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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Watercolour Spritz

Inkpads aren't the only thing you can use to transfer an image from a stamp - lots of water based products are great for applying straight to stamps.  Whether that's markers, inks or acrylic paints, you can usually get a pleasing result somewhere along the line.  However it does depend what stamp you use.  For images of people, faces or animals, line drawings that you want to colour in and very detailed designs, I would stick to inkpads.  But with slightly more decorative designs, you can experiment and come up with some really nice effects.

The card above was made with a stamp from Nature Swirls coloured with Aqua markers which are watercolour based markers. You could get this effect by painting watercolour onto the stamp, or try water based markers (Copics and ProMarkers won't work).  I spritzed the stamp lightly with water before stamping and stamped onto watercolour paper.  

Without applying any more colour, I spritzed the stamp again and stamped onto a piece of watercolour paper which I had misted with quite a lot of water. The result was this much softer impression.

They both make beautiful images, don't you think?  The second one uses a phrase from Words of Comfort and Cheer - a stamp set which goes beyond the traditional get well greeting and works for a range of situations where you want to convey a heartfelt, genuine sentiment to someone you care about.

I didn't think I would actually need to use the words quite so soon after I produced it, but the card above was one that I sent recently to the wonderful Sue who designs most of our stamps.  She is such a talent, but very shy of any limelight, and I generally respect her wishes and don't mention her much.  However, she recently had to have surgery and although she is now recovering well, I know she's been through a bit of a rough time with it and at the risk of embarrassing her, I am taking this opportunity to say a public thank you for all her amazing artwork that allows us to create such beautiful stamps.

More great cards to follow - watch this space!


  1. So glad to hear Sue is on the road to recovery at last Glenda.

    I love the two cards you have shown us here. The colours are particularly pretty and it's one technique I really like to use.

    That's an awesome blog candy you are offering in the previous post. Someone is going to be a very lucky commentor!

    Lesley Xx

  2. Beautiful samples, TFS. They're very calming designs & colours

  3. These cards are lovely Glenda, I love the pretty soft efect this technique gives, I must give it a try

    Jackie x

  4. Hi Glenda.

    Beautiful effects from lovely stamps. Sue is a very talented lady and I wish her well.

    Shirl x

  5. Hi Glenda,

    Love the soft effect you have created with these wonderful stamps. I wish Sue a speedy recovery.


  6. Gorgeous stamps and stunning effects, I must give this technique a try.
    Best wishes to Sue for a speedy recovery.
    Christine xx

  7. These are lovely cards and it is good to be reminded of techniques which sometimes get forgotten.

  8. A great technique!Love the effect!

  9. Please pass on my own thanks & get well wishes (at an appropriate point). I didn't know that AquaMarkers could be used like that & shall be trying this as I am going to be given 34 of them to go with the 6 I have! Thanks for the info Glenda - I love the way you've achieved such different effects with the same inking.
    Paula (PEP)

  10. Thats a gorgeous technique Glenda, really delicate and pretty. I bet it would look great stamped with h2o's too. I hope Sue is soon feeling better, she is one very talented lady
    Claire xx

  11. Gives a really soft pretty effect. x Lavinia

  12. These cards are gorgeous Glenda. like the soft colours and bueatiful technic.
    Gr. Marja

  13. Absolutely beautiful, Glenda, and a great technique. Looking forward to seeing more samples with the new stamps!

    Lynne x

  14. Really like the softened effect in the 2nd card and think it makes a beautiful background for the lovely sentiment. Sending healing thoughts to Shy Sue xxx

    Max's Craft Creations
    Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

  15. These stamps work so well with this effect which is one of my favourite to do- mmmm I Neeeeeed these stamps!!


    I can only post comments at the moment by signing anonymous - blogger trouble I THINK!!!!!

  16. These are so beautiful - I'm going to have a go now!!

  17. I love that technique. I use my Tombow markers to colour the stamps and sometimes spritz with a mica-based spray instead of water. Very pretty effect.

  18. Beautiful cards Glenda, and I love the colours.
    I hope that Sue is recovering well now, she is such a talented lady, and so modest. Her designs are amazing.
    Good luck to everyone in the giveaway this week! Judith xx

  19. The cards are beautiful Glenda! But they wouldn't be that beautiful without the person that makes this stamps possibel!
    Hope that Sue will recouver soon and will you tell here that her stamp-designs are great?
    Greetz, Gerrina


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