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 a girl and a cupcake image.

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!


  1. Love, Love, Love this little girl and the whole picture you have created around her here... this technique I will have to try... it is wild.. .I love it.. and have to say THANKS for sharing this one... But that little girl... she really is a rebel... thought at first it might be your daughter... ??? but not sure if you have one... mine had and has an attitude like this... funny and so very wild Andrea... As always I LOVE your work and the way you have created it... Thanks for being YOU.... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  2. Wow Andrea! What a fantastic work of art! Your background looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

  3. What a great technique. I've heard of stamping with water on Distress inks, but would never have thought to use gesso first. Thanks so much for sharing the how-to. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. What a great way to make a colorful background, Andrea! Love it! Need to try it! Gorgeous project too! Hugs, Sandra

  5. Fun techniques! I love the step by step photos so I can give them a try for myself!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. I love the beautiful background colors! This is such a gorgeous creation! :)

  7. I'm fascinated ! Love your technique and i'll try, surely! I love your colors, you are one of my fav artist, so unique, love your "collage" mixed with technique! Wonderful project as always! Barbarayaya

  8. With so much whimsy, this makes me smile. I really admire how you use color--it's really quite magical. I particularly like the cupcake and the banner on top.

  9. This is STUNNING!! Once again, you've created a masterpiece Andrea and it's definitely got your unique touch about it! I love the colours, the elements are wonderful and the overall project is amazing! :)

  10. Love the attitude on her face! One of my kids has always had that strength. :) Love this layout and your techniques were wow and fantastic.

  11. I have never seen water stamping before. Or maybe I did, but didn't know what it was. Either way, I am amazed! Such a cool technique! I must admit, however, that it was the cupcake that first caught my eye. I love that you perched the winged child upon a cupcake. That fairy-child looks empowered by it. I love that!

  12. Stunning piece Andrea and such a great technique. I haven't done waterstamping in a while and doing it on a gesso background was a brilliant idea.