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Sunflower Water Stamping

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

Here's my contribution:

Water Stamping 001

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'!