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Product Pick: Color Wash Stamps

Greetings everyone!  Today I have the special assignment of Product Pick which is our way of showcasing some of our most favorite products! Today I am going to show you a few different ways to use those awesome Color Wash Clear Stamps.  I often find my stamping skills a little stagnant, so this was a fun challenge for me to try some new things.

Up first I created a card where I the watercolor brush stroke was embossed with a subtle iridescent powder.


The brush strokes in the background stamps remind me of swaths of clouds against a setting sun.  Here I have used the same image to create four different areas of embossed clouds.


I chose a plain white cardstock by American Crafts and stamped the images using a VersaMark Watermark StampPad.  Next, I added a transparent Star Dust Embossing Powder over the watermark ink and set with a heat gun.


I embellished the top with die-cut clouds and a punched sun from sheets of the 6X6 Color Wash Paper Pad.  To the bottom I added a portion of a Color Wash Cluster Frame with foam adhesive.  A sprinkling of sequins topped with gems and my card is complete!

Next I wanted to use the same watercolor brush stamp to create a framed subway style art piece.  For this particular project, I used an assortment of Memento Luxe ink pads and a sponge for blending.

Shellye McDaniel-Color Wash Subway Art1


To begin I chose a 5×7 sheet of cardstock by American Crafts and each of the three brush-stroke stamps found in the set.  I like the creaminess and ease-of-blending with the Memento Luxe inks, but you can surely try other types.  I’ve used: Morocco, Peanut Brittle and Dandelion for this project.


Using the three inks, apply in sections of 1/3’s over the stamp as shown above.  I started at the right with Morocco, followed by Peanut Brittle and finally Dandelion.  When figuring the progression of an ombre-style color, I take the lightest color and the darkest color to determine what the center color (when the two are blended) will be.  For instance: blue-green-yellow, red-orange-yellow, blue-purple-red, etc.


Working fairly quickly, blend the two areas where the colors meet with a sponge applicator or soft cloth; stamp image onto desired paper.


I chose to use the textured side of the cardstock for this, but if you want more of a blended look, use the smoother side or a smooth cardstock.  I like the way the brush-strokes appear as though they have been applied to a true canvas!


Here is a closer look above.  You can see that after stamping the brush strokes, I went back and stamped each with one of the sentiments from the set (with Memento Tuxedo Black ink).

I practiced quite a bit with the stamps to find the right amount of pressure: Gently tap the ink onto the word stamps and then lightly ‘kiss’ the paper with the image.  I found that ‘walking’ the stamps back and forth made some of the letters too heavy-appearing with ink.

Next, I colored in the letters with an Aquarelle watercolor pencil by Faber Castell (#147); use a blending pen to give a finished look.


To embellish, I applied small sections of Luxe Rubons and stamped on the stars. Once the art was framed and behind glass, I added on a few yellowish gold adhesive pearls over the stars’ centers.

Here is one other method that I also tried using markers:



Color the stamp in sections and then blend with a sponge or soft cloth.


Above is the same image stamped onto textured cardstock and then a smoother cardstock.


Lastly, here is a closer look at the different types of stamping that I did today using the methods above.  From top to bottom, you have the image using Memento Luxe Stamp Inks, followed by marker stamping with Le Plume Markers and finally, embossing with VersaMark Stamp and Silver Embossing Powder. 

I hope that these methods will give you a few more ideas to try the next time you bring out your Pink Paislee clear stamps! So happy that you’ve joined me today!

Collections Used: Color Wash & Color Wash Stamps



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3 Responses to "Product Pick: Color Wash Stamps"

  • Jean A Marmo
    February 18, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Love the use of the stamps!!!

  • Renee V.
    February 19, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    I think you made the right choice, I love those Luxe inks!!!!!! Gorgeous projects today and thanks for sharing your process!

  • Melissa Morrelli
    February 19, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    Great methods!! Your projects turned out great.