I thought Revlie's tip the last time was brilliant. It got me thinking about all those stamps I have but hardly use and what I could do with them. This little trick is something I learned a few years back from one of my stamping hero's, Lenna Andrews. You can use any old watercolors but my favorites are Twinking H2O's by Luminarte. They have rich, vibrant colors and a hint of mica powder like glimmer mists so they sparkle. Yea!
You'll need your watercolors, container of water, brushes, paper to stamp on and various stamps. I like to use foam stamps or rubber stamps. Reverse images work really well with this tecnique giving you a better impression of color. Paper towels are a good bet as well.
The Twinkling H2O's come in little pots that are dry. You need to add a few drops of water to each pot you'll be using and wait a few minutes while the pigment breaks down. You do not want to use to much water. Less is better and you can always add more if you need to. Mix the pigment up in the pot until it has a nice, rich creaminess to it. You want the paint to be thick so it will adhere to the stamp.
Next, using your paintbrush, begin applying the paint to the rubber stamp. Sometimes you may need to go over it several times. The water in the paint likes to bead up and resist the stamp. Keep painting.
When you have covered the stamp impress it onto your paper. The image may be a bit blurry, this isn't as exact as ink. I find that if I paint over the stamp again after the first impression, the second will often be clearer. This is especially true with foam stamps.
The two colors on this was because I didn't clean the stamp very well after stamping it with the aqua color. The gold and aqua mixed together while I was painting --a happy accident for a lazy craft er. I then used the foam stamps to impress my title.
I love the way the images shine and sparkle. Many of the colors have duo pigments so the color changes as you move.
If you don't feel comfortable using paint on a scrapbook layout, this technique is also wonderful for creating unique cards and gift tags. Have fun creating!