Hello and welcome, crafty friends! It’s Laura here with a fun technique that turns an ordinary (but beautiful ?) stamp into a watercolor image. Today I’m mainly working with Pinkfresh Studio’s Love & Hugs Stamp, which is a fantastic stamp to have in your stash. It’s a large image and a real statement piece – and makes it easy to create an instant, layered bouquet in minutes.
To get the watercolor effect, we will be inking up the stamp, then spraying with water before making the stamp impression. First thing to do is to test your chosen stamp and ink and do a quick test to see how many sprays achieve the desired effect you are looking for. Here I used Distress Inks, Pinkfresh Studio Love and Hugs Stamp, Strathmore Bristol Smooth, and a Distress Sprayer. If you don’t have a Distress Sprayer, any water bottle or mister will work, too.
Note: I tested this technique with a few other dye inks and I found that the Distress Inks gave me the look I wanted. I’ve also heard that Memento Inks give really nice results. I tried CPD and Hero Arts dye inks but didn’t feel like it worked as well as the Distress Inks.
I found about 12-13 sprays gave me a good amount of water while maintaining the shape of the flower. You can spray even more for a “looser watercolor” effect. I sprayed from a bit of a height (about 1’) to ensure the mist covered the whole stamp evenly and there were no large water drops.
You’ll also want to have a towel handy to cover your work space. With the amount of misting we are going to do, there will be a bit of water overspray. I actually sprayed my stamp on a small table next to my desk.
Once you know how much water to use, it’s just a matter of stamping the images, as you normally would. For this stamp, I found it easiest to place my image in the correct place while stamping the bolder, flower base first. I used Peacock Feathers for this layer. I made sure to hold the stamp down a few seconds while making the impression so the colour could soak in a bit. Don’t hold too long (if you are using Bristol Smooth) or you’ll ruin the paper with too much water.
If you find the image isn’t quite as “watery” as you want, or if there are any places that didn’t seem to make an impression, you can go back in with an waterbrush, or paintbrush with water, to smooth out the image and add a tad more water to it.
While waiting for the first layer to dry, I worked on the leaves. For this I mostly used Twisted Citron with a bit of Pine Needles dabbed in some places. I sprayed the stamp (same as before) and stamped it in place.
The great thing about Pinkfresh layering stamps is how easy to line them up. There’s also a great reference on the back of the packaging to show exactly how to do it. For the last layer, I did the same as before, this time using Mermaid Lagoon.
Making The Card
Now to put the card together. I trimmed my panel to be 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅛” and trimmed a panel of black card to 4” x 5.25” and put that aside for later.
I used a pretty, scripted ‘happy’ die from Pinkfresh Studio’s Phrase Builder: Happy to cut the word right out of the stamped panel. Make sure you save all those little bits from the inside of the letters’ loops so you can put them back in later!
Then, I glued the stamped panel to the black card panel (I cut out earlier.) You can just eyeball it to get the loop bits back, or you can use the die cut word to place them exactly where they go. Just pop the word in place (without any adhesive), glue the little bits in, then remove the words (leaving the loops centers perfectly placed!)
Sentiment and finishing the card
Last thing to do was to add more foam tape to the back of the panel, put onto a card base (measuring 4.25” x 5.5” folded) made from more Bristol Smooth Cardstock, and add a few of the Trinity Stamps Boiled Sugar Jelly Drops for a cool, water-droplet effect.
Have you tried any of the Pinkfresh layering stamps yet? If not, I highly recommend you give them a go. Find them, and the rest of the supplies used here over at The Little Paper Tree!
Well, that’s all for today…
See y’all next time! xo