Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday....Water Stamping by Laura C

I'm always on the lookout for a new
technique to try, and it seems there
is always a new way to use your
stamps.  This technique is called
"Water Stamping" and here is the
card I made using a variation of

The technique starts with using
dye inks (I used Distress Inks:
Seedless Preserves & Black Soot)
and applying them to your white

The heavier the application the
better here...I did go lighter,
because I wanted more of a
"washed" effect to keep it
spooky for Halloween.

Next, you choose a favorite
stamp, and you can do one of
two things....spritz the stamp with
a mist of water (I did this using the
Inkssentials Mini Mister) or you
can use a VERY wet paper towel
in a pie plate or something similar
and dab the stamp on that (as if
you were dabbing it on an actual
ink pad)....then stamp onto the
inked surface.  You can let this
air dry, or use a heat tool or a
quick iron on the BACK of your
image, my result was this:

This image came from the Tim Holtz
Winter Sketchbook stamp set.  It
looks like a great spooky image....
and I added a second stamp of the
tree in Black Soot Ink to define the
image, then dressed the card up
using the new MME Lost & Found
Halloween collection paper, and
a sentiment from the paper punch
out sheet, bling from Want2Scrap,
black & white twine, and I brushed
the edges of the card with Eggplant
Adirondack Paint Dauber from Kim's
club.  I couldn't help but add a bit of
black burlap behind the image too for
some fun texture.

And the finished card once again:

This technique is one that is fun to
experiment with....different inks,
applying more/less ink, more/less
water....so many possibilities!

Hope you are inspired to try this
technique and have a little inky fun!


  1. Laura, this is awesome, I love it!!!! Great job. I am going to have to give this a try.

  2. I love the effect of the water stamping! It is spooky, love it!

  3. Laura, what a fun technique! Thanks so much for sharing it. The tree came out great.

  4. This looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing!



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