Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge


This is my piece for the Color Challenge at Gingersnap Creations with colors of eggplant, avacado, and pumpkin. It's a canvas painted with distress crackle paint and I stamped the leaves on watercolor paper using 3 distress ink colors and water. Want to know the technique?

Tap the ink pads onto the stamp. I used rusty hinge first on the entire leaf, then tapped peeled paint in spots and finally just a little bit of dusty concord on the tips of the leaf.
Spritz the stamp from about 12 inches away with 4 spritzes of water from a mini mister, then stamp onto the watercolor paper and let it air dry. It will give you a terrific blended effect.
This is a close up of the leaf with the first generation stamp. All of the leaves on my piece were stamped this way.
What is really cool about this technique, though is that you can take the same stamp and WITHOUT re-inking, spritz it with a little more water and stamp again. In my picture you can see the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation stampings. I love using this technique on leaves and have used other color combos. I'm sure you'll notice it used on other projects I've posted on my blog this fall - it's so easy and the results are fun and somewhat serendipitous! So if you've got a project in mind using the colors eggplant, pumpkin and avocado submit it to the Color Challenge which runs until Nov.23.

12 comments:

Netty said...

Your piece is terrific Penny and the distressing inks looks particularly fab on the leaves. Annette x

Linda Cain said...

Gorgeous work! I LOVE it!

Linda

Janine said...

gorgeous, I like the leafs very much. topp!!

Lori said...

Great tutorial, Penny, just love this technique with leaf stamps, beautiful!

Createology said...

Beautiful Fall Leaves! Happy Halloweekend...

Shar said...

I came over to your blog to tell you what a fabulous card you made and ask how you did it, only to be delighted to find out that you had already shared! Completely gorgeous, Penny! Thanks for sharing the secrets of your fab stamping!

Jules said...

I love what you did with this...so lovely!

stampdiva said...

The leaf stamp and Distress Inks are a perfect match. Glorious autumnal colours. Lynne x

WW said...

That leaf stamp is so neat.

Paula said...

I love this technique, stunning design & the metal addition gives it an antique feel.

Ali Manning said...

This is so beautiful Penny!

Trishia said...

Penny, I just love fall -- and you make creating leaves look so easy!