Stamping Sunday April 2024 – Technique Triumphs

Stamping Sunday April 2024 – Technique Triumphs


Thoughtful Wishes – new product coming out in May 2024 when the 2024-2025 Annual Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! kicks off. I am using it with a fun technique for the Stamping Sunday April 2024 blog hop.

Stamping Sunday is a group of demonstrators from around the world who get together on the third Sunday of every month to share creativity. I am so thrilled to be included in this very talented group of stampers, so much inspiration! I want to thank them all for including me.

Our theme for this month of March is “Technique Triumph”. We are exploring techniques, at least one, maybe two or even three. And really what is any project but a grouping of different techniques.

I quite often use my acrylic blocks to create a block of watercolour on a card, and recently wanted to create a grid of blocks of colour using a small acrylic block. It turned out fabulously, so I am using that same technique here again today for this hop. I call it “Acrylic Block Watercolouring”.

Acrylic Block Watercolouring …

Thoughtful Wishes

This is a fun and messy technique where no two backgrounds will be the same. I love this sort of creating, and could sit all afternoon just seeing how different colours blend together. Because I am using an acrylic block to apply the blocks of colour, there is not really any thought required. It all depends on how much water is involved and how the different colours blend.

I have taken some step by step photos while creating the background, which are included below, however I did create a video for another card I created using this technique, and the link to that video is below.

The technique description is very literal … apply ink colour to a small acrylic block, spritz with water and then transfer the inky puddle onto the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper panel. If you give the block a little twist, all of the colour should transfer onto your cardstock. When you lift the block, the ink will pool to one edge, all ready to blend into the next block of colour. I used the new colour “Summer Splash” for the first block of colour (this is a new In Color available 1st May).

The next colour is Granny Apple Green and these two shades blend really well together. When spritzing the ink on the block, make sure you are not in range of your background piece unless you want some splatter on the card. I didn’t really, but ended up with some splatter. It actually worked quite well in the end as you will see in the final result.

Look at all that inky Granny Apple Green goodness! However the next colour is Petunia Pop (a totally different colour), so I did wick a little bit of that green colour away with a piece of paper towel before adding the next block. Petunia Pop is another new In Colour, available to purchase on 1st May.

The next shade is Melon Mambo, still in the pinky range, so it will blend well with the Petunia Pop. Once I had my first line of colour, I did take a waterbrush and added some water to the top of all the four blocks so that when I placed the next line of colour, there was some wetness for the new blocks to blend into.

The first colour in the top line is Tahitian Tide, a retiring In Color. I love Tahitian Tide and I am really going to miss it. I think my ink pad was not as juicy as the others and so the colour is a little lighter. But it blends well with the colours below.

Create the second line of colour in the same manner as the first line, ensuring that the colours overlap in the middle as well with each other. I went back to Summer Splash for this next block.

Next up is Granny Apple Green again, that blend into the bottom Petunia Pop was again a little “different”, but as you will see from the finished project, it all looks way different once it dries and you add some stamping.

And I completed the grid with another block of Melon Mambo. This is the finished background while it was still wet. It is quite vibrant … the colours do soften a little as they dry and the blocks continue to blend. It is up to you if you leave it to dry naturally (maximum blend) or dry with the heat tool, which stops the colours blending fully.

Here is a video I created showing this technique on another card ….

To finish off the card, I trimmed the panel down to get rid of the white edges. I flipped it around so the blues were to the right hand edge … my thinking here was that the blues sort of indicated sky and greenery in the background, with the pinks being more “flower like” in the foreground. lol … pity the light blue panel wasn’t at the top, but oh well.

I used the new Thoughtful Wishes stamp set (also available on May 1st) to stamp some foliage in Gorgeous Grape and Blackberry Bliss inks. I didn’t take a “before” shot, but they looked very chaotic, so I added a touch of blender pen into the leaves to give them some definition. Much better!!

Using the blender pen means that there is a little more control to the blend than if I used the waterbrush. The fluid in the blender pen is just enough to start the central line in the leaves blending with the colour underneath, so the outline of the leaves stays nice and solid (mainly).

To add some lighter highlights to the image, I used the splatter stamp in the Thoughtful Wishes stamp set and stamped it in a few places around the foliage. It sort of soaks into the watercolour paper and takes on the colour underneath, but is just enough to give a little bit of highlight.

The sentiment is also from Thoughtful Wishes. I used an ink blending brush to blend Tahitian Tide and Granny Apple Green inks together on a basic white panel, before stamping the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink. I die cut the sentiment and another panel with one of the small stitched Banner dies from Stylish Shapes die set.

The watercoloured panel has been layered onto a Granny Apple Green matting layer and then onto a Basic Beige folded card (another new colour coming on 1st May and my new favourite base card colour).

The Adhesive backed gems are from the Tinsel Gems Three Pack, they are Coastal Cabana colour I think, but I love how they are a little see through so the colour underneath shows through. This means that these gems go with just about anything!

Next stop on the “Technique Triumph” blog hop …

Keep on hopping around the entire blog hop list … click on the “next blog” link below and to the right to move on to the next blog in the hop, and so on until you get all the way back to here again. I am off to check out all the amazing designer’s projects now … don’t forget to leave comments as you go. We love comments so we know you are out there and looking at our creations.

Until next time,
xxx Cheryll

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