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Watercolour Stamping: Pretty Graduated Petals in Six Easy Steps!

Watercolour Stamping: Pretty Graduated Petals in Six Easy Steps!

Whilst we all love the way stamps enable us to add an intricate outline, background or illustration to a project in a matter of seconds, sometimes figuring out how to add colour to that design can leave us stumped! If you’re looking for a new and interesting way to jazz up your stamping then look no further – give watercolour stamping a go! Achieve stunning graduated effects, multi-coloured designs and show-stopping finishes using this fantastic stamping technique. Never tried watercolour stamping before? Fear not! Hannah Oxberry explains all in her beautiful step-by-step tutorial below. Learn how to create gorgeous watercolour effects using layers of ink against a subtle heat embossed background, and take your stamping to the next level!

Time to Make: 30 mins

Skill Level: Beginner

You Will Need:

Watercolour Stamping – Pretty Peonies Project:

Step 1:

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Trim your watercolour card stock to 5 ½” by 3 ¾” and select you stamps. Position your card in your stamping platform and align you stamp just off to one side. Lift your stamp and ink using the embossing ink. Transfer the ink to the card, remove from the stamping platform and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Use a heat tool to set.

Step 2:

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Onto a piece of masking sheet, stamp the images you intend to use. Cut these images out, leaving a little border. Place the equivalent mask over your first stamped image and position your next stamped image. Repeat the process as in Step 1 – use embossing ink, embossing power and heat to set.

Step 3:

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Once again, place a mask over your stamped image and continue to build the design by adding leaves until you are happy with the look.

Step 4:

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Press out your lightest ink colour on to a glass mat and spritz with water. Load up a brush and wash this over the surface of your water colour card. Pick up more of the wash and add to the centre of your stamped image, building the colour.

Step 5:

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Take your next darkest colour ink and once again, press this on to your glass mat and spritz with water. This time, add this colour to where the darker areas would be in your design; in this case, it’s the centre of the flowers and areas that would be in shadow.

Step 6:

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Next, take your darkest ink colour, press this on to your glass mat and spritz with water. For this final layer, concentrate your colour to the very centre of the flower and areas where there would be the most shadow. The colours from your previous layers should blend together giving a more natural effect. To make the image “pop” from the page, water down your darkest ink colour and add a shadow in the areas that would be underneath your design.

Step 7:

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To finish, mat and layer your design to an A6 card black using layers of vellum and dark blue cardstock. A strip of vellum and a sentiment of blue add detail, while blue sequins tie the design together.

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