May 29, 2016


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?



  1. I agree that your second attempt would have been perfect if the overstamped image would have cooperated. If I try this technique (big IF), I will be sure to use my MISTI. I think the result is somewhat like some of SU's current two-step stamping sets... which makes me wonder if the technique would look even better using a two-step set and misting just before stamping the first layer. I may play with this sometime, but I personally think the SS writers were digging pretty deep for a technique that month. At any rate, I do like your card, especially the color combo!

  2. Beautiful! I always find sympathy cards the hardest to make but you nailed this one!

  3. Oh I like this idea!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  4. Love how your card turned out. I guess "misting" can be over rated. Trying to think out to make this a cute craft for kids so they don't get frustrated. I think they would like it.
    Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon party,

  5. Don't you love digging out an old magazine and discovering something you hadn't tried or seen before? This is beautiful. I really appreciate that you didn't just show the perfect third try, but also what happens when you don't do it quite perfectly! Thanks for stopping by again this week at the Celebrate Your Story! link party.

  6. Oh wow! What a neat idea!! I so love this! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. You made such a pretty card.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  8. Now a days I have no time to do crafting, well I take that back I craft skin care products, but miss doing things like this. Followed you from the Home Matters party.

  9. I love this effect! I need to get som eof that paper. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity.

  10. Great effect! Love the pearl accent too :)

  11. Linda, what a beautiful effect. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  12. Oh I love that technique Linda!! very pretty! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! See you later this week!! Pinned!