I have a super fun technique to share with you today! It may look difficult, but believe me, it was so easy … no painting involved. Intriqued? Read on…
I was watching some of the videos from the Leadership Conference that Stampin’ Up! held in Orlando last week, and Shelly Gardner demonstrated this technique. I loved it so much that I HAD to try. It works particularly well with the Painted Petals stamp set. I know it looks a little messy, but it’s suppose to. I guess it’s a matter of taste, but I LOVE it, and this was my first try! There have been several examples of cards using this technique on Stampin’ Up!’s home page.
To start out, cut a piece of watercolor paper as desired. I cut mine a little big, and trimmed it afterwards. One thing about this technique is that you have to be patient. You do one color at a time. I know my first picture shows two colors. But, I actually started with the Old Olive stems and let them completely dry before I stamped the Blackberry Bliss flowers.
How To: I simply stamped the stems just like normal on watercolor paper. Afterwards, I used a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water, and held it approximately 10″ away from my paper, and I lightly spritzed the stamped portion until I got the desired bleeding. Then, I set the paper aside to dry. Next, I stamped the flowers and then spritzed them. Note that the Blackberry Bliss REALLY likes to bleed, so I didn’t need to spritz much.
Next, I stamped a group of flowers in Daffodil Delight. At first, I spritzed them too much, so the flowers completely disappeared. I still liked the way my paper looked, so I decided to wait for them to dry and tried stamping them again. This time, I spritzed a little lighter. Again, I let the paper dry completely.
Next, I added a few leaves in Old Olive. And then I did the same thing, I spritzed them and let them dry.
Finally, I stamped some individual flowers in Rose Red. I lightly spritzed them and let them dry.
After trimming my paper, I sponged the edges with Soft Sky ink.
I also stamped some dots along the bottom of the card. It’s hard to tell, but I added a second row above the first by stamping off once.
I used the new White Jute Trim on my card. It’s very wide, so instead of tying it, I used some Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon to tie it off.
For my label, I used the Artisan Label Punch. For the Soft Sky layer in back, it cut the label in two so I could spread it and adhere it behind the top and bottom.
Supplies used on my card:
Hope you liked this technique. Now, go try it!