Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Have a Sparkly, Splashy Christmas!

So after I embossed in white and painted using the Twinkling H2Os, I wondered what else I could do with them.

Turns out that sponging ink onto stamps can be a bit tricky, but I finally got pretty good results which became this sparkly, splashy, and extremely non-traditional Christmas card:

Here's how I did it.

1. Wet the paint pot pretty well with a large brush and lots of water. Swirl the brush around to loosen the pigment as much as possible. The green and red I used are very dark colors, but this technique will lighten the colors considerably.

2. Using a small sponge, pick up the wet paint from the pot and dab it onto the stamp. (If you use a paint brush, you'll make an ugly mess. Ask me how I know....) Keep dipping the sponge in the paint pot until it's dry, and then rub the sponge firmly into the pigment to pull more color onto the sponge. The repeat dabbings onto the stamp give a darker color and much better results than if you just try sponging dry pigment on a dry stamp or stop with the watery paint. It's weird, but it works. At least for me.

3. Once you've gotten as much pigment as possible on the stamp, pray it lightly with a mister full of water. Then stamp.

The panel is edged with a gold metallic marker and popped up with dimensionals.

I love this. I might even keep it for myself because I have no idea who on my Christmas card list would like it. Any takers?

stamps: Papertrey (Grunge Me, Watercolor Wonders), Clearly Besotted (Happy Days)
ink: VersaMagic jumbo java
paper: Papertrey
accessories: dimensionals, gold metallic marker, sponge, Twinkling H2Os


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! You're really doing some lovely things for Christmas - even if I'm still in denial! :)

  2. Yes. Me :) Another card I would gladly take off your hands :)

    Thanks for reminding me to use twinklings. I had a few bought years ago and haven't used them for a long time.

    Think they are perfect for X-Mas cards.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Love your results, Susan! I've yet to purchase twinklings, but maybe I should.

  4. Awesome. I'm a little surprised that you have made this 'mess'! ;-) Keep playing, it's really nice!

  5. Got a laugh out of the Freudian use of "pray" instead of "spray". Seems like I do that a lot when trying out new things. ;)

    1. LOL! Good catch, Martha! I actually taught the first class of The Circle Maker (a study on prayer by Mark Batterson) last night. Needless to say, prayer has been on my mind a LOT lately.

  6. Stunning card and someone would love this at Christmas! It is so bright and regal looking, just right for the Christmas story, a bright shining 'star', the birth of King Jesus and the visit of the Magi some 2 years later. Thanks for the inspiration!


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