Friday, July 29, 2016

Stamping with watercolors by Kimber McGray

I've been watching some of our designers create some beautiful projects using watercolors or watered down Happy Hues paints and stamping.

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I went about trying this technique in 2 different ways. First, I used watercolors to paint inside of heat embossed, stamped images.

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Start by stamping the image with VersaMark or some other embossing ink pad. Then sprinkle with embossing powder and shake off the excess. I used a cream colored powder because I can't find my white embossing powder anywhere. Then heat it with a heat gun to melt the powder.

You can use any kind of cardstock. I just had plain old white cardstock that you can get at any craft store. If you have water color paper, the water will absorb differently.
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I painted inside the embossed image, not too carefully. I like it when the color goes beyond the image just a little. The embossed image will create a resist and you can wipe off the image with a paper towel when you are finished.

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I wanted to remove a little bit of the color. I used a wet baby wipe and dabbed at the image to lighten the yellow a bit.

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Next, I went with painting the watercolors on the stamp directly for a muted/muddled image.

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I found that the less water you added to the paint, the better. If you use too much water, it pools on the stamp and then on the cardstock. I used a dry paint brush to move some of the excess water around after it was stamped.

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I stamped the sentiment with regular ink and added a few wood veneer dots to finish the card.
Give this technique a try. I just used basic water color paints that my elementary aged daughter had in her school supplies. Nothing fancy at all.

Have a creative weekend!
Kimber

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