It`s Tina here today and I will share with you a watercolor stamping technique. I call it `indirect` watercoloring. I consider `direct` watercoloring when you ink the stamp, spray it with water and stamp on paper. Well, today we are using the water little differently here. Here is the finished card and if you look closely at the green leaves you will notice kind of a `bleeding` watercolor effect. Below I am sharing some photos and tips.
First the supplies for the roses panel: watercoloring paper, Distress inks, Mini mister and the Hero Arts rose stamp from Floral Blossoms set.
Stamp the image with green Distress ink on watercoloring paper.
Quickly spray the paper with water using Mini mister and the ink will start to bleed. Wait for the paper to dry, or speed up the process using the heat gun. I also recommend putting it under a pile of books to flatten it nicely (no, this is not a technique to try if you are in a hurry).
While waiting for the panel to dry/flatten, you can prepare the other roses that you can see in my finished card at the top of this post (unless you want them green). I usually use the tiniest paper scraps for this kind of stamping and as you can see on the photo, I place the stamp with the image facing up, ink the part that I want and press the paper on the stamp. I didn't use the watercoloring technique on them, since I wanted to get a little contrast. Now you need to cut the roses, assemble it on the green image and finish the card as you want.
Before I leave, I want to share some tips (to avoid things like this):
- Try it first on some scraps, to see how much water it takes to`bleed` nicely.
- Have a good lighting to see where you are spraying the water, otherwise the image won`t `bleed` evenly (unless you want it uneven).
- I get the best results on watercoloring paper, but it works on a regular cardstock, too.
- Don`t throw away the mistakes. I flatten them and use the other side for paper piecing,...
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