Friday 30 May 2014

LOVE is forever and a new (to me) technique

Almost a year ago I bought this stamp set and it's a first outing for it:

I wanted to use a technique that Sheena Douglass showed on Create and Craft TV quite a while back and thought this set was good for a first try.

I used:

- white DL card blank

- black card stock for the frame

- white card stock to stamp onto (in fact I generally cut a matching card blank up to get exactly the right shade of white - whoever knew there where so many shades of white huh?!). And of course I keep the other half with the rest of the same card blanks for another time

- a snippet of white card for the rose head to try out this 'ere technique. I used a rose stamp as well as also used 'Ruby Red' from my Twinkling H2O's. What you do is to spray the H2O paint and let the pot stand for a while until it goes creamy, as you would normally. Then, using a flat headed bristle brush carefully paint all over the stamp, much as you would if you inked it up. Then stamp onto the snippet of white card - I found I needed to press really firmly for a good image. Then, take a water brush (or you could use water and an ordinary paint brush) and just pull the colour in from the stamped outline, following the natural shading

- then I allowed the rose head to dry thoroughly before fussy cutting round it

- the barbed wire stem was stamped using Brilliance 'Starlite Black - looks more like a greyish silver to me, just the colour I wanted, and the wording was stamped using Brilliance 'Graphite Black'

- after the card was all trimmed and assembled I just popped the rose head on using Collall glue

And much to my 'well knock me over with a feather' surprise, the in-house critic really liked the result! I thought he might think the barbed wire was a bit weird but it got the thumbs up :)

I know the technique probably isn't new to lots of you, and we do use other mediums such as Distress Inks in a similar way, but this really has made me look at those sad little neglected H2O's and several other stamps in a new light. Certainly worth a try if you also haven't tried it yet :) Just be prepared for the watered down H2O to be quite a lot paler than the outline of course, something to think of when picking colours to use.

Been busy here doing other things besides crafting so I'll be playing catch up on Playground commenting today, if I haven't already done so!



  1. Let me be the first to say you did a wonderful job Di. Always nice when the "in-house critic" is on your side. (high 5). Been a long time my dear friend and my hope is to get back to it but for now…..I'm watching my friends getting crafty. Huge hugs Di and keep up the great work.

  2. The in house critic is a great judge as this card is fab!

    I did not know that technique you mentioned...I think I need to watch craft and create next time i am over! lol
    Love the senitment really looks great with that barbed wire stem.

  3. FANTASTIC - this is right up my alley and I LUV your colouring on that rose. Amazing !! All you want now is a couple of Skullies on it and you're away to the Dark Side :-D Bwaahahahaha !!!

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. This worked just great, Di, and thanks for the reminder about those often neglected Twinkly H2O's too


  5. Lovely card Di. I think the barbed wire works because it does not jump off the page at you, in fact until I took a second look I had assumed it was the rose stem! Maybe I should put my glasses on! x

  6. This is gorgeous Di. Surprised it had pink in it! LOL!

  7. Love this Di its gorgeous and the barbed wire works great! huggles Sue xxx

  8. Am sitting here chuckling at Ike's comment! One bit of barbed wire and a gothic font . . . and she's off to the dark side!

    Lovely card sporting a pretty pink rose and thanks for sharing the technique which you've used to great effect.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. This is a fabulous card. I love the rose and the barbed wire.

  10. Love that rose! Will have to try this technique with Twinkling H2O's!

  11. I have had issues when I have tried H2O's on clear stamps so thank you for sharing Di!
    Gorgeous card, that stamp set is, of course, on my wishlist. I having other non stamping things that I need to do but as soon as I can I will give the technique another go - thank you!!! Karen xx

  12. Hi Di
    Your card is absolutely stunning. The rose is beautiful and you've made it sound reasonably easy to do. Great stuff!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  13. Well it is new to me but there again most things are.
    Fabulous card, love the rose and the colouring and maybe even the barb wire!

    Kath x

  14. Hmmmn like the sound of that, and will get out me h2o's and give it a go! Tfs x

  15. Hi Di

    I have a feeling that lots of folk are going to be digging out their H2Os to give this a try.

    Loving the finished look of what you have created.

    You must be well chuffed the "in house critic" approved too!

    Have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  16. My word, that rose looks just beautiful in all of it's pink glory! I like the barbed wire too, it's a great addition, and looks so perfect in the different color! NJ!

  17. This technique made a beautiful rose! I wonder if regular watercolors would work? Hmmm..I may need to do some experimenting.

  18. Fabulous rose Di, I've not tried this technique for stamping with my H2Os, the effect is lovely, Cathy x

  19. This is gorgeous Di it's always nice to try something else and you have done a fab creation with this.....enjoy your weekend x

  20. This is just so beautiful!

    love Mags B x

  21. Oh I do like playing catchup and finding all kinds of lovely cards to enjoy. I am H20 challenged, and was very impressed with the wonderful look you achieved on this rose (well, I like roses anyway, but this one is really pretty). Thanks for explaining how you did this, and good for you on using a NBUS! Off to enjoy a few more posts here this morning. TFS & Hugs

  22. I find it hard to get a good image stamped once I've painted the stamp with the H2Os. Practice I'm sure is the key. This card makes me think of tattoos.... which also are forever.


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