Short on time? Kristine has got you covered with solid stamping or we also like to call it stamping with no coloring needed. New to the idea? Read below and she’ll walk you through all the supplies she uses for the technique.
Hey there, my Sweet stamping friends! It’s Kristine back on the blog today, and I want to talk with you about stamping without coloring. I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been all about coloring in my Sweet stamps – Copics, Sharpies, colored pencils, crayons, watercolors…you name it, I’ve done it. As I sat down to work on a new project the other day, I was trying to decide which coloring medium to use, but I wasn’t having much success. Nothing was really speaking to me that day – you know what I mean? And suddenly, it occurred to me that I could add color and fun to my stamped projects without actually coloring them. I came up with four ways I could use my Sweet stamps without coloring them in, and now I feel like I have a new weapon in my crafting arsenal. Let me show you what I mean!
For my first project, I decided to let the ink be the star of the stamping show. I chose the super adorable Poo stamp and four green inks, then used all four inks on my stamp before I laid it on my paper. It made a really cool ombre effect that I love, and was super, super easy to do. I popped the card (3×3) on a coordinating card stock base, and I was good to go. Quick, simple, and adorable! (Tip: You can do this with any stamp, but large ones with lots of surface area will give the biggest color bang for your buck.)
For my next project, I decided to do some embossing. I had found this really inexpensive package of 15 different colored embossing powders at Michaels awhile back, so I decided to put them to good use. I chose the Little Cooler set because it has a bunch of similar images and a cute sentiment to go along with them. I used Versamark ink to stamp the images and embossed them in 7 different colors. I embossed the sentiment in black, using the Speech Bubble set, and then mounted the card front on some coordinating paper. I love the rainbow effect, but I think this would look good in a monochromatic scheme, too! (Tip: Stamp and emboss each image individually. It will take a little longer to do, but you’ll have less chance of smudging your powders!)
On my third project, I decided to break out the watercolors. But this time, instead of watercoloring inside the images, I colored around them! I used the adorable Peekaboo Cats set to stamp around the edges of a piece of cold press watercolor paper with Versafine ink, then added the little thought bubble and heart to the center (I stamped the heart in red pigment ink). Then I used three shades of watercolor to paint around the stamps, adding color and blending the shades together with more water as I went. When it was all dry, I mounted the paper onto a slightly larger piece of watercolor paper, then again on top of a piece of red card stock to make the heart pop. I could not believe how quickly this project came together, and I love the overall look of it! (Tip: Versafine ink is great for watercoloring, but make sure it’s totally dry before you start or it’ll smear. I used my embossing heat gun on it for a minute to make sure it was dry.)
For my final project, I combined two techniques: watercoloring and embossing. I used Brusho watercolor powders in brown and orange on a piece of cold press watercolor paper, then let them dry thoroughly. Then I used Versamark ink to stamp the Oolong stamp set and embossed it with white embossing powder. I thought the "hello" sentiment on the scrapbook paper went perfectly with the “it’s been oolong” sentiment, so I used that to back my card. I absolutely love how the white embossing pops against the brown! (Tip: When watercoloring for a background, do a piece of paper larger than your final project will be. That way, when it’s all dry, you can choose the part of the watercolored background that you like the best and cut it out of the larger sheet for use on your card. Bonus – you’ll have some smaller, ready-made watercolor pieces to use in another project!)
I hope that I’ve given you some ideas today to expand your crafting with your stamps! If you try one of these no coloring techniques, post it on Instagram and in our Facebook Fan Club and tag us so we can see it! (Not a member of our Fan Club yet? JOIN US! Happy stamping!!