Beautiful You!

Happy New Year! It’s been awhile since I last posted. I’m hoping to do better in 2017.

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I’m kicking the year off with a post about one of my favorite stamp sets from the new Occasions catalog – Beautiful You! This set is especially great for water coloring using the new water color pencils (also in the catalog). But in our class tonight, we did a different kind of “water coloring”.

We used one of the larger acrylic blocks and applied three colors of ink to it.Using a Stampin’ Up spritzer, we sprtized the block 5-6 times and waited a minute for the colors to blend. Then we “stamped” water color paper with the acrylic block.

I love this technique. It’s not new – it’s bounced around on different blogs and Youtube for several years. However, I could never quite get it to look good. But I love the look and decided to play with it until I got it right. I watched several videos and experimented until I got it looking like I wanted. Here are some things that worked for me:

  • Use water color paper or Shimmery White card stock. These stand up to water better than regular cardstock. And you’re going to use a lot of water.
  • I found that using the new foam ink pads worked better than the old linen pads. I also read you can use the Stampin’ Write markers, but that didn’t work out well for me.
  • In addition to spritzing the block after inking it up, I also spritzed the paper. This helped to move and blend the colors.
  • I placed the paper on top of the Stampin’ Up paper piercing foam sheet for a little more give.
  • Take time to press the block firmly on the paper, moving your finger over the block in order to get all the colors transferred to the paper.

Here’s a closer look at the green card. We used Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist and Wild Wisabi. I thought the image was a little light so I took a chance and re-stamped it. I was a little off, but I kind of like it – it adds to the blurry look of the card.

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We also made this version with Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Sweet Sugarplum. This was the first card I made and the colors didn’t blend quite as much as the green card. I really like these colors together, though.

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The fun thing about this technique is that no too backgrounds end up the same. Which is your favorite?

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