Hi there. Today’s video shares a tried and true technique — stamping with water. I also have a great discount code for you!
Stamping with water on a Distress-Inked-paper is a technique that I have loved for many years. I felt it was time to break it out again! Distress Ink works best for “stamping with water” since it reacts with water. However, you can try it with whichever dye inks you may have.
For all three examples, I applied Distress Ink to a piece of Neenah White Cardstock, covering it completely. I used a heavy hand when applying the ink because the more ink you use, the better the results. I spritzed the Peony and Dahlia rubber stamps from Impress with water from about a foot or so above and stamped it on the paper. The results? Magical.
You want to make sure to get a nice, even coverage of water when you mist onto the stamp from far above. Then, place the stamp on top of the inked paper, letting it sit for a few seconds before removing it. I did not use any ink on the stamp – just water. You can experiment with other sprays you may have, but I think plain water and pearlized water (created by adding Perfect Pearls to water) works the best. Remember, as it dries, the results will intensify.
For the sentiment, I die-cut the Hero Arts Hello die from a piece of glitter cardstock from My Favorite Things. Since this card is a simple design, I used a striped embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers on a piece of white cardstock to add some interest along the bottom of the cards.
For a finishing touch, I die cut super tiny hearts from a Hero Arts die using the same glitter cardstock and rounded the corners of the card using the We R Memory Keeper’s Corner Chomper. After rounding the corners, I noticed the edges were a bit fuzzy, so I used an emery nail file to smooth out any rough spots.
Since I had all the supplies out, I decided to make matching envelopes. Many people ask what envelopes I use – I like to use envelopes from Hero Arts and Memory Box. I used coordinating ink colors to stamp the flower image on the flap or the front of the envelopes. You could also stamp on the inside of the card.
I hope you give this stamping with water technique a try. It works great with background stamps as well.
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