No-Stress Distress Inks #10 – Stamping with Water

Hey there. :) I know this is going up late… welcome to my life. Ha! I’ve been crazy busy today with buying enough groceries to actually have food in my fridge, reorganizing my room and there also was an unintentional nap thrown in there. Whoops! Oh well. Well here’s lesson #10 in my series about distress inks. I think you’re really going to like it; it’s simple and really fun. Here’s the video:

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Here are the finished cards for the lesson:

This technique involved just blending a background and then stamping onto it with a stamped inked with versamark + water. I love the cool watermark effect.

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream and Hawaiian Shores), Ink – Ranger (Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles and Forest Moss and JBS ink in Spice Tin) and Tsukineko (Versamark), Stamps – Hero Arts (CG315 Flower Bursts Pattern, CG249 Large Solid Flower and CL490 Sending Smiles Messages) White Pen – Signo Uniball, Corner Rounder – WRMK Circle Punches – EK Success.

This one is funky and fun. You could use this idea in sooo many ways, and I love how it gives the woodgrain stamp a whole different look.

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Spring Moss and Enchanted Evening), Ink – Ranger (Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink and JBS Spice Tin) and Tsukineko (Versamark), Stamps – Hero Arts (CL139 Birthday Messages and S5208 Designer Woodgrain), Buttons – Papertrey Ink (Spring Moss), Thread – DMC.

The Print-Out

The lesson PDF that you can download and print for free is here.

Techniques in the Video

  • Blend a background with multiple colors that blend well together. Ink up you stamp with versamark and the spray the stamp with a fine mist until damp.
  • Press the inked paper into the damp stamp and press well all around the paper so that the image transfers. Carefully lift the inked paper off the stamp and set aside to dry. As the paper dries, the water will interact with the ink below it.
  • For the second technique, cover a piece of cardstock with one or more colors (I just used the ink pad directly to paper here).
  • Ink your background stamp lightly with versamark ink (just to help everything stick to the stamp before stamping), one or two colors of darker distress ink, and then spray the stamp with water (I use about 10 sprays of water… until small little pools appear on the lines that will stamp).
  • Press your inked paper into the stamp, moving your fingers around the image to get complete coverage but not pressing too hard. Lift up and set aside to dry. Spray with a couple more mists of water if the image needs a little help blending.


eexitslexx on YouTube: Are there certain stamps these [watercolor stamping] techniques work better with? i.e ones with not such fine lines like a woodgrain background stamp for example?

Answer: Bolder lines definitely work better than fine lined stamps because there’s more area for the colors and water to interact on the face of the stamp. Try it with finer stamps as well, though, because you might end up with something really cool! I’ve also found that rubber stamps tend to work much better than clear stamps with these techniques. They seem to “grab” the water and ink a little better when it comes to funky techniques like these.

If you have any other questions about these techniques, leave a comment below and I’ll make sure to answer them in my next video or post. :) Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have lots of fun stuff planned for this week, so make sure you stop by throughout the week to see what I have up my sleeve. Hoping you’re all having a great weekend!




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5 Responses to No-Stress Distress Inks #10 – Stamping with Water

  1. Jeannie L

    Thanks for this tutorial. Both cards are really lovely. Intend to try one of the techniques in an earlier tutorial for a Mother’s Day card.

    By the way, do u need to use watercolor papers for this technique?

    Looking forward to see more tutorials. Thanks for sharing…

  2. Terri (blindstamper)

    I’m fairly new to your blog (thank you Jennifer McGuire), and I’m enjoying your videos (have a lot to catch up on). I was wondering if some of your techniques would work well with the distress stains. Do you think you’ll experiment? I’ll bet you could do fabulous things with the new Faber-Castell products too.

  3. Thanks so much for another great video! You’re such a natural instructor. I especially love the woodgrain card — perfect for a masculine birthday! I’m definitely going to give these techniques a try.

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