Saturday, March 29, 2014

Water Stencil Stamping 101

I received a few comments and questions on how I did the background for this card
so today I'll show you the steps in a pictorial because I'm not proficient with videotaping.


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Using an ink blending tool, apply several colors of distress/dye ink on the surface 
of white card stock. I used Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade 
distress inks and Papertrey Ink's Simply Chartreuse. Dye inks work well, 
but Distress inks are specially formulated to react with water.


Spray a liberal amount of water on your stencil and place it on the inked surface. 
Press down lightly on the stencil. You should see some of the color start to 
disappear beneath the stencil.
 

Gently lift up the stencil. You can use the corner of a damp paper towel to pick up 
some of the excess water that pooled up on your card, or you can leave it as is.


I tend to be a bit impatient so I use my heat tool to dry off the water. Make sure the piece 
is completely dry, especially if you plan to stamp on the surface, or do some 
heat embossing as the embossing powder will stick to water.
 

Keep in mind that you will always get different results, depending on
how much water you spray on the stencil, and how much color is taken away.

Just practice until you like what you see. It's a forgiving technique and there's
no right or wrong way of doing it. Have fun and let the stencil and water do the work.

If you do try this, share a link to your card in the comments section below.
I'd love to see your results!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

42 comments:

  1. Thanks! It's a gorgeous card, and the technique seems very doable.

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  2. Love it, Donna, and haven't tried this yet - will give it a go!

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  3. TFS your technique, Donna. I must try this. Lovely card.

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  4. Thanks for this tutorial, I definitely want to try this! xxx

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  5. TFS Donna - very cool way to use the stencil!

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  6. Very impressive...going to go try this technique out.

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  7. Donna thank for the pic tutorial--I iam so visual and this really helps!

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  8. This is sooo gorgeous, Donna! Thanks for sharing how you achieved this beautiful result!!

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  9. Beautiful card and a great technique!

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  10. Love it! Great picture tutorial! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Thanks for this, Donna. I have never used distress inks before...looks like fun!

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  12. This is beautiful, thank you Donna for the inspiration.

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  13. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I have lots of practicing to do to get mine looking anywhere near as beautiful as yours!!

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  14. I love the card you created with this technique and appreciate the tutorial and inspiration!!

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  15. Fabulous tutorial, Donna! Going to try this soon!!

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  16. SOOOOO thaaaaaattt's how you did it! gonna try this!

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial, Donna! Your card is stunning!

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  18. Thanks so much for the tutorial, Donna! I would love to try this technique...Your card is gorgeous!

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  19. thanks Donna. I did some spraying with the stencil in place and it was a mess! This way sounds much better. I will be trying it out soon. I did love this card.

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  20. Thanks so much for this technique Donna. A magical and do-able technique. I will try this...

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  21. Thank yo, Donna - I would never have realized you sprayed the stencil with water! Makes sense now - LOL

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  22. I have to try this! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  23. Thank You so much for showing us how you obtained such incredibly beautiful results Donna!
    I cannot wait to try!!

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  24. Super cool technique and I LOVE this card!!!

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  25. ah ha! now I know! will need to try this as soon as I get a stencil! yours came out so pretty!

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  26. Fabulous technique. Your card turned out o be so beautiful. Definitely going to try this one. Just need a good stencil now :)

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  27. What a WONDERFUL technique Donna!!! Just Beautiful :)

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  28. So appreciate this tutorial! Your cards are always fabulous and I often find myself studying them trying to figure out what you did.

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  29. Thank you so much for explaining this technique, stunning card, Cathy x

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  30. Yay for not being proficient with video! I would so much rather have a photo tutorial and this is an especially good one. I love the effect.

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  31. what is the source for the sentiment stamp?

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    1. KJK here's a link to the stamp set by Papertrey Ink
      https://www.papertreyink.com/stamps/wet-paint-stamp-set/

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  32. Very effective use of stencils and distress ink. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. This is so pretty!! I can't wait to try it.

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  34. Did you use plain white cardstock or watercolor paper? This is beautiful and I would love to try it. Thank you for sharing your technique!

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    1. I'm sorry for this late reply! I used watercolor paper for this technique. I think it works best, especially with the amount of water that's used.

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