Monday, 22 February 2016

Water Color Wash Christmas Backgrounds

The Water Color Wash Background stamp is really versatile and I've been enjoying trying out some different effects on this stamp. 

Today I have some Christmas cards that we made at our first Christmas Stamp A Stack class for 2016 (yes we start early) and I love how they turned out. I used a retired stamp as I really wanted a silhouette in front of the background, but you could just as easily use the silhouette from "Every Blessing" from our current Annual Catalogue. 

 The background is achieved by swiping ink pads  across the stamp, starting with the lightest colour first. For this card I used Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Marina Mist. You might be able to see a little extra Plum at the base of the card. I like to keep the ink application quite "free"  and then the stamp is spritzed lightly with water.

I do not mount this stamp on a block, rather I simply press it onto the paper with my hand to achieve this effect. What do you think? 
The silhouette image is stamped in Elegant Eggplant, giving a more subtle effect.
In class we tried a lot of different colour combinations and some of them were gorgeous. I rather like this next combination - that of Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Marina Mist inks.

This time I spritzed the stamp a little more heavily to create this gorgeous stormy effect in the sky. The silhouette is stamped in Early Espresso,

Give this technique a try. You don't always have to mount a stamp on a block, particularly if you are trying to achieve creative effects. 

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