Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tutorials: Water Stamping

STAMPtember is in full swing at Simon Says Stamp!  This week's challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "Rock the Techniques"!  The technique I'll be sharing is a version of Water Stamping, which I saw online by the talented M. Carmen Sanchez (aka Cuchy).  Here's my finished project, along with a step-by-step of how the background was created:

Start by covering a piece of watercolor paper (or other sturdy paper) with Gesso.  Rub different colors of Distress Ink across your surface, straight from the ink pad.

Spray some water onto the Distress Ink to help it blend together, then let it dry.

Using ink blending tools or makeup sponges, add more Distress Ink to random areas where you want the color intensified.

Here's what it looks like after I rubbed on various colors of Distress Ink:

Pick a stamp (clear, rubber or mounted on cling film) and paint it with water, then stamp it onto your colored surface.  Here I'm using a Prima doily clear stamp.

The wet stamp will remove color wherever you stamped it down (see the faded white doily image)?

This was my first experimentation with water stamping and it worked okay, but I found that it works much  better with simpler shapes.  So I tried it again on the same background with some scribble circle stamps and they stood out much better!

I cut my collage down to size and finished off the background with another stamp from Paper Artsy that had some text:

Once my background was complete, I stamped on some more text (black ink) and added images from Lisa's Altered Art (fairy girl and cupcake).

I added a stamped sentiment and some great tickets from Fancy Pants.  I love the banner at the top, too, which is a Simon Says Stamp exclusive die.

Water Stamping is a lot of fun and is a nice alternative to heat embossing with white powder to create that white effect.  Give it a whirl and see what you think!

Here are some of the products I used from Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what techniques you'd like to share with us!  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tutorials: Stamping Over Stencils

Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Hop!

This hop should  be filled with stampy goodness, so if you stumbled here accidentally, be sure to start back at the beginning at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  

And be sure to hop on over to Anna-Karin's blog next!
For my project, I have to say that I am loving the Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots Stencil, which I used to create this notebook cover.

I tried a new technique for this project and that was to stamp over a stencil.  It was a lot of fun and worked better than I thought it would.  Here's what I did:

I started out with a large stamp, a piece of paper, the polka dot stencil and some ink.  

I laid the stencil over my paper, inked up my stamp, then stamped right on top of the stencil.

When I lifted off my stencil, the stamped pattern was in a polka dot shape!  Cool!

Without cleaning my stencil, I moved it over and repeated this process until my paper was filled with the polka dot pattern I'd created.

As you can see, after stamping on top of my stencil a few times, ink had accumulated there.  Instead of washing it off, I put the stencil on top of a manilla tag and grabbed a baby wipe I'd used earlier.

Using the baby wipe, I swiped the ink diagonally across the stencil so that it colored in the holes.  It created a beautiful polka dot pattern on my tag that I could use for another project on another day.  I'd cleaned my stencil and made a second background pattern at the same time.  Multitasking bonus!

Back to my first stamped paper!  I cut it down to size, then smeared some green ink onto some of the polka dots for more visual variety.   I then dribbled watercolors down from some of the dots.

Next I added on some fabric scraps and paper butterflies, which I cut out of a piece of patterned paper.

I inked up the fabric scraps and finished it off with a "Fearless" sentiment from the stamp I used earlier.  I also added a safety pin and another fabric scrap. 

I attached this collage to the front cover of my notebook, which was put together with the Cinch machine.  I added tabs, which I made using a tab punch, and embellished it with a few bits of lace.

I hope you enjoyed my project and I can't wait to see what my fellow Design Team members came up with!  And I especially like how big the circles are in the Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots Stencil.  It's just perfect for stamping through!

Here are the materials I used that are available from Simon Says Stamp:

So what will you create using a Simon Says Stamp exclusive product?  Upload your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog so that we can be inspired and so that you can have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!