Friday, August 10, 2012

Runway Inspired Water Stamping

I did it.  I tried a "messy" technique.  I am so not a let go and just do it stamper...I think I have to have too much control to enjoy the creativeness required to have fun with this.  I also think a smoother cardstock may have allowed the colors to blend easier. I used Neenah 110 lb. card. 

Fellow Rubbernecker teammate, Bev Gerard, aka TexasGrammy on SCS has written an easy step by step tutorial for a technqiue she calls, Water Stamping.  Bev is a "Dirty Dozen" alumni and her cards are just amazing! 

Here's my feeble attempt at her technique which for anyone else is super easy:

You basically just sponge color onto your cardstock, wet your background or other images and then stamp on the inked cardstocked.  I refuse to tell you how many attempts I made at this!  The shiny things are actually clear bling but they photographed solid. 

I wanted to use the colors from the Runway Inspired Challenge #17 Carlos Miele.  Mine are a bit bolder.

Bev's tutorial says to use a wet paper towel as a stamp pad to ink your stamps but my image couldn't hold enough water that way so I just misted it with water, then spread the water with my fingertips until the image was wet. 

I tossed the wet paper towel into the waste basket on top of the um, uh, let's say, multiple false starts at this technique.  Look what I found this morning.

I rather like the muted watercolor effect and believe it or not, I used the same colors on both pieces but placed them differently and got two totally different color blends.  I'm going to press these out and trim them down for other cards, I think. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Flourish Tree, Sentiment
Ink - SU Tango Tangerine, Eggplant Envy, Certainly Celery
Paper - Neenah; SU
Other - May Arts 1/8" velvet ribbon; Martha Stewart clear bling

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