. Again, mist the card with water, although not as much this time, and repeat the process. this time I used Watermelon Wonder inkpad and the outline butterfly stamp. Repeat process again, with less water and same stamp to give a more defined image. Finish by stamping the same image but without spritzing to give a clearly defined image. The same with the centre detailed stamp, I used Watermelon Wonder however I might try Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango next time for a less strong colour. The black areas I stamped straight on to the card without any soaking. the already ‘dampish’ card blurs the image slightly anyway. If you are going to stamp your sentiment directly on to the card, make sure the card is completely dry otherwise the stamp will blur. I made this mistake hence having to stamp a separate sentiment for the piece.
I could play with this technique for hours! Try it with the Watercolor Wings stamps and it also works really well with Flower Patch if you have it.
Have a go and let me know how you get on. 🙂
Any questions just give me a shout.
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