Stamping with water

I’ve shown this in a project in Camp already, but I promised to explain. Guess what? today is the day!

So stamping with water. You need water, you need a stamp, and you need a surface that is COVERED in some water reactive medium. Think distress ink, dylusions mist, or if you have something else that qualifies. Why this? Well, you can stamp with water into anything, but it is only going to show up if the surface is reactive. You dig?

Here are examples:

All my examples above done with Dylusions and/or Tim Holtz distress stains and ink pads. This works best with a simple stamp. It does NOT work well with a complex image, like this:

See what I mean? That image does not show up well. Oh, it works for adding some depth to my background, but don’t expect to see a clear image.

How much water? It kind of depends. I have a very fine misting squirt bottle that i use, it takes a number of squirts to get most stamps wet enough. Basically, I want to see some water on the stamp, but not soak it. Think drizzle vs pouring rain.

Link to stamps shown above (that I could find, that is!):

That’s pretty much it you guys. Stamp + water + surface covered with water reactive medium.

Here’s a finished project – I used that Lawn Fawn set I was playing with last month – you can see it is double stamped. Onto the tag (which was water stamped first) in paint, and also individual images cut out after stamping and staining. Love the finished look!  I used a dotted stamp which looks kind of like random water dots on my background – love that look.

Link to supplies used:


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20 thoughts on “Stamping with water”

  1. Okay, the sea creature tag above just won me over for those stamps. Love the gathered “skirt” at the bottom too. Fun technique. Just got my first Dylusions today and I’m ready to get messy:)

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