Water Stamping

by Beverly Gerard

Stamp with water to create a soft look.


  • White cardstock

  • Background stamp

  • Dye ink pad

  • Blending tool, or sponges

  • Paper towel

  • Plate or pie plate

  • Iron (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Sponge your first color of dye ink onto random areas of the cardstock. Aim for a rich application of color.

  2. Step 2

    Use another sponge ink applicator to rub the second color of dye ink onto the uncolored areas of the same cardstock piece. Again, aim for a rich color application, and be sure to blend the color edges together.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the paper towel in half & lay it in the pie plate. Add a small amount of water to completely soak the paper towel.

  4. Step 4

    Pat the background stamp onto the water soaked paper towel, as it is acting as your substitute ink pad. Apply the wet background stamp to the inked cardstock as you would if it were inked.

  5. Step 5

    The wet image will need to dry. As it dries, the image will become more apparent.

  6. Step 6 (Optional)

    Using an iron to flatten & dry the image piece is optional, but I prefer doing so. In this sample, the image was air-dried, but warped.

    Iron on the back side of the image, particularly if image is wet. And, keep the iron moving at all times.

  7. Step 7

    Now you can trim your finished cardstock to the size you wish for your card design

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card.



    Be sure to try it using just one ink, or three inks, etc. & have fun! Don’t want to use a stamp? Just splatter a bit of water onto your inked cardstock for an always-unique design! Or use a mister to lightly mist the stamp … or try misting the cardstock!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Water Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thanks Bev for sharing this technique. A new way to use my BG stamps is awesome! I am wondering if you can adapt this technique to use with embossing folders? Hugs Lori
Lori Reinholz  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM
Bev, what a great tutorial. Your teaching style is right up my alley and I could listen to you all day! Thanks for the technique and I'm sure I'll try it.
Paula Evans  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM
What a great technique this is -- endless possibilities! Thank you for sharing this!
vicki  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM
OH MY GOSH, i forgot all about this technique, thank you so much for showing this and in such a fantastic and easy way. You are the best!
sharon corner  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM
Bev you are a genius!! Love this technique, must give this one a try... I always say I'm going to and then don't but really really!! I am going to see what I can come up with using this one!! Thanks for the great tut GF!!
Anne Harada  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM
I enjoyed this tutorial. I find it hard to do with the lighter colors, yellows. I also let my background paper dry before I stamped my image on it. Very similar to the bleach technique. THANK YOU!
Lois  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM
Terrific tutorial and beautifully "hot" card, Tex! As a technique junkie, I love learning new ways of doing things in my card making. Thanks for the inspiration!
Charlene Merrick  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM
Hi Bev,
Loved the tutorial and the technique. The card you made was "hot". Loved the pink and orange colors, the ribbon and the little bling down in the bottom right corner.
Bonnie  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM
peggy  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM
This is gorgeous! Awesome tutorial Bev... thanks for sharing!
Colleen  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Loved this technique, can't wait to try it, makes a beautiful card!

Thanks for sharing!
Linda Johnson  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Thanks so much for sharing this technique. It is super easy and would work great in a demo class. Not too messy! Beautiful results. I tiered it with the wood grain stamp. Love love love the results.
Tarabranham  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Love it,,,I will try this technique ,,,
Veronica green  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I just love this methiod and can hardly wait to try it. Unfortunately I am on vacation now but you can bet as soon as I get home this will be the first thing I try. Such lovely backgrounds. THANKS, Bonnie
bonnie Weakley  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Bev - great tutorial - to get a bleach look without bleach is just awesome! I have trouble with bleach not working or getting it on clothes and other places that I don't want to bleach. Plus the smell! Thank you so much for sharing. I cannot wait to try it out.
Ellen Barner  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Wow, y'all!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my tutorial! I owe my smile to all of you!

Stampy {{{hugs}}},
Bev / Tex
TexasGrammy  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Very neat idea! Your nails are beautiful, too!!
Lynn  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Beautiful technique,thanks for sharing it grin
Ann  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM
This sounds like so much fun and so pretty. I'm having a group of stamping buddies here on Sunday and we are going to try this.
Judy Pierce  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM
This is a great technique, so simple and obvious! it will work just as well with distress inks as well I am sure. Now I will have to play
TanInAus  |  Wed Aug 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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