Painting with painted prints

When I was working with the painted prints set a few weeks back I kept experimenting and came up with a process that uses only one of the stamps in each co-ordinated set of 2 or 3 layered stamps. The stamps are designed to work in 2’s or 3’s; you usually stamp the larger stamp first then the smaller ones over the top.

Instead for these cards I worked with the second stamp of each layering combo. I stamped in distress ink and used a brush and water to blend the stamping into a fuller shape. This gave me light and darker shading on each flower. I stamped and restamped the leaves and stems to get dark, medium and light green tones. A little spritz of water over the leaves made the colour bleed into the paper a bit more then I finished it off with some green splatter. The inks used in the card above were worn lipstick, aged mahogany, forest moss and shabby shutters.

This second rose card I completed the same way but didn’t fling quite so much water around. The inks were tea dye for the stamping of the rose (the second layer stamp) and abandoned coral for blending over the top. Once again the leaves and stems were forest moss and shabby shutters. To make it just that little bit fancier I matted with a dark gold cardstock and embossed the sentiment with gold powder.

The technique described here is the one I used for the tulips in the previous post. Layering stamps are very clever but I am happy to also have worked out a loose looking un-layered technique to try with them; you know I like blending everything with water!


Stamps: painted prints, fluttering friends (MFT)

Inks: worn lipstick, aged mahogany, shabby shutters, forest moss, mowed lawn, tea dye, abandoned coral, versamark
Paper: cold pressed watercolour paper, shimmer antique gold cardstock, pale green cardstock, burgandy cardstock,
Also: metallic gold rich embossing powder

15 Comments on “Painting with painted prints”

  1. creatingincolors says:

    How gorgeous! I’ve got to try this!

  2. Liz Jones in New Hampshire says:

    These are wonderful, and give a new simpler use for the layering stamps, (that to me are way too labor intensive). Also, big guffaw at this: “didn’t fling quite so much water”. Paints an interesting picture of you, Heather! Thank you for sharing!

    • Heather says:

      Even though I like to be neat and organized, what actually happens is that I end up working in a very small space in the middle of a rather cluttered big desk. So sometimes when I fling water around other things get wet!

  3. Karen Galloway says:

    Oh, how I wish I could make this lovely card!! I will give it a try!😬

  4. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous cards, I love the soft effects!

  5. Heidi says:

    These are really pretty. The perfection amount of definition for the flowers and leaves.

  6. Tami Black says:

    I cannot believe you have ever made an “ugly” card ever. These are stunning! I just am not an artist as yourself, but I truly admire your talent!

  7. Mary Fielder says:

    The second card I just love, but I don’t quite understand what technique you are using. Is there a video? Thanks. Just love your unique and creative cards.

  8. Pat says:

    Two gorgeous cards Heather and love the way you have done both, but I think my favourite is the second with just a little less added water so the flowers have a more definite form to them, but nobody does these sorts of techniques as well as you, as you manage to make it all look so natural and unmanicured if you understand what I mean…lol. x

  9. maureenchandler says:

    I love your cards – it’s a wonderful technique and they both certainly look hand painted! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work.

  10. Jo-Anne H says:

    I think these look great. I love the colours of the first card – I tend to gravitate towards those colours and use them a lot.

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