Thursday, February 20, 2020

New Stamping Technique - RUB-ON Watercoloring | February 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card Ideas

Fun NEW Stampin Technique called RUB-ON Watercoloring. As I was stamping these cards, I wanted a watercolor look but needed it be in a specific area. I didn’t want to stamp the image first and risk having the outline of the flower smear and bleed. After experimenting, I came up with this fun and NEW technique I haven’t ever seen before.

This tutorial is also part of my Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card ideas for February 2020 – Lovely Day Kit. If you have been following my blog posts you know I like to use the fun envelopes that come in the kit as part of my handmade card designs. I can always use regular envelopes to mail my cards. Today’s tutorial shows how you can use all three colors of envelopes with the same layout to create gorgeous cards. I love creating alternative cards with Paper Pumpkin Kits so make sure to come back for more videos as I continue to create with this month’s kit.

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Here are the dimensions and pieces you will need to create these cards:
Thick Very Vanilla card base 5.5” x 8.5” scored at 4.25”
Very Vanilla cardstock 5.5” x 3.75” | 2.5” x  0.5”
Rococo Rose cardstock 1” x 4.25” strip

Here is a list of the supplies I used to make the cards:
Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock 144237 $8.25
Very Vanilla Cardstock 101650 $9.75
Rococo Rose cardstock 150882 $8.75
Memento Ink Pad 132708 $6.00
Rococo Rose Ink Pad 150080 $7.50
Old Olive Ink Pad 147090 $7.50
Aqua Painter103954 $17.00
Paper Trimmer 152392 $25.00
Simply Shammy 147042 $8.00
Snail Adhesive 104332 $7.00
Multipurpose Liquid Glue 110755 $4.00
Dimensionals 104430 $4.00
Clear Block D 118485 $8.50
Paper Snips 103579 $10.00
Bone Folder 102300 $7.00
Stampin' Pierce Mat 126199 $5.00
Take Your Pick Tool 144107 $10.00

This new stamping technique gives you a beautiful watercolored image using multiple colors that are placed in the correct areas with nice clean line image with any ink – even water based ink

1- Cut an envelope to 4.25” x 5.5”. Start by removing 1/8” from one side, then measure and cut at 4.25”. Then remove the bottom fold at 1/8” and then measure and cut at 5.5”.
2- Remove all the stamps from the clear plastic sheet that has the printed images on it. Flip it over so the flower is in reverse. Use an aqua painter and Rococo Rose ink and watercolor the ink on the plastic over the petals.
3- Quickly flip it over onto the Very Vanilla cardstock and rub the color into the cardstock. You can repeat as many times you want. You can also add a little ink with the aqua painter on the cardstock to fill in any areas that didn’t get color once you know where the color should be.
4- Do the same thing with the Old Olive in the leaves.
5- Repeat so you have 2 flowers. Dry with a heat tool.
6- Stamp the flower stamp over the watercolor with Black Memento Ink then fussy cut both flowers.
7- On the Rococo Rose strip with Rococo Rose ink, use the stamp-off / stamp-on technique to add the 3-line image across the strip. Then stamp the small flowers with full strength ink randomly all over.
8- Stamp “congratulations” on the Very Vanilla strip all the way to the right, cut a flag shape from the left side.
9- Cut one flower in half- straight through the center. Remove the left leaf from the bottom half of the flower.

Here are all the pieces you should have 1 large flower, 2 half flowers, and a leaf.
10- Add the pattern paper to the card base. Add the Rococo Rose strip about 1.5” from the top of the card.
11- Slide the half flowers under the Rococo Rose strip at the bottom. The bottom half on the right and the top half at a slight angle under on the left. Add the leaf all the way to the left.
12- Add the full flower over the strip on the left, then add the greeting with dimensionals to the right side over the Rococo Rose strip.
13- Add sequins.
All Done!

Here is a video tutorial showing you how I do this fun technique.

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Have a creative day!


  1. Chelsey, this is brilliant. Re rubber stamps, you could create your own plastic sheet using a window sheet and stamping the chosen image in Stazon ink to use to do the water-colouring and then the stamparatus to position the outline image over the dried water colour.

  2. brilliant is right!! love this idea - thanks for sharing Chelsey

  3. I loved this new technique. After watching your video, I went straight to the studio to try it out. I love the results and it’s so fun. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These are very pretty and such a nice alternative. thanks for sharing this!