Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Impressionistic Misting

I am going to go ahead and post this card, because yesterday's post said that I would.  But...I am not thrilled with it. I have spent way too much time experimenting with this technique and am done with it. So...check out my card...then go immediately to the links to the people that can actually do this beautifully. 

This is an attempt to create an impressionistic look.  I was hoping that it would be stunning as I wanted it to be the centerpiece of this one-layer card for the One Layer Wednesday challenge: green, pink and never seen ink.  The flower stamp is from Garden Silhouettes which is an older stamp, but I just picked up a used set.  I guess that means the stamp has seen ink!!??  Oh well, it hasn't seen MY ink!

This technique is a two-step process.  First...mist your paper with water and  then stamp on the wet paper.  The ink will spread.

Then, when the paper is completely dry, stamp again to get the clearer image.

That's the basics...now I will send you to the two blogs of people who actually make this work!

Julie's Stamping Spot: Julie uses this technique on Stampin' Up Whisper White paper and then she slightly offsets the top image so it looks like a shadow.  But I simply could not make this work.  If I just misted a couple of times, the ink didn't spread.  If I misted enough to make the ink spread, the paper started to fall apart.  I absolutely love her work - I just can't replicate it.

The Diva Stamper: Lori does it on watercolor paper and just gets a faint halo of color.  Gorgeous!

Stamping with Monique: Monica was the first commenter on this post so I have edited my post to add her link as she has a beautiful card and great advice.  She talks about letting the water soak into the watercolor paper and then patting off the excess.  I didn't soak it that much - so maybe that's where I went wrong!?
If anybody tries this and has success - please let me know how to do it!!
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Garden Silhouettes, Thank You Kindly
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride markers
  • Paper: watercolor paper
  • Accessories: water mister


  1. Hi Kim
    I had a go with this technique the other day. I used water colour paper and made it really wet and then patted off the excess before stamping the main image. Instead of re-stamping when it was dry I stamped onto acetate and layered it over the top, but the effect looks much the same http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com/2011/04/window-sheets-and-watercolour.html
    Hope that helped a bit.

  2. I think its beautiful Kim. I don't think you know how to make a card that doesn't turn out. If you do, you must keep them a huge secret. ;) Yes... just looked again and there is nothing wrong with that card.

    I'll give it a try, but you know for sure I'll muck it all up; in fact I still haven't made a card for SCS CAS challenge this week. I'll try this technique and see how long it takes before I toss my water color paper in the trash. LOL

  3. Okay, I think you are too hard on yourself. The reason yours is different is the colors. It is soft and beautiful. I went to each site and each card was unique and turned out different too! I love your card! it is very soft and lovely! So there!

  4. I think this is so serene and pretty! I love this technique!

  5. Wow! I think this is quite gorgeous! Beautiful card and a new technique I must try!

  6. I think your card is beautiful! And I am intrigued by this technique!

    I think you did just fine and a great job on the challenge!

    Thanks for playing along with OLW49!

  7. Great technique & I think your card looks wonderful. Must give this a try - thanks for the inspiration! :)


Thank you for taking the time to comment on my card! I do get spam comments so your comment will be held until I read it and release it!