Step by Step Tuesday: Watercolor Stamping

A little bit of an announcement: This week and next are going to be a bit crazy due to the fact that the show I’ve been working on for the past month and a half moves to the theater Sunday and then it’s tech. So if some posts are missing or late, I’m so sorry but it will be back to normal soon. Thank you for understanding. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are having a great start to your week. For today’s post, I pulled out some of my favorite stamps- Rubbernecker watercolor stamps. These stamps are so much fun to work with and if you want to check them out, click here. I hope you enjoy the creation!

To start off I pulled out my Rubbernecker ‘Bouquet’ (#919) watercolor stamp set. I then picked my brushes, small and rounded are my brushes of choice. The watercolor set I chose to work with is the Mijello Mission Gold watercolor set which came with the tray you see below and 36 tubes of color. I took the watercolor part of the stamp (the blank shape stamp) and put it on my heavier block and then I put the outline on another lighter block. Then I took to creating my very own ‘bouquet’. I used the colors Permanent Yellow Light, Sap Green, Crimson Lake, Permanent Rose, and Red Violet. There’s no right or wrong way to paint these stamps, just use colors that you think would work and that you like. Next I took my distress sprayer (after closing my palette and moving paper away) and sprayed the heck out of the watercolor stamp. By that I actually mean I sprayed it three to four times. Since it’s a full spray bottle, the spray covers the stamp in one spritz. Next comes the fun, and nerve wracking if it’s your first, part- laying the stamp down. Have your watercolor piece on your desk next to your stamp after you’ve sprayed it. Then pick the stamp up, flip it over and quickly place it where you want the image to go. Here you’re going to hold it with a medium pressure for a few seconds, I usually shoot for 10-12 seconds. Then lift it up to reveal your beautiful piece.

Next, you are going to hit it with your heat gun to dry the paint and prepare the image for embossing. I didn’t, but if you want once you’ve dried it with your heat gun you can also go over it with an anti-static powder tool. Now comes the outline stamp. This is an ever evolving and learning process as to how to line up the outline since it’s not a clear stamp. Don’t panic! Look at the outline before you put Versamark ink on it and figure out where the perimeter of the stamp should go. Then ink your outline up with the embossing ink of your choice and slowly lower your stamp to the image. Sometimes looking from the sides helps but a lot of it is trusting your instinct and practices. Lots of practice. Then sprinkle your embossing powder of choice over the embossing ink area. Again, there is no right or wrong color to choose but if you’re starting out I would say stick to VersaFine Onyx Black with clear embossing powder or straight gold. The embossing powder I chose for this product is the Nuvo by Tonic Glitter Embossing Powder in ‘Glitter Noir’.

After finishing the flower, I finally decided that I wanted to make this a Mother’s Day Card. To achieve that I used the sentiment from the Avery Elle ‘Mother’s Day’ stamp set. I lined it up with the help of my Misti and stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” in Versamark ink, which I did twice since it was watercolor paper. Then I used one of my favorite glitter embossing powders, WOW! Embossing Powder in ‘Turkish Nights’. This is one of my favorite embossing powders because it is just so gorgeous. Pink and gold, win win in my book.

Next up was to apply the panel to my top folding A2 card base. I had seen in a YouTube video a few days before making this a way to get your panel and card to line up perfectly. You put your card base in the corner of the stamp positioner of your choice. Then, once you have applied your adhesive of choice use the side and bottom of the stamp positioner to help land your card panel perfectly with your card base. Since it’s watercolor paper and we’ve heat embossed quite a lot, the paper has warped. I fix this with the adhesive I use, Scor-Tape that I get from Amazon. It has to be one of the strongest dry adhesives I have ever tried and it really helps the image lay flat instead of being bubbly.

On the inside of the card I used another Avery Elle stamp set, ‘Mom and Dad’. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then took the flower that is in the same set and I used my Distress Oxide ink in Victorian Velvet to stamp it. Easy, simple, yet very nice.

I then went back to the front to add the finishing touches. I took two colors of pearls from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards and put them on the front of the card. I used the colors Glossy Watermelon Mix and Glossy Daffodil mix. I used my jewel picker and Ranger Multi Medium Matte to move and adhere the pearls.

Here is the final product:

I am definitely pleased with how this card turned out. What did you get out of this post? I’d love to know! Are you going to try something like this now? Let me know ❤ Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you on Thursday. XO

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