Howdy friends! When you embark on this crazy hobby we call stamping there is no end to the accessories we can accumulate for our craft. I was a painter long before I ever picked up a stamp so when I first begun stamping I would use paint to stamp with because the thought for spending lots on money on ink pads seemed crazy (and this was back in 2002 where there weren’t as many options as we have today!) If you are new to the hobby you might be wondering how you can stamp in color without breaking the bank, well there are many options!
I am using watercolor crayons but you can also use water-based markers or even watercolor paint applied with a flat brush (just make sure it’s not to wet.) If you have water-soluble oil pastels, scribble sticks or gelatos they can work too. Try what you have, if the media rewets with water it won’t hurt your stamps. You can even use acrylic paint but care must be taken to ensure you clean your stamps well and don’t let the paint dry in the crevices of the stamp. The only other thing I want to say about this technique is not to expect perfection, you will end up with a loose painterly project and that is part of the beauty of it. Have fun and see where the stamps and crayons take you!
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- (peg stamp sets) Auntie’s Strawberry Garden, Thorny Rose, Muscari & Hyacinth Border, Red Geranium, Cottage Geraniums, Autumn Glory, October Mums
- Unmounted set: Windowboxes aka Wrought Iron Planters
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- Kraft cardstock (other cardstock for card bases in colors to compliment the stamping)
- Watercolor paper *I cut this paper in quarters to get the stamping panels
- Wood grain embossing folder
- Watercolor Crayons
- White acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Waterproof black inkpad
Card Panel Sizes:
watercolor panel 3″x4.1/2″
Embossed layer 3 3/4″x5″
Card size: 4.1/4″x 5 1/2″
- Don’t let the stamp get too wet of you will have blobs. You want to have a crisp impression and you can drag around color with a wet brush if desired.
- Don’t worry if you get some blobs because it will add to the painterly effect!
- If you don’t have watercolor paper don’t worry, it will still look nice on cardstock but your dragging and blending of the paint may be limited.
- Feel free to substitute! Try your art supplies and see what you come up with!
I hope you try this technique on your stamps, it’s a lot of fun! Happy crafting!