Wa­ter stamp­ing re­ac­tive inks

Cre­ate beau­ti­ful batik-ef­fect back­grounds by wa­ter stamp­ing over re­ac­tive inks

Papercraft Inspirations - - MASTERCLASS -

Wa­ter-re­ac­tive inks are su­per ver­sa­tile and this de­sign re­ally show­cases the range of ef­fects that can be pro­duced. The Dis­tress Ox­ide ink pads used for this card can be ap­plied us­ing an ink ap­pli­ca­tor or sponge, and blend re­ally well for a good cov­er­age of ink. Rub­ber and clear stamps spritzed with a film of wa­ter ‘lift’ the ink from the card to fade the colours. Use a small spray mis­ter to spritz the stamps, tap off any ex­cess wa­ter onto a craft mat and then stamp the inked back­grounds. A won­der­ful ‘faux bleach’ ef­fect then ap­pears! As well as splash­ing, spray­ing and stamp­ing with wa­ter, you can also lightly spritz se­quin waste or a sten­cil for use as a stamp, as you can see on the largest panel. The leaves are stamped us­ing the Dis­tress Ox­ide ink onto an inked panel, dried and then misted with wa­ter to soften the stamped edges. This is a great tech­nique for cre­at­ing softer images with your stamps. A triple easel card is a fun way to dis­play a rain­bow of inked pan­els and folds down for post­ing, too.

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