designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone!! It’s Channin here and today I’m going to share with you an easy faux watercolor stamping technique! If you are at all apprehensive about watercoloring I implore you to try this technique. It is so simple; you don’t even use a brush or watercolors, yet it yields beautiful watercolor results!! Watch it below or on our YouTube Channel First, I start with a panel of watercolor paper and the Feather More Stamp Set. This technique works better when you choose stamps with large surface areas, like the mostly solid feathers in the Feather More Stamp Set. Using Distressed Inks, I inked up the second largest feather. I started with my lightest color, Scattered Straw, then I moved onto my darker inks, Spiced Marmalade and then Seedless Preserves. I used the corner of the Spiced Marmalade ink pad to create triangles in the center of the feather and I used Seedless Preserves on the tip of the feather. I’m actually overlapping my inks but I’m careful to not to put lighter shade of ink over a darker shade, that way I don’t mess up my ink pads. When you are overlapping your inks on your stamp just make sure you always starting with your lightest shade then working your way up to your darkest shade.   Now that my stamp is all inked up I misted it with water so that the ink pooled a little more. The water allows the inks to mix and play with and creates the look of watercolor. I then stamped the misted feather onto my watercolor panel.   I continued this process, ink up stamp with my inks (lightest to darkest) then mist, with the other 3 smaller feathers to cover the entire panel. I do, however, ink the other three feathers up with different combinations of the distressed inks. Once the panel was all stamped, I splattered some watered down black acrylic paint. I then stamped a sentiment from the 100% Love Stamp Set on a scrap of white paper in versafine onyx black ink. I then fussy cut the sentiment out, used a black marker on the edges and then adhered it to a circle of black craft foam. Once the splatters were dry I adhered my panel onto my card base and then adhered my sentiment. I hope you enjoyed and will give this Faux Watercolor Stamping technique a try! wfc-20161011-1 wfc-20161011-2