Hello there! You all know Spellbinders for our dies, but we also have a big assortment of beautiful, unique stamps! This is Yana Smakula and today I have a Faux Watercolor Poinsettia Background video tutorial to share using our Poinsettia 3D Shading stamp.
This really is a very easy card to make and the more you practice – the better your result will be. It might look intimidating at first, but believe me – this is an easy project to make and it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to stamp.
I started working on my project by stamping a sentiment in black ink. Pick one you like best and stamp it somewhere onto your panel. I stamped mine slightly off the right. I need to mention that you will need to use specialty ink and paper for this project. I used Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper – this is high quality smooth watercolor paper. Make sure to use watercolor paper and not regular paper as you’l be adding lots of water and the paper must be able to handle all of that water. As for the ink I used Tsukineko Versafine Onyx black ink – this is waterproof ink, any other waterproof ink will work for this.
Once you have your sentiment in place go ahead and start working on the background. I decided to use Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Mid Green, Olive Green and Carmine Red to color this image (any watercolor markers can be used for this technique). I will say it is a bit difficult to figure out which sections of the image need to be colored green (leaves) and which sections need to be colored red (petals). It is helpful to stamp this image in black onto a piece of scrap paper to make it easier to see which sections need to be green and which red.
Next, I sprayed my image with water – not too much, but not too little, and again this is where practice makes perfect; do make a few test impressions and count how many times you spritzed your stamp to remember how much water you need to have the look you like. I placed my stamp onto paper and let it sit there for several seconds, this gave the ink some time to transfer onto the paper. You can press down a bit, no need to press too hard.
The beautify of this technique is that no matter what you do – no two images will ever look the same, there will be slight variations to each. I repeated inking and stamping my poinsettias until my background was complete.
After my background was done I let it dry and trimmed it to 4 ⅛ x 5 ⅜”. I made an A2 top folding card base out of brown cardstock and adhered my stamped panel onto it using brown photo corners. Finally, I embellished my card using red and white twine.
Step By Step Instructions:
We have a full set of step by step instructions describing how to create this card.
- Cut watercolor paper to 4 ⅛ x 5 ⅜”.
- Stamp sentiment in black ink.
- Color poinsettia stamp with markers. Mist with water, stamp onto watercolor paper. Let the stamp sit on paper for a few seconds to give ink time to transfer.
- Repeat stamping poinsettias to fill in the entire background.
- Create 4 ¼ x 5 ½ “ top folding card base out of brown cardstock
- Affix poinsettia panel onto card base with the help of photo corners.
- Wrap twine 3 times around the card, time into a bow.
Watch video tutorial below or on Youtube to learn how to make this project:
Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate Cardstock; Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper; Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (046 Mid Green, 043 Olive Green, 022 Carmine Red); Scrapbook Adhesives Creative Photo Corners in Natural; Doodlebug Ladybug Twine; Mama Elephant Retro Holiday Labels Clear Stamp; Ranger Mister Water Bottle.
Have you ever tried this technique? Are you excited to try? Do let me know in the comments below. And have fun stamping!