Knock knock

I’m collaborating with the Foiled Fox team today so you can read more about these cards on their blog. These are my first cards created with Art Impressions ‘Watercolor’ stamps. The stamps are designed for creating scenes; there are a lot of little stamps depicting stems, branches, foliage and flowers. The stamper can combine them however they wish, use a water soluble ink then blend with a little water to turn all the stamping into ‘watercolor paintings’.

I used a combination of foliage and flower sets to decorate two cards featuring doors from the Art Impressions ‘Door’ set. It was fun to create little  scenes around the doors. One ended up being a rustic cabin type door and the other a simple white door at the end of a garden path.

I chose frayed burlap distress ink to stamp one of the doors and grey zig clean color real brush marker to ink the other door. I also used the zig markers for the floral and foliage stamps. I learnt on the Art Impressions youtube channel that the best way to stamp the flowers and leaves is to ink them, then stamp several times just slightly offset each time. That way you create more volume and variety in colour. After you have done your stamping (with watersoluble inks like distress and zig clean color) you can blend all the images with a damp brush to create the watercolour look.

I added some elements with the zig markers and watercolour pencils to fill out the scenes. front path, bricks and planks around the doors and a hand drawn window. Pop over to the Foiled Fox blog to read about my method in more detail.

I really enjoyed playing with these stamps to create my own scenes. The stamps are tiny but you can fill a garden quickly by stamping a mass of flowers and foliage then blending it every so lightly with water. I would love to hear from you in the comments below if you have already done some creating with the Art Impressions watercolour stamps or if you are feeling inspired to give it a try. I will definitely be back with more scenes.


Art Impressions Stamps:  WC Foliage set 3, WC Flower set 3, WC door set, WC Foliage set 1, Flower

MFT Stamps: Anything but Basic Friend set

Inks: frayed burlap distress ink, versafine sepia, versafine olympia green

Dies: Penny Black border edgers

Papers: cold pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white, green cardstocks

Also: zig clean color real brush pens, watercolor pencils

11 Comments on “Knock knock”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Both of these are beautiful, Heather! I have some of these stamps and haven’t played with them nearly enough. You have inspired me!

  2. creatingincolors says:

    These are beautiful! I love seeing how you have created with the Art Impressions stamps. I love their line of stamps.

  3. Cindy says:

    Heather, Thank you so much for sharing your Art Impressions work (and all of your other work, too). It’s obvious that you have an artist’s eye. (I’m really quite jealous!)! As an FYI, I’ve seen Sandy Alnock use Art Impressions stamps to create scenes as you have. You can find a video or two of her Art Impressions scene-building on her blog. She does wonderful work, too, but I especially love the feeling of depth in your marker paintings. Fondly, Cindy

  4. Heather McFadden says:

    I have wanted to use these stamps for some time and now I can’t wait. Thank you for the tips.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Heather,
      Glad you are feeling inspired. I’m looking forward to pulling these stamps out again along with a little wheel barrow I’ve bought.

  5. Jean Marmo says:

    Simply stunning

  6. Pat says:

    Super stamps to combine and make really pretty scenes, and love the two different ways you have used them Heather. Two beautiful cards x

  7. Trish says:

    I am a big admirer of your watercoloring and am a Art Impressions water colorer myself. I love your style on these Stamps. Very inspiring.

  8. Marisela Delgado says:

    What beautiful cards. You make it look so easy.

  9. lollthompson says:

    These are little works of art, Heather. Amazing! xx

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