Hey Everyone! It’s EK, and today I am pulling out some old crafting techniques with ECD’s newest designer, Charlene’s stamp sets. Sometimes the best way to showcase something new is by pulling out something old, and seeing exactly how far you can push the technique. I am just loving how Charlene’s Journaling Elements stamp set adds perfectly to this old school smooching Distress technique.
Step One: Smooch several colors of water soluble ink onto a slick surface. I am using Distress Oxides in Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough, and Broken China.
Step Two: Spray the smooched ink with lots of water.
Step Three: Press paper into the wet ink. I used both a trimmed piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and a piece of Watercolor Paper. Let paper dry.
Step Four: Place stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set onto an acrylic block. Spray the stamp with clean water and press the stamp onto the inked paper. Repeat several times over the surface of the paper.
What you get is a really cool ghost effect from the stamped image inside the ink.
I am loving the visual look when the stamped water fully dries on the cardstock. It works similarly on both the 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock and Watercolor paper.
Step Five: To finish the project, place a second stamp on an acrylic block. Ink up the stamp and spray it with some clean water. Stamp the image onto the inked cardstock.
I used Evergreen Bough with the heart stamp from the Journaling Elements stamp set.
Step Six: For more visual interest, stamp a floral image onto some 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock using water soluble ink. I used a leaf image from the Garden Flowers stamp set and Distress Oxide in Pine Needles.
Step Seven: Watercolor in the image using coordinating ink. I filled in the leaves with Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough. Fussy cut out the image.
Step Eight: Mount the inked cardstock onto an A2 card frame using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Step Nine: Add a strip of trimmed Clear Double Sided Adhesive from a sheet onto the cards. I used two strips on the watercolor paper card to fill in the gaps of where the card fell short, and just one on the card.
Step Ten: Peel off the protective paper and add some Silk Microfine Glitter to the adhesive. I used a combination of teal Silk Microfine Glitter from the Earth Glitter Palette.
Step Eleven: Stamp a sentiment onto the card from the Journaling Elements stamp set. I stamped the word with water soluble ink that had been sprayed by water, then stamped it in a traditional way again when the water stamp dried. I used Pine Needles Distress Oxide for the sentiment.
I just adore how not ‘perfect’ the whole card turned out. Its imperfections really create the ‘perfect’ card.
Step Twelve: Finally, adhere the fussy cut floral onto the card frame using Kids Choice Glue.
The fussy cut image really does a wonderful job of grounding the whole project.
I adore how the water marked stamp images in the background are really not noticeable, but still greatly add to the whole project.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite old school technique is to use when creating with new products. Until then, Happy Crafting.