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Happy Saturday friends! It’s Carly and today I wanted to share one of my favorite techniques for achieving a beautiful loose watercolor effect with outline stamps AND no actual watercoloring. I like to call it “A Twist On Two-Step Stamping”.

Here’s what you need for this super striking & fun technique…

  • outline stamps (I’m using Honey Bee Happy Fall Y’all & Country Blooms)
  • your favorite water-reactive ink pads like Distress Inks or Distress Oxide Inks
  • your favorite waterproof black ink
  • a water mister
  • your favorite watercolor cardstock
  • heat gun (for impatient people like myself who don’t have time for ink to dry, haha!)

And here’s how to do it…

  • Ink stamp with water reactive ink (I used Distress Oxide Wild Honey) and mist before stamping. Practice a few times on scrap paper to get a feel for how much water you want.

  • The stamped image will be all smudgey & puddley (those are fancy watercolor terms, LOL).

  • Clean stamp and leave in place on block (I like to use my MISTI to make the stamp positioning easy & automatic).
  • Let the puddley image dry or speed up the process with a heat gun. And once dry, stamp image again over the first, using waterproof black ink (I like Versafine).

  • Repeat as desired.

  • I love the way the color fills the image so uniquely, like it was hand painted! And it looks good using two colors of ink too!

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share! I hope you are inspired to try this technique and love it!


Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all

Honey Bee Stamps Country Blooms

Honey Bee Stamps  Seasonal Sweeties

Honey Bee Stamps Gather Together

Distress Oxides Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry & Wilted Violet

VersaFine Onyx Black

Mister Bottle

Heat Gun

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7 responses to “A Twist on Two-Step Stamping”

  1. Jennifer K says:

    What a fun technique. I have some time this morning and will give it a go. Thanks!

  2. Deborah Kaye says:

    Great idea! Cute cards.

  3. F. Andre says:

    I saw the card with the purple flowers on FB and swore it was water coloured. Now I know the secret. Thanks for sharing this great technique.

  4. Ardyth says:

    This is a fab technique, Carly! Lovely, happy cards!

  5. Trina P. says:

    Very cool. TFS.

  6. Eileen R says:

    That is super cool and very unique!

  7. Marjorie Dumontier says:

    Wooooo !! That’s so fun !! I never heard of this before! I’m definitely gonna try. Thanks for sharing.