Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

Faux Watercolor Stamping with Essentials by Ellen Painted Florals

Are you looking for an easy stamping technique to try this weekend? Would you like to try a technique that gives you dreamy watercolor results with no paint brush required? Carly is here today to share one of her favorite techniques to use with solid stamps, faux watercolor stamping!

There are a few stamping techniques that I use often because I love the results so much and faux watercolor stamping is definitely one of them! I had so much fun using it with the Essentials by Ellen Painted Florals set…

To create this card I gathered my supplies…

  • EBE Painted Florals stamps & dies
  • water-based inks (I used Catherine Pooler inks but Distress and Distress Oxide are also fab options)
  • spray bottle with clean water
  • MISTI (you can use an acrylic block but I find I get the best results with a stamping tool)
  • watercolor cardstock

To start, ink stamp and then mist with clean water before stamping onto watercolor cardstock. I recommend stamping a few “practice” images to see how much water you want to use. For these flowers I wanted enough water to make the ink look painted by not so much that the flowers lost their shape. One spray a few inches from the stamp proved to be perfect.

For some flowers I also used two colors. I inked, misted and stamped the lighter color first. Then I added a second color on part of the flower and stamped again while the first impression was still wet (without adding more water).

After the flowers were dry, I stamped the middles in black ink and die cut them.

I arranged the flowers (and a few leaves) along the edge of my card. To keep the arrangement intact for adhering to my card, I placed a few pieces of low-tack washi tape on top. Press ‘N Seal is also fab for this but I didn’t have any on hand.

After adhering the flowers to the card, I used scissors to trim off the bits of flowers that were hanging over the edge.

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment and adding a bit of faux black splatter with a pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend with lots of crafting!


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