I really loved school when I was kid.
So much in fact that I pedaled my little red bike up to the local elementary school and tried to register for kindergarten right after I turned 5.
I just knew school was the place for me. I mean, my older friends would come home from it nearly every day with books and cool things they had made. I still remember the caterpillars they made, complete with wiggle eyes and pipe cleaner antennae.
Of course, I got turned away and was told I’d get to register for school soon enough. Yes, I was sad. But when the real registration day finally came for me, I was a happy girl!
Even though my school days have long passed, I somehow always find myself wandering at some point every fall into the school supply aisles to see if there’s something I might be able to incorporate into my paper-crafting projects.
A set of watercolor paints (elementary-school style) came home with me this year. At $2, these little paints were a steal of a deal.
They are awesome for painting cool background papers with, but they are equally cool to use to stamp with. Yes, I said stamp!
Let me show you how.
Start by dabbing two to three drops of water onto the paint color you want to use. Use a soft paint brush to mix the color and then pick some of the color up. (You will notice I’m not using the paint brush the set came with. I opted for a soft bristled paintbrush from the Fine Art department. It provides a little more control than the coarse brushes these sets often come with.)
Brush the paint over your stamp. Make sure your stamp is good and covered with paint.
Stamp the image onto watercolor paper. I was able to get three to four impressions each time before I had to add paint to the stamp again.
Let the paint dry completely and then use the stamped images on a card or two.
I made the heart paper here with my watercolor paints. I decorated the hearts up with buttons, floss, and pearls.
I used some of my stamped hearts here, only I cut them up after the paint dried and then mounted them to card.
I finished both of these cards off with sentiments from the Beautiful Words clear stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. The heart came from that stamp set, too!
Teri Anderson, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal