ID: gg design Oct 09 - Wet Stamping - Friendship Koi
5"w x 7"h

Created: Oct 14, 2009

gg designs challenge for October is coloring a solid type rubber image with watercolor markers or something similar, misting and then stamping on watercolor paper. Ida Abshier has a nice tutorial on gg's web site.

I used this large Koi stamp (Onyx Xpression) and colored them with Tombow watercolor markers, first putting a layer of yellow, then brush strokes of a reddish and a brown, misting more towards the tail than on the head section. Stamped onto Arches Text Wove paper. Let dry. Cleaned off my stamp and misted the stamp, but only one of the Koi on the head area and stamped over the previous stamping so some of the color would bleed. The edges stayed crisp. I did it again with the other Koi but didn't mist as much so I would get a rougher pattern for his scales. Let dry, then rubber stamped the whole image with a Perfect Medium pad and clear embossed. This created a resist for the next step.


 I made a mask of the fish and then rubber stamped the swirly pattern (Old Island #549A) using Distress stamp pads Broken China and touching areas with Faded Jeans, stamping and then misting the paper lightly. Some of the fish which didn't get totally embossed bled a bit, but I like that. Rubber stamped the word "Friendship" which is part of a quote stamp from Quietfire Design. Edged the artwork with a blue Zig marker, then adhered it to a red scrapbook paper.

Took a piece of white cardstock and the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl embossing folder. Brayered the two blue Distress pads from above onto one side of the embossing folder, ran through the Cuttlebug, removed the cardstock and clear embossed. Repeated the process to get a larger piece of decorated cardstock. Trimmed and centered it onto my main dark blue white speckled card. Then layered the artwork off center.

detail of right hand fish with only light misting of the body section.

The fin area with part of the water, red border and D'Vine swirl

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