Water Stamping

Happy Home, Happy Retirement-Clear Block Stamping Background Technique

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique-Happy HomeThe Clear Block Stamping Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites! 
This technique allows you to create beautiful landscape backgrounds for any occasion!

I recently needed a retirement card for a friend, so I decided to combine this great technique with the stamp sets Happy Home and Fun with Flowers.

To create the background, I simply patted Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Crushed Cucumber ink pads directly onto my clear block "D",

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 1

spritzed it with water,

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 2

then stamped it onto my Whisper White (you could also use watercolor paper) card front, letting it set for a few minutes.

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 3

  I lifted the block off and let the paper ink dry before stamping the image from Happy Home over the background. 

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 4

I used Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers to add color directly to the different parts of the stamp.

Remember, when you color a stamp with markers, "huff" on the stamp before stamping.  This will add moisture to the ink for a better image.

The greeting from Fun with Flowers is perfect for the occasion for this card!

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Happy Home Close Up

Create pretty backgrounds by giving the Clear Block Background Stamping Technique a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Home (retired, but any stamp would work), Fun with Flowers (greeting)

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush ink pads, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush  markers

Paper: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "D", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Sheltering Tree Meets Woodland Embossing Folder-Fall Leaves

Here are a few more cards using the 3D stamping with the Woodland Embossing Folder technique

For instructions on how to do this technique, please visit my tutorial here.

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The leaves stamp found in Sheltering Tree were stamped on the inside of the embossing folder using Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink.


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Colors for this card are Cajun Craze, Hello honey and Rich Razzleberry.


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For this card, spritz the inside of the embossing folder with Stampin' Mist or water as if you were cleaning off the ink from previous stamping.  The ink will run and pool inside the folder.  Insert an piece of watercolor paper or regular card stock and run it through the Big Shot.  You'll have a rich watercolor background behind the trees!


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For this card, I simply stamped the smaller leaves image after running regular Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot using the watercolor method above.

This has become one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.  The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check my tutorial here!


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Sunflower Water Stamping

Water Stamping is our technique challenge over at The Technique Twist site.

Here's my contribution:

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This technique is super easy.  Here are the instructions provided by the ladies over at The Technique Twist:

Items needed: stamps, ink, sponges, plate, paper towels, & water.
Heavily sponge one to several colors of ink on your cardstock or other choice of paper medium.  Take a plate with a paper towel and soak it with water - this is now your "ink pad'.  Ink up your stamp with water and stamp onto your cardstock.  Hold for a few seconds and remove.  Let dry.
Use lighter colored cardstock and darker inks. The water removes the darker ink making the lighter color more vivid.

I used Whisper White card stock.
I found it easier to swipe the color onto the card stock directly from the ink pad.  I used Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight ink pads.

Stamps - Detailed Background stamps are great like the Sunflower and Hello Doily! You're looking for good detail oriented stamps.

Water-I found it was easier, especially with the big Sunflower stamp, to spritz water directly onto the stamp. The stamp was fairly wet so I off stamped it first on my grid sheet work paper.  Let the stamp sit on the ink for 10-15 seconds.  Remove the stamp.  At first, it won't look like much, but as it dries, the image becomes more vivid.  Cool!

I spritzed the sunflower piece using a mixture of alcohol and Frost White Shimmer Paint.  The finished piece sparkles in person.

When I was finished, I was left with an interesting work sheet, inked up in random patterns  of color from various projects including Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight.  I thought I better use some of it to complete the card. 

There was a section of the work sheet that had mostly Daffodil Delight.  So, I colored in the middle of the sunflower using my Early Espresso marker, lightly spritzed the worksheet/Daffodil Delight ink with water, then stamped the sunflower over it.  Once it dried, I punched the center using my 1 1/4" circle punch.  I originally intended to mat it on a larger 1 3/8" Tangerine Tango circle, but in going through my craft pantry, I found a velum metal rimmed circle tag.  Perfect!  I simply attached the sunflower center to the tag and attached it to the card using Mini Glue Dots. 

I still had lots of colored grid sheet paper left, so I stamped the greeting from Fabulous Florets on a section of various colors, cut it down and added a banner cut to one end.

This is a fun technique, and I plan on doing it again.  Thank you ladies at The Technique Twist for your inspiration.
Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sunflower, Fabulous Florets

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Early Espresso, grid sheet work paper

Accessories: water, Stampin' Spritzer bottles, alcohol, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1 1/4" circle punch, metal rimmed tag, Mini Glue Dots

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Happy Stampin'!