Sunday, July 13, 2008

Rubberstamping 101: Watercolor

There is a couple of different ways to do this, this is the way I first learned:

Dye based inks
Water mister (squirt bottle with fine mist)
Heat gun

1. Ink up your stamp using dye based inks. You can use a couple of different ink pads to ink up your stamp – just use a corner of the stamp pad and ink as desired.
2. Squirt your stamp 4-5 times with a mist of water.
3. Stamp your image. Remove stamp, water will begin to pool around the image…
4. Quickly take your heat gun and dry the image.
5. You can (without reinking) squirt the stamp again and produce another image – it will just be a tad bit lighter. You can do this 4-5 times, just getting a light image each time.

Another method I tried but was a little disappointed with, is where you ink up your stamp…squirt your paper with water, then stamp onto the wet cardstock. Quickly dry your image. When I did this the whole paper warped, I didn’t have a craft iron handy, so I recommend if you try this method you may want to have an iron around, so you can flatten your cardstock back out.

That's it...good luck!!
Debbie Weller

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