Two-Step Watercolour Stamping

Last week in my post introducing the winter card pack, I mentioned that I would be back to write about a technique used on the trees: two-step watercolour stamping.

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

The basis of this technique was from two-step stamping where two (or sometimes more) stamps are used to create one image that has more texture and depth of detail than when using just one stamp.  I simply added water in between the stamping steps to make it easier to blend the colours.

In this example I used the gorgeous tree from Season Like Christmas by Stampin’ Up!

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

I started the technique by inking up the fuller background stamp with Pear Pizzazz and stamping it off on scrap paper a couple times.  Then the lighter image was stamped on watercolour paper.  In the example below, you can see a faint stamp of a tree to the right of the finished one.

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

This lighter stamp was used as a guideline to apply a thin layer of water with an Aqua Painter. Then, stamp on the watery image with the second stamp in full colour (Pear Pizzazz again).

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

The ink will start to spread if there is a lot of water or look more like a stamped image if there is only a little water as seen above.  Now take the Aqua Painter again and blend the ink to fill out the shape of the tree.  For the second tree, I added a hint of Mossy Meadow (a darker green) to help it stand out from the first tree.  I also added a splatter of Frost White shimmer paint to give a subtle snow effect.

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper DesignsWinter Card Pack - Birdwing Paper Designs

Once the paper was dry and the colours settled, you would never know that a stamp set was used!  In this technique, the two-step stamping didn’t give more detail to the image, but rather gave a basic shape to paint with and then helped distribute the colours in an easy way.

 

Two-Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

I have used this technique in a variety of ways and loved the look each time!

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

Two Step Watercolour Stamping - Birdwing Paper Designs

Birdwing Paper Designs 2018 - Stampin' Up!

Now go dig out those two-step stamps and give this technique a try – you will love the results!!

Leah

 

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