For this week’s Technique Thursday I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite techniques, watercolor stamping. I use specially made stamp sets from Rubbernecker Stamps. I was introduced to them at a class that was held at Hearts n’ Crafts Etc in Covina California. I became obsessed with the stamps; I have two butterflies, two flowers, and two Christmas themed ones. They do take some getting used to because they are red rubber so when you have to do the outline you can’t actually see what you’re outlining. They gave us some great tips for doing that, though, when I went to the class that I will share with you.
First you’ll need your supplies. Pick out a smaller brush to apply the paint, your choice of watercolors, your favorite watercolor paper, your jars of clean water and a jar for dirty water where you rinse your brushes, sprayer bottle, a heat gun, embossing powder, acrylic blocks, and the water color stamp of your choice. In regards to the paper hot press is great because it is so smooth, if you use cold press be sure to use the smoother side for best results.
First, you take the stamp that is totally smooth and you add the colors of paint that you want to use. When using more than one color, be sure to leave a little space in between different colors because they will blend and move on their own once applied. I used to not do this and it always became a muddy mess. Once you’ve got your paint down, don’t worry if the paint is dried down a bit, because now you are going to take the sprayer of your choice and do three to four sprays on the stamp to activate the colors. You can even add Ranger Perfect Pearls to the water to add a subtle shimmer. I would suggest being at least 5-6 inches above the stamp when you do this. Now comes the fun part. Flip your stamp over and quickly put it down on your paper making sure you’re aware of what the outline will do so you allow enough space.
Once you have the stamp on your paper, you want to hold it down with your whole hand on top of the stamp and leave it for a couple of seconds, I usually do 6-10 depending on what I feel like. Then lift the stamp away to reveal your beautiful watercolored stamp base. Be sure to clean your stamp off immediately. It’s okay if it stains, mine are stained and it doesn’t affect other colors I use on the stamp.
To prepare your image for heat embossing, you are going to dry and set the image with your heat tool. I always heat it from the front and the back that way my paper won’t be so warped. If there are pools of color, you can dab them up with a paper towel so that it is easier to dry.
Next, you are going to take the second stamp and ink it up with your choice of clear embossing ink. I prefer VersaMark but I know there are a few different ones out there. Then pick the embossing powder you want to use. Since I was going for a soft, pink toned look I used the Golden Peach embossing powder from Altenew. Since you heat set the image prior to the heat embossing there isn’t a real need to use an anti-static powder tool. Now for the tricky part, lining it up. Honestly this will take lots of practice since it’s not a clear stamp. You have to get a feel for where certain areas are supposed to land inside the outline. I find looking from the sides and above to be my best bet, but you might find a way that works better for you. Once you’ve stamped the outline down, pour on your embossing powder and tap off the excess. Don’t feel discouraged if your outline is off, it’s difficult to get it just perfect so just keep practicing. If there are a few bits of powder hanging around where they shouldn’t be, just take a small paint brush and brush them away. After that, all you have to do is heat it and melt the embossing powder! Viola! You have just completed your first watercolor stamp! Here are two I did today just so you can see some finished products.
See, even with how much I used these I still get them a little off and that’s okay! I think it really adds to the aesthetic of the piece. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just have fun with it!
If you’ve tried these stamps I would love to know your technique or which stamps are your favorite! Be sure to leave them down below in the comments. That was fun, thank you for joining me and I will see you on Sunday with “Card Spotlight”. Have a crafty day! XO❤