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I love the Watercolor Stamping technique: It’s easy, doesn’t require a lot of supplies, and it gives amazing results.

First, I spritz my stamp lightly with water—this is just to get the rubber damp, so I can color directly onto it with the watercolor crayons. I colored with light green, then dark green, then spritzed again and stamped it onto watercolor paper. Note: I hold the stamp at arm’s length, then spray so I get a pretty fine mist and a light application.

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Here’s a closer look at the stamped image.

After stamping, I colored yellow crayon onto just the top portion of the stamp, spritzed again and stamped on top of the previous impression. The stamp is wooden, so you don’t get the precise placement as you do with clear stamps, but it doesn’t matter since you’re just adding another layer of color to the bushy part of the tree.

I kept stamping portions of the tree at the bottom and top corners of the watercolor piece, just enough to give some texture.

The watercolor paper is matted on blue cardstock, then on crumpled waxed kraft paper from Paper Artsy. This is like wax paper but a beautiful amber tone. Secure the pieces together with brads. I covered the card front with patterned paper from Hot Off The Press, wrapped sheer yellow ribbon around the fold of the card and added the stamped focal.

A bonus: I then sprayed my stamp with quite a lot of water (enough to make it drippy) and was able to get this cool effect—

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The so-called “second generation” of impressions from my super-spritzed tree.

Here are the supplies I used—

Faber-Castell Watercolor Crayons

– Watercolor paper (Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor paper, hot press)

– Water spritzer (mine is from Judikins, I use it daily)

– Rosemary & Thyme paper pack (Paper Wishes)

– Crunchy Waxed Kraft Paper (Paper Artsy)

– Spotted Winter stamp (Penny Black)

– Card, yellow sheer ribbon

Happy Wednesday!