Hi Friends! I think this will be the last take on the tone on tone look that I’ve been working with and which, so we are all on the same page, I call “Stamping with Water” (even if I use something other than stamps.
If you seen the first post/project as well as the second, you will see that I started out by using stamps with this technique and I stamp with water rather than ink. However, I also do a lot with cutouts that I make using Yupo paper on my digital cutter. And so I’ve been playing around with using those in the same type of tone on tone vein.
The first project in this post/video is using Yupo paper cutouts as a stamp with this “Stamping with Water” technique. I then added on a last project at the end which is trying to create the look of what I call the Distress Oxide Resist, but in reverse order.
Today I just wanted to wrap this whole thing up, show you how I’m using the Yupo paper cutouts and then walk through the different papers and inks/sprays I’ve used, and pass along any thoughts that I have on the techniques and any tweaks that I’m making now versus when I first started doing this a few videos ago.
One of the things that I’ve changed is to let the stamp or Yupo paper cutout sit on the paper for a little bit of time rather than taking it right off, in order to let the water soak into the ink on the cardstock better. The other thing that I’ve been trying to do is either drying it completely with a heat gun, or letting it air dry completely. This is instead of heating with the heat gun just a little bit to see if it was developing enough to determine if I had to add more water. I found that if I don’t dry it all the way- if I dry just part of the way, and I think it looks good and then let it finish, especially when it comes to the Distress Oxide, I sometimes get surprised after it’s finished drying.
The first project is a background is a laser printable craft colored cardstock that I got on Amazon. I originally bought this paper because I wanted to foil it, but then I found that it cut beautifully on my digital cutter. At the same time I received the paper, I was working with the “Stamping with Water” tone on tone experiments and had tried it on Distress Kraft Cardstock. So in this experiment with Yupo paper cutouts I decided to use the laser printable craft paper. I had already sprayed the craft paper with Distress Oxide sprays in Frayed Burlap and Broken China. Then I sprayed the Yupo paper cut out and placed it down onto the paper, just like you would if it was a stamp. Now, instead of lifting up immediately, I cover it with a scrap piece of paper and then I put something over it, like a jar with water, to keep the Yupo in contact with the paper for a minute or so.
I had a second project made from Distress heavyweight (the cream colored one) that I did not do a great job of applying Distress ink on top originally. I had used the same Yupo paper cutout with water, but lifted it up right away rather than leaving it sit there like I’m doing now. It didn’t develop as much as I would have liked. In the video I added more of the same ink to cover over the mistake, and then proceeded to follow the same process as I did in the first project. I used a Yupo paper cutout and sprayed it with water, placed it on the re-inked paper and then left it sit with a water jar on top.
Before I went off to let the new projects dry, I showed a bunch of examples of tests I had done with different inks and papers. One of my favorites was using a piece of rose colored Kraft cardstock by Ideology for Tim Holtz with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink. I used a Yupo paper cutout to do the “Stamping with Water” and I loved the way it came out. The contrast between the rose and the green was awesome!
After the first projects were dry, I showed the laser printable craft paper which came out a little diffused. It was a soft and very subtle tone on tone look. Unfortunately I had a couple of smudges in the middle because I had all kinds of Distress spray on the other side of the paper that had leaked through. It was a bummer, but I loved the look and adding a cutout over the top would hide it, so it was all good. The cream colored heavyweight Distress cardstock where I added more Distress ink in Uncharted Mariner and brought the Yupo paper cut out over it again turned out great! I was able to fix the booboo from my previous attempt.
In the second half of the video, I piggybacked another experiment. Sometimes I have paper that I’ve used to mop up ink when I’m playing around with any of the Distress inks and I end up with big sheets of paper, pre-inked, some of which are really kind of cool. If I wanted to do what I call the Distress Oxide Resist, it’s too late because there’s a whole bunch of ink already on the paper before the Distress Oxide layer. Generally when I do the Distress Oxide Resist, I use a stamp/stencil/cutout or some other method to apply Distress Oxide Ink or sprays as the first layer to the (normally) plain cardstock I am using. Then I bring regular Distress, usually spray stain, over the Distress Oxide and the oxide changes color. It is actually oxidizing, not resisting, but that’s what it looks like- it looks like a resist- hence the name I gave it.
Well if I’ve already got cardstock with spray stains or inks on it, then it’s too late theoretically to do the resist, especially if I want to keep that background. So I decided to try
stamping with the Distress Oxide ink onto the sample pre-inked background just on plain cardstock and then do that water technique to oxidize that ink. I used a stamp positioner for this technique to make it easier to align my stamps for each attempt. I inked the stamp with Distress Oxide ink in Unchartered Mariner. I had to stamp a couple of times to get a good image. The Unchartered Mariner looked OK on the dark background, so I could have left it that way, but I decided to oxidize it by re-stamping with water. Since the stamp was still in the positioner, I just had to spray the stamp with water. I didn’t even clean it, although I probably should have. Then I stamped over the Distress Oxide stamped image. I did it 2 times and probably should have done a third. Then I let it sit to develop. The Distress Oxide ink did oxidize, but not as much as I would have liked.
I re-did this last project with a different piece of cardstock, this time Distress Heavyweight, and since this paper was really meant to move the liquid mediums, I think this attempt came out better. I don’t always mop up with my “good”, i.e. not cheap office supply, cardstock. However, I might do it more now after seeing the results of the second try.
I’m sure the watercolor would work equally as well, because I think the smoother paper with a little bit of the coating probably just helps.
Stamping On Pre-Inked Paper After WaterHere are some of my takeaways from this “Stamping with Water” technique:
– Leaving the stamp/stencil/mask/Yupo paper cutout wet on the cardstock for a half to full minute or so works better.
– Letting the water sit and do it’s thing overnight it better than drying it with a heat gun.
– Coated papers seem to work better with this technique (including the one at the end where I did the Distress Oxide Resist in reverse) as opposed to plain cardstock. As an aside, for the normal Distress Oxide Resist I actually like the plain, uncoated cardstock better.
– Color combinations can also influence the success of these projects.
My favorite examples were the ones with the lighter coated papers like Distress Heavyweight or Watercolor cardstock. However, the laser printable craft appears to have a coating and I liked the way the “Stamping with Water” worked on that paper too. The Ideology colored Kraft cardstock really warrants more experimentation especially after seeing the combination of the rose color with the Evergreen Bough.
So hopefully you liked these ideas and will try them yourself!