How Create a Textured Look with Stamps

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Learn how to add faux texture to a simple die cut to add something extra special to your handmade card.

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to spruce up my die cuts. I love them and I ALWAYS want to use them, but sometimes they just look so... blah. Enter in some Stamper's Anonymous stamps. There are so, so many designs that look textured and just scream fun! We are going to take a boring, old die cut and add some faux texture to it, using stamps!

Supplies You Will Need:

Watercolor Paper
Kraft cardstock
Waterbrush (or paintbrush and water)
Spectrum Aquas (Bud Green, Moss,Aquamarine, Red Violet, Purple) or watercolors
Acrylic Block(s)
Tape Runner
Foam dots
Stampers Anonymous Tiny Textures CMS042 set
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
The Best Ever Craft Mat
Die'Sire Sentimentals: Nature set (or anything with a sentiment you like)
Bebunni Dies: Cabbage Rose (or any metal die with an opening you like)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

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First, I wanted to mask off the watercolor paper I was using to create the die cut. I wasn't sure if I would actually cut out the flower or leave it as is when I first started, so I made a simple mask by taking some plain notebook paper and die cutting it.

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Now we have a nice negative of the flower. It will protect the rest of our paper. Note: I did end up die cutting the flower out, in the end, but this is a great trick, in case you want to leave your panel flat. It is a way to really stretch your die cuts and use them as stencils, not just dies, so I wanted to share this tip!

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I grabbed my Spectrum Aqua (Red Violet color) and colored directly onto the dots from the Tiny Textures Stamper's Anonymous set. I spritzed it with just a little bit of water and then stamped it right onto that watercolor paper, partially covered by the negative mask.

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I then grabbed a waterbrush and started to 'paint' the die cut. I added a little water to soften the dots and to spread the color around.

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I also went in with another darker color (Purple) and added a little dimension where the die cut had embossed the paper. This made the embossing pop out a little bit more.

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Did you think we were done? Ha! Not yet! :) Because I actually die cut that flower out, I wanted to really make it the star of the show. I added Versamark watemark ink all of it and dipped it in clear embossing powder. Then, I used my heat gun to activate it. I'd like to point out that The Best Ever Craft Mat is awesome for this! If you've burned yourself from holding a die cut you are embossing (yep, that's me!), this craft mat holds it in place for you. My fingers are so happy!

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OK, now, cut a panel that will be the front of your card. Mine is 5.25 x 4. Lay down the leaves where you want them and hold them in place with washi or repositionable tape. Scribble some Bud Green on your block and start painting in those leaves! You can use a regular brush or a waterbrush. You can even use regular watercolor paints or pencils for this, too. Use what works for you! I added some Moss color in for the darker areas.

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I also painted in some outside shadows using Aquamarine and I flicked my waterbrush onto the panel to get that splattered effect. Sometimes I think that is a good trick to use when you have too much white space on your project! Sprays and splatters are one of my favorite go-to's that I use to get rid of white space!

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Lastly, I stamped a sentiment in the lower left corner before mounting my card on Kraft cardstock and adding in the die cut.

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How much fun is all of that texture and shine on the flower? I think it really pops, especially woith the softness of the watercolors behidn it.

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Happy Crafting!