I am playing with my Stampin’ Blends. Today I would like to share a painting technique using the Blends and 91% rubbing alcohol. Good Morning Magnolia stamp set is retiring on May 3rd.

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Here is my card.

Painting with Stampin' Blends and alcohol on the magnolia outline

Painting with Stampin’ Blends and 91% rubbing alcohol requires patience. It is not difficult. Let’s get started.

MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • PAPER
    • Basic Black cardstock (Card Base): 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • Basic White cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Vellum: 5-1/4″ x 4
    • Basic Black cardstock: scrap for sentiment
  • STAMP SETS
    • Good Morning Magnolia (RETIRING Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
    • Pansy Patch (NEW Annual Catalog 2021-2022)
  • INKS & MARKERS
    • Stampin’ Blends: Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
    • Basic Gray ink pad
    • White Craft ink pad
  • OTHER SUPPLIES
    • Champagne Shimmer Paint (RETIRING on May 3, 2021 NOW 40% off)
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • white embossing powder
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal
    • Black Dimensionals
  • TOOLS
    • straw (to direct ink flow) – coffee stirring straws work great
    • Clear Acrylic Block or Stamparatus
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Snips

THE TECHNIQUE

The basics of painting with Stampin’ Blends are

  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Painting with Stampin' Blends and alcohol on the magnolia outline

I am sure that you are already dreaming up other stamp sets to use with this technique. I would love to see your creations. Please feel free to post them on Murray Stamps Facebook page.

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