Stamping Technique with Water by Laura

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Hello, crafty friends! I’m happy to be back today, sharing a birthday card made using the Concord & 9th Mosaic Turnabout Stamp along with a stamping technique using water. You can find all the supplies I used over at The Little Paper Tree.

Let’s get started with today’s card.

First, I trimmed a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock to be 4” x 5.25” and used a Ranger Mini Ink Blender and Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon so the entire panel was covered in that beautiful blue. If you’ve never worked with Distress Oxide inks, you need to run (do not walk) to buy yourself a few (just a few…ha!) They blend like a dream and they give great coverage when stamping, too.


Next, I played with the interior circle (only) from Concord & 9th’s Mosaic Turnabout Stamp. Concord &9th have made a series of these unique stamps that work by using a stamping tool (such as the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform or We Are Memory Keepers Precision Press, both available at The Little Paper Tree!) so you can rotate your panel (up to four times) to get an instant, multi-coloured background. What makes this particular turnabout stamp even cooler is that it is actually two different circle stamps nested inside each other. You can use both together as you would normally use the other turnabout stamps, or you can use them individually and create a variety of different styles of circle designs. Since I only used the smaller, inside circle for this card I didn’t need a stamping tool.


If this is your first time working with this stamp, follow the instructions provided on the packaging insert and make marks on the back of both stamps to indicate the center as per the instructions on the card. Don’t forget to make marks on your outer stamp, too, just in case you want to use it without the center stamp. I went ahead and drew a line across the entire back of the stamp as I find it helpful to have the line as a reference. You might notice in the photos below that there appear to be two sets of marks on mine. No, there is nothing wrong with your eyes! My darling daughter came in as I was drawing the lines and moved my hand so I had to make them again. Oops! For the technique I’m showing you today, you will need to do one more simple step. Number each quadrant 1-4 so you know what rotation you are on.




Now, that the stamp is ready, lay it out on the panel to get an idea where you want the circles to be. Once you have an idea of placement, make small crosses with a pencil to create an axis to rotate the stamp as shown in the top-right image in the picture below.


Instead of using ink, take a Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brush (or wet paintbrush) to cover your stamp with a thin layer of water. By thin, I mean don’t use so much water that it pools between the raised design of the stamp. Then you simply line up the cross you made on the stamp with the cross you made on the panel (making sure you’re starting with quadrant one) and stamp. I played around with a practice panel to get an idea of how much pressure to apply, and for how long to press on the card to achieve the desired look. For this card, I used a decent pressure, but didn’t press hard into the paper by any means. I held the stamp on the card for about 2-3 seconds. Repeat the process 4 times until you have your circle complete. I made three different circles using the turnabout. One of which, had a centrepoint that was off of the panel. If this happens, don’t worry! Simply use a craft mat, grid paper, or even a pencil cross on your desk as the axis point.



I filled in some of the open spaces with the small starburst from Concord & 9th’s Everyday Greetings Stamp, and the same water stamping technique. Next, on a piece of Crafter’s Companion Vellum, I heat embossed the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in white embossing powder and wrapped it around so I could adhere it the back of the panel using a tape runner.


On another piece of Bristol Smooth, I stamped some of the images from Concord & 9th’s Birthday Stacks Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black (for the outline) and filled them in using Lucky Clover and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Inks, and Wild Honey Distress Ink. That ice cream cone is a “bonus” image you can create using the Birthday Stacks Stamp Set in just a slightly different way! You just use the circle(s) that you would normally use for the balloons along with the smaller cone shaped images underneath  – and viola! Instant ice cream. 🙂 I fussy cut the images out using my beloved Fiskars Micro Tip Scissors and adhered to my panel using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.


Last I covered the back of the panel with 3M Foam Tape and adhered to an A2 card base made from Bristol Smooth.


Well, that’s all I have for you today! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found some inspiration from my project today. Happy crafting and see Y’all next time! xo




Concord & 9th Mosaic Turnabout

Concord & 9th Birthday Stacks

Concord & 9th Everyday Greetings



Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon, Green Clover and Worn Lipstick

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Wild Honey

Versafine Onyx Black

Versamark Watermark



Strathmore Bristol Smooth

Crafter’s Companion Printable Vellum



Ranger White Embossing Powder



Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brushes



Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tape Runner

3M Foam Tape

Ranger White Foam Tape



Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Lawn Fawn Acrylic Block

Tim Holtz 8.5” Guillotine

Fiskars, Micro-Tip Scissors

Anti Static Powder Tool

Pencil & Eraser




  1. Jeni Machon
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    Awesome card. I’ve never thought of stamping with water before.

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