Friday, April 27, 2012

Rubber Stamp Piecing & Water Coloring Cards Technique

Hello Bloggers! it's Friday.... I can't believe it. So excited for Monday to get here so we can head to the bay area for some fun photography.

I discovered a really fun new way to use my stamps, it's called piecing and then I tried water coloring them instead of using markers to color in the lines such as Copic ciao. I found the water coloring a lot of fun and easier with wonderful results.

When my kids were young I was very addicted to stamping and card making. Just before we moved into this house almost 9 years ago now (hard to believe), I got rid of almost every stamp I had. So guess what I have been, shopping for stamps and dies to use in my big Shot and Big Kick. I buy a little here and little there and it all adds up to lots of $.  

This is a little bit addicting as I stated above, it takes some concentration and a steady hand and some imagination but it's pretty easy once you get going.

Here is basically how you do this technique. It's would be really fun to do with small kids and older ones. Smaller children would need help but would enjoy the process and fun.

Finished Card

First you will need these supplies:
Rubber Stamps: I used -
Ranger Black Jet Black Ink
Black Embossing Powder
Embossing Heat Gun
Perma Tac
Black Copic Marker
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Colored Pencils
Hero Arts Wet Cement mid-tone ink
Paint Brushes
Twinkling H20's 
XActo Precision No. 1 Knife
Scotch Dots
Doodle Twine
Green Folded Card with Envelope
Hole Punch
small cup water for painting

Step 1. stamp your image with Ranger Black Jet Black Ink

Step 2. Add embossing powder all over the stamp image while ink is still wet

Step 3. Emboss your image with black embossing powder and your heat gun until the embossing powder is shiny.
This image is a little blurred but it will get cut way later so no need to worry if that happens as long as it is not to badly blurred. 

Step 4. Get your little cup of water and put your paint brush into the water, for painting you can use the colored pencils, H20 Twinkling and the Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Personally I found that painting with the colored pencils and H20 was the easiest method. Dip the brush into the water and then onto the colored pencils to color of the pencils will go right onto the brush. I love the H20 colors they are so bright and cheery

Step 5. Cut out your painted image with small precise scissors you may need your XActo knife to cut area in the center. After your done cutting all around the image you can touch up any areas that are showing white and a bit frayed looking with your black Copic marker. This will give you a nice clean looking image.

Try mixing your colors to get the effect you want and also for shading.

Step 6. Get out your second stamp and stamp the image onto the tag. I used the wet cement ink. 
I only stamped part of the image since that is all that would fit onto the tag. Decide what area you want on the tag if you have a large stamp like I use and then stamp.


Step 7. After you have stamped your image onto the tag, decide where you want it placed on the card. Then punch a hole with the hole puncher in the top layer of the card only right where the hole shows through on the tag. Add the Perma Tac to the back of the tag and attach to the front of the card, be careful to get it strait before it touches the card or it will stick right away before you have centered it.
Run some Doodle Twine through the hole and tie into a bow.
Add the Scotch Dots to the back of the stamped and painted image and place onto the tag where you would like it to be. I placed mine so that the butterfly shows and the words (you are so beautiful to me).

Step 8. Add any other embellishments you want to the card. Write your message in the card place in the envelope if it fits and give to your recipient.

Will you be trying this technique? if you have already tried it did you enjoy it?

I hope you have a great weekend! I will be back next week with some lighthouse photos of the Northern Coast of California. 


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  1. A lot of products, steps and work to achieve the end results but so worth it .... your card is beautiful.

  2. This is such a beautiful piece of art! You did a great job on the tutorial. I think it was neat how you added in a tag, I love birds.

  3. Happy Monday Kat!
    Hope you are enjoying your drive to the bay area. I am looking forward to the pictures. I love the birds also. You are such a great crafter I wish I had the time it looks like a lot of fun.
    Hugs, Dru

  4. Hi Kat! Look forward to seeing your SF photos... I saw you mentioned on FB seeing whales. They are pretty magnificent to see. We can often see them right at Zuma Beach by our house. They swim so close to the shore that they are right were people aRE SURFING. cAN YOU IMAGINE BEING ON A SURFBOARD AND HAVE A HUGE WHALE POP UP NEXT TO YOU?!? (Sorry about the caps lock!) (((Hugz)))

  5. Hi Kat, the stamp looks gorgeous and thank you for posting those instructions! Can't wait to see your SF pics :) Hope you're having a super time. Lots of hugs

  6. Stunning! I must get out my embossing stuff and play around with it again. Thanks for the inspiration!
    big hugs,


Have a wonderful day! ~Kat