Dream Carnation Quick & Easy Project

Margaret Riley freebie projects inspiration stamping

by Tammie Wilson

*See Tammie's article on Incorporating Stamps Into Your Decorative Painting

What a fun project to do! Have you “painted” with rubber stamps? Did you know that you can use your acrylic paints for stamping? Give this project a try to learn a new technique. You’ll be hooked! And it will be fun to learn this project and move forward with other project surfaces!

Tammie Wilson has been in this industry for a long time and always has great projects that motivates everyone to create what she has created. At one time, she was the head designer for Ceramcoat paint. Presently, she is affiliated with Stampendous and continues giving us wonderful creations and techniques. She has shared this Carnation project with us to show you what rubber stamps can do for your creative juices!

8” square wood frame (available at most craft stores)

DecoArt Americana®
Blue Harbor DA283
Lamp Black DA067
Titanium White DA01
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics™
Cadmium Orange Hue DMFA15
Cobalt Blue Hue DMFA08
Dark Grey Value 3 DMFA22
Green Gold DMFA14
Primary Yellow DMFA28
Titanium White DMFA39
Yellow Oxide DMFA47
Viridian DMFA44
DecoArt Medium
Matte Medium DMM20

Royal Langnickel®
Aquarelle Angle No 2160 1/2”, 3/8” and 1/4”
Gold No. RG950 1” Mop (filbert)
Moderna™ No. M77MB 1” Mop

Cling Carnation Blooms Stamp CRP312
Décor Dream Stamp DCR104
Jumbo Acrylic Handle SSH57
Décor Acrylic Handle SSH88

Sandpaper- fine grit
Water basin
Palette Paper
Paper towels
Makeup Sponge- dense foam
Canvas paper
Wet wipes

Note: For best results, please review all product instructions before starting your project.

Once background is complete, apply a coat of Matte Medium to the surface. This will protect the work you have already done plus allow for easy clean-up, if necessary, on the next step.

When using paint on stamps, it is important that you do not overload the image. Pour a puddle of paint out on the palette. Using the smallest end of the make-up sponge, tap into the paint and pounce the sponge on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge, it should be covered by paint, but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Quickly pounce the loaded sponge over the entire image and stamp it on the surface. If you don’t like what you have stamped, simply wipe it off with a Wet Wipe! Since you already have a coat of varnish on the surface, it will clean up easily.

Clean-up is easiest if done immediately after you use the stamps. Simply clean with soap and water and use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices. If you cannot clean the stamp right away, wipe it off with a wet wipe or place in a shallow pan of water. If the acrylic paint dries on the stamp, mist it with rubbing alcohol, let sit a few minutes, then clean as usual.

Be sure to use firm pressure all over the stamp when applying to the surface.

Use the insert to cut a piece of canvas paper for the frame.
Basecoat both the canvas paper and frame with two, smooth even coats of Titanium White. Let dry and sand to a smooth finish.
Apply a coat of Matte Medium to all surfaces. Let dry.

1. Position Dream stamp on the larger acrylic handle.
2. Apply a mix of Titanium White + Blue Harbor (10:1) to stamp using a makeup sponge. (See above for detailed instructions.)
3.Using firm pressure, stamp image onto frame.
4. Remove stamp. Wipe off with Wet Wipe or place in shallow pan of water for cleaning later.
5. Position Carnation stamp on the smaller acrylic handle.
6. Using the make-up sponge, apply to stamp.
7. Stamp canvas paper using firm even pressure.
8. Remove stamp. Wipe off with Wet Wipe or place in shallow pan of water for cleaning later.


8. Slip-slap over the canvas paper insert with very thin Primary Yellow. Let the color fade out from the center, leaving the edges white.
9. Using the 1/2” angle, shade the base of each petal with Yellow Oxide.
10. Using the 3/8” angle, reinforce each shade with a smaller float of Cadmium Orange Hue.
11. Using the 1/4” angle, tip each petal with Media Fluid Acrylic Titanium White.
12. Using the 1/4" angle, apply a wash of Green Gold to the leaves and stems.
13. Using the same brush, float the lower edge of each leaf and the right side of the stems using a brush mix of Veridian and Green Gold.
14. Reinforce the shade to separate the leaves and petals using Dark Grey Value 3 + Veridian (1:1)
15. Using the 1/2” angle, float a very thin wash of Cobalt Blue Hue around the leaves and flowers on the lower edge of the image. Work around the flowers, don’t go over them. Feather out the color using the Moderna Mop. Less is more, build the color gradually until the desired effect is achieved.

16. Apply 2 smooth even coats of Matte Medium to each surface. Allow to dry.
17. Secure image and original insert in the frame.


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