As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, we are treated to luscious magazines called Stampin' Success. Back in the day, we received these little gems frequently. Nowadays, not so much. But, they remain wonderful resources, both for improving your business, updates on the company and products, but, best of all, lots of great ideas for using the products, i.e., PROJECTS!
I was leafing through one of my oldies but goodies from October 2010, when I ran across a technique that appeared to be quite intriguing: Wet Paper Stamping. I decided to give it try right then.
These are the actual directions on how to do the Wet Paper Stamping technique. Remember though that these instructions are from way back in 2010 when we relied on our Stamp-A-Ma-Jigs more.
But, NOW, the technique becomes ever so much easier with the advent of clear photopolymer stamps. It is so simple to just realign the stamp over the original stamped image since you can actually see where you are stamping!
OK. It said to DAMPEN the watercolor paper. I think I may have taken "dampen" just a bit too far in my first try. Linda, they said "dampen" not drown. Oops.
Misting it with a much lighter hand gave better results. I think that if I had done a better job stamping my second image, I would probably have used this try:
The previous attempt still showed lots of excessive feathering -- in my mind anyway -- so, on my third try, I simply MISTED the watercolor paper. This gave much better results.
I had stamped my original image on the wet paper with one of the new In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum. I then came in with my final stamping on the dried paper in Rich Razzleberry.
To carry on with the Sweet Sugarplum a bit more, I gently sponged the edges of the watercolor paper in that color, and added a strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock underneath the sentiment label. I had embossed the strip with the Elegant Dots embossing folder, the first time I'd ever used it. When using it on such a narrow strip, I was struck by how much it resembled Braille. I know that makes no sense, but, that's me. There you have it. To remedy my perceived problem, I simply added a large Basic Pearl to the center of one of the "Braille" circles. Even though I am not perfectly happy, it is an improvement.
And, here is my final card.
I love trying new techniques, and my adventure with Wet Paper Stamping was no exception. Maybe it is just the image I chose to experiment with, but I discovered I'm not terribly crazy about the effect, and am not sure I will try it again.
What are your thoughts?