I first showed this technique about 8 years ago on HGTV for Carol Duvall. It has become one of their most requested downloads and they have repeated the episode many times.
It’s a simple technique with beautiful results – a real stamper’s dream because it absolutely shows off the stamp and ink to their limits.
I am using Marvelous Matte Paper because it does a great job at “bleeding” the ink. It also creates a soft pebbly texture in the end, which adds a little interest to the flat image.
MMP Marvelous Matte Paper
dye based ink (my favorites for this process are “Vivid” by Clearsnap, “Distress Inks” or “Nick Bantok” by Ranger)
rubber stamp (“Butterfly Post” by Julia Andrus from The Artistic Traveler Art Stamps)Choose a stamp with plenty of positive definition.
spray bottle of water (not a mister, but a regular spray bottle)
Read through this process before starting. The steps need to be performed quickly for the best results.
Step 1. Load the stamp heavily with ink.
Step 2. Immediately, stamp onto MMP.
Step 3. Right after lifting the stamp, hold a spray bottle 8” – 12” from the paper (you may need to experiment with your individual bottle) and spray once, maybe twice if it isn’t all wet. The ink will bleed on it’s own, but you can manipulate the paper to create more lines and channels if you want. Let it dry naturally or use a heat tool to hurry it up.
For a really special effect, dust the webs with Perfect Pearls while they are still damp. This will surround the image with luminous threads of color.