Mementoes In Time


Spectrum Aqua Pens Projects - Direct to Stamp

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM


Today, we are covering the last in our mini series, using the new Spectrum Aqua pens. These pens are watercolours, so you can blend and use them just like watercolour pencils or crayons but with a much more vibrant colour.


If you would to read our other posts on these pens, scroll back through the blog.


I've managed to find some time to play around and today, we are making some cards, using a combination of background washes and 'direct to stamp' technique. I've had some serious fun with this, so I've made quite a few little cards, as you can see above. I have to say that the original idea for this came from the Hobbycraft blog but I've definitely made it my own!

To create the background for my stamping, I've added colour to my acrylic block, just in a rough fashion, using two colours. As these are watercolours, you need some water to get them to blend and you can do this in different ways.

I've dampened down my watercolour paper before stamping and then lightly sprayed the block before adding the block to the paper. Push the block down and allow the ink to blend underneath, you can even leave it for a bit if you like to let some of the colour sink into the paper.

Lift off your block carefully. If you don't like the colour, you can go again with your pens, until you get the effect you like.

Let the paper dry, or use a heat gun to dry it before you start stamping. Actually, it doesn't matter if it is a little damp, you will just get a slightly blurred image from your stamp but this might be what you are looking for. Add colour directly to the stamp, using different tones to create some depth. This can be a bit tricky as you are almost working 'blind' but you could always do a test print on a separate sheet to see how it looks before doing the final image.

As it takes a little while to complete, the ink can dry, so you can either a very small spray or better still breathe heavily/huff on your stamp, to reactivate the ink.

After stamping, you can then use the fine end of the pen to add some detail. The eagle eyed ones amongst you will have noticed that this image is different from the one in the earlier photos. This is because the stamped image just didn't give a good effect - it was a bit blurry, so I've gone for a simpler one. These stamps are from the stunning Darkroom Door Collections by the way.

Here is my image, matted and layered up, with a simple ribbon. I think this makes a lovely elegant card. This technique is such fun, that I have made a few more, all on a similar theme.

For this card, I've just used the technique above to create a background, then added a stamped and heat embossed image in white. A little distressed ink around the edges and a simple mount on black, with co-ordinating ribbons, completes this card.

This next card is as same as the first one. You can see that the image has run a little because the paper was wet but this gives quite a nice effect.

For the butterfly card, I have heat embossed in opaque black and just used the fine detail end of the pen to colour in my butterflies. The background was made as before.

Now a couple of small notelets, using up my scraps!

Distress inks around the edge of this next one, really give a lovely dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed our exploration of watercolour markers. If you haven't read the earlier posts, you can scroll back on the blog to find them. Join us for more projects soon!

Categories: Card Projects, 2014 to 2015, Craft Techniques

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