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Faux watercolouring with layering stamps

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Hello there, it is Verity here from Pretty Little Button for the Bumbleberry Design team. Have you used layering stamps before but want a different way to use them? Well, why not create a faux watercolour look to your stamping? Faux watercolouring with stamp layering can create some fun and unique looks; they may even look like you hand painted them, but without the fuss! If you've not even used a stamp layering set before, I've also got a basic card with normal stamp layering as well to start you off with.

Faux watercolouring with layering stamps photos and written step-by-step:

 

Normal stamping with layering stamps

For the basic stamping and ink, you need to start off with the lightest layer and colour first. The lightest layer will always be the stamp layer with the most amount of 'full' stamp area to it. Altenew label all the layers, and usually have an outline on the stamp package around the stamps that layer together. So for the first layer, you need to find layer one within that grouping. 

I stamped the first layer in light pink ink and then aligned the second layer (label 2 within the grouping)stamping it in a brighter pink ink. The stamp packing comes with a guide to show you what parts of the stamp on each layer you can use to align the layers. 

For the last layer - the outline layer I used a darker pink ink. I also stamped the 2 layers for the leaves in light and dark green ink. 

Repeat this process for a second floral cluster, I changed the colour of my second layer slightly duskier pink ink. These floral images were fussy cut-out. 

For the background panel, trim down a piece of Soft Slate cardstock by Gina K Designs and score the background at every 1/2 for additional interest. For even more interest, add some white gold paint splatter using the Gansai Tambi Starry Colours paint set

Foam mounted this onto a white card base and foam mounted the floral clusters with Scrapbook Adhesives foam pads. Add a white heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew Cake Lovers stamp set and add a few sequins for finishing touches.  

Faux watercolouring with layering stamps - Water spritz stamping onto dry paper (technique 1)

For this second card, we are going to start creating the 'faux watercolour' look to your stamping. Add some watercolour cardstock to your stamping platform. Ink up the stamps, starting off with your lightest layer again. Before you stamp it, spritz the stamp with some water and then stamp onto the card stock. 

Repeat the process with the next layer, once again spritzing with water before stamping. When you stamp down, the two colours from the layers will start to blend with one another and give a faux watercolour look. Heat set this before you stamp the last layer.

For the last layer you can spritz with water, or for a cleaner outline, omit the water and stamp normally. 

Faux watercolouring with layering stamps - Water spritz stamping onto wet paper (technique 2)

For a more artistic look, you can take your faux watercolour stamping one step further. Once you have placed your watercolour cardstock into your stamping platform, mist your paper so there is a slight sheen to it. Ink up your layer and spritz the stamp before you stamp it. When you stamp the layer, the wet ink will come into contact with the wet watercolour paper and will move more. The ink will spread out from where their original stamp layer is, but will still resemble the shape of the layer. 

Repeat this for the other two layers without drying your paper in between. You can even do this with the leaves, though be careful not to get mud as colour! I kept this card simple with a stamped sentiment from the Ruffled flower stamp set using Versafine Onyx black ink. For a finishing touch a few sequins were added using Gina K connect glue. 
For the last card, I used a similar process to the step before. However, once I had stamped the first and second layer I heat set the panel until it was dry. For a crisp outline stamped image as seen in this one, make sure your paper is dry and do not spritz the stamp with water.  I love the look of this, a very artsy colour to the florals with a lovely crisp outline in a monochromatic colour scheme!
If you enjoyed today's card, please let us know and we would love to see your cards if this has inspired you.
 

Shopping list:

Links to supplies at Bumbleberry Papercrafts Shop: 

 

Gina K Designs - Connect Glue
Gina K Designs - Connect Glue
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BP
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Shop at:
BP
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4" white
Shop at:
BP
Soft Stone Heavy Weight Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Soft Stone Heavy Weight Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Shop at:
BP
Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
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BP
Ruffled Flowers - Altenew
Ruffled Flowers - Altenew
Shop at:
BP
Cake Love - Altenew
Cake Love - Altenew
Shop at:
BP


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Until next time!

Verity

 


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