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