I've been plaything with the watercolours again. I can't help it I think it's my favourite thing to do when I'm not making cards.
I was sent a cool YouTube video by a friend of mine on this technique and thought I would try it out.
First you ink your embossing folder- I used Stampin up's ink in pool party, and embossing folder Woodlands, Then you stamp an image on the embossing folder as well. I used Stampin up's Lovely as a tree. Then put your paper inside where you want your image to show up and run it though the big shot or cuttle bug. Then sponged Sahara sands ink from CTMH on the trees. And I made this lovely Sympathy card for my Grandpa. It's not a hard technique although I found it frustrating on finding the correct stamping location for the pine trees so that they could be seen as well as not showing the trunk. I wanted to make it look like they were just in the background. I tried several times and this one turned out the best. I will eventually try this same technique with some other folders and stamps.
Stamping with water-colours: There are a couple different techniques you can use to create this affect. for example if you have Tim Holtz Distress ink you can stamp in this ink, then spritz your stamp with water, stamp on watercolour paper and it creates a great watercolour image. You can also colour your image by just adding water to your paint brush and taking the colour from the stamped image and pulling it from the sides into the middle. Here's an example:
You can also paint with your Tim Holtz ink's. Dab your ink pads on your clear stamping blocks and then dip a paint brush in some water choose which colour of ink you want get your paint brush in some of the colour and then colour your stamped image. This works great if you have stamped in a staz'on ink first.
Another way to create a watercolour look is to use real watercolour paints. You can paint them directly onto your stamp, then I spritzed my stamp with water and stamped on watercolour paper, this way I was able to use a variety of different colours.
Score at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”.
Along the long edge, measure in 1 ½” .
Make a slit with a craft knife between the score marks at 2” and 10”. Repeat on the other long side.
A product I tried a few weekends ago at a friends house was using the Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, It's a little messy but once you get the hang of it it's quite simple and creates a very cool effect. Check this out: First you will need a few things: stencils, either plastic or metal. Dreamweaver embossing paste, glitter or mica, paper a bowl big enough for your stencils to fit into with warm water, and a spatula. I found the easiest was one with a good gripping handle but not to skinny or to wide of a blade.
This one I used a blue Mica, looks neat but it was extremely messy
Different Ideas on how to use Stampin Up's build and Owl punch :
The Heated Pearls Technique For Rubber Stamping
Alcohol Inks: Puddle Background
- Drop several drops of each alcohol ink on to your craft mat – they should be near each other but not on top of each other.
- Add 2-3 drops of metallic mixative.
- Add 3-5 drops of Blending Solution.
- Lay glossy cardstock face down in the puddle and twist slightly so there is one solid puddle.
- Grab one corner and lift – set aside to dry.
- This puddle can be used for more than one piece of cardstock. Add more blending solution if inks begin to dry or to make colors lighter.
- Bleeding tissue in various colors (regular tissue will not work)
- Piece of fabric or white watercolor paper (Strathmore 140 pound watercolor paper)
- Plastic pan or bin
- Paint brush
- Iron (if coloring fabric)
- Wet the piece of fabric and put it in a plastic pan to keep work area dry.
- Place torn pieces of tissue on the fabric, continuing to spray the tissue and tapping with brush.
- Let the fabric dry.
- Once it is dry, pick the chips of tissue from the fabric.
- Iron it and rinse it in cold water in the sink. Let it dry again and reiron.
- Wet the watercolor paper and then add the tissue. Spray and continue to add more of the same color tissue to areas to achieve dark colors.
- Let it dry.
- BONUS! You'll be left with all these beautiful pieces of tissue to add to another project!