A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Zigs and Spritzing

Oh my, I can't believe 2017 is now half over!  Time for the new CAS Watercolour challenge:

I decided to try inking up a stamp directly with Zigs and then spritzing with water - a technique I've used with Distress and Tombow markers, but never with my Zigs.  I was pleased with the results!

I used three shades of blue, a grey, a green, and a yellow Zigs directly on the stamp and then spritzed with water..  I used my MISTI in order to be able to re-ink and re-stamp.  It's tricky to get just the right amount of water when spritzing so I recommend experimenting first!  

I stamped the sentiment in grey and splattered lightly (while roughly masking the butterfly image).   I popped the panel up on fun foam and added a few sequins.

Come on over to CAS Watercolour and check out the cards by our fabulous Guest Designer, Eunji (of Stamper EunjoA) and the rest of the Design Team.  You have until July 24th to link up your card - please be sure it is Clean and Simple, uses some form of watercolour, and follows our theme of "Butterfly".

Stamps - Penny Black butterfly, unknown sentiment
Ink - Versafine Smokey Grey
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream
Size - A2
Accessories - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour markers, spritzer bottle, fun foam, sequins


  1. Wow did this turn out beautiful! Love how the colors blended so perfectly and your imagine could not be any more gorgeous! What fabulous colors too!

  2. I love this, Susan. What a fabulous look using the Zig pens. I must try that! Your butterfly is beautiful.

  3. The zigs are such bright and clean colours ... another great product to use for this technique! Gorgeous butterfly, Susan ... love the splatters in the background. xx

  4. Your watercolouring direct to stamp technique worked beautifully, Susan. I have used that technique on some of my Penny Black stamps. It does work great. Love your added splatters and sequins too. TFS my friend. Hugs.

  5. This is gorgeous, my friend! You got the perfect amount of water which is really hard to do! Beautiful colors! Love the splatter and colored sequins!

  6. Very pretty! I will have to try that.

  7. I love your big bold spritzed butterfly Susan. A really pretty card! x

  8. you have achieved gorgeous results with this butterfly and it's colours Susan...so pretty.
    xx Karen

  9. Such a pretty card. Love your butterfly.

  10. Great technique, Susan. You definitely figured out the amount of water to spritz. Beautiful card. Love the colours and the splatters.

  11. Such an eye catching technique and love the result x

  12. Wow, such a beautiful butterfly, Susan! I didn't know applying Zigs directly to a stamp works this well. I should try it.
    The splatters and the light grey sentiment are great complements to the butterfly.


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