Sunday, August 19, 2012

Water Stamping Tutorial

Hello Everyone!  
A short while back I shared with you a card using the 'Water Stamping' technique that I learned over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I've had some interest in this technique from some folks who don't belong to SCS so here we go.

List of items I used:
Hero Arts background rubber stamp
Tim Holtz 'broken china' distress ink*
SU 'pomegranate' ink*
Large sponge dauber
Tim Holtz ink applicator
Plastic lined paper plate
Paper Towel
Spritz bottle with water
Heat Gun or Iron
* Brighter Colors Work Best

STEP 1:  Apply your first color of ink leaving white space for additional color(s).  You can use as many colors as you want.  I just chose two colors so you could see the end result better.

 STEP 2:  Add your additional colors until white space is all covered.

I used a plastic coated paper plate but you can use what ever 'container' you wish.  Put a paper towel (or two) in it and wet it down with water ... it needs to be pretty wet.  Now take the background stamp of your choice ... 'stamp' it on the wet surface then onto your newly inked cardstock.

 STEP 4:  Heat your 'water stamped' cardstock with a heat gun or iron to dry it and watch the image 'come up' ... really cool!


STEP 5:  Make a card using this cardstock panel as your background ...
Easy Peasy & Fun!

Here I have used a Shelly's Images digi image called 'Balloons' for my focus.  They've been colored with SU markers, cut out with my Fiskars swivel craft knife, SU Crystal Effects added for shine and popped up with pop dits.  The ribbon is polka dot grosgrain from Michaels and I've done a little faux stitching around the outside (you know I don't like a lot of white space, lol).

I hope you enjoy this little tutorial and give it a try!
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  1. Darlene this is just gorgeous. Love the colours and beautiful design. Thanks for the handy tutorial. Hope you are having a fab Sunday.
    Doing Life
    Digistamps4Joy DT Member
    Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member

  2. wow! such a wonderful and effective technique, thank you for a great tutorial too

    Hugs Sue

  3. Gorgeous card Darlene! I love that technique!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
    Hugs, Tammy

  4. Brilliant idea . Got to try this out for myself. Hugs

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, Dar! Fab card!

  6. thanks for the tutorial Dar, and I love that hero arts stamp too but it is not so easy in germany to get some more HA product...really lovely effect Dar, lovely bday card


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