Thursday 3 August 2017

Technique School ~ Stamps and Stencils ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody ! It's that time again, the first Thursday of the month means there's a new challenge starting over on the Stamps and Stencils blog. Our talented host this month is Autumn, and she has come up with a fun idea. Autumn is sending us back to 'Technique School'. This is what she has to say..........
This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas! Remember to use stamps or stencils or both! 

If you're anything like me the only difficulty you will have, will be in choosing a technique ! there are so many that I love, it was hard to narrow it down to just one. I've chosen 'Water Colour Stamping' and made this little vintage style  pocket. This is how I did it.....
I started off with two pieces of watercolour paper, measuring 5 x 6 inches. One for the back and one for the front. I chose one of the flower stamps, from Tim Holtz's 'Flower Garden' set and stamped it several times with archival ink onto some low tack paper. I then cut these out and used them as 'masks' for my stamping. I think copy paper sprayed with re-positional adhesive would also work. 

I stamped the flowers onto the water colour paper, with Antique Linen Distress Ink, using one of the f masks, so that the flowers look as if they are overlapping each other. I stamped three flowers and then started to 'watercolour' them.
I chose three shades of pink Distress Ink, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Picked Raspberry. I started by tapping the lightest colour, Spun Sugar onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then used a fine water brush to paint loosely inside the petals, leaving some white spaces.

I built up the depth of colour, by repeating the painting with each of the colours. I painted the stamens with Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin DI. It's important to dry each layer before changing colour,  so that the colours remain light and transparent. I then continued to stamp the next three flowers, using the same masking technique

 I painted them in the same way, adding more depth to the areas where they overlap, with deeper colour and  touches of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

After completing the flowers, I selected a leaf stamp, from a different range of stamps. I followed the same procedure I used with the flowers, to make two separate leaf masks. I then stamped some leaves around the group of flowers, masking the flowers and leaves where necessary.
In this picture you can see two of the flower masks and one leaf mask. This is how it looked when I'd finished stamping all of the leaves......
I then painted the leaves, with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Ink, once again tapping the ink pads onto my craft mat and spritzing with water, before applying with a water brush.
Once all of the painting was done, I used a heat gun to enure that the paint was completely dry. I then used a blending tool, with Antique Linen Distress ink, and lightly, blended the ink over the the whole surface, deepening on the edges of the paper. I then used one of my favourite 'rust spot' stamps, from Tim Holtz's 'Bitty Grunge' set with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, to add a few random splots here and there. This is quite possibly my most inked stamp. When used with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, it adds an instant vintage look.
I then constructed the pocket, by firstly adhering a strip of lace around the edge, on the back of the painting. I punched a half circle thumb notch, in the middle of the top edge, before stitching the front to the plain back piece of watercolour paper. I then blended Antique linen DI over the surface of the back of the pocket  and added a few rust spots and Voila! my vintage watercoloured packet was finished.
I think this would be great to use as a journal pocket, a letter holder or maybe to use as an envelope for a card. If you've got a technique you'd like to share with us, we'd love to see it. It can be an old school favourite such as this, or something completely new. Hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog, where you'll find Autumn's wonderful project as well as some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the design Team. See you there! x

I'm also playing along  with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the theme is 'Splatter it'. 


  1. This would definitely look beautiful as a pocket in a journal Toni, your colouring is superb! I had forgotten the technique of stamping with a pale colour, I need to have a try now. Very inspiring! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Such a pretty effect and I love the layering of the stamp. A lovely idea! Hugs, Autumn

  3. Way to use one cling stamp! This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Splatter It” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  4. Such a beautiful piece of art! Your water-coloring is so very lovely - I need quite a bit more practice before mine looks as gorgeous as this!

  5. Such gorgeous depth you've created with both your masked layering and your fantastic watercolouring techniques, Toni. This is beautiful!
    Alison x

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Toni ! The watercolouring is so delicate but the depth of colour you've achieved is stunning ! Sue C x

  7. Such a pretty bouquet of flowers - your water colouring is lovely.

  8. Fabulous technique, love the stamping & vintage feel :)

  9. Great technique and what a wonderful finished product! The water coloring looks so beautiful and well done, you made it look easy but it sure is not. Awesome sauce and fantabulous layers. Wowzers!

  10. totally love your watercolour pocket Toni xxx Great technique and something I will have to try

    TFS and sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  11. Oh, what an absolutely delightful result! Your watercolouring looks sublime and you've just inspired me...I was going to take some watercolours and paper on my holiday coming up in trying to limit my supplies but I'm now going to take a few well chosen stamps too as your results are wonderful! Thanks Toni! Ruth xxx