Sympathy cards are not my favorite cards to make (or send) but having them on hand when I need them has been on the forefront of my mind lately. I recently sent out the last of sympathy cards I had on hand so I'll be working on replenishing that category of cards in my personal stash. Coloring directly on stamps with water based markers is one of my favorite techniques that I haven't revisited in quite some time. These beautiful Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance and Modern Roses background floral stamps make the most beautiful watercolored backgrounds with this technique.
V I D E O T U T O R I A L
Watch the creation of these two coloring on stamps with water based markers cards from start to finish below or click HERE to watch in HD:
The backgrounds were colored in with Tombow Dual Brush Markers. I used colors from both the Bright Pack (755 Rubine Red, 933 Orange, 133 Chartreuse, 296 Green) and Pastel Pack (243 Mint). I colored in the Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance and Modern Roses background floral stamps with the markers, spritzed the ink with water from a Mini Mister to reactivate the ink and then stamped the design on watercolor cardstock. I found working in smaller areas at a time worked best. By not cleaning my stamp in between stamping I was able to see where I had already colored and move on to the next section.
Once the backgrounds were completely stamped, I let the backgrounds air dry. Watercolor cardstock is the best option for this technique because it absorbs the water so easily.
Sentiments from the wplus9 Sympathy Lilies Stamp Set were stamped on smooth white cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Mint and Jellybean Inks. Ink choices make a huge difference here because they compliment the ink colors for the backgrounds. Soft and serene is perfect for these greetings. The greetings were trimmed into rectangles and adhered to the backgrounds with foam adhesive.
Flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Bold Flowers Stamp Set were colored with the same Tombow Dual Brush Markers as the background, spritzed with water from the Mini Mister and stamped on watercolor cardstock before being die cut with the coordinating Bold Flowers Dies and adhered to the cards with foam adhesive squares as shown.
This technique works best with solid stamp images like the flowers, leaves, and backgrounds shown here.
A Mini Mister applies a fine, even mist of water and is my preferred tool for reactivating the ink colored onto the stamps.
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